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Audioquest Dragonfly and headphone amps

post #1 of 6
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So I´ve been thinking of buying an audioquest Dragonfly 1.2 and was thinking of pairing it with a Little Dot MK III headphone amp but I'm not sure if it would be a good idea to just spend a little more and go for the Schiit Valhalla Headphone amp. (Its gorgeous... i hate the brand name ha)

 

I hear Schiit Products are fantastic, just not sure it would be worth the extra 90 dollars. Thoughts? :p

post #2 of 6

What headphones are you going to use? I had a MKIII for a while and was happy with it, but haven't heard the Valhalla.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

I have a Grado RS2

post #4 of 6

Neither the Valhalla nor the MKIII is a good choice for a headphone like the Grado RS2, as both are OTL tube amps. They put more power into higher headphone impedances, and less power into lower impedances. They also have relatively high output impedances, so you won't have the best damping factor. I'm not saying those amps would be a terrible choice. They'd certainly work and you might like them. But they aren't optimal choices for your headphones. 

If you just want tubes, I'd recommend a tube DAC and a solid state amp. The Aune T1 is an option. Or the Maverick Tube Magic. Many tube amps have high output impedances, which doesn't match well with low-impedance headphones like Grados. 

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I´ll take that into consideration then! .. I still have a few days to decide, will check the Aune T1 , thanks 

post #6 of 6

The Little Dot 1+ is also a choice, as it's a hybrid tube amp that's better suited to low-impedance headphones.

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