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Just a quick overview. To be honest when I first plugged them in I was a bit underwhelmed. Have given them considerable burn-in time and the magic has happened !! Playing Elvis Presley's greatest hits is sending a shiver down my spine. First thing you notice after a while is the bass tightening up in a truly beautiful way... Definitely a believer. My guess is an amp is essential for their full potential though.
I see you're driving your pair through the Little Dot 1+, which I have also ordered and am currently waiting to arrive.
Also are those Voshkod's, or am I completely mistaken?
How do you find the Little Dot to work with the 58x's?
Right now I'm running my pair straight out of an old (but decent) sound card, and while it provides decent clarity I find them to be somewhat sterile sounding, lacking in warmth, and also potentially benefitting a lot from just a taaad wider soundstage. I've heard them sound significantly warmer and wider through one of my friend's setup, utilizing a similarly old but much higher-end soundcard rolled with the AD8620 opamp, which I am looking into rolling the Little Dot 1+ with if at all possible.
Neo ... it's really nice ! You may need to do (as I did) to open the LD1+ up and flip to the high gain setting... It makes all the difference. Yes they are indeed Voshkods. I think a bit of tube sound really opens the 58x up ... gives it a lovely organic bass.
Enjoy your setup. You won't regret one cent of it.
Thanks a lot for sharing your opinion and advice! I'm really looking forward to hearing it for myself!
I've only been using the jubilees for around 4 days... They are opening up by the minute. Great headphones for the dollars
Which model little dot are you using and how do you rate it, also appreciate any comparisons if you have used the cans with any other amps
The one on the picture is a Little Dot 1+. I can't speak for Wheels55, but I received mine some days after this conversation and it works really well with the Jubilees IMO. Greatly widens the soundstage, which is the main thing the Jubilees needed to me, and adds a nice bit of warmth to the sound. Not much, just enough. They also just sound better powered, like there's a much greater difference between "quiet" and "loud", but I think that's a quality attributed to most amps in general.
I haven't tried any other amps, tho, but since noone else has replied to you so far I figured I might as well.
Hey Neo I have just added a burson v5i from a previous drop to my Little Dot 1+ and it really enhances it nicely. Seems to have improved the detail and clarity. It's a fairly cheap simple upgrade too
Sorry is missed this Old Git. I agree completely with what NeoThe Lizard said. It's a nice amp for the jubilees that gives you the option to tube and opamp roll as well
Thanks for the response, I appreciate your comments. I know that listening to music is very subjective, but it always help to narrow down the options with good avice
Oh, yeh, forgot to mention, I swapped the stock tubes in my Little Dot with a matched pair of Voshkod 6ZH1P-EV tubes (also the same as featured in Wheels55's picture above) I ordered from Latvia, and my impression is based on those. The stock tubes are very mediocre sounding, and the Voshkod tubes are widely regarded as a very good, cheap upgrade for the Little Dot 1+.
Also, no problem. For the time being I'm enjoying just lurking the comment section of the Jubilees and offering advice on whatever I can.
Nice! I've heard very very good thing about the Bursons, didn't know they were on Massdrop. However, whether I'll get one largely depends on whether I can get it for less that 200dkk (about 30USD) including shipping, as import fees to Denmark will apply at that price point and above and almost double the price. I'll be keeping an eye out for another drop on those, though, thanks for the tip.
I've tried a couple of other opamps, the JRC 4580D, AD8620AR and the OPA627 (which I currently use in it), and those are decent upgrades too, though I imagine the V5i-D would compare favorably to all of those.
For some reason, though, even despite hearing really good things about the AD8620, I found it to alter the sound signature significantly for the worse. That one is an enigma to me so far.
The voshkods really do provide a happy medium. I am trying a set of GE 5654 5 stars at the moment which are similar to voshkods but a little brighter in the treble. I have also previously added the jumpers for a pair of 6am6 mullards (ef91). Bass gets probably too boomy there. Ihave a pair of Ei Yugoslavia 6hm5 on the way too which were only Aus $20 a pair from Serbia. You can really find some bargains hunting on eBay.
Tube rolling becomes addictive, just be careful with some of the stuff on ebay, before i managed to acquire a decent valve/tube tester i managed to fry a few components with faulty valves.
In the UK Watford Valves are pretty decent for good tested and matched valves. The Russian millitary grade valves are very good. Worth a read of their recommendations, I tend to agree with most of them and the set I use the most for rock and blues are:
2 x 5654W/EF95 Siemens
2 x 6H6PI/6H6N Novosibirsk “NEVZ-Soyuz"
I still like the mullards for jazz and vocal acoustic stuff.
I find that the different DACs I have work differently with my valve headphone amps and the solid state ones. Perhaps not surprisingly but my most expensive DAC a Roksan sounds great with the valve amps but at a third of the cost my Cambridge DAC sounds better with the valves irrespective of which filters i select.
Just sit back and enjoy
Thanks oldgit ... Will check Watford. It's good to have some UK/euro suppliers given most of the valve "bargains" are in the US and for some reason the postage (to Australia) from the states usually winds up exceeding the purchase price !?!