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post #3916 of 6795
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Originally Posted by T Bone View Post
 

I'm some problems with static.  If the source is silent and I touch the chassis of the Bifrost or the chasis of the Valhalla - I get static through the headphones.  I noticed this first when my headphone cables were draped over my computer monitor.  I thought the monitor was the source of the interference.  I moved the head phone cables out of the way and touched the amp - static.

 

So do I have a ground problem?

 

My first Lyr had some static but the this one that I have now is dead quiet.

post #3917 of 6795
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Originally Posted by SixthFall View Post

Let us know what you think!

Got the modi and magni for new he500s. But my old main can was the 940s. It's wonderful with the magni. But gets really bright when you want to listen loud. I love my 940s. But it's not a good pairing with the modi and magni if you like to listen loud since it just can't get loud enough without being too bright with some songs.
post #3918 of 6795

That is my experience with magni with some of my cans, also.  The Vali and the Asgard 2 are not so bright, might be worth looking into.

post #3919 of 6795
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Originally Posted by T Bone View Post

I'm some problems with static.  If the source is silent and I touch the chassis of the Bifrost or the chasis of the Valhalla - I get static through the headphones.  I noticed this first when my headphone cables were draped over my computer monitor.  I thought the monitor was the source of the interference.  I moved the head phone cables out of the way and touched the amp - static.

So do I have a ground problem?
Depends on the nature of the noise.

HUM through the headphones could be a ground loop problem; in some cases it comes on when you touch things, in others it goes away when you touch. There are lots of articles online that can help you work through it.

External HUM from a component (not through the headphones) could be a bad or poorly isolated transformer, or DC voltage on the AC line (can be fixed with a "Humbuster").

STATIC is a different sound. Here's a recent example of mine. Thought my Valhalla volume control was static-y when I touched it, but found lots more static (through the headphones) when I rubbed my hand on the headphone cable. Shut the system down and used my Zerostat on all the cables. Powered up and static completely gone-everything dead silent. Static electricity is everywhere, carpets, clothing, etc. and it can affect our systems. This was way easy compared to the ground loop I once fought for months in my main system.

This is all anecdotal from my experiences, not scientific.
post #3920 of 6795
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Originally Posted by gefski View Post


Depends on the nature of the noise.

HUM through the headphones could be a ground loop problem; in some cases it comes on when you touch things, in others it goes away when you touch. There are lots of articles online that can help you work through it.

External HUM from a component (not through the headphones) could be a bad or poorly isolated transformer, or DC voltage on the AC line (can be fixed with a "Humbuster").

STATIC is a different sound. Here's a recent example of mine. Thought my Valhalla volume control was static-y when I touched it, but found lots more static (through the headphones) when I rubbed my hand on the headphone cable. Shut the system down and used my Zerostat on all the cables. Powered up and static completely gone-everything dead silent. Static electricity is everywhere, carpets, clothing, etc. and it can affect our systems. This was way easy compared to the ground loop I once fought for months in my main system.

This is all anecdotal from my experiences, not scientific.

 

My experience as well with the Valhalla, static while touching the volume knob, silence when not touching it. Interesting. I assume you have the V1 of the Valhalla?

 

cheers,

K

post #3921 of 6795
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Originally Posted by antikryst View Post


Got the modi and magni for new he500s. But my old main can was the 940s. It's wonderful with the magni. But gets really bright when you want to listen loud. I love my 940s. But it's not a good pairing with the modi and magni if you like to listen loud since it just can't get loud enough without being too bright with some songs.

 

It's true that some pairings with certain music gets too bright or harsh. This is why tube amps or hybrids sound so good with that kind of music (and why tube rolling is so useful). Personally, I really love my Magni, but only with certain types of music. I will swap out my Magni for a hybrid amp sometimes, which can absolutely tone down and warm up music that would otherwise sound too bright or harsh.

 

If you want to experiment with an amazing (and inexpensive) hybrid, I would highly recommend the Schiit Vali.

post #3922 of 6795
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Originally Posted by T Bone View Post
 

I'm some problems with static.  If the source is silent and I touch the chassis of the Bifrost or the chasis of the Valhalla - I get static through the headphones.  I noticed this first when my headphone cables were draped over my computer monitor.  I thought the monitor was the source of the interference.  I moved the head phone cables out of the way and touched the amp - static.

 

So do I have a ground problem?

 

Well, static and ground loop noise are two different things. If you're getting some odd hums or other noise when you touch a component, then that's most likely some sort of grounding issue. Static (or RFI) would be something caused by an external source of noise, like a fan, a hair dryer, a TV, etc, that comes and goes when the external device is either turned on/off, or moved far away. The reason I point out the difference is, it helps to determine the source of the noise, and a possible solution to the issue.

 

The things to do to fix a grounding issue would be to start out by making sure the AC outlet you use is properly grounded. Use one of these little AC outlet checkers from a hardware store to do that. If there's a problem with the outlet, have it fixed by a competent electrician.

 

As for static, If you have a lot of electrical components placed together, try moving them apart one at a time, to see which of them might be causing the noise. Try to isolate whatever is causing the noise, and route the wires away from your audio gear.

post #3923 of 6795

I had a problem with my Lyr where I would have the odd crackling noise in my HPs. While chasing it down, I accidentally touched one of the tubes (in the front socket) and sure enough, every time I touched it the noise would appear. I pulled out both tubes and put fresh Amperex tubes. Touch wood, no noise until now (its been about 2 weeks).

post #3924 of 6795

My 3 year old son also likes this Schiit

 

post #3925 of 6795
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Originally Posted by Gerzom View Post
 

My 3 year old son also likes this Schiit

 

 

He even doesn't like to look at them.  ;)

post #3926 of 6795
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Originally Posted by bearFNF View Post
 

The Vali and the Asgard 2 are not so bright, might be worth looking into.

 

Can you comment on which of the two generally output the least brightness to your ears?

post #3927 of 6795
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Can you comment on which of the two generally output the least brightness to your ears?


i've had the A2 and i have the vali, i'd say the vali, though i didn't find the A2 bright especially

post #3928 of 6795
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Originally Posted by moriez View Post
 

 

Can you comment on which of the two generally output the least brightness to your ears?

 

 

I found the AS2 to be too way harsh for my DT990s so much that I'm sending it back. I really did not enjoy listening with the AS2 at all, very fatiguing and boring. Although I don't have a lot of experience with amps and have never heard a Vali, so keep that in mind.

post #3929 of 6795
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Originally Posted by moriez View Post
 

 

Can you comment on which of the two generally output the least brightness to your ears?


They are pretty close to my ear as far as brightness goes, But the being said they are different, I am favoring the vali sound right now over the Asgard 2.  But the taboo mkII still gets most of my time.

post #3930 of 6795
Does anyone know if the Magni/Modi would be a good match for the Mr. Speakers Alpha Dogs?
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