My New Little Dot MK VI+

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customer13
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My New Little Dot MK VI+

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So busy listening to this beautiful amplifier, no time to write a review!
I will try to find the words to describe this amazing amplifier in the next few days, for now I will just say that it is a lot better than I had been dreaming it would be, worth every cent it cost, even worth more than it cost!
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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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I built an Oak shelf to hold all the sound equipment. The sound is just getting better and better, the burn-in is going well.
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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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Just plugged in some 1950's Sylvania 6SN7GTB Chrome Top tubes, very nice crisp clear sound, deep bass, sparkling highs good midrange, very lively musical tubes.
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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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The Sylvania driver tubes sound so good that I have decided to try some JAN CHS Sylvania 6080WB power tubes with black plates (1960's).
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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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This amplifier is BEAUTIFUL, it is AMAZING! Everything sounds SO GOOD, like even music that I don't really like sounds so good that I just want to keep listening.
I am experiencing a whole new level of detail in music I have known for years, and I am experiencing sounds that are so wonderful, so sweet, like nothing I have ever heard before. This Little Dot MK VI+ is a very special piece of equipment, a highly valued companion for any music lover.

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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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I will try the JAN CHS VT-229 Sylvania driver tube next, they date from the late 1940's and are said to be in the top 5 tubes of their family.
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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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Great continued impressions and thanks for the photos!

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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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I have just plugged in some MELZ (Moscow Electric Light Company) tubes made in 01/1967, type 6H9C, and they sound very good, or is it the Little Dot MK VI+ that sounds so good?
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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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OK, now running some 1951/52 Hytron 6SN7GT driver tubes, and these are really something special, so clear and crisp and clean, I must recommend these tubes to other MK VI+ users, find them at the "Tube Depot" or the "NOS Tube Store"
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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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I bought 2 Shuguang Treasure CV181-Z tubes for my MK VI+.
The base of the tubes are 35mm diameter, just to big to fit in the aluminium rings on the amplifier. so I bought 2 tube socket savers, and fitted them to the MK VI+, and now the Shuguang Treasure tubes fit into the Littledot MK VI+.

Even after just a few minutes of use I can hear that these are amazing tubes, very good sound, very detailed, amazing sound stage. Might be the best tubes I have tried in the MK VI+ so far. Hard to imagine the sound getting any better than this.
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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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Ah that's very interesting. The socket savers is a nice touch for using larger tubes. Thanks for sharing!

Astralboy79
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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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customer13 wrote:I bought 2 Shuguang Treasure CV181-Z tubes for my MK VI+
thanks for tip ;) i also just ordered them hehe.....what do you recommend for power tubes ?

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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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I have bought some very good power tubes from an ebay seller 'thetubecenter' (100% positive feedback) not sure if that is the shop name or the sellers name, check it out, they have 6080 tubes being sold in sets of 4, some that I have bought have been 1960's US MILITARY tubes. I am using the Sylvania JAN (Joint Army Navy) 6080 tubes and they are good. They have 4 Sylvania 6080 tubes left, in tatty looking boxes from the 1960's, get them now!

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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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B/w the sylvania 6080 and the tungsol 5998 which are basically 6AS7, which are preffered?

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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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I have read that the tungsol 5998 is a very good tube, but I have not tried them. That are hared to find and cost a lot. The sylvania gives a good rich tube sound, and they are now becoming harder to find at a good price. The ebay seller I listed sells 4 x 6080 tubes for $40..... thats $10 each. I have seen the Sylvania 6080 tubes selling for up to $ 80 each. Buy the tungsol 5998 if you can find them and afford them, but for $40 the Sylvania 6080 ( in the yellow box , tube has yellow print, made in 1960's) is a bargain, and a good sounding power tube, but there is only one set of 4 left at the tube centre, and I don't know where to get any others.

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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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The so called BEST EVER 6080 is the BENDIX REDBANK 6080, made for the USAF only, they have titanium rods gold grid and solid graphite plates, they are very heavy and built very solidly. They were designed to run the guidance system on ICBM's used by the USAF, so they were built to the highest standard. I managed to find 2 matched pairs, both made in 1963, and I am keeping them for a rainy day. Have a look at this link for some good tube info:
http://www.bottlehead.com/smf/index.php?topic=3453.0

For driver tubes the MELZ 1578 tube, with holes in the plate are said to be the best, they were made only for the USSR military for use in nuclear reactor control systems, the MIR space station, and guidance system in USSR missiles.
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Astralboy79
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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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Great....Juicy bit of delicious information, thanks! :D

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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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This link is to Toxic Cables, they made my headphone cable (link shows the model I have) and I also bought some of this cable and had it shipped to Littledot, and they put it in my amplifier, between the audio out jack and the circuit board.
http://toxic-cables.co.uk/index.php?rou ... duct_id=67

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Re: My New Little Dot MK VI+

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i got mine from Artemis, nice . Before the MK VI+ i was using Wooaudio WA2 with Beyerdynamic T1/LCD-2 . I changed the stock LCD-2 ones to copper 6" for more bass with terminating 1/4". It was $225......Now that i have the MK VI+, i already ordered from them SPC 6ft" with balanced termination for LCD-2 for$300. Their silver is around $500. Timothy from Artemis says copper is great for bass, silver is lesser bass but better mid/highs and SPC in between, so i choose SPC....should arrive in 3 weeks, cant wait to try out fully balanced.

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