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Matrix M-stage vs Schiit Asgard...has anyone compared them yet?

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Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I am just wondering if anyone out there has owned both, or compared both the Matrix M-stage and the Schiit Asgard, sonically to one another?

If so, what are the sonic differences between them?

Which is better for driving the Sennheiser HD600/650?

AKG K701?

Beyerdynamic DT880/600?

Thanks alot.

post #2 of 44
Thread Starter 

Surely someone here on Headfi has owned both, or compared them to one another?

Thanks.

post #3 of 44

x2

post #4 of 44
I've got both showing up next week. I have the Valhalla too. Stay tuned, although I'm not going to do anything in-depth as far as comparisons go. Impressions only.
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Originally Posted by dpippel View Post

I've got both showing up next week. I have the Valhalla too. Stay tuned, although I'm not going to do anything in-depth as far as comparisons go. Impressions only.


By comparing the three, you would do us a great favor mate

 

Thanks in advance :) 

post #6 of 44
Thread Starter 

I compared both and posted the results.

See the "Matrix M-stage amp review: simple, cheap, and excellent" thread, page 59 post #872.


Edited by daltonlanny - 9/18/10 at 5:17am
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Originally Posted by daltonlanny View Post

I compared both and posted the results.

See the "Matrix M-stage amp review: simple, cheap, and excellent" thread, page 59 post #872.


Thanks very much for the comparison. Good write-up, but you reviewed a modded M-Stage. I'm sure most folks here won't be getting out their soldering irons and would be more interested in the sound of the stock amp.

post #8 of 44

Thanks for the very helpful comparison lanny. I enjoyed reading it. On the other hand, I tend to agree with dpippel about us simple folks not knowing enough about modding

post #9 of 44
Thread Starter 

The comparison still stands on the stock M-stage, Asgard, and Headroom.

The only difference is a slightly smoother and slightly more detailed sound from the modded amp compared to it in stock form.

The overall sonic signature of the M-stage is still basically the same.

Thanks for your kind words.


Edited by daltonlanny - 9/18/10 at 1:10pm
post #10 of 44

I finally got to listen to the M-Stage, literally a day and night difference between the two on my RS1. The soundstage I'm hearing is massive, way more expansive than the Asgard yet it doesn't lose its midrange energy. I'm still shocked at what I'm hearing, this is no placebo at work. I had no clue my RS1 could sound like this at all.


Edited by kite7 - 9/19/10 at 1:50am
post #11 of 44

This thread needs more impressions. How about Matrix M-Stage vs Asgard when paired with HD 650 playing trance and orchestral music.

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Quote:

Originally Posted by daltonlanny View Post

I compared both and posted the results.

See the "Matrix M-stage amp review: simple, cheap, and excellent" thread, page 59 post #872.

 

Also, here's a link to the post, for those who like easy solutions.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/475618/matrix-m-stage-amp-review-simple-cheap-and-excellent/870#post_6923163

post #13 of 44

hmm "placebo" word of the day for me, second time I've seen it on this forum in one day, anyhow carry on folks.


Edited by Kuze - 11/7/10 at 8:15pm
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Yeah its weird that a word traditionally used in the context of medicine is used so much in audio. But it makes sense when so much of audio is both subtle and subjective.

post #15 of 44

Well I think I can chime in a bit. I had the Asgard for the 15 day trial, and had it burning in the whole time, with only a coupla breaks. There's a few things I didn't like about it. It made my k702s HARSH. Yes, it had plenty of power, but it was definitely more harsh and grating on my ears than I had ever heard it, and it was the only time (after burnin) that I didn't like the AKG. It actually sounded smoother straight out of the uDac-1 and also the Maverick D1 to me, even though fairly underpowered on both. The M-Stage for me (modded with PLUG AND PLAY browndog/op627 combo unit) sounds mindblowingly incredible, out of the gate. It is VERY smooth with the 702s, has huge power in it, tames the highs and harshness brilliantly,and brought new life to the bass. I thought there was no contest between these 2 amps for the AKGs, unlike the poster in the link above. Another thing that I was concerned about with the Asgard, is that it developed MANY MANY white spots all over the unit the more I used it. They were clearly 'fingerprints', but looked like chalk marks, and would not come off. I personally think it may have been natural skin oils burning onto the unit or something, cause I have no other explanation for it.

 

As for the Asgard/DT880s, I can't say specifically, but I did pair the DT990/600s with it for 2 weeks. It was nice because they were grossly anemic and weak from the uDac-1 and D1, but sounded plenty powered and good out of the Schiit. I noticed a great amout of seperation and details from the combo, and I enjoyed them thoroughly. My .02

 

-Daniel


Edited by BournePerfect - 12/18/10 at 2:36pm
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