Haven't tried an Asgard or Asgard 2 myself, but when I upgrade from the Magni to Lyr (with stock tubes), I did some straight A-to-B comparisons using the same DAC to drive the amps. My biggest takeaway from the amp upgrade was the richer, fuller, and more mellow sound from the Lyr. The soundstage became a lot more spacious, and the resulting separation of instruments was incredible. With the Beyer DT880, the Lyr was also not as bright as the Magni, and I appreciated that.
3/8/14 at 6:03pm