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NZheadcase

Lyr vs Pan Am impressions (for Chgm)

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  This review was done at the request of fellow newbie Head-Fier Chgm.   Finally, after a long burn-in period and long listening sessions with both amps, I'm ready to give my impressions. This is specifically to test out the Schiit Lyr and the Alo Pan Am with the LCD 2 Rev.2. and songs that CHGM specifically requested (plus a few of my own additions as well).   Let’s start with the LCD 2 first. When I first put it on the first thing that popped into my head (as with most people) was “what a dark sound!”, and I do mean dark to the point where I took them off and scratched my head thinking, “did I just pay $1000K for these?”   However, remembering...
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Asr

Decent tube hybrid amp

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Pros: Power output to drive very inefficient headphones

Cons: Average sound quality overall

Originally published on November 16, 2011   Note: this review is an exact cross-post from post #1 of this thread on Head-Fi, which contains some user discussion on the review that may be relevant to read: http://www.head-fi.org/t/580636/mini-review-schiit-lyr   Intro This mini-review covers my thoughts on the Schiit Lyr vs HeadAmp GS-X in balanced mode, specifically for the Audeze LCD-2 r2 (with additional comments on the Senn HD800 and Audio-Technica AD2000 as well). Why these two amps? Because I already had the GS-X and was curious to find out what sort of sonic difference could be expected from triple the output power - the GS-X is rated at up to 2W @ 32 Ohms in balanced...
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dc-k

Has pride of place on my audio shelf

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Pros: Great sound for the price, tube rolling allows adjustment opportunities for fine tweaking, loads of power.

Cons: Slightly awkward location of power switch.

After a year of happy, I've finally got around to writing this review.   After a few months listening to my IBasso DX-100 through LCD2 directly I decided I wanted to see if and amp would really make much difference, and I'm so glad I did. Although I'm tempted to say there's no comparison, in short there is - the sound is an awful lot better when amped. I chose the Lyr after reading and consulting with many of the very helpful people here on head-fi and there was a good degree of consensus that the Lyr LCD2 combination would work well. I then spent a mind boggling two days trawling through the Lyr tube-rolling thread and nearly changed my mind, I wasn't sure I could cope with the...
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TCKKR

It was a nice introduction to tube rolling, but there are consistent problems (at least with mine).

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Pros: Very open sound stage. Simple interface.

Cons: Unreliable sound

This thing is beautiful, simple, and well designed. But, I've now found myself unable to rely on it for unadulterated sound. Not too long after I first purchased it, there began a static sound that would dominate the music. I'd tried 3 pairs of tubes... No luck. So, I sent it in, letting them know what happened. But they sent it back, saying it had been fixed, when the same problem still existed.   Now I use my Headroom Micro Amp/DAC combo that I had planned to upgrade from and I'm a happy camper. The sound, while having a bit less of a sizable soundstage, is arguably better.   Once you can't trust a product to behave properly, it's hard to take it seriously. I still...
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RushNerd

Warm power.

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Pros: Full, thick sound full of dynamic and life, tube rolling

Cons: Tube rolling?

I bought this after having the Schiit Asgard for a month with my HE-400's because I felt they were worthy of more power: I was spot on. I was very hesitant to dive into an amp twice the price that looked the same, but that tube/solid state combo, combined with the sheer power it delivers is nothing short of amazing.   I bought these exclusively for my HE-400's, but they should be a top amp for most high end headphones. The pre-amp function was a big seller for me as they turn my 2.1 computer system into something very unique.   Compared to the Asgard, the sound on the 400's is a lot fuller and the volume knob feels almost COMPLETELY linear. This is a rare thing, trust...
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bob81pizza

Great amp!

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I got this amp along with the HE-500s to jump into the audiophile scene. My first impressions are that this amp is made with care. It is a solid piece of equipment that is classy looking with no frills. It really drives the HE-500s well. I haven't had too much time to spend with them yet, but whenever I do have some time, sitting down with this combo is really a joy. It is noisy with my Denon ah-d2000s, but Schiit even says it wasn't meant for Denons so you can't fault it for that. I haven't gotten into tube rolling yet, but it's only a matter of time :)    Overall I am pleased with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone to pair with the HE-500s. From what I've read...
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