Ladies and Gentlemen. The unboxing of Schiit Audio, Valhalla.
Edited by Clayton SF - 9/2/10 at 6:02pm
Clayton, you also take some very nice photos. Seems like this forum has quite a few shutterbugs!
So, what are your first impressions about the build quality? Is it solidly and well constructed? Or does it feel light and cheap?
And are those headphone jack-to-RCA cables?
The build quality is solid and well constructed and it is heavier than it looks. There are, however, a couple of palm prints on the top and bottom that I can't seem to buff away yet but no big deal. I'll just have to use a damp cloth later.
I think it's an iPod jack-to-RCA cables.
It sounds incredible considering that I put my headphones on 2 minutes after the tubes started glowing. At the moment the sound is a little brighter than I'd like it but it hasn't had time to burn in yet. Also it is very close to ss sound but still holds that slight tube warmth. Too early to really tell but it is powerful and the bass hasn't hit it's lowest yet, I think. We'll see.
Now if you'll excuse me because it's time to pour myself a glass of wine since I am out of beer and I just got home from work. Cheers!
Microfiber cloths are really good at removing handprints.
Thanks. I'll get some.
Oh, and by the way, I just put the CD I was playing on pause and turned the Valhalla all the way to it's maximum and it was absolutely dark and silent. No hum, no buzz, no nothin'. As silent as the grave. Wow. That's incredible for an amp with tubes.
To Jason Stoddard and the Schiit Audio team. Thanks for taking the time care to release Valhalla only when it finally met your high standards. And if it is anything like your Asgard, it will only get better with time. But right now--straight out of the box--this amp's looks is a work of art; a thing of beauty both in form and function. Thanks!
The first Valhalla seen in the wild!
The only thing missing is narration by David Attenborough.
Can't really say without knowing how much current the Valhalla can deliver. Just because it can swing 30 volts peak-to-peak doesn't mean it can deliver the appropriate current for a given load.
But assuming that it could (and doubt that it could nor would it need to into low impedance loads), here's what the 30 volts peak-to-peak translates into in RMS watts (W) and milliwatts (mW):
32 ohms: 3.5 W
100 ohms: 1.13 W
200 ohms: 563 mW
300 ohms: 375 mW
600 ohms: 188 mW
yeah it is..! we're kinda silly that way.. :)
haha nice catch!
mine is due to arrive on the 6th. the other pics/unboxing threads are making the wait even more painful than it already is!