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 It just really sucks that Mjo ONLY has balanced outputs, which means I won't be able to use any other phones with them unless I find some crazy balanced cables. This is the biggest, biggest downside.

Just get a balanced-to-6.3mm adapter and you can use all phones
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post #6797 of 7569
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Just get a balanced-to-6.3mm adapter and you can use all phones

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Exactly...that is a good way to severely damage some balanced amplifiers. It may be okay with some amps, best to check directly with the amp manufacturer. Please don't ever bring an adapter like that to a meet and start plugging into people's amplifiers.
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Exactly...that is a good way to severely damage some balanced amplifiers. It may be okay with some amps, best to check directly with the amp manufacturer. Please don't ever bring an adapter like that to a meet and start plugging into people's amplifiers.

+2. Please do not use adapters. Schiit is very emphatic against the use of such adapters for the Mojo.
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So ... Wow, Mjo feedback is extremely, extremely positive. I'm pretty sure I'm buying a Mjolnir now... All I need is the balanced cable now. *dies*

 

This is what my wallet has to say to you guys:

 

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My wallet is Obamer, lol.

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So ... Wow, Mjo feedback is extremely, extremely positive. I'm pretty sure I'm buying a Mjolnir now... All I need is the balanced cable now. *dies*
Just make sure you are absolutely content on using that amp with the LCDs and orthos only as I found that everything else just didn't work. "The amp is not a Swiss Army knife" quoted by another member, should be highly considered. So ask yourself if you plan on getting more than 1 type of high end headphones and if you are going own more than 1 amp before making the decision.

If you are sure that the LCD will be your main headphone then mojo is THE amp to get.

Imho, given that you have a LCD2--its only a matter of time that an HD800 will come around the corner and you might very well end up falling for the HD800.

Decisions, decisions...
Edited by DarKen23 - 9/27/13 at 4:00pm
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I have a VERY extensive review of the RWA Signature 16 amp that I'll post a link to here in this thread when it's done. Just some finishing touches....It's a very favorable review and much overdue. Folks need to know what this amp can bring to the table! It's the same single ended headphone output section as the Cassabria standalone headphone amp. But the Cassabria has a balanced headphone output as well...

 

More very soon! 

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I have a VERY extensive review of the RWA Signature 16 amp that I'll post a link to here in this thread when it's done. Just some finishing touches....It's a very favorable review and much overdue. Folks need to know what this amp can bring to the table! It's the same single ended headphone output section as the Cassabria standalone headphone amp. But the Cassabria has a balanced headphone output as well...

More very soon! 
So the signature 16 does not have a balanced headphone out?
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No. I believe that is not an option due to space limitations within the amp. The Sig 16 is an integrated speaker amp, with the headphone output avail as an add on (without a compromise to either speaker/headphone listening quality in my experience)...

 

If you don't need your amp to power speakers as well as headphones then the Cassabria will be what you want for a standalone headphone amp from RWA...my review should give a sense of how the Cassabria performs via it's single ended headphone output since (as I mentioned) it's the same on the Sig 16 :)

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So, thanks to you guys, I'm getting my Mjolnir tomorrow!!! I am so excited!

 

I have a further question, though. I currently am using a Schiit Modi as my DAC. This is obviously a limiting factor, but I think it'll do for now. But, the problem is that the Modi does not have a balanced output ... Are there any bang-for-the-buck balanced DACs for a Mjolnir > LCD-2.2 setup? And, is there a big difference between a balanced DAC and an unbalanced?

 

And, do DACs make that much of a difference? I am under the impression that they're not close to as important as amplifiers and headphones... Because I really do not think I would ever feel comfortable dropping half a grand on something like the Gungnir.

 

Thanks a bunch. You guys are so helpful and passionate!

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So, thanks to you guys, I'm getting my Mjolnir tomorrow!!! I am so excited!

 

I have a further question, though. I currently am using a Schiit Modi as my DAC. This is obviously a limiting factor, but I think it'll do for now. But, the problem is that the Modi does not have a balanced output ... Are there any bang-for-the-buck balanced DACs for a Mjolnir > LCD-2.2 setup? And, is there a big difference between a balanced DAC and an unbalanced?

 

And, do DACs make that much of a difference? I am under the impression that they're not close to as important as amplifiers and headphones... Because I really do not think I would ever feel comfortable dropping half a grand on something like the Gungnir.

 

Thanks a bunch. You guys are so helpful and passionate!

 

Pepper, IMHO, the Gungnir's is the ying to the Mjolnir's yang. You do need a good DAC, absolutely. You will get some very good recommendations in the various threads about DACs. As I am typing this, I have my Air feeding the Gungnir/Mjolinir into the LCD 2.2. Talk about having a blast. Now I need to temper my enthusiasm versus practical needs like budget etc. So, take that into account.

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Originally Posted by Pepper View Post

So, thanks to you guys, I'm getting my Mjolnir tomorrow!!! I am so excited!

I have a further question, though. I currently am using a Schiit Modi as my DAC. This is obviously a limiting factor, but I think it'll do for now. But, the problem is that the Modi does not have a balanced output ... Are there any bang-for-the-buck balanced DACs for a Mjolnir > LCD-2.2 setup? And, is there a big difference between a balanced DAC and an unbalanced?

And, do DACs make that much of a difference? I am under the impression that they're not close to as important as amplifiers and headphones... Because I really do not think I would ever feel comfortable dropping half a grand on something like the Gungnir.

Thanks a bunch. You guys are so helpful and passionate!
The mjolnir is great, the gungnir--not so much..What kind of sound are you looking for? Also, if you decided on the gungnir, save yourself $100 and pass up the usb implement and spend it on a decent external converter.
Edited by DarKen23 - 9/28/13 at 12:52am
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The mjolnir is great, the gungnir--not so much..

 

For my own edification, what do you not like about the Gungnir ? At the end of the day, everything is subjective but getting more insights into the Gungnir are always welcome. Thanks.

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The mjolnir is great, the gungnir--not so much..

For my own edification, what do you not like about the Gungnir ? At the end of the day, everything is subjective but getting more insights into the Gungnir are always welcome. Thanks.
I didnt like the way its timbre sounded. It lacked too much top end extension. I thought the D18 dac was an excellent match with the mojo, actually I loved it with the LCD2. The D18 is an extremely forgiving dac, that could be a good and bad thing depending on what he/she is looking for.. But I assure you, the pairing is quite wonderful.
Edited by DarKen23 - 9/28/13 at 1:12am
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I didnt like the way its timbre sounded. It lacked too much top end extension. I thought the D18 dac was an excellent match with the mojo, actually I loved it with the LCD2. The D18 is an extremely forgiving dac, that could be a good and bad thing depending on what he/she is looking for.. But I assure you, the pairing is quite wonderful.

 

I would have to agree with DarKen the D18 is wonderful and the DA8 is even better if you can afford it.  The only issue I had with the D18 though is it doesn't have a USB input.  If you are going to be using USB I highly recommend the Resonessence Labs Concero but if not than the D18.  

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For my own edification, what do you not like about the Gungnir ? At the end of the day, everything is subjective but getting more insights into the Gungnir are always welcome. Thanks.

 

I didn't like that it was slightly on the bright side. I think paired with a different DAC, the Mjolnir performs splendidly with HD800's.

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