Originally Posted by OICWUTUDIDTHAR
You tested with a biftost+lyr and bifrost+ asgard and prefer the Muses? How would you say the sound compared to the Schiit stacks?
Perhaps it was a little bias, as i dislike tube amps, but that doesn't explain it with the Asgard.
the LYR i'll admit could have had better tubes, but once i don't like something in the beginning i choose to ignore it entirely, thus was why i sold it.
The Essence One sounds loads better the the Schiit Modi/Magni.
I bought that due to affordability and only use it at work.
For under $900, the Essence One is a "must get" DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp.
That is, if you are looking for a 3 in 1 combo.
If you want something a little more over the top, getting a NuForce DAC-100 paired with a balanced headphone amplifier would most likely be better, but more expensive.
Edited by cssarrow - 2/16/13 at 6:25pm