Does anyone in this thread own both a Modi and a Valhalla?
From the dimensions I suspect it won't work, but I want to possibly swap my Magni with a Valhalla, and in the rearranging, stack the Modi on top of the Valhalla like so:
(front view, where the "A" represents the tubes)
Going by measurement numbers and by eye, the Modi at 5" and the Valhalla at 9" wide, the Modi would not only be over the Valhalla's grill, but possibly even touching the tubes.
If someone with both could test it for me and maybe even take a pic that would be greatly appreciated. Aside from that, if anyone has any other aesthetically pleasing ideas for mating the two, I'm open to suggestions. I want to avoid setting them next to eachother if possible, as that just isn't all that good looking, and I'd sooner buy a Bifrost with the guts of a Modi just for sake of stack aesthetics. I know I can't be the only one who will spend a ton or possibly even opt not to upgrade in the name of aesthetics here...
I wish the WA7 didn't have so many people bemoaning the choice of included DAC, or that hideous power supply... because it's a beautiful monster and I'm ever so tempted... but I want to stick to Senns and Schiit wherever possible.
Don't stack anything on top of a Valhalla---It's class A and get's hot . You should always put the hot amplifier at the top of a stack so it can get more direct exposure to air for cooling purposes. Stacking something on top of the amplifier restricts air flow, which makes the amp get even hotter, and it causes more heat to go into the component above it, which will unnecessarily heat up the other component and shorten it's lifespan.
P.S. The active filter stage in the Modi means that it is no problem to hide it behind your computer (out of sight!) and run longer cables to the amp. This is Schiit's advice. That way, if you don't need S/PDIF or coax inputs, don't need 192kHz output, don't need the extra 3 years of warranty, or don't need to prop your valhalla up on top of a DAC, then you can save yourself the $450 on a Bifrost and just use the modi.
Just don't stack anything on top of a really hot amplifier.
Edited by ab initio - 8/2/13 at 8:38pm