Originally Posted by preproman
Yep - on the Magni they sound just fine. Nothing wrong with them at all. However, compared to my B22 or the Mjonlir it's no contest. Yes - they do scale with better gear..
Sometime i'll need to go to a meet and really hear this with my own ears. I've found the HD-650 and my DJ100 to improve with every single upgrade. I'd say the HD-650 has improved more with my ODAC than any other headphone, even the Q701. More than the HD-600, 580 and 598 to my ears.
I think one reason I love the Magni is that it sounds crystal clear with the HD-650. I don't want it to be any warmer at all.
It wouldn't be surprised though if some people might prefer the sound of a cheaper amp (just going by sound preferences) over some $1000 monster. It's possible I guess. I'll never ever buy an amp over $500, but if I ever did I'd be too worried about it being too colored or "musical". I don't know if I'd like the Lyr, but it's possible.
This Magni seems more neutral than the Asgard, but then again I didn't have the ODAC back then, so it's rather pointless to compare them.
The Magni doesn't seem dramatically different than my Micro Amp. The Magni might be a tiny bit less warm, but yet again I don't really find the Headroom Micro that warm at all, which is weird. In comparison my Clip+ sounds warmer Now to figure out which amp is more transparent. I think the Micro, Magni and O2 perhaps might be pretty close in this area. Maybe not. The trick will be to see what the Magni sounds like with a bunch of different sources connected to it.
FYI for anyone that cares, I find the Magni better for the 650 than the E9, but not a huge difference. The E9 has more than enough power for the HD-650 as you know. The Magni seems a bit more balanced and detailed, but that's just going on memory. One weird thing about the E9 is that it always sounds the same depending on what source I connect...