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  1. Hello. Has anyone with a Bryston BHA 1 headphone amp tried both the Single Ended Jack Plug socket and the 4 pin XLR Balanced Socket and noticed any difference? Thankyou.
  2. A REALREVIEW Of The Little Dot Mk III Headphone Amplifier by George Sallit Headphones have seen significant growth in hifi over the last few years. This was started by itunes and people using various portable devices with those awful ear buds. Yeuch. These headphones sounded awful and were very uncomfortable to wear. However, along comes Dr Dre with Monster Audio and they bring out the Dr Dre headphones. They were an instant hit and still dominate the headphone market. When I used to commute, people using full sized headphones were common and it no longer looked geeky to use proper headphones. Great. I started to use full sized headphones again and when away from home used one of the little USB thumbwheel players, which used full resolution CD files and had a dedicated amplifier with an analogue volume control. And they sounded very good. As I was isolated from others I was not a pest with that awful tssh tshh sound coming out from the headphones. Despite all that, for me, headphones were still very much an accessory. Yes, I had a set of Stax electrostatics but did not use them that much. Fast forward. A few weeks ago I got to hear a really nice pair of headphones with their own amplifiers (Audeze) and they sounded really, really good. As the sound goes directly into the ears there are no room effects and the sound quality per pound was exceptional. I am a fan of valves and my two main systems are both valve powered so were there any valve powered amplifiers around. Well lo and behold, there on the internet was a Chinese company selling valve powered headphone amplifiers. The Little Dot MK III is a SEPP (single-ended push pull) OTL design operating in Class-A. Well no big deal there has always been a few amplifiers around. But these were about £200. Can’t be much good. After a good internet search, I found a guy in Maidenhead who directly imported them into the UK and was selling them at £180. He said if it was faulty then he would immediately replace it with a new one. What’s to lose? The Little Dot Mk III headphone amp is actually solidly built and has the capability to run a whole range of alternative valves including 6H30Ps. (the super tube of ARC, BAT and other premier amp companies).The amplifier is fairly weighty and has a nice transformer. So, I turned them on and gave them a little bit of time to warm up and I then put on a few test tracks. The mid-range was very good and natural with a spooky voice quality that sounds real as opposed to a very detailed but thin papery cut out of a person. Now this is a strength of valves but that can come with a soft bass and a rolled off top end. Well the bass went fairly deep and was not soft and waffly. In fact, it was quite good and kept the pace of the music going especially on rock music. The top end was a little rolled off but there was a reasonable amount of sparkle and cymbals still sounded metallic but without the air you hear with electrostatic headphones for example. I took the amp around to a couple of audiophile friends and both were really impressed and bought the amp from China. I could be really critical and say they do not go really deep in the bass, the top top end was rolled off and the dynamics were slightly softer than I hear with other high quality amplifiers. But for £200, getting a valve headphone amplifier that sounds this good makes them a bit of a Billy Bargain. Hopefully we can get some more headphones/amplifiers in for review. I am now convinced that provided that you can deal with the different feel of headphones compared to speakers then you could get ultra high quality sound quality for not a lot of money. Recommended. My US colleague recommends getting them direct from China via David Zhe Zhe as his service is excellent. He is at :
  3. Trafomatic are currently bench testing our Head1 and Head2 Headphone Amplifiers ready to dispatch to the UK next week. More when they arrive.... Head2 by Jack Durant, on Flickr
  4. I am selling my Mcintosh MXA 70 as a headphone amp of this caliber is no longer required for my needs. It is in spotless, like new condition and comes with all the included original accessories including speakers cables, remote and original packaging. The amp was purchased new and wants for nothing save to give you hours of listening pleasure. This is a system which needs no introduction and is doubtless one of the finest headphone amplifiers in the world. Any questions are more than welcome and more photos will follow shortly. Shipping is available to elsewhere in the world but this amp is eu/uk spec 230v so that is worth knowing before considering purchase. For full specification please visit
  5. I have a brand new pair of Audeze EL-8s, I was given them as a present but I would rather use the money towards something in their LCD range. I am looking for £450 but I'm happy to look at offers. I will be shipping this via my shops Interlink account so that they arrive safely and are insured, however collection would be preferred!
  6. Outstanding Headphone Amplifier / Preamp designed by Colin Wonfor. Transparent and refined. Very rare - only 12 made! Can drive two pairs of headphones at the same time and functions as a preamp too. Automatically selects input which is nifty. This is the higher gain HE version and the volume pot has been upgraded to an ALPS Black. Originally retailed for over £1200. Bought from Dan on here about a month ago but need to raise funds again due to a sudden change in employment status! Looking for £380 inc. RMSD Cheers Ian p.s. having trouble with images but you can see the amp here on the Ebay listing *** SPECS: Two 1/4" headphone Jack outputs. With either output able to drive loading from 8 ohms, to 64 ohms simultaneously. - Headphone output driven by single ended class A power amplifier stages - Thyristor memory controlled & automatically selected inputs controlled with a fifth isolated regulated power supply to further reduce the interface and noise floor. - Hum rejection technology. - Quad regulated power supplies. - Input loading impedance 47 ohms for all inputs (so will take pretty much any input) - Three RCA phono stereo inputs and one MP3 input via 3.5mm socket. Specifications: HE Version L Version 32Ω 1.6WRMS 32Ω 140mWRMS 51Ω 1WRMS 51Ω 100mWRMS 64Ω 1.3WRMS 64Ω 200mWRMS 300Ω 500mWRMS 300Ω 500mWRMS Physical specifications: - Size: 170mm X 185mm X 55mm - Weight: 1.95kg
  7. I have a brand new pair of Audeze EL-8s, I was given them as a present but I would rather use the money towards something in their LCD range. I am looking for £450 but I'm happy to look at offers. These are brand new, never opened and come with full warranty. I will be shipping this via my shops Interlink account so that they arrive safely and are insured however collection would be preferred!