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Schiit Audio Valhalla 2

The Schiit Valhalla 2 is a excellent value, flexible amp that gives a wide and clear presentation with high-impedance headphones.

Currawong

Pros: Inexpensive, solidly-built, wide soundstage with high-ohm headphones, pre-amp is handy with active monitors.

Cons: Headphone choices are limited to high-impedance models for the most part.

“You know, I’ve never owned any Schi….um, any of your products..” I was saying to Jason Stoddard in LA in March. Indeed, the last time I’d sampled anything from his company was years ago at a meet in Australia, where an original Asgard hadn’t impressed me. So I asked Jason if he would send me a Valhalla 2 once they were in production, as the amp seemed to be something of a potential...
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My first DAP and it couldn't have been better
My first DAP and it couldn't have been better

FiiO X1 Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP

Pros: Cheap, Excellent sound quality, Scroll wheel, light and portable

Cons: Bit of hissing, Lags a bit when playing high quality format (Nothing serious though for this price)

Alessandro Music Series MS1i Black Walnut Cups
Alessandro Music Series MS1i Black Walnut Cups

Alessandro MS1i

Pros: Smooth Mids and Treble, Full Bodied Bass, Light Weight, Easy to Drive

Cons: Smoothed Over Sound, Laid Back Tone

Unbelievably good
Unbelievably good

Sennheiser HD-598

Pros: Clean as a nun's earlobes, great bass extension with just enough punch, phenomenal midrange and effortless highs. Really unique and classy aesthetics.

Cons: What? How dare you ask? None.

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