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Hello all, for the past few months I've been interested in diving into the world of tube amps. For Christmas I'm asking for a LittleDot MKII tube amp. I plan on using it with my 50ohm Sennheiser HD595s. From my research I understand that normally tube amps are used with higher impedance headphones however the little dot amp features a gain switch which supposedly allows for it's use with headphones as sensitive as IEMs. Will the gain switch on the MKII allow me to use my lower impedance phones and have them sound good or should I look elsewhere?

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Hello all, for the past few months I've been interested in diving into the world of tube amps. For Christmas I'm asking for a LittleDot MKII tube amp. I plan on using it with my 50-Ohm Sennheiser HD595s. From my research I understand that normally tube amps are used with higher impedance headphones however the little dot amp features a gain switch which supposedly allows for it's use with headphones as sensitive as IEMs. Will the gain switch on the MKII allow me to use my lower impedance phones and have them sound good or should I look elsewhere?


Little Dot claims the MKII will work with headphones as low as 32-Ohms.

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I have a LD MkIII and I use it with my Grado's (32ohms) everyday, sounds great. The trick is, as you already noted, adjusting the gain.

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I have a LD MkIII and I use it with my Grado's (32ohms) everyday, sounds great. The trick is, as you already noted, adjusting the gain.


Awesome, sounds promising. How do you feel about the tube sound vs. solid state?

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Awesome, sounds promising. How do you feel about the tube sound vs. solid state?


 That really is the question isn't it. I have both so I don't have to decide :) I will say I listen to the LD more than my Headroom amp for whatever that is worth.

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I'm a fan of the Little Dot amps. I used to own one. They're a nice way to introduce people to tubes.
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