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DV 337 and the Schiit Valhalla

post #1 of 7
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Greetings,

 

I recently ordered HD650s from Sennheiser and a Zero DAC. This is my first audio setup and am very confident in it based on reviews posted here. I recently listened to a friend's setup (Creative X-Fi -> DV337 -> HD650) and absolutely loved it. It was far better than any equipment I've ever owned (gaming headsets lol). This got me thinking about the amp in the Zero. I have read that the DAC is very good considering the price, but the amp portion can be lacking. I would hate for the equipment to arrive and find myself disappointed now that I've listened to a greater amp. 

 

The price on the DV337 is a little high for me at the moment and I have read that they are having some quality control issues. I am a little skeptical about purchasing one at the moment. I read a few good reviews on amps made by Schiit. The Valhalla looks promising based on initial impressions from head-fi users. 

 

I am sure the obvious choice would be to save up for the DV337. I would be using the Zero as the DAC (will upgrade that later). Any strong impressions on the Valhalla when compared to the DV337? Any input is greatly appreciated.

post #2 of 7

I JUST (10 min ago) purchased my HD650's.  I have been searching for a couple of months, and I finally decided it was the can for me.  I have been searching for an amp for almost as long.  Have you checked out Little Dot?  More specifically, their MK III.  It is a $200 tube amp with impressive reviews.

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

I have looked into the MKIII as well, but didn't know if it would be of lower quality when compared to the DV337.

post #4 of 7

I am using the Valhalla with the 650, and it sounds fantastic.. Go for it.

post #5 of 7

Agree with dayamax. Valhalla and hd650 great combo.

post #6 of 7

Has any one tried the vahalla with the akg 702? I'm using it with the little dot mk3 and my impression is not great.

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Originally Posted by orbv12 View Post

This got me thinking about the amp in the Zero. I have read that the DAC is very good considering the price, but the amp portion can be lacking.


Simply upgrade the op-amps in the Amp portion of the amp; it's as simple as pulling the old one out and popping the new one in. In my opinion the HD650s sound best on a solid state amp and a worthy upgrade from the Zero would cost more than double. I think you'll like the Zero just fine, in the time being find a better sounding op-amp.

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