Hi, yep I just read through on the Vali thread. Too exciting before so I just posted here. :D
I quite like the pairing of my Mad Dog 3.0 with my Aune T1. I don't use the built in DAC every time, as I run a sound card into it for gaming purposes. The only other amp that I've used in length with the Mad Dogs was the Schiit Magni. Both pushed the headphones well enough for me. I went with the T1 instead of a Magni/Modi stack for the tube DAC, the price ($109 vs $198), and the fact that it's a single unit. I also feel the T1 looks nicer, but that has no impact on its sound.
Eventually I'll be powering the Alpha Dogs off the T1 as well, once the upgrade program is available.
I don't have mad dogs but I have modded t50rp, the zmf and my aune t1 and maverick a1 both power it well, with the maverick seeming to have a bit more power. I came close to ordering audiogd 11.32.. wish I could AB test with it at a meetup
I've found some little amps/dacs but I couldn't find any information about a pairing with the Mad Dogs:
Thanks for the comment. That leaves me with:
FWIW, the UHA-6S Mk.II powers them just fine, though recordings that haven't quite fallen prey to the loudness wars might require you to get close to maxing out the volume. I never found myself wanting, though. Most recordings would be much too loud if you maxed out the volume. This was with the 209 opamp, BTW, which was highly recommended to me.
Maybe... or maybe I like to crank it up sometimes! ;-)
For "normal" listening, they are Ok and the Leckerton amps are the best mobile amps I've heard/use.
If you're not in desperate need of a DAC, I'll make a shameless plug for the FiiO E12. Plenty of power, the bass boost adds nice color to the sound (if that's what you prefer) and at about $120 USD it is relatively cost friendly.