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

Hey @Rhodey I’m going to swing by LTA this weekend. What headphones do you really recommend/like the MZ3 with?

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I like my Verite Open. Haven’t tried the VC, maybe I’ll pick some up this November.
The Lcd3 you have may work well on it as well. I like my LCD 2.2 pf off it too. It’s pretty versatile.
Let me know your thoughts!

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My mz2 works well with everything i throw at it.

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Same here; haven’t experienced a ‘bad’ pairing with the MZ3. I have… Sennheiser HD 6XX, ZMF Aeolus, Audeze LCD2C, X Meze 99 Noir, Fostex THX00…to name a few. All good.

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A match made in heaven with the Aeolus

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Yeah my ebony Tr-x00 sounds really nice off of it as well. It’s really a jack of all trades amp. Kinda wild.

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True, it’s up to $2200 with the upgrades especially the linear power supply. $1500 still seems like a relatively large gap to me compared to other companies such as ampsandsound, Decware, Feliks, Woo. DNA will soon have a similar large gap between the $2k Starlett, ~$4500 Stratus, and ~$6700 Stellaris if I recall.

Good to hear that you like your Orchid.

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Pretty pretty pretty good combo…

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When I had a mz2 I liked the hd650 with it a lot. I’d like to get a mz3 or even another Mz2 down the road when they get a bit cheaper especially the mz3. Not a lot of them on the used market. Hopefully if they ever come out with a new version of the mz3 or a mz4 there will be a flood of mz3’s being sold at a bargain

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Hope the mz4 isn’t too much better if that’s a thing on the horizon :sweat_smile:

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I have been looking at the MZ3 for some months now, but the price tag is scary.
Congrats @Rhodey I am sure you are in for a treat with this amp. :+1:

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The microzotl has some extremely silky smooth clarity. The detail is amazing and better than any other tube amp I’ve heard. Have fun! Great combo

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It’s really good, but that’s also coming from someone who hasn’t heard other high-end tube amps. I enjoy it tho lol

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Congrats, very nice! A comparison would be quite informative for the community.

SET DHT 300B tube rectified vs SET DHT 2A3 tube rectified vs OTL push pull solid state rectified.

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What headphones are folks using with this unit? I had one in house for a while, and remember really liking it at shows, but wasn’t crazy impressed when it was here. Might have to get it back for review with my full suite of cans…

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I enjoyed it with just about everything lol.
Sounded good with the HD800S, HD580 and HD650, fostex tr-x00 ebony, lcd 2.2 pf, Empyrean, Focal Stellia, Clear, Verite Open and Closed, and Porta pros lol. I’m sure there’s others that I’m missing.

A traditional high-end otl that’s more tubey may pair better with the hd800S and 600 series.

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The only headphone of note I’ve used it with is the Focal Utopia. Depending on your sonic preferences, this could be an exceptional pairing, but there are particular elements that I feel other amps handle slightly better. I’ll do a more thorough post soon, and also link to it from this thread.

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I have the MZ2 with LPS. I find LTA amps to be pretty versatile. They’ve capably driven RAD-0, VC, VO, Eikon, HD800 SDR, HD6XX, LCD-2.2 PF. It is also my favorite amp for the Empyrean, when compared side by side with Mogwai SE and Pendant OG.

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If only it had more power… Who knows where I’d be…

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Has anyone compared it with the Z10? I was wondering about that because of the increased power.

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