Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL MZ3 Headphone Amp/Pre Amp/Integrated Amp

This is the place to discuss the Linear Tube Audio (LTA) MZ3 MicroZOTL Tube Headphone Amplifier.

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Now hopefully we get some juicy subjective shares about this black box! I’m afraid my contribution will only be reading this thread, as it’s a significant investment for this year’s audio budget.

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We have a community member that just received one. I just created the thread so he can post whenever he’s ready. :+1:t4:

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If it is who I think it is, that is awesome!

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:popcorn: I’m especially interested in how the MZ3 compares to the MZ2.

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Haven’t had a ton of time with the MZ3 due to work and being out of town not long after I received it, but I’m really enjoying this amp. It really does seem like the best of both worlds, tube and ss. Really like the Verite off it and the Stellia, which surprised me.

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Very nice! That dot matrix display… :heart_eyes:

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And a fancy apple remote when you’re just too lazy to sit up to adjust the volume lol.

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Congratulations @Rhodey :champagne: very happy for you. I recently had a demo with a DNA amp, after having it for 2 weeks I ordered the Stratus. I’ll have it by 2021…

Seriously, awesome pick up. Looking forward to reading your impressions.

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Thanks and congrats to you! I’ll eventually add some impressions but it’s hard to compare without listening to other totl amps. This thing is just good and I’m relieved haha.

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I spent a LOT of time with the MicroZOTL stuff at last years Axpona, both before and after the shows. The guys were super gracious about letting me have a rather extensive listen

What stuck out to me about MZ2 vs MZ3 was… tactility. MZ2 just struck as me too soft, where as MZ3 had some texture without sounding overly aggressive or “fake”

Mz2 is/was too soft for my tastes, it always sounded like it smooothed everything over [and this is with AGGRESSIVE sounding dynamic headphones]

Good to see we have an owner here too!

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That’s awesome that you were able to have an extensive listen. Helpful impressions, thanks. That’s too bad about the MZ2. Do you recall if you tried the MZ2 with both the standard power supply and $700 extra linear power supply?

It’s a bit odd to me that the price gap between the 2 and 3 is $1300 vs $3700, relatively wide. I guess that gap showed up in your listening session.

And yes awesome to have an owner among us!

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First year I heard it was with stock PSU, second time which was last year was with the upgrade I believe. I can’t say what difference it made as my overall impression still stood

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Copy that, thanks. The 3 is an appealing unit with its headphone, preamp and speaker capabilities.

I want to play with one of these so bad! It is lovely looking! Plus I like the size of it!

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I’m half way there. I’ve already got that remote. :+1:t4::wink:

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Thanks. The smaller footprint was definitely a selling point for me.

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