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    Hi all,

    Does anyone have any experience with the Little Bear headphone amps? Or similar. I rarely use headphone with my system but recently I could've done with a headphone option. Are they any good as a super cheap option?

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    I've had the odd Little Bear item. They do the job well enough.

    If it was me wanting something to drive headphones with cheaply, I'd be looking for a seventies Japanese integrated amp. Maybe from Technics, Rotel or Trio and the like. They are cheap, well built and tend to sound pretty good via their headphone sockets. There is also the benefit that they can be used as a backup amp. I'm rather fond of the Trio KA-2000A and Rotel RA-611, both have really good sound quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    I've had the odd Little Bear item. They do the job well enough.

    If it was me wanting something to drive headphones with cheaply, I'd be looking for a seventies Japanese integrated amp. Maybe from Technics, Rotel or Trio and the like. They are cheap, well built and tend to sound pretty good via their headphone sockets. There is also the benefit that they can be used as a backup amp. I'm rather fond of the Trio KA-2000A and Rotel RA-611, both have really good sound quality.
    Thats not a bad shout Geoff, unfortunately theres no room at all. Just enough for a small headphone amp.

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    Depends what you call cheap, but I recently bought a Musical Fidelity X-Cans V1 for 60 from Gumtree and chucked in a pair of Jan Philips 6922 and for the money its superb.
    As an added bonus it takes up very little space and looks quite smart.
    I just need to change the PSU (when I can find a sensibley priced one) and I'm good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cityboy View Post
    Depends what you call cheap, but I recently bought a Musical Fidelity X-Cans V1 for 60 from Gumtree and chucked in a pair of Jan Philips 6922 and for the money its superb.
    As an added bonus it takes up very little space and looks quite smart.
    I just need to change the PSU (when I can find a sensibley priced one) and I'm good to go.
    Ive seen a few of those knocking about recently. Ill keep my eyes open. Thanks!

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    I recently picked up a creek headphone amp here. It is quite a nice bit of kit. creek make good stuff and this one was fairly expensive in its day. Might be moving it on again if I decide to get a dac/amp. but might not lol its very good. worth searchinh for them maybe on the bay too
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    I recently picked up a creek headphone amp here. It is quite a nice bit of kit. creek make good stuff and this one was fairly expensive in its day. Might be moving it on again if I decide to get a dac/amp. but might not lol its very good. worth searchinh for them maybe on the bay too
    I saw that but couldn't get the cash together quick enough. Give me a heads up if a sale looks likely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    I saw that but couldn't get the cash together quick enough. Give me a heads up if a sale looks likely.

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    No probs Oliver. I git it to listen to analogue but found a way that i could do dig and analogue together now so might move to a dac amp
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    No probs Oliver. I git it to listen to analogue but found a way that i could do dig and analogue together now so might move to a dac amp
    Sounds intriguing. I dont do much dig so laptop jack suffices lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    Hi all,

    Does anyone have any experience with the Little Bear headphone amps? Or similar. I rarely use headphone with my system but recently I could've done with a headphone option. Are they any good as a super cheap option?

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    I have one and it is awfully good for the dosh.

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