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  1. #11
    Join Date: May 2012

    Location: Toulouse

    Posts: 3,974
    I'm GettingFunky.


    Thanks for the recommendations.
    The Little Dot looks interesting, but if the budget is upped a little the Schiit Valhalla comes into range.
    I have always fancied a piece of Schiit.

    An OTL headphone amp? Is it a good idea.
    Maybe I should speak to Mr Fitkrebottle and see if he can make me one with a massive power supply. As apparently they make all the difference.

    Funkified Technics SL1200 Mk2 (Funk FX-1200+, Techne-Audio modified DL-103/AT33PTG/II/, Funk Firm "Strata" platter, "Spin" bearing and BO!NG Isolation feet, MCRU/LDA PSU).
    Pioneer PD-S703.
    Battery powered Beresford Caiman II.
    Firebottle KIN fitted with NOS Telefunken Valves.
    Firebottle Monoblocks fitted with NOS Telefunken Valves.
    Electric Beach FH3 with Taket BatPure super tweeters.
    Graham Slee Solo Ultra Linear Headphone amp.
    Sennheiser HD540 Reference II & HD650.
    DIY Klotz MC5000/MS Audio interconnects.
    Talk cable 3 speaker cable.
    Neotech hybrid mains cables from MCRU
    Power Inspired AG1500

  2. #12
    Join Date: Aug 2016

    Location: Edinburgh

    Posts: 120
    I'm Patrick.


    I've been using the Schiit Vali with a pair of Sennheiser hd600s for a couple of years. I suspect I would have to spend a great deal more for something better sounding. Sounds especially good with the Mani phonostage, but also great through a CD player.

  3. #13
    Join Date: Sep 2012

    Location: Dubai (was Kent,UK)

    Posts: 12
    I'm Nick.



    Really like it...


    Of course it's rather more than just a headphone amp - it runs max2play on the Pi so it's a Vortexbox client too, i.e. everything is served to it. I use RPi 3s, using the inbuilt WiFi and it works very well... use Orange Squeeze on my phone to control it.
    The whole plan hinged on the natural curiosity of potatoes...

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