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Right now im in the process of deciding on a headphone amp but am currently having trouble deciding which to get.

the two that im looking at right now are:

Little Dot MK III
and
Millett Hybrid MiniMAX Kit

The little dot i wont have to do any building as oppose to the MiniMAX; im not against building the amp but i have no idea how difficult of a build it is.

so i guess im looking for some opinions on the two amps especially from those who have built a MiniMAX, how do the two differ in sound?

On a different topic, i was also wondering how something like a Line 6 UX1 would compare to a more dedicated DAC within the same price range?
post #2 of 13
AD700? You don't need an amp.
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster;12684198 
AD700? You don't need an amp.

as he said... you definitely don't need to amp ad-700s.
    
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Originally Posted by rmp459;12684225 
as he said... you definitely don't need to amp ad-700s.

i intend on getting better headphones thus getting an amp, was looking at the DT770 right now but have yet to make a final decision on what to buy either way whichever i do decide to buy i know i will need to have an amp ready for it.
post #5 of 13
Do you know how to read resistors, find positive and negative on capacitors or diodies? Do you have atleast a basic concept of circuit diagrams?

I've built a minimax and you better have a decent Iron and some soldering talent since your gunna be making a good 200+ solder joints.
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Originally Posted by mrsmiles;12685217 
i intend on getting better headphones thus getting an amp, was looking at the DT770 right now but have yet to make a final decision on what to buy either way whichever i do decide to buy i know i will need to have an amp ready for it.

Don't buy an amp until you have money for the headphone and the amp, IMO.
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post #7 of 13
Its nice to have a single amp for all your headphone needs, but truthfully, amps are usually paired to highend headphones more than you think.

Need to decide solid state vs tube, opamps choices (if you can switch them out), power needed, etc.

Basically what I am saying is you really need to have a pair of headphones picked out before you buy the amp.
    
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post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster;12685969 
Don't buy an amp until you have money for the headphone and the amp, IMO.

i have the money for both right now so its ok, im just having a harder time deciding on the amp rather then the headphones which is why im looking for some feedback on both to make a decision for which i am going to get.
post #9 of 13
Don't let them discourage you. If you want to build the minimax, make sure you educate urself first. Check head-fi for sales of the minimax as well. People who have done it before are usually willing to build one for someone ese too. I tested the minimax at a meet through my Compass and it was awesome. It definitely lives up to the hype and I think holds up well in the mid-priced market.
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post #10 of 13
Have you an idea what headphone you're going to get? Line 6 UX1 and dedicated dac are a bit different in terms of use. Also it's kind of hard to find a dac without an amp at the price range of a UX1. I think you're going about the upgrade path a bit backwards.
    
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