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Hello! New member from Minneapolis

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I'm new here. I found this site by searching for reviews of the Little Dot Mkiii and I couldn't be happier with what I've found!

 

I'm excited to order a mkiii but they are on vacation until 2/8 so I'll have to wait a bit.

 

I have just recently gotten into hifi.

 

I am a musician playing guitar and producing electronic music. That has lead me down the road of tube amps and lots of tone chasing, tube rolling, vintage effects and high end cables so hifi feels natural to me :)

 

Through that process I became very interesting in DIY. Started with building effects pedals from kits, making cables, modding and repairing synths and drum machines and finally building a Fender Tweed Deluxe tube amp. 

 

I have been collecting vinyl for a while now but haven't had a record player for years. A few weeks ago I picked up a AT LP120. I pulled the internal preamp and installed RCA jacks. I'm using the ART DJ PRE II for now but look forward to upgrading to the Little Dot MKIII.

 

Here are some photos of the mod. (guess I can't embed images yet)

 

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/850/7ng7.jpg

 

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/824/bxh4.jpg

 

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/191/8xa0.jpg

 

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/10/yge3.jpg

 

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/826/enmi.jpg

 

The RCA output wires are directly connected to the tone arm wires via the pcb.

 

Now I wonder what all those pcbs are in there for? All for speed control and pitch shifting?

 

I did do some needle drops of the tone changes if anyone is interested.

 

So, a few questions to start off with:

 

I am interested in Reel to Reel. But where do you get the music from? Do people trade tapes?

 

I listen to all kinds of music. Some of my favorites are:

 

Pink Floyd

Grateful Dead

Madonna

KLF

Aphex Twin

Ryan Adams

Kraftwerk.

 

So that being said, since I listen to everything from Classic rock to modern rock to electronic music I'd be curious in some headphone suggestions.

 

I currently have AKG K240s. I think they sound great with classic rock but the bass is over powering and muddy on more modern productions and especially electronic music. 

 

Thanks!

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Folks on a headphone site are not likely to know anything about reel to reel.  There are only a few of us dinosaurs left walking the planet at all.  You should have been at the Austin (TX not MN) headphone meet last weekend.  One of the guys has three reel to reel decks and records local concerts.  Check it here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/701100/austin-tx-meet-impressions/30

 

My reel to reel is legacy of my own recording from the late 60's into the 80's.  I'm not currently in the mix beyond that.

 

With regard to headphones, you should check the buyers guide linked on the first page of this thread.

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Thread Starter 
Ah ok.

It's funny I found this site not because I was looking for a headphone board but because it kept popping up in my google searches!

I found it originally searching for tube amps, then reel to reel then a great discusion about audiophiles and electronic music.

Now one concept I'm not quite understanding yet is the interplay between headphone ohms and tube amps.

In the guitar world it's easy. You plug a 4 ohm cab into the 4 ohm output.

So what I understand is that on a tube headphone amp you want 300+ ohm headphone?

Like I said I have the akg k240s. 55 ohms. So that means a tube amp would have to work really hard to drive them and I might suffer a loss of high freq?

How does that work on SS amps? Same way? Or just the headphone out on my SS receiver?

I take it the akg k240's won't be optimal for the little dot.

On a related note I'm excited to use the little dot as a tube pre after my phono pre for needle drops.

I'd be running the little dot using the rca pre outs into my focusrite Safire pro 24 dac. That can accept either mic or line inputs. Would that be safe?
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Originally Posted by hagcel View Post

Ah ok.

It's funny I found this site not because I was looking for a headphone board but because it kept popping up in my google searches!

I found it originally searching for tube amps, then reel to reel then a great discusion about audiophiles and electronic music.

Now one concept I'm not quite understanding yet is the interplay between headphone ohms and tube amps.

In the guitar world it's easy. You plug a 4 ohm cab into the 4 ohm output.

So what I understand is that on a tube headphone amp you want 300+ ohm headphone?

Like I said I have the akg k240s. 55 ohms. So that means a tube amp would have to work really hard to drive them and I might suffer a loss of high freq?

How does that work on SS amps? Same way? Or just the headphone out on my SS receiver?

I take it the akg k240's won't be optimal for the little dot.

On a related note I'm excited to use the little dot as a tube pre after my phono pre for needle drops.

I'd be running the little dot using the rca pre outs into my focusrite Safire pro 24 dac. That can accept either mic or line inputs. Would that be safe?


There are SS, tube and hybrid headphone amps.  I believe it is more than safe to say that there is no one rule that covers any type.  Vintage receivers are great for powering high impedance cans.  New A/V receivers have long skimped on their headphone sections.  Most, but not all, are lousy and none I have found can touch my vintage receivers from the 70's or early 80's.  In those days 250 to 300 Ohm cans were the norm.

 

There is a whole sub-section of the forum devoted to head phone amps and a second to portable headphone amps.  You can find them under the Equipment Forums section.  Start with the "Forums" tab at the top of the page.


Edited by KG Jag - 1/24/14 at 10:31pm
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Originally Posted by kvtaco17 View Post

http://www.head-fi.org/t/694532/minneapolis-meet-jan-26-2014

join us! lol

Wow! That would be the perfect opertunity to test some gear and pick some brains.

I'm going to the beer dabbler tomorrow so if I'm not in too rough of shape Sunday I'll stop by!
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