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post #8296 of 17420
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Originally Posted by bearFNF View Post

I have used my Asgard 2 with the 325is and it seemed ok,  I will try it with my new PS500's and report back unless someone else beats me to it.  Will also A/B with the 325is to make sure I am remembering right.  Getting old sucks, although now that I think about it, it is a like a new discovery when you forget something and have to go back and do it again...I'll keep telling myself that...L3000.gif

Wow, very timely.  I'm really interested in an amp for my 225i's.  I'm also seriously thinking about the GS 1000 in the near future.  An impressions of Schiit amps with Grado's are really helpful!

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So, just got done with an interesting and somewhat worrisome listen.  But all's well that ends well.  I started out doing an A/B with the 325is and the PS500 on the Asgard 2. Ended up doing an A/B/C/X and some troubleshooting.  I was getting some weird ticking/popping sounds on my optical connection from my OPPO 103.  So I switched over to my Taboo MKIII and the ticking was still there, ACK!!  So I switched to USB from my laptop, no ticking.  Switched back to optical and plugged in the HD800's (XLR) to the taboo, no ticking.  Switched back to the grados (1/4") on the taboo and the ticking was back.  CRAP!! I switched over to the Stax LNB which uses the A2 as pre-amp and the bifrost as DAC, no ticking in the Stax, thankfully, but I am now confused.. Switched back to the A2 and the Grados and the ticking was gone.  Taboo and Grados/HD800 still gone... HHHMMM?? WTF over??  It is then that I noticed that my tablet (Android) was plugged in to the same power strip as the A2/Bifrost and just came off its charging cycle.  Could that have been it?  Don't know (I R ME not EE) but the ticking is gone. Weirdness.

 

So anyway, back to the results, I will make it simple, Yes the Asgard 2 does a respectable job of driving the 325is and even better job with the PS500.  However, I do like them both better from the Taboo MKIII go figure  More energy, and depth is all I can say, the sudition on the TAboo last Saturday is what made me get the PS500 on the spot.

 

Also, I have referenced this before, but I did a review comparing the Magni and Asgard 2 driving HD650/HD800/HE500/325is a while back that might be a good read or not but here is a link. http://www.head-fi.org/products/schiit-asgard-2/reviews/8528

 

Sorry for the LOOOONNNNGG pre-amble and the short answer it has been a weird time.  Thought something was broken...But my impressions I wrote in the review still hold only now I can add the PS500 to the thumbs up with Asgard 2 category.

post #8298 of 17420
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

 

If you're running stock tubes on the LD, you may find that the GS1ks expose them pretty quickly. Some better quality NOS tubes will remedy that, though. 

 

Glad you got hold of one to play around with! 

 

Yes, i am running the stock tubes, simply because i was curious to know what $120 could buy me in an headphone amp. And i am very impressed by both, the build, and sound quality, even with the stock tubes. Also, it gives me something to look forward too, when i do upgrade to better tubes,

 

Yesterday i listened to my SR80i and played a cd of one of Best Audiophile Voices, wich are among my favorite female vocals cds. Tonight it was the GS1000's turn to get aquainted with the Little Dot +1. I chose to go with one of Loreenna McKennitt's live cd, partly because i believe that the GS1000 have the biggest soundstage of any Grados, so i figured that a live recording would suites them perfectly.

 

I immediately noticed that the sound had a lot more texture, and fine details that seem to get glossed over when switching to my Yamaha's int amp's headohone output. Also the pitch black background made for a stunning contrast in between songs, when the audience was applauding, when i'm done listening to my HP and PS1000 with the Little Dot, i might move it to my main system to see how it compares to my X-Can V2.

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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post

 

Yes, i am running the stock tubes, simply because i was curious to know what $120 could buy me in an headphone amp. And i am very impressed by both, the build, and sound quality, even with the stock tubes. Also, it gives me something to look forward too, when i do upgrade to better tubes,

 

Yesterday i listened to my SR80i and played a cd of one of Best Audiophile Voices, wich are among my favorite female vocals cds. Tonight it was the GS1000's turn to get aquainted with the Little Dot +1. I chose to go with one of Loreenna McKennitt's live cd, partly because i believe that the GS1000 have the biggest soundstage of any Grados, so i figured that a live recording would suites them perfectly.

 

I immediately noticed that the sound had a lot more texture, and fine details that seem to get glossed over when switching to my Yamaha's int amp's headohone output. Also the pitch black background made for a stunning contrast in between songs, when the audience was applauding, when i'm done listening to my HP and PS1000 with the Little Dot, i might move it to my main system to see how it compares to my X-Can V2.

 

 

Very nice! The more we all share our thoughts and experiences on this amp, the more I love it. 

 

And yep, you'll have a very nice improvement to look forward to once you play around with the tubes biggrin.gif

post #8300 of 17420
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Originally Posted by swspiers View Post

Wow, very timely.  I'm really interested in an amp for my 225i's.  I'm also seriously thinking about the GS 1000 in the near future.  An impressions of Schiit amps with Grado's are really helpful!

I have, and like, the Fiio E09K with my 225i's. it's cheap, but well built and sounds good!
post #8301 of 17420
+1 for Fiio amps. i have the e10 and e17. both sound great with the e17 being a bit more clinical (without using the eq) the e10 is warmer with bigger bass. the flexibility of the e17 is unmatched though.
post #8302 of 17420
I'm just jealous of all the fancy kit referenced in the last few posts.
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I'm just glad everyone has these fun toys. It gives me good ideas on how to dispose of my disposable income. :D

post #8304 of 17420
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Originally Posted by hsubox View Post


I have, and like, the Fiio E09K with my 225i's. it's cheap, but well built and sounds good!


i have the e09k as well, its the heart of my little system, sounds great, very flexible, it does work well with all the grado's i've had, the 60, 225, ms1 , and ms2

post #8305 of 17420
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post


i have the e09k as well, its the heart of my little system, sounds great, very flexible, it does work well with all the grado's i've had, the 60, 225, ms1 , and ms2

 

It works well with both my 225i and RS1i. My Q701s still come off as slightly bright on these things, but definitely warm up like my Grados.

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yeah fiio E10 is great with the sr325is and its line out with a TEAC receiver I just got...I can't live without the little fiio anymore.

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Would anyone be able to tell me the max power handling of the MS pro at all?

post #8308 of 17420
Since I've been favoring Grados lately I'm trying to upgrade my DAC/amp with stuff that works better with low impedance headphones that like current. For portable (meaning away from my desk, not out in the world) I replaced a Fiio E6 with a cmoyBB tuned for Grados and was very impressed with how much better they sound. For desk use I have a uDAC2 and Bravo V2 with upgraded tube. I decided the uDAC didn't even sound as good as my iPhone when paired with the cmoy so I ordered a Modi (hasn't arrived yet). Next I want a new amp and I'm deciding between the E09K, Magni, or LD I+. Lots of people here seem to like the LD or E09K, but is the Magni a bad choice?

As a side note I use DT770 80 Ohm for my closed cans with more bass heavy music so I don't want to purchase something that sounds bad with that either but Grados take priority. Any thoughts?
post #8309 of 17420
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Originally Posted by semicoln View Post

Since I've been favoring Grados lately I'm trying to upgrade my DAC/amp with stuff that works better with low impedance headphones that like current. For portable (meaning away from my desk, not out in the world) I replaced a Fiio E6 with a cmoyBB tuned for Grados and was very impressed with how much better they sound. For desk use I have a uDAC2 and Bravo V2 with upgraded tube. I decided the uDAC didn't even sound as good as my iPhone when paired with the cmoy so I ordered a Modi (hasn't arrived yet). Next I want a new amp and I'm deciding between the E09K, Magni, or LD I+. Lots of people here seem to like the LD or E09K, but is the Magni a bad choice?

As a side note I use DT770 80 Ohm for my closed cans with more bass heavy music so I don't want to purchase something that sounds bad with that either but Grados take priority. Any thoughts?

I did not like the Magni with my 325is, was too bright, even painful on certain tracks.  However, that being said, there are a few here that did like how bright it was.  The 225 may be better with it, I do not own them so do not know.  The Magni certainly is a nice package and can drive the Grados.  I will need to try it with the PS500 and see what happens.

post #8310 of 17420
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Originally Posted by bearFNF View Post

I did not like the Magni with my 325is, was too bright, even painful on certain tracks.  However, that being said, there are a few here that did like how bright it was.  The 225 may be better with it, I do not own them so do not know.  The Magni certainly is a nice package and can drive the Grados.  I will need to try it with the PS500 and see what happens.

Not trying to be a broken record, but my 225i with a decent source/recording and Asgard 2 sounds good-you have low and high gain to play with for a variety of cans.

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