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Schiit Magni 2

An inexpensive all-rounder that packs a good punch

A review on: Schiit Magni 2
Aornic

Pros: Clean and transparent sound. Powerful. Overachiever for the price range. Inexpensive.

Cons: Takes a while to start up.

  In the audio world, nobody can say we don’t have a tonne of choice available to us. Some audition gear with slight differences to find the piece that truly stands out to them. This customizable experience is what drives enthusiasts in this hobby.     But what of the everyman? What of the student on a tight budget who needs the best “bang for your buck” experience? Some...
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[PMReviews] iFi iCAN (Standard And SE)
[PMReviews] iFi iCAN (Standard And SE)
Authoritah!
Authoritah!

Schiit Mjolnir 2

Pros: versatile, powerful, dynamic

Cons: tube extraction, HE-6 synergy eh

Under appreciated emotional amp
Under appreciated emotional amp

Cary Audio HH-1

Pros: Incredible soundstage, effortless musicality, ability to tune sound via tube rolling, detailed without sounding harsh, built like a tank

Cons: Large footprint, pricey new, causes separation anxiety, not great for rock (not the most forgiving with poor recordings). Lacks input

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JDS Labs Assembled Objective2 Headphone Amplifier

JDS Labs Assembled Objective2 Headphone Amplifier

“     Without referring to "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's" (A.K.A. NwAvGuy) blog, and speaking from my own listening experiences, I really do think the Objective 2 is a great headphone amplifier. No, I don't think this is the amp to end all amps, but it's a dang good one and it only cost me $156 USD (which includes the Triad brand WAU12-200 AC adaptor). In fact, it can be found...” --miceblue

100% Positive Reviews
iFi iCAN headphone amplifier

iFi iCAN headphone amplifier

“iFi iCAN (Standard and SE) Power in a small package.  << PREVIOUS REVIEW | REVIEW INDEX | NEXT REVIEW >>   GENERAL NOTES For those who have read some of my past reviews, you'll notice that I've changed up the format slightly.  Graphically, this new review format looks more appeasing to the eye, while writing wise, I find that it is more fluid and...” --thatonenoob

100% Positive Reviews
Matrix M-Stage

Matrix M-Stage

“The M-stage HPA-1 was purchased by me from an eBay seller about a year ago for $180 including a class A biased OPA627 op amp. The HPA-1 was the first generation in the M-stage series and have since then been followed by the HPA-2 and the quite recently released HPA-3. The HPA-1 was released back in 2010 but I still think that it offers enough interesting features to be worthy of a review in...” --peter123

100% Positive Reviews
Schiit Valhalla

Schiit Valhalla

“ I had been looking for an amplifier for my Sennheiser HD650 headphones and tried many amps that cost much more than the Valhalla over the last 6 or so years. It's almost like they designed this amplifier to bring out the best of this particular headphone. If you are also a 650 owner and have always thought that they are a bit "veiled" in the mids/highs, and like me have done the mods (foam,...” --HiFi1972

100% Positive Reviews
Schiit Asgard Headphone Amplifier

Schiit Asgard Headphone Amplifier

“I've been reading so many replies and reviews how the O2, Magni and Vali sound the same. After weeks of listening to all of them, (yes I have them all) they are all not exactly the same . I've been using the same music and all else in the system is the same and have only changed the amps. Started with O2, then went to Magni. Yes the Magni and O2 sound very close. The Magni...” --Hi-Fi'er

100% Positive Reviews
Apex High-Fi Audio Peak and Volcano

Apex High-Fi Audio Peak and Volcano

“ I actually decided to buy the Apex Peak/Volcano, I do not regret purchasing this amplifier even though a loaner program was available for sometime, although I don't know if it was still going on when I bought the amp.   For headphones I have the Audez'e LCD-2 and Ultrasone Edition 10.  I only used the ED10 very briefly as I actually prefer the sound of the LCD-2 to the ED10s. ...” --Wedge

100% Positive Reviews
Schiit Asgard 2

Schiit Asgard 2

“ I'm going to keep this review brief and to the point. This amp is freakin' awesome for $250 and it has a high/low gain meaning it's capable with almost any type of headphone you can throw at it besides orthos. I use it with my DT880s and they sound way more fun and not boring like they used to. So ya, just buy this amp. There is no transformer hum and the noise floor is very low. So disregard...” --wahsmoh

80% Positive Reviews
Schiit Audio Ragnarok

Schiit Audio Ragnarok

“UPDATED:   I posted further research and a solution of sorts for that ‘left-channel buzz’ at the bottom of this review.   Introduction This review covers the practical aspects of the Ragnarok that I’ve encountered in my two weeks with the amp, comments on casual listening with a variety of headphones and sources, and some critical listening I did against my HeadAmp GS-X mk2....” --ogodei

100% Positive Reviews
Bravo Audio Ocean

Bravo Audio Ocean

“ Me: I am a 21 year old student living in a small town in India. I would like to call myself a music enthusiast, rather than an audiophile. I was inspired by music since childhood, and as the time passed, the passion of music grew in me, and that subsequently led me to join Head-Fi. Eventually, I found the pleasure of listening to music mainly by the HD600 and recently, by the seductive...” --YoYo JoKeR

100% Positive Reviews
Little Dot I+

Little Dot I+

“The I+ from Little Dot is an excellent tube hybrid that offers much more than its sub-$150 price tag would suggest.   This is the first piece of head-fi equipment that I've owned twice. Bought one from a fellow Alabamian head-fier a couple months ago and had it for a little more than a month before deciding to sell as my "best" pair of cans weren't benefitting as much from amping. Within...” --JoeDoe

100% Positive Reviews
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