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post #8311 of 20384
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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?


 hope you are enjoying the 225i's !  i have the fiio and little dot now, and i had the magni for a little while. i wouldn't say the magni would be a bad choice, just depends on what type sound you prefer. i tend to lean a little to a warmer, more neutral sound ,than to bright. the modi and magni together for me was a little too bright for my taste, but i've heard others love it,

post #8312 of 20384

So, I just did a listen on the M/M stack with the PS500 and it is indeed brighter with the Magni than it wa on my Taboo MKIII and my modded X-fi on my main computer, however it is not nearly as bright as the 325is were.  The Magni and Modi are actually pretty good with PS500.  One issue is the volume get real loud real quick, not much movement of the volume pot and it is too loud, I experienced this with the 325is also and added 12dB attenuators so I could get further away from zero on the volume pot.

 

I would agree that the Asgard 2 with its gain switch is a good choice, also.

post #8313 of 20384
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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 own the LD1+ and the Magni/Modi combo + the 80's and the 325's, and I'm leaning towards the Magni/Modi with the 80's and the 325's. I feel the LD1+ may sound a little weak in the lower frequencies and a little too harsh in the higher frequencies for me, but the mids are right upfront (which I like) with the 80's. With the 325's, I find the lower frequencies to be a bit bloated(strangely enough) for my taste, but the mids seem to be a bit more upfront and the highs are good, but I don't find the 325's bright at all so I'm leaning towards the Magni/Modi, and also I don't have stock tubes in the LD, I have Siemens 6AK5w's, but Im waiting for Voskhod 6J1P-EV tubes to arrive to see if I like them any better, if not I may be selling the LD1+ and keeping the Magni/Modi. To me the Magni/Modi has cleave crisper sound and I also hear better detail and tighter punchier bass, with both the 80's and the 325's, this is just my personnel preference, both amps sound good, but like I said I'm leaning towards the Magni/Modi combo for my tastes.

BTW, I use the Modi with both amps and it has nice detail and separation, it is a nice DAC for the price. If you are interested in possibly purchasing the LD1+, if I don't like the way the new tubes sound ( there supposed to be more upfront and clearer/brighter from what I've read), PM me if you like and are possibly interested. The LD1+, also came with tube cages to protect the tubes, instead of the gold trim around the sockets

I know most everyone is saying the opposite of what I'm saying, but this is only MY opinion.

post #8314 of 20384
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post

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.

I have no problem with broken record posts myself.  I need all the reinforcing information I can get, as there is a lot of info on these threads and forums!

post #8315 of 20384

  so the question was about three amps, and several replies , no real consensus , other than it just depends on one's own taste.

i think possibly one consensus would be, all three of the amps in question offer good quality , and offer great value, "if you like it, its good" !!
 

post #8316 of 20384
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

 

I know most everyone is saying the opposite of what I'm saying, but this is only MY opinion.

 

This is how it should be, man....it's all about what sounds best to our individual ears. That little Schitt combo is one of the coolest products I've seen in a while...I'm glad it sounds good, too!  

 

I would bet you'll like the LD better once you swap out the stock tubes, but you'll have no problem at all finding a buyer if it's not for you. And how bout some pics of that Schiit combo, eh? 

post #8317 of 20384
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Originally Posted by swspiers View Post

I have no problem with broken record posts myself.  I need all the reinforcing information I can get, as there is a lot of info on these threads and forums!

I'm sure the LD is a great amp and I debated the LD1+ and Asgard. CNET's Steve Guttenberg's reviews on the Asgard and Valhalla convinced me that the 225 and Asgard was a good combination. He writes, The Valhalla or Asgard, teamed up with Grado's excellent SR225i headphones ($200) are a great way to discover high-end sound on a budget. Then, when they introduced the Asgard-2-an improved amp with two gain choices, I made my move.

 

There are a lot of people OTH, who love the 225 with LD products......choices, choices smile_phones.gif

 

Here's a link to the review if interested.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-20019256-47.html

post #8318 of 20384
Man, I love this thread. Thanks for your input everyone. Choices, choices. This amp would be for my MS1i and the fantastic 225i that I purchased from jay.

I guess what I would really like is something similar to the cMoyBB 2.03 I have with the bass boost off. I really enjoy the "texture" from that amp.
Edited by semicoln - 7/28/13 at 2:38pm
post #8319 of 20384
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

 

This is how it should be, man....it's all about what sounds best to our individual ears. That little Schitt combo is one of the coolest products I've seen in a while...I'm glad it sounds good, too!  

 

I would bet you'll like the LD better once you swap out the stock tubes, but you'll have no problem at all finding a buyer if it's not for you. And how bout some pics of that Schiit combo, eh? 

The LD already has the Siemens 6AK5W's in it, so I'm waiting for the Voskhod 6J1P-EV's to hear if I like them any better.

Will take some pic's and try to send them tonight!

+1 on your reply!


Edited by joseph69 - 7/28/13 at 2:54pm
post #8320 of 20384
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post

  so the question was about three amps, and several replies , no real consensus , other than it just depends on one's own taste.

i think possibly one consensus would be, all three of the amps in question offer good quality , and offer great value, "if you like it, its good" !!
 

Yes, the two out of three amps that I own are both nice, so yes it comes down to preference.

And on the other hand my 80's perform best with my Adcom GFP-710 hands down, for me, but the 325's for some reason don't perform as well with this pre-amp, but really perform well with Magni/Modi combo.

post #8321 of 20384

Good thing you guys are around to help me GAS for more audio toys. Need to test out a couple of these,

post #8322 of 20384
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

The LD already has the Siemens 6AK5W's in it, so I'm waiting for the Voskhod 6J1P-EV's to hear if I like them any better.

Will take some pic's and try to send them tonight!

+1 on your reply!


the thing with the little dot, you can change tubes types, brands, versions, etc, and get different sound, some substantially different, others subtle , 

post #8323 of 20384

the ms2 and my little dot I+ (the tubes : rca 5915)


Edited by jaywillin - 7/28/13 at 5:43pm
post #8324 of 20384

I made the mistake of letting my wife listen to her Sennheisers through my EF2a dac/amp and so now I have one less tube amplifier to worry about. Now that I think about it, those were my headphones too!! Funny how that works!

post #8325 of 20384
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post

I made the mistake of letting my wife listen to her Sennheisers through my EF2a dac/amp and so now I have one less tube amplifier to worry about. Now that I think about it, those were my headphones too!! Funny how that works!

 

 

Ah man...that a real bummer...now you're going to have to go through all that trouble of upgrading...what a shame *evin grin*

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