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Schiit Magni Reviews

Positive Reviews


Amazing, price can't be beaten.


Pros: Very cheap, Looks amazing, clean sound, Surprisingly well built

Cons: Back RCA sensitive to movement

Overall impressions:   At first i thought that this would be just another good looking and not much to show for kind of amplifier. In short, I was mistaken.   As I opened the box i was surprised by the built quality. I was expecting a light weight, thing aluminum, plastic knob item. But this is far form the truth. It has a surprisingly thick Steel body, that adds a good weigh to the unit. It has a good looking knob, call me weird but this is the only interactive part of the item. So a good aluminum touch does add to the experience. The finish on the aluminum itself is not the best, but standing 30cm from it you can't see any imperfection.   The little feat are just...
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Negative Reviews


Promising Amp Held Back By Low Price


Pros: Compact, Has the footprint of a golden lotus, matches macbook pro

Cons: Low price means anyone can have one, only one box, I have a dell

Schiit Magni Review   -please contact me for a one millimeter version of this review downloadable onto a microdot that can be smuggled and hidden from even the most prying eyes.   Intro:   As a free-thinking maverick who bucks trends and rides bulls, I have really never been one of the multitude of Schiit fans.  Ever since the first Asgard was hyped to high heaven, I've been averse to their products and never impressed with their offerings.  That said, I decided to try their newer product, their cheapest to date, to see if its stripped-down bare-bones nature would somehow change my roguishly independent mind.   About Schiit: Schiit Audio may be...
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More Reviews


You have to be really ignorant not to think this is a good value.


Pros: Good sub-bass. Transparent of source. Powerful. $99!

Cons: Volume pot makes noise when touched, channel imbalance at first quarter levels, highs can be harsh on many phones. USB noise comes through on Beyers

I'm writing this because I feel the need to defend this little giant-killer.    There are a lot of negative reviews, and while I am not on the "Schiit-wagon" at all, or a fanboy of their products, I now have a better idea of what kind of amps are out there, after owning this for two years and having upgraded dramatically to the Lehmann Rhinelander (around $500) and then the Lehmann BCL Linear (around $1200 or more). Guys who have been into hifi for years are shocked when they hear I have a headphone amp that costs $100 and basically reflects the source with no extra frills.   First of all, there is a sense in which no, I would not recommend this amp for IEMs,...
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Excellent entry level performer


Pros: Great value, excellent support from Schiit, well built, looks good

Cons: Channel imbalance, sensitive volume pot,slightly bright/forward sound

I think this review was long overdue. Magni was one of the first headphone amps I've ever owned and I kept it almost always throughout my audio journey. Through the past two years, I've had it head to head with amps that exceed its value by 5x+,yet, I still find Magni to be an excellent entry level amp even after direct comparisons.   Build: Schiit always has stellar build quality. I've used all of their amps, including Ragnarok. I have owned Valhalla, Lyr (twice), and Magni (three times). Every amp I used was well built and Schiit always responds to my sometimes stupid questions quickly. It really says something about how much they care, I've sent them emails that get...
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Excellent in Price Category and Value


Pros: Powerful, Small Factor, Excellent build Quality

Cons: Sounds Processed

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 does sound a tad processed and thin compared to O2 but the Magni does have more authority as it is more powerful in comparison even though they all seem to struggle reproducing the source. Then I went to the Vali. The Vali sounds nothing like the others. It's slightly more smoother and warmer, more of a natural sound...
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Magni is a great value but there are some caveats.


Pros: Analytical

Cons: Aggressive

Audio Gear - Grado SR-80i, Sony MDR-7506, Schiit Modi, Schiit Magni, Lepai 2020+, Logitech G930, Yamaha NS-6490, Pioneer VSX-822K Pioneer SP-PK51FS. As you may have noticed big price to perceived performance type of person.   After reading many reviews on headphone amps I kept stumbling upon the Schiit Magni. Purported as a great value for the money, capable amp for the price, audiophile quality, great starter headphone amp. I must say that I do enjoy quality sound and listen to music for hours on end on may a days.    That being said let me explain my listed pro and con.   Analytical - On several songs I am able to hear the vocalist breathe...
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A Fantastic Value


Pros: Detail, Clarity, Looks

Cons: Channel imbalance, lack of a gain switch

A year ago I was completely new the world of hi-fi. I was one of those newbies asking "do I really need a headphone amp to power my new headphones?" The resounding response from the head-fi community was "yes, of course you do!" So I decided to spend as little money as possible for an amp that would sufficiently power my Hifiman HE-400 headphones. My research led me to a few options, including some offerings from Fiio, but the Magni seemed to be the best bang-for-the-buck. On top of that, the Magni looked much sleeker than anything Fiio was selling at the time. So I plunked down the cash and waited for my little Magni to arrive, not entirely sure how it would affect my...
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Good value for $100


Pros: Value - can power orthos

Cons: Bright, slightly cold for my tastes

Surprised not to see a review on the Magni already.   Currently own the Magni, and it represents a very good value in my view - IF you like a brighter signature.   Powered a pair of LCD-2s well for me - tightened bass and brought mids forward when compared to underamping via E07K or other solutions I had at the time.   That said, I don't use it very much because I found the signature too bright for my tastes - but that's a taste issue. Posts seem to be a bit all over the map when paired with the LCD-2s - mostly good but with a smattering of very bad.   Bottom line - if you like a brightish signature, there is real value to be had here.  ...
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Pretty good for the price


Pros: Small, looks nice, cheap

Cons: Slightly bright/lean sounding, can be noisy

  Fairly neutral but sounds slightly bright and lean sounding at times. To my ears, definitely more so than the O2. I had them both within the last 6 months.   I felt it sounded good with the HD-650, HD-598 and my DJ100 but just decent with my Q701. For my Q701 with this amp I would probably prefer to use it with a warmer sounding source such as the Fiio E17. I think the docked Ipod Touch 2G to Magni made the Q701 sound a bit harsh/tinny/metallic sounding. Modi to Magni was a little better.   I sold the Magni after a few months and switched to the O2. It's slightly better but it does cost a little more. I think the O2 is a better match for brighter headphones, but...
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