Originally Posted by TMRaven
Hell if I know. I've tried the O2 and Magni out at the same time though, and they both sound very similar to me. It'd just be interesting to see if you also think the Magni sounds strident or not with the DT880 600.
From a quick glance the O2 is built around an op-amp and the Magni is discrete, so they shouldn't sound that alike.
Direct from schiit: "Discrete design allows us to create a DC-coupled stage with excellent power output and low output impedance, as well as good performance. Sure, we could throw an opamp in there and get better numbers, but we aren’t just about the numbers here. We believe different amps sound, well, different, and we made our design decisions based on both measurements and listening tests."
Aside from from what's on paper I would entertain the idea that my DV336 is coloring the sound, as a result the combo works much better for me. Back in the day when people discussed solid-state desktop amps and tubes for the Beyers the general consensus was that they pair much better with tubes. Today this is replaced with numbers and figures alongside clever marketing. As a result people aren't experimenting and discovering things for themselves.