That’s great guys. I’m thinking to do an impression/review of an older Little Dot MVII+ SS balanced amp that was available for just a couple of years.
My one hesitation has been that I have no reference for comparison with another balanced SS amp
When I first decided to buy the original MKVII (1st gen. had no “+” designation) I contacted David ZheZhe at Little Dot. He replied that he was having trouble accessing one electronic component for the amp and It turned out that the part actually became unavailable.
David was then compelled to modify the amp somewhat and give it the MKVII+ moniker.
In the modification process, the overall power was reduced but the trade-off was that a faint “buzzing” sound on some units was altogether eliminated.
Initially, the MKVII was an incredibly powerful amp that could drive any headphone available at the time, including the AKG 1000.
I think IIRC the buzzing in some units had something to do with the exceptionally high output power.
Although the MKVII+ does not have the sheer power of the original, neither do any units have a potential to buzz.
There’s not the faintest background noise of any kind. And that’s true both during playback and between tracks (or on pause) even at full volume…which is not advisable while music is playing, unless you’re looking to go deaf.
It drives HD600/650s exceptionally well. IIRC (again) I believe the amp was designed around the Senn HD6XX, as they were the most popular “high end” cans at the time (how times and costs have changed)!
It was definitely designed/optimized for balanced output (4pin XLR) but does have a 1/4" receptacle for SE use.
The review would definitely be along the lines of how well the amp has stood up over the years.
I’d much prefer to have a modern SS amp that sells for the same price (or higher) as a reference/comparison before going forward.
It would then be a more accurate, informative and less subjective “impression”.