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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone,

 

I've been reviewing the boards and I'm in the final stages of looking for an amp to drive a pair of Beyerdynamic 990 Pro-250. I would like to try a tube amp and I have no previous experience with them. I curretnly use a Teac DS-HOI stacked on an A-HO1 or a Fiio E7 when traveling. 

 

I am interested in a Little Dot MKII vs a Little Dot I with the 6JIX2tube, price is a major consideration and I would like to keep the cost below $150. Will there be that much difference between the two? And, if money is limited should I focus more on the amp or the DAC in terms of sound quality? I wanted to eventually pair this amp with an entry level DAC in similar price range. Would it make sense just to get an Aune T1? 

 

Does anyone have any advice for a new guy?

 

Thanks

post #2 of 8

Schiit has a new low cost tube hybrid amp.  You should check it out.

post #3 of 8

With the Aune T1, you only hear the tube through the DAC out. Meaning that you would have to plug the Aune into another headphone amp. If you plug headphones into the Aune, the tube doesn't touch the sound at all. So don't get the Aune. 

I think the Bravo Ocean is pretty cheap, check that out for a tube amp. The company has cheaper tube amps too IIRC. 

post #4 of 8

For some reason I thought you wrote:  would like to try some lube....
 

In any case, Littledot MKIII

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

lol,

 

yes, I would like to try a tube amp but going back and forth on which way to proceed. I think the Little Dot amps will be the manufacurer I go with, now just debating on which model. 

 

Should I sink more money into the amp or the DAC? 

post #6 of 8

On a low budget, I would suggest spending more money on the amp. There is no point getting a nice DAC if the amp holds it back. However, I think amp quality levels off more quickly than DAC quality -- once you get into the mid-range amps, many of them will be able to do justice to a nicer DAC. For $100, you could get a really competent DAC like an Audioquest Dragonfly (which also has an amp) or a Schiit Modi. Either of those plus a Little Dot amp would make for a pretty nice setup. 

I would suggest the Little Dot 1+ because it will pair well with a wide variety of headphones. I had the MKIII and was pretty happy with it, but it doesn't work as well with low-impedance headphones due to the OTL design. I'm not sure if the MKII is also OTL. I know you have a high impedance headphone right now, but you might as well get a more flexible amp in case you change headphones at some point in the future. That's one way to look at it anyway. 

 

post #7 of 8
Maybe get a tube buffer between your source and amp (iFi iTube)
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by sgtstinky View Post
 

Yes, I would like to try a tube amp but going back and forth on which way to proceed. I think the Little Dot amps will be the manufacturer I go with, now just debating on which model. 

 

Should I sink more money into the amp or the DAC? 

You might consider not buying an amp or DAC for now and just upgrade from the DT990 Pro 250-Ohm headphones?

The DT990 have a lot of bass and treble, which slightly over shadows the mids.

So maybe sell off the DT990 and buy headphones with a more balanced (bass/mids/treble) sound.

 

When your connecting the Teac DS-H01 to the Teac A-H01 are you using the optical or coaxial or RCA (analog) connection?

Have you try comapring the sound quality of each of those conenctions?

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