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Any alternative to Schiit Lyr for budget under 600?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hi all, I recently bought a few gears and think the Amp is the bottleneck of my system now.

 

I have:

Schiit Bifrost

Matrix m-stage

Akg k701, Beyerdynamic T50p, Denon D7000, Audeze LCD-2 and maybe a few more cans @ 600ohms

 

To be quite honest, I am not happy with the Matrix m-stage performance and I think it is really overrated regarding the synergy paired with k701

 

Therefore I was thinking about either a schiit lyr or schiit valhalla, but I heard from a review that the valhalla can't drive most orthos...

 

Thus I am wondering is there anything that's subtantially better than the LYR under 600 dollars? I can stretch my budget a little if necessary, like about 100-200 more.

 

It has to be able to drive the lcd-2 well(duh!), so if it sucks at everything else and please the lcd-2, then i'm more than happy.

 

Thanks in advance

 

[forgot to add]

The type of music I listen most is:

Female vocal(from english to mandarin to japanese to spanish to everything), classical music, some opera, pop, hiphop, r&b, pure instrumental.... so pretty much everything but the order goes descendant.

 


Edited by weipim - 1/24/12 at 11:02am
post #2 of 9

If I was shopping for a sub $500 hybrid amp for orthos, the Lyr would be my first choice.

 

But a good option would be the HifiMan EF-5

 

http://hifiman.us/Products/?pid=30

 

If it can push HifiMan cans, it can push most anything...

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

hi, thanks for the help, I literally walked away from a he500 and jumped for the lcd-2, its kinda hard for me to go back to hifiman though.

 

I can do OTL and it does not have to be hybrid

post #4 of 9

Have you considered the HA-160? it does a nice job with the Audeze phones.

post #5 of 9
OTL isn't brilliant with LCD-2.
post #6 of 9

^^^ That Burson is a real interesting one too.  I'm saving up for the HA-160D, which is the all in one.  It might not have quite as much power as the Lyr.  But many favorable reviews with the LCD-2...

post #7 of 9

JDS or Epiphany Acoustics O2?

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

that's my concern as well, I might just end up with a hybrid lyr

post #9 of 9


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by ButtUglyJeff View Post

It might not have quite as much power as the Lyr.  But many favorable reviews with the LCD-2...



Its not about power, its also sensitivity for driving cans. 

 

Darku made a review here

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