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Schiit Vali Reviews

Positive Reviews


Best of the Bunch


Pros: Sounds Better than Magni

Cons: Tubes will Eventually Die But are Replaceable by Schiit, Less Powerful of the Bunch

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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Negative Reviews


Revised & Downgraded!!!


Pros: None

Cons: Microphonic Ringing

Short & sweet.If you own this amp or are getting this amp you MUST isolate it from vibration for it to work to it's fullest potential!With the chassis properly damped the tubes are stable,microphonic ringing & tube rush vanish & the music flows from a black background!Use damping material underneath(cork is cheap & works great) & a heavy weight on top(DON'T COVER VENT HOLES).Leave undisturbed for 12 hours+ so everything can settle.I CAN NOT UNDERSTATE HOW IMPORTANT VIBRATION CONTROL IS if you really want to hear this amp at it's best.Here is my set up.Dead cold & just powered up & the amp is whisper quite....Hardwood table(ash)>#2 VibraPods>...
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More Reviews


A Titan Amongst Sub 150 Dollar Amps


Pros: great price, nice full bass, excellent pairing with the Q701,

Cons: tube ringing when plugging in headphones.

Very few times in this hobby have I run across a piece of gear that's turned me into a rabid raving lunatic fan boy.   The Vali is a nondescript no frills entry level tube amp weighing in at a lowly 119.00 bones. Whats special about this little amp is the phrase "entry level" is deceiving when you take into account what its capable of. Compared to far pricier amps the Vali may lack fineness but in still exudes tons of control and detail over the gear it drives. So much so I have no qualms saying that its the titan amongst other amps of its price bracket and in many ways a predator capable of embarrassing some gear out there that's two or three times its MSRP.   You don't...
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Phenomenal value for the money


Pros: Superb amp, very smooth and clear

Cons: can have some ringing, takes a bit of time to warm up

Equipment Used Source Modi DAC   Headphones Hifiman HE-300 Fit and Finish     As you guys probably already know, the fit and finish on this unit is fantastic. I was really impressed with the Vali from the get go. The stack looks very elegant and doesn't feel cheap in any way. You can tell Schiit really pays attention to the details on their gear. It's surprising to see this in such low cost units. Build quality seems very good as well. The coating seems clear and even and the rubber feet are a nice touch. The lettering and logo on units are both well done and classy. All the holes and screws are nice and clean. I did find the LED's a bit bright but honestly not...
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It's OK


Pros: see review

Cons: see review

Sounds great with the modded AKG Q701. Nearly as good with that as my main amp that originally cost $350. Impressive! In fact, the Vali added nothing to the sound of the modded Q701, which is perfect. I would say the resulting sound is similar to that of the O2 but with very very slightly fuller mids and very slightly smoother treble. We're talking maybe a 2% difference. The Vali sounds dead neutral to my ears with the Q701. I also tried my K400 and the Vali added nothing.   I then tried the HD-650 and Koss Pro DJ100. Sounded terrible and no better than an E9. On both the bass was too sloppy and uncontrolled. Any recordings with bass would put a haze over the sound. The problem I...
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Value for Money


Pros: Sounds terrific

Cons: Minor lack of power

This is my first tube amp. It does not sound warm and soft, as I expected but dynamic and "fast". It had troubles when driving my headphones at insane sound levels, but after replacing the power adapter, from 16V A/C 500 mA to a 15V 1A,  this tube amp, now has lots of power. This must be my best buy ever.

Vali Defies & Surpasses Expectations


Pros: Sound. Price, Size, Customer Service.

Cons: You might come in expecting too much from it.

Way overdue review.  I've had a lot of tube amps. Love 'em. Constantly trying to find gear combos that just make me happy to listen to my music.   The Vali is one of those pieces of kit that I roll into my listening. It has not always blown me away when critically listening to it.  But it is a no-brainer to keep one on my desk.   Listening to some Muddy Waters right now. Geek Out 1000 > Vali > Semi-modded HD800. Sounds sublime...   I also have a Wyrd, Magni, Magni 2, Magni 2 Uber, and Modi 2 Uber sitting in my desk stack right now.     Two of the three Magnis are mine. I'll probably pick just one Magni to keep on the desk with the Wyrd...
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Mr Rick

Well Built, Great Sounding Tube Amp, For An Outstanding Price


Pros: Made in the USA. Reasonably priced. Super easy to use. Did I mention it's made in the USA!!

Cons: Addicting. Has caused me to completely revisit my music collection.

Greetings everyone. I'm perhaps the newest member of the Vali admiration society. I ordered mine directly from Schiit on a Friday and received it on Saturday ( How is that for service?)    I'm rather new to headphone amplifiers and my only means of comparison is a A / B test with a Bravo Audio Ocean that I have had for a few weeks. So far I hear little difference between the two. That is not a bad thing as I am very pleased with the little Class A Bravo Ocean. The cost of each amp is nearly the same and each have slightly different features. But a sonic comparison reveals very little difference. At least so far.   I'm listening with a pair of Sennheiser HD 598s and one...
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Great with AKG Q701!


Pros: See the review

Cons: see the review

I've been looking for an amp to pair with my AKG Q701, and Vali was highly recommended by the users.Now I know why....Before vali,I was using Fiio e12/X3 combo.(yeah I know it's portable)   Fiio e12 and X3   There was a noticeable improvement this combo over my smart phone's hp-out.The sound stage got bigger, and the music was slightly realistic sounding.I used e12/x3 over six months, and it was time to upgrade!!!   Schiit MODI/VALI    Okay...I got my Schiit package,then I opened it. And my first impression was " Hmm..Smaller than I thought.Instead of pairing my q701 with schiit, I listened for 15mins with Fiio combo. "Then I hooked my AKG Q701 and gave it...
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I like it, with major caveats


Pros: Interesting sound

Cons: Hiss

An interesting introduction for me to tube sound. No idea if this is a faithful representation of the genre.   When I turned it on it the first time, left channel had lots of hiss. But the signal was equal in both channels, when playing music. So I decided to keep it for a while. After a few hours, the hiss evened out, but still was noticeable with the following equipment. Hiss was with only the headphones connected to the amp, no sources or cables.   Monoprice MEP-839 Grado SR 60 Focal Spirit Pro Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Panasonic RP HTF 600   The nominal impedance of HD 280 and HTF 600 are 64 and...
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Great for the price!


Pros: Transparency, scalability, simplicity

Cons: wow factor, microphonics,overhyped but still good

SCHIIT VALI iMac > Fidelia/Vox>Nuforce Icon DAC> Schiit Vali>Yamaha HPH MT220 iMac > Vox > JDS LABS ODAC> Schiit Vali> Yamaha HPH MT220   PROS AND CONS: - harmless or non hindering - tiny bit of tube flavor(don't expect a lot) - transparent - scalable - detailed (what you put is what you get) - capable - nothing recessed (maybe the highs a tad if anything) - smooth - good power for any dynamic - simplicity - build - PRICE - size/footprint   cons: - microphonics - wow factor   To start I would like to say that right from the jump the Vali is a good pick for someone wanting an amp at an affordable price. It is pretty hard for...
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