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Little Dot MKIII SE Balanced Headphone Amplifier

Little Dot MKIII SE Balanced Headphone Amplifier

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Is there a measurement about MKIII SE? I know it's a new model from littledot and was released last year. But I'm a bit curious I cannot find any measurement of this model. I don't want to spend $400 for a amplifier with brief tech data only. MKIII SE is not very popular on Chinese headphone website also, such as erji.net I searched erji.net with google, and only see many people want to sell their MKIII SE so I don't know whether I should join this drop.
I am very interested in this amp to drive my HD 650's. Is there anyone who actually got this amp able to comment on their experience. This amp is pretty new and there is not a lot of reviews. If you do have it, could I know what source you are inputting, which input, what are you listening to and what headphones you have. Thanks very much in advance.
Anybody has this that want to sell?
I think anyone considering the new crop of "low cost" balanced headphone amplifiers should read Benchmark's article on the matter. https://benchmarkmedia.com/blogs/application_notes/audio-myth-balanced-headphone-outputs-are-better In my experience, the cost of balanced audio is better spent on a higher quality amplifier or headphones.
500 usd really?
jedi5diah
I'm not sure why this is a question. There's plenty more audiophile grade equipment that costs more than this unit.
If you don't need balanced, Newegg has the MKIII for $219 shipped.
Is this a new produc? I've never seen it before.
SephHaley
Based on the official site, it looks quite new:
http://www.littledot.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=10332
and the $500 vs. $550 MSRP estimate is likely due to the price difference on Little Dot's website without and with shipping to N. America.
If this was all-tube, still balanced, and around $400 I'd be sold.
AReasonableMan
There's probably a reason that full tube fully balanced amps are expensive like the $2000 WA22 from Woo Audio.
rhenom
Yes, capitalism. With Woo you're paying for crazy build quality. Little Dot themselves have fully balanced models, but at around 1k.
I picked up the dot III on MD for half the price shipped! Is balanced worth it? The dot III also has preouts. I don't see any outs on this amp.
Pathworks
Nope, classic snake oil.
berryhill
While it may not be needed by most, my amp doulbles the power using bal vs single, which can be a good thing. Also a quality balanced amp can reduce crosstalk and improve separation. Do people need balanced, no. While the cost is maybe not worth the expense, I would not call the balanced topology snake oil.
It looks cheaply made.. especially for the price. Poor quality hardware.
RV-4
Compared to what? looks like a normal piece of audio equipment to me. Seems premature to judge something you've never seen in person.
RV-4
To be fair, I had a little dot mkiii a while back. That things construction was beyond solid. If this is anything like the mkiii, which it looks very similar, then I'm gonna bet it isn't cheap.
Why are the balanced input/HP out upside down?
WIN27
Not the same amp.
zuxzu
Ahh... you're right. I need sleep. I had an email from both places. I just saw Little dot mkiii on each. Is there much difference between the two? I see clearly now that this one is balanced.
Wtf 500$USD + 37$ Shipping just for this small amp! I've paid 680$USD for a huge and powerful brand new (Rotel RB-1552 MKII) at a store, and actualy on Amazon.ca that MKIII is only 403$CAD so 300$USD. This drop is a total scam.
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Really how?! The RCA or even the XLR are just inputs to receive the signal from my (NAD M51) DAC. The only output I can see is from the speaker's terminals so I really don't get it if I can plug my headphones directly behind this power amp that's meant for speakers. Also wouldn't it be way too powerful anyway?
www.rotel.com/fr-ca/product/rb-1552-mkii
PanzerIV
If you goggle for "speaker tap for headphones" you will get the information you are after. You would have to connect to your speaker post. Lot of people run their power hungry headphones(e.g. HE-6) from their speaker terminal.
Wow! LAME
The MK IV SE is the same price in Amazon
jefe32
THE MK IV SE you reference is not balanced like this one.
rhenom
Nice, thanks for pointing that out. Didn't notice.
There is no way that this is the actual price of the drop its on ebay for $463 with free shipping.....
Is it actually fully balanced input to output or is it still single-ended internally?
BrooklynNick
"...the discrete transistor output stage—with a fully symmetrical, pure Class-A circuit"
It's class A amp with XLR inputs, my guess it's fully balanced.
rhenom
Correct, fully balanced.
Dat discount.
hohsis
LOL, yep a whole penny.
Anybody know how does this pair with LCD-X?
0.01$ discount. Amazing.
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Thanks a lot Mike. I'm going to try some SS and tube Schiit this week in a local store and then decide. I tried yesterday The Raptor by Ray Samuels tube headamp, first time trying tubes with the X's and I was really impressed. I liked it much more than other SS I tried, but this amp is pricey..
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CarlosUnchained
Nice! Yes indeed, the best thing to do is try things out.
What a discount
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I never intended to buy any of the Massdrop drops, so I haven't actually been saving anything :p
Monkoosbob0
Looks like they just upped the MSRP now ;)