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I am looking for a tube amp, which could benefit to both my Audeze LCD2C and Fostex THX00 ph.
I read so many different opinions about OTL tube amps and planar magnetic or low impedance headphones, that I'm a bit lost.
Could this DV 336se sound "tubey" enough while not ruining my headphones qualities (especially in bass)...maybe depending much on tubes rolling? And what about little dot mk2, same story?
thx for your help!
You're right about OTL not pairing well with low impedance headphones. The circuit is designed for 300 ohm impedance basically, and as you get further away from the expected impedance, the skewing of the frequency response of your headphones gets more severe.
A hybrid tube amp would be ideal if you want to play with a tube. I can vouch for Massdrops Cavalli Tube Hybrid. It performs very well with just about anything except IEMs, while giving a touch of tube character.
Thank you very much for your reply. That's what I thought...I guess it was quite difficult to resist the hype!
Fostex respond better to solid state. My TH-X00 are good with my Little Dot MkII but MUCH better on my Magni 2U or Magni 3.
Now I am seriously looking at the hd6xx drop before it ends...that could change the story.
Other question: would the Woo Audio tube amps be more versatile than the DV?
I know MANY people upgrade to the Woo amps from Dark Voices and Little Dots. Does it mean anything? Not sure. They're more expensive so the percieved quality might or might not be there. They LOOK nice.
Woo amps do look nice and also perform well. Pricing is subjective,
But the customer service is bad with Woo. You ask a technical question, and they respond 'which amp do you want to buy'
You report an issue about noise, they respond 'purchase expensive RCA cables'
So...good and bad
I have an AKG 712 Pro and a Sony Z7 I guess these also would not be good for this Tube Amp am I correct? Better obtain some high impedance headphones before to purchase Tube Amps? Can I use the pre-output and connect to a second Amp? Will I still benefit from the tube this way? Thanks
Oh.....I thought Woo Audio was run by a Chinese guy living in the USA with the amps being made in the US which reflects the high price. There's no reason why these Chinese companies can't employ someone that's a native English speaker and can deal with these customer service issues and not make people feel like they're speaking with a brick wall. I won't support these types of companies.
Without mentioning names, the guy over at Woo speaks good english, so its not the language barrier
Also, their other policies that are not great - only 1 year warranty, no power cable included, customer pays shipping for returning defective products etc
Would you recommend the DarkVoice over the CTH for a Sennheiser HD6XX?
I would say yes, go with the Darkvoice. If you're going for tubes, go for something tubey like darkvoice.