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post #2011 of 6138
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Originally Posted by BobDob25 View Post

Can I hook the Lyr's RCA outputs to my A2 powered speakers? i just want to make sure they won't blow them
 

 

Yes, that's what they're for (the Pre-outs). smile_phones.gif

post #2012 of 6138
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Originally Posted by Byronb View Post

The Valhala seems to be a very under-represented amp here. Is the Lyr really so much better? 

SET OTL amps are always under-represented everywhere. It's difficult to get much power out of a tube directly driving a speaker, even a headphone. As far as pure transparency and a musical presentation, however, they can be terrific. My Valhalla is just that with HD650, K701, and others, including my "not ideal load" 32 ohm Grado RS1is. Plenty of volume at about 11:30. I plan on trying the 600 ohm DT880s as well.
post #2013 of 6138
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Originally Posted by BobDob25 View Post

Can I hook the Lyr's RCA outputs to my A2 powered speakers? i just want to make sure they won't blow them

 

Yes, you absolutely can. It is best if you turn the speakers output up to max and use the Lyr's volume control. Just remember to turn the speakers off when you are listening with headphones (the headphone jack doesn't mute the outputs.)
post #2014 of 6138
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Originally Posted by gefski View Post

SET OTL amps are always under-represented everywhere. It's difficult to get much power out of a tube directly driving a speaker, even a headphone. As far as pure transparency and a musical presentation, however, they can be terrific. My Valhalla is just that with HD650, K701, and others, including my "not ideal load" 32 ohm Grado RS1is. Plenty of volume at about 11:30. I plan on trying the 600 ohm DT880s as well.

+1

Well put.
post #2015 of 6138
Although I'd hazard to say that other factors leading to a lower adoption rate for the Valhalla vs. Lyr is that the Valhalla until recently did not support tube rolling, and it does not have pre-amp outputs. In fact, first production run Valhallas still can't be tube rolled so that hurts the resale market a little bit too I'd imagine.
post #2016 of 6138

That is a good point, never really thought about that, as I got mine after the change. I do love mine though, it will be a while before I replace I think.

post #2017 of 6138
The Valhalla still looks and sounds very good for the price. I am thinking about buying one for when I'm at the office, but since I'm rarely physically onsite it isn't pressing.
post #2018 of 6138
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Originally Posted by Byronb View Post

That is a good point, never really thought about that, as I got mine after the change. I do love mine though, it will be a while before I replace I think.

I agree, and think upgrading my Bifrost will be more productive than changes in amplification.
post #2019 of 6138
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Originally Posted by toschek View Post

Although I'd hazard to say that other factors leading to a lower adoption rate for the Valhalla vs. Lyr is that the Valhalla until recently did not support tube rolling, and it does not have pre-amp outputs. In fact, first production run Valhallas still can't be tube rolled so that hurts the resale market a little bit too I'd imagine.

Do you drive the HD800s with the Cary?

Yes, it would be nice to have pre-outs on the Valhalla. I have a couple older Stax that I drive with a Sonic Frontiers SFS40, but can't do it on my desktop system.
post #2020 of 6138
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Originally Posted by gefski View Post


I agree, and think upgrading my Bifrost will be more productive than changes in amplification.

Agree Gefski, and I intend to do just that when I get back from the current road trip. :-)

post #2021 of 6138
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Originally Posted by gefski View Post


I agree, and think upgrading my Bifrost will be more productive than changes in amplification.

 

Depends on which amp, but in many cases yes. The dac is often overlooked and underappreciated for what it brings to the chain.

 

On another note, my bifrost  über upgrade board is due in today. very_evil_smiley.gif

post #2022 of 6138

My upgrade board for the bifrost did not make it today although it was scheduled for delivery. mad.gif I suspect that it will come in tomorrow. I'll plan to take some installation photos for other who want to DIY and then I'll leave feedback after I've had some time to listen and evaluate. 

post #2023 of 6138
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

My upgrade board for the bifrost did not make it today although it was scheduled for delivery. mad.gif I suspect that it will come in tomorrow. I'll plan to take some installation photos for other who want to DIY and then I'll leave feedback after I've had some time to listen and evaluate. 

That would be great!

post #2024 of 6138
Ok, I'm listening to a nice 96/24 needledrop of the Cisco vinyl release of Steely Dan's Aja with the new Uber upgrade, and it sounds Awesome!

Highly recommend, if you haven't ordered your upgrade already, I urge you to think about doing so!
post #2025 of 6138
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Originally Posted by gefski View Post


Do you drive the HD800s with the Cary?

Yes, it would be nice to have pre-outs on the Valhalla. I have a couple older Stax that I drive with a Sonic Frontiers SFS40, but can't do it on my desktop system.

 

Yes, I do.  It is an amazing headphone amp.  The non-uber Bifrost the biggest bottleneck in my system right now, I am excited to see if this upgrade will make the difference I hope they do.  The HD800s will let me know right away. 

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