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Schiit Valhalla vs. Bottlehead Crack

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So I am in the market for an amp to power my Beyerdynamic DT990 600 ohm, and I have mostly decided between either the Schiit Valhalla or the Bottlehead Crack. I am not afraid of a little DIY and the price of the crack is attractive, but I really like the design of the Valhalla and have heard nothing but good things. So basically it comes down to which will pair best with the headphones. I listen to a lot of metal (heavy, black, death), indie, and some dubstep. 

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Hi, I have the DT990 600ohm but haven't had the chance to test the Valhalla nor Lyr with it. However, i do have the 600 ohm Beyer T1 and i've tested (albeit briefly) both the Valhalla and Lyr with that.

 

The setup was not very ideal, to say the least. Laptop, Nuforce DAC (one of those small dac usb thingies), amp, cans.

 

I know driving the T1s with the Lyr might be abit of an overkill, but the extra power seemed to help. The volume knob was approximately 1/4 turned down towards the left to achieve the same volume as that of the Vahalla on the T1. (i was listening to the Vahalla with the volume knob at 12 o'clock).  Bass seemed to have more slam and grip, whereas the top end seemed to be slightly, slightly more controlled than the Valhalla.

 

Just my 2cents from the very brief 15 min session that i had. Hope it helps!

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Yeah I will need to buy a DAC as well, I havent seen any tube amp/dac combos in my price range (<$500). So the Lyr is out of my price range as well. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by JudoJeff View Post

Yeah I will need to buy a DAC as well, I havent seen any tube amp/dac combos in my price range (<$500). So the Lyr is out of my price range as well. 


What did you go with after all? I also heard good things about La Figaro 332c and Dark voice 336SE and Darkvoice 337.
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