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Old 15th December 2011, 11:14 PM   #1
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Hi guys sorry but I need some advice on an op amp for this gift Iím ďthinkingĒ of buying my brother for Christmas. He likes music, but his hi-fi kit is not really that great. I talked to him about valve sound because heís nearly 50 years old and I ranted on about deep purple and the 70ís bandís sound much better through a tube. I canít afford to buy him a full valve amp but thought Iíd get something in between for his headphones. As in :


MUSE Tube 6N11 Class A Headphone Amplifier + Pre-AMP | eBay


this has no op amp so I was wondering what you guys would recommend, I know its not audiophile but it must be better than straight from his mp3player?? Or should I just buy this :


BRAND NEW Sense G1 B Vacuum Tube Headphone Pre Amplifier USB DAC UK SELLER | eBay


not sure what to do , please.. all advice welcome .
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Old 15th December 2011, 11:24 PM   #2
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the USB thingie looks more honest. At least he'll get a nice sound card.
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Old 15th December 2011, 11:30 PM   #3
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I have a headphone amp almost exactly like the one in your first link. The brand name on mine is "Indeed". I use it pretty much every day with my Grados and love it. It is dead quiet, very small and very good-sounding. Even an iPod sounds better run through a headamp.
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Old 15th December 2011, 11:37 PM   #4
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the USB thingie looks more honest. At least he'll get a nice sound card.
Yes just what I discussing with friend, plus itís a DAC ? seems to good to be true I might get one to see just what it sounds like and maybe do a bit of modding..

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I have a headphone amp almost exactly like the one in your first link. The brand name on mine is "Indeed". I use it pretty much every day with my Grados and love it. It is dead quiet, very small and very good-sounding. Even an iPod sounds better run through a headamp.
Thanks Sherman what op-amp are you using ?
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I wanted the PLC thingee for a gift, but decided to go DIY... With the savings, I may put one towards a USB Thingee, they offer good bang for your buck, but i hear theyre a bit tricky to get onto an airplane
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Old 16th December 2011, 03:54 PM   #6
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this has no op amp so I was wondering what you guys would recommend
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Thanks Sherman what op-amp are you using ?
I am not sure if I have understood your question right.
You do not need any OP amp to add. The first seller advertises his amplifier as a "OP-amp free" desing meaning something great.

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Old 16th December 2011, 04:00 PM   #7
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Somebody ban siliconray, he doesn't post schematics and he's always talking about his gear.
I think McIntosh does exactly same.
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Old 16th December 2011, 05:44 PM   #8
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I wanted the PLC thingee for a gift, but decided to go DIY... With the savings, I may put one towards a USB Thingee, they offer good bang for your buck, but i hear theyre a bit tricky to get onto an airplane
Then just ditch the tube before boarding. They are the cheapiest and china-est anyway.
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Old 16th December 2011, 06:49 PM   #9
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I will recommend this:

6F3 mini hifi tube amplifier

The best made mini tube amp I've ever seen. Now most of the orders are for Xmas gift

If your brother want a real hifi headphone amplifer, this is the one:

6j4+6p6p+6z5p HiFi Tube Preamplifier Kit
Really he insnt the slightest bit bias'ed lol

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I am not sure if I have understood your question right.
You do not need any OP amp to add. The first seller advertises his amplifier as a "OP-amp free" desing meaning something great.
and Really.. doh ! didnt understand that part .. thanks for clearing that up for me So no need for an op-amp excellent..
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