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Old 8th July 2012, 11:43 PM   #1
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Default B3 I/V for dedicated headphone out?

I want to use my B3 for headphones only- no preamp functions.
I'd like suggestions on a great way to do this. SRPP?
I prefer tubes, typically.
I'll be using the TP volumite.
My main headphones are Audeze LCd2's
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• Efficiency: 91 dB/1mW
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Old 9th July 2012, 12:16 AM   #2
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LCD-2 are somewhat difficult for tubes - you could want 1 Wrms which at 50 Ohms requires +/200 mApk, +/-10 Vpk

that requires fairly big tubes, wasted power or transformer output
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Old 9th July 2012, 12:25 PM   #3
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I would suggest Legato 3.1. It was specifically designed for what you want to do.

No tubes involved, but I wouldn't let that stop you.
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Old 10th July 2012, 01:33 AM   #4
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....that requires fairly big tubes, wasted power or transformer output
Or all three. I might be better off using my B3 with a simple I/V out into a dedicated can amp.

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Old 10th July 2012, 01:36 AM   #5
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I would suggest Legato 3.1.

I'm sure you would!

With all respect for your amazing B3, customer service, and concern for the DIY'er- I must say the Legato is not for me....but thank you.
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Old 10th July 2012, 01:50 AM   #6
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No worries, but have you tried one?
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Old 10th July 2012, 03:08 AM   #7
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No worries, but have you tried one?
Yes, on two different occasions- perhaps the enthusiasm of the guy who had the first one put me on the subconscious opinion that it was underwhelming but the second was given a more extensive (and fair) performance. My overall opinion of the system that utilized the Legato was that it was impressively detailed and very easy to listen to. Quite nice. Still not for me.

I'm looking for lies. I'm looking for an emotional connection. Sometimes, a little extra color, saturation, (or distortion if you like) is quite essential for a consistent emotional connection (in my opinion, of course). Nothing does that for me more than tubes. Is it psychosomatic? Placebo? Perhaps, but I don't care. This is my pill. My high.
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Well answered. All I care is that you enjoy the music.

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All I care is that you enjoy the music.
Don't ya wish everyone felt that way? Not only should we embrace others in the unique ways they find particular enjoyment in music, but in ourselves as well. Unfortunately, I'm convinced many people are in this hobby with absolutely no interest in enjoying music. It's a strange club sometimes.

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I like tubes too. You could put a tube amp after the Legato 3.1, which is what I do, and it sounds amazing. Preferably one that can take balanced inputs.
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