Little Bear B4-X
The Difference Between B4 and B4-X
B4-X is a dual-mono balanced version. Its left and right channel are amplified by independent components, and power supply, tubes, and op amp are all independent and symmetric. So the degree of sound separation is higher than B4.
B4-X adopts 2 groups of independent power supply(+12V and -12V) for 2 op amps, less mutual effects and can drive 300Ω headphones.
The circuit adopts dual op amp parallel output, with higher output power.
B4-X has 3.5mm and 2.5mm 2 kinds of output interface, suitable for most of balanced and standard headphones.
Mini Size and Unique Design
Built-in tube makes you have a tube amplifier which can be held by one hand, convenient to carry and can enjoy HiFi music everywhere. Full, delicate and soft sound: warmer than transistors, independent op amp and power supply inhance the SNR and degree of separation, less interplay and higher sound quality.
With Built-in Battery Protection Circuit
Battery lets your listening feast without time limitation. It can't be turned on during charging and will power off automatically after fully charged, and charger LED will turn to green.
High-end Making Material and Craft
Using gold-plated socket, original nichicon electrolytic capacitor, original DALE resistors and precision ring resistance.
It's working fine, can drive even 300 Ohm headphones. Fine little device
Review of Little Bear B4-X portable tube amp modded with Burson V6 Vivid opamps and silicone o-rings:
O-rings are easy to put on. Just slide them gently as far low onto the tubes as possible before they can be moved down no longer due to other components. Opamp swap requires somewhat more massaging. First, the plastic window in B4-X has to go as V6’s are tall. It’s easy to get it out without breaking since it’s glued to the case – just gently push on it until it starts to come off. Unfortunately, even with the window removed, there’s still about 1-2mm not enough space left to keep V6’s at 90 straight vertical angle. Therefor, when putting the top of the case back on, I left a little bit of extra space for the opamps but not screwing it fully in – and vice versa, I left extra space on the opposite side for the bottom of the case. With that, opamps are almost vertical at about 85 degree angle. They sit it fairly flush, there are no disconnects. In terms of storage, I use a tupperware container to keep dust from getting inside since the window is gone.
With poopy stock NE5532 opamps (retail under $1), I already hear a warm, liquidly, syrupy mid-centric sound that adds pleasant distortion which makes music fuller and richer. It’s quite enjoyable to begin with, however on technical level there’s poor vertical soundstage extension both ways while instrument separation on the stage lacks room and airiness. Staging and congestion get improved dramatically with V6 Vivids. We get better dynamics, transients, decay, slam as things get tighter while maintaining the same pleasant, musical, analogue distortion. Driving power seems to increase as well, as same volume level can be achieved at lower volume knob setting.
Generally speaking, the noise floor is high. If there’s no music playing, there will be audible noise on 99% of dynamic and BA headphones and earphones with impedance of 32 ohm and below. Even with fancy op-amps, B4-X best suited for high impedance drivers as well as for planar magnetic drivers. There’s no difference in sound between 3.5mm and balanced 2.5mm outputs. Balanced output sounds a slightly bit louder.
Smabat ST-10s Gold – featuring high impedance of 150ohm, B4-X does these earbuds justice. Cold mids are warmed, high mids peak is smoothed, while impressive bass is presented in high resolution and powerful slam.
Monolith M570 – these open-backed headphones are driven by planar magnetics. Little Bear adds warmness and richness that makes them sound less bright and more powerful down-low. Already highly-detailed mids get more musical.
Sennheiser HD6XX – there’s enough power at hand to drive this 300 ohm legend. It’s all about the mids with this combo, sounding super smooth yet textured. Vocals and associated note decay are amazingly yummy.
Hifiman HE560 – there’s not enough juice in the bank. Little Bear starts producing fart-like noises when trying to increase volume to decent levels.
Aune B1s – it can push a whopping 6.5 Vrms through its single-ended output. It does have more current on-hand which makes it sound more powerful and authoritative. Mids, especially low mids, are congested in comparison as B4-X with V6 Vivids really improves and showcases excellent separation and airiness in sound.
Fiio E12 – it can go louder than B4-X, that’s certain. However, E12 sounds somewhat coarse in comparison which negatively impact timbre. Bass slam is also better with Bass Boost on, but bass doesn’t sound as musical as on the Little Bear.
All-in-all for about $250 which is the approximate total cost of Little Bear B4-X, V6 Vivid opamps x2, and silicone o-rings, we get a high-quality transportable portable amp that is excellent to use with headgear that is relatively medium-hard to drive. It sounds much more analogue and musical than what most sources released nowadays do, since it doesn’t try to go for best SNR etc, it’s all about music enjoyment!
I'm not an audiophile person, but I enjoy music and iem's, but what I can say about this tube amp, it works! It amplifies and it improves the sound signature on almost all of my iem's, and it being balanced(2.5jack) really makes everything much better, I own about 15 iem's but the ones I really notice a major improvement in sound over just plugging it straight into the pc are the Shozy Form 1.1 and the Semkarch CNT1, the bass hits harder, the clarity is improved, and it warms everything up and smooths things out, kinda hard to explain, but I notice it. It gets slightly warm, overall it's a nice entry step into tubes without blowing alot of money to see if this is a flavor of something you might like. The only downfall, it has to be recharged after about 4 hours of using, but that goes without saying as these have a pretty good output of power.
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