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Woot, my crack w/speedball shipped!  Can't wait!!!!!!

 

Also, I wish people would stop mentioning cables as an upgrade in sound quality.  That's just plain myth that's making companies that sell these stupid silver cables rich, while screwing gullible newbies into buying that crap when they can spend their money on other stuff that will ACTUALLY affect the sound.

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Did anyone ever figure out whether the Senn rebate will work with the Razerdog audio pricing?

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So should I spend more on a better DAC than an amp?

 

Right now my HD 650 is paired with a modi/vali. Is there really big difference between the modi and upper level dacs?

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Originally Posted by abablitz View Post
 

So should I spend more on a better DAC than an amp?

 

Right now my HD 650 is paired with a modi/vali. Is there really big difference between the modi and upper level dacs?

 

Yes there is quite a bit of difference to my ears between the Modi and the Bifrost or Gung. There is more resolution and less grain. Both are more dynamic and IMHO present a better sound stage.

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Originally Posted by chee006 View Post
 

My HD 650 is also going to arrive in the next few days but my PC DAC and amp ain't. I too can't wait to get my hands on a good amp and DAC my portable one is decent but I am afraid it won't sound as good if I paired it with a tube amp. Do you guys have any amp/dac or seperate components for my HD 650? my budget is around $350

Sorry to bother you guys but I still need someone's recommendation on my amps and dac, also do you think this will sound good through my DX 50 -> PB 2?

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The Bottlehead is a very popular amp on these forums. I very recently heard one at the SoCal meet and would have to agree that the synergy between the two is definitely there. That being said, I love my 650's out of the Valhalla, and of course the Mjolnir is stunning.  

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So I should just keep the vali, but upgrade to a higher DAC, btw do any of you guys EQ your set up?

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I don't find that the 650 needs any EQ IMO. 

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I'm torn between upgrading to a bottlehead from my vali, or getting a bifrost upgrade from my modi. 

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I would be quiet interested in hearing some of the schiit products they seem to be very popular and have a loyal following.  Over here in the UK the distributer/dealer has just swapped the dollar sign for a pound sign which effectively puts them in direct competition with some stiff opposition over here and also you need to factor in the feeling your being royally ripped off compared to the prices in the US which will be an obstacle to purchase for many.


Edited by JamieMcC - 3/29/14 at 1:41am
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Originally Posted by abablitz View Post
 

I'm torn between upgrading to a bottlehead from my vali, or getting a bifrost upgrade from my modi. 

There are those who would say that the Vali scales surprisingly well.  Not to say it is any better or worse than the BH, but it is a surprisingly good amp and I'd say you will get more bang for your buck upgrading to a better DAC.  An amp can only be as good as the source that feeds it.

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So I should just keep the vali, but upgrade to a higher DAC, btw do any of you guys EQ your set up?

modi/crack here ... EQ=tube

P.S. I don't have vali but I do have Crack (I'm very satisfied and love this amp) , I'm not looking to upgrade anytime soon...crack is more then just an amp ..you can have a lot of fun upgrading,modding ,etc and the synergy is there ..would I recommend it ? heck yes ! 

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Originally Posted by FraGGleR View Post
 

There are those who would say that the Vali scales surprisingly well.  Not to say it is any better or worse than the BH, but it is a surprisingly good amp and I'd say you will get more bang for your buck upgrading to a better DAC.  An amp can only be as good as the source that feeds it.

I would say that tube will give more bang for the buck and make noticeable difference since he already have pretty good DAC ,just my 2C


Edited by spacequeen7 - 3/28/14 at 6:25pm
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So the modi really isn't that bad?

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I would say that tube will give more bang for the buck and make noticeable difference ,just my 2C

 

I respectfully disagree.  Sure swapping tubes can make a noticeable difference in how things sound, but it is more akin to EQ.  It might change the flavor more to your liking, but it can't actually improve the quality of the signal beyond what the DAC puts out.  I thought the Modi was a nice DAC, a little bright without a whole lot of depth to the sound, but nonetheless a very good value.  I find my HDP to be clearly better and it is hardly a world beater.  To my ears, it has better detail retrieval, better space around the notes, and more three dimensional sound than the Modi.  It provides a higher quality base to start with for amplification.  Having heard better DACs, I am sold on the importance of having a good one in the chain.  I'm not saying you have to spend a ton, but when $500 or more is in the balance (Crack plus speedball plus upgraded tubes), and someone already has a Vali, I think it makes more sense short term and long term to get a better DAC.  You don't have to really go beyond a Bifrost Uber or Concero before the law of diminishing returns kicks in pretty strongly at this level.  Of course, just my 2 cents as well.

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