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It would be nice if the Lyr pre-outs worked like the ones on the Asgard 2.

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Day after day, the Fedex van goes past my house without dropping off a delivery of more Schiit. Day after day. Nothing. Perhaps it would help if I placed an order?

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Day after day, the Fedex van goes past my house without dropping off a delivery of more Schiit. Day after day. Nothing. Perhaps it would help if I placed an order?

Ha ha ūüėú, my new tubes came and my Valhalla is singing Bob Dylan so sweetly to me at the moment, so have my Schiit fix for this month. We'll see what June brings.
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Day after day, the Fedex van goes past my house without dropping off a delivery of more Schiit. Day after day. Nothing. Perhaps it would help if I placed an order?

Yep, time to stop daydreaming :wink:. Hit the send button, mate.

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Yep, time to stop daydreaming :wink:. Hit the send button, mate.


I could do with a nice top-loading Schiit CD transport. If I asked them nicely...

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I could do with a nice top-loading Schiit CD transport. If I asked them nicely...

Please...could you wait until the Yggy and the Rag show up ? Pretty please ?

post #5362 of 12393
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post
 

I've got an Asgard-2 with my Grado 225i. I'll be curious to your impressinons relative to your LD 1+. The LD seems to be muched loved by Grado owners.

 

Alright, some first impressions!

 

My first hour of listening was straight out of the box, coming from a Bifrost (USB, non-uber), to the RS1i. At first listen, I wasn't too overwhelmed... wasn't quite what I remembered hearing, but memory can be a capricious beast. But over the course of the next hour, I can say the bass is deep and well-defined, but not heavy. This amp is not as bright as I anticipated (especially with the common thought that they don't go well with Grados), and actually I don't really think I'd call it any more bright than the headphones that you plug into them - by definition, I guess I'd call it transparent. I'll plug in my Q701s later, and that should really show if they just emphasize a bright headphone's brightness or not. The PS500 immediately feels more at home with this amp. To my ears, there's less adjustment my brain needs to make listening to the PS500 than the RS1. It could just be the more bassy nature of the PS.

 

The soundstage of the Asgard 2 is impressive. Grados are not known for their soundstage by any means, but it certainly feels wider and deeper than either the Fiio E09K or the LD1+. Speaking of the E09K, I think I'd call the signatures between the A2 and it similar, the Asgard is just cleaner and more articulate in every way.

 

The build quality is really, really impressive considering the $250 price tag. Schiit builds good gear - no doubt about that. The volume pot is smooth, with just the right amount of resistance to me. It's a hefty amp, and feels very solid... very sharp edges, though. I may take a small file to the edges to bevel them a bit.

 

Now, to compare to the LD1+, the A2 is brighter - I'd like to say it's less cozy - than the Little Dot with Voshkods, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Just depends on your taste. As I mentioned before, the main reason I wanted to try this amp alongside the LD1+ is the inherent low-maintenance nature of solid-state. The tubes I have in the LD are very susceptible to RF, and that can put a damper on a good listening session if my tablet or phone are anywhere near the amp.

 

In the end, I have space for two amps on my listening table. Like having multiple headphones, there's a toy for any occasion. It's a really good amp for $250, for sure!

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When I had the PS500's, I preferred the Asgard over the LD1+ with Voshkods, I thought the LD1+ was just not as clear and clean as the Asgard was.

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When I had the PS500's, I preferred the Asgard over the LD1+ with Voshkods, I thought the LD1+ was just not as clear and clean as the Asgard was.

 

I agree.

 

I don't pretend to have too much experience with tubes, but could that just be one of the differences between tubes and solid state? The LD1+ is very good, but definitely seems to have a layer of velvet on the sound.

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I agree.

 

I don't pretend to have too much experience with tubes, but could that just be one of the differences between tubes and solid state? The LD1+ is very good, but definitely seems to have a layer of velvet on the sound.

 

 

I know that my Vali and Lyr don't exhibit those traits. A while back I did a direct switching comparison of the Vali to the Asgard 2, and I'll just say that you would need very good ears to tell the difference between the two, at least with something like the PS500. With higher impedance headphones, maybe it would be different.

 

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As my musical preferences have shifted over the years (and my hearing aged too), I have decided to switch to a darker/fatter/mellower headphones - HD650.

Will see how it pairs with my Schiit stack - I think it should be just perfect! My trusty HD600s are up for sale now, they will be missed for sure.


Edited by madwolfa - 5/25/14 at 7:33am
post #5367 of 12393
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Originally Posted by fenderf4i View Post

It would be nice if the Lyr pre-outs worked like the ones on the Asgard 2.

Sorry to be thick, but what is the difference?
post #5368 of 12393
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Originally Posted by john777 View Post

Sorry to be thick, but what is the difference?

The Asgard automatically shuts off the preouts when headphones are plugged in, whereas the Lyr still outputs to both, so with the Lyr you have to turn down or shutoff the connected speakers manually.
post #5369 of 12393
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Originally Posted by fenderf4i View Post

The Asgard automatically shuts off the preouts when headphones are plugged in, whereas the Lyr still outputs to both, so with the Lyr you have to turn down or shutoff the connected speakers manually.

Thank you so much. Shows how much notice I take of specifications etc. I only ever use my Lyr for headphones, never use the pre-outs.
post #5370 of 12393
I hope that if there is a Lyr 2, that they change the preout behaviour to match that of the Asgard 2. It's just a little bit nicer.
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