Originally Posted by AnalogSavior
I agree, Asgard 2 and Magni have no distortion and noise, as I would expect. And while, Vali has higher noise and may be audible, I find that any distortion or coloration it may produce adds to the character and sound. I guess that would make it euphonic? I think, like everything, its a preference thing, and what you are willing to compromise.
At the end of the day though, this being the HD598 thread, both will pair well with the headphones, and if you want a super silent, pitch black background, then Vali is probably not what you are looking for.
I don't believe in adding coloration. The HD5x8 series is so easy to drive and can even do well hanging off of most smartphones and mp3 players. An excellent product,
What I understand from these is that you want to make sure you don't introduce too much distortion or warmth into the mix or you'll distort the already warm upper mids and highs quickly. Also probably a good dac with a transparent amp, or a good dac/amp combo is worthwhile.
I'm thinking that my Music Streamer ii + Magni will do it. Anyone know if that's a good combo with the 598? It's a bit too bright for my Grado 80s, which is why I'm looking to uprgrade. I'm also considering the Beyerdynamic DT 990, which concerns me because of the relatively depressed mids. Anyone compared these two cans, or have any suggestions given my source and amp? My problem is that I'm limited in my options because I live in Israel and probably won't be traveling to the US this year.