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Originally Posted by Naugrim View Post
 

I don't have advice, other than what I know because I'm doing just that.  

 

I have a pair of JBL SLR350's (Powered monitors) and I hook them to the RCA outs on the back of the Asgard 2.  It's just a pre-amp connection so all it does is pass it through (no amplification).  However, it benefits from the Bifrost DAC which i have running into the Asgard 2 via RCA and the volume knob controls the volume on the speakers as well as my headphones (LCD-XC's), but will only run the speakers if the headphones aren't plugged in (it's automatic).  I leave the speakers at about 75% because I can hear them if they are up much higher..in fact I think I may drop them down to 50 - 60% as I can actually hear them right now and it's annoying me.  I doubt you'll need your speakers to go much louder than that - but I'm not you so I'll let you decide.

 

Hope that answers your questions!  I have no clue if I'm doing it "right" of course, but so far it works for me.  


I've been wondering how the Audeze sounds with the Asgard-2 relative to the more spendy usual suspect you see commonly paired with  Audeze. Thinking about adding a LCD-2 to my RS1i to round out my sound sigs.

 

Someone posted something about wanting an RS1i. I paired my Grados with the A-2 for about two years and finally decided to try something with tubes-Little Dot 1+ hybrid. Very inexpensive entry. Never having heard anything other than the A-2 except for a couple of meets, I was perfectly satisfied and still think it's totally fine. But, now I'm hearing differences w/ my RS1i and I do think the brighter tendencies of Grados probably sound better with smoother sounding tubes to soften some of the highs....FWIW....I'll bet the Vali sounds nice w/ Grados as well for a small financial commitment to test the tube waters so to speak.


Edited by markm1 - 8/3/14 at 3:57pm
post #6302 of 7911
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I've been wondering how the Audeze sounds with the Asgard-2 relative to the more spendy usual suspect you see commonly paired with  Audeze. Thinking about adding a LCD-2 to my RS1i to round out my sound sigs.

 

 

From what people tell me, the Audeze LCD-2 is "bassier" and darker than the X and XC - so I don't know if I can advise as to how well that will work. 

 

I couldn't afford any more than I paid, but I can tell you that while I was on the  Asgard 2 and I upgraded from the Modi to the Bifrost DAC it made a HUGE difference - particularly to soundstage and what I call "smoothness" (it mellowed out some harsh recordings).  

post #6303 of 7911

Once the phono stage is released I'll get that and the modi for my speaker rig along with an integrated amp (non schiit) to replace this busy 7.1 receiver.

post #6304 of 7911
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If I hook a pair of powered speakers up to the outputs of my Asgard 2, how exactly does it work? Does the Asgard 2 amplify the signal at all or just pass it through? Does the volume knob adjust the signal? Should I leave it on maximum if it does? 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Naugrim View Post
 

I don't have advice, other than what I know because I'm doing just that.  

 

I have a pair of JBL SLR350's (Powered monitors) and I hook them to the RCA outs on the back of the Asgard 2.  It's just a pre-amp connection so all it does is pass it through (no amplification).  However, it benefits from the Bifrost DAC which i have running into the Asgard 2 via RCA and the volume knob controls the volume on the speakers as well as my headphones (LCD-XC's), but will only run the speakers if the headphones aren't plugged in (it's automatic).  I leave the speakers at about 75% because I can hear them if they are up much higher..in fact I think I may drop them down to 50 - 60% as I can actually hear them right now and it's annoying me.  I doubt you'll need your speakers to go much louder than that - but I'm not you so I'll let you decide.

 

Hope that answers your questions!  I have no clue if I'm doing it "right" of course, but so far it works for me.  

That is correct, hook up powered speakers to the RCA outs on the Asgard 2.  There is amplification (pre amplification) so it's more than just a pass through, but above is the correct way to hook it up. When you plug in headphones, the output to the speakers is muted.  Remove headphones and it's a preamp again to your powered speakers.

Yes, the volume knob controls the volume.  So DON'T leave it at maximum.  It's a high quality volume control so make it your primary volume control.  Leave your digital source volume at maximum.  Leave your powered speakers at a volume setting where the Asgard 2 gives them a full range of volume, from silent to loud.  Depending on your speakers, then, their volume control may typically rest anywhere between 30% to 80% of it's rotation.

post #6305 of 7911

Thanks everyone! I'm just getting junky monitors for like $40 on Amazon, so it's not going to be audiophile. But I need something non-headphone to entertain people coming into my room. Hopefully the sound isn't horrid.

post #6306 of 7911
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Thanks everyone! I'm just getting junky monitors for like $40 on Amazon, so it's not going to be audiophile. But I need something non-headphone to entertain people coming into my room. Hopefully the sound isn't horrid.

I cannot recommend any higher the JBL LSR305's.  For $260 you're not going to know whether to wear your headphones or listen to your speakers..they're that good. Every time I play them, I say, out loud, "I'm glad I got these," to my wife, who just agrees.  

 

Good luck!

post #6307 of 7911

I already have a pair of KEF speakers for hifi. These are just going to be for when I'm at my desk with others and can't use headphones. I am likely getting these, not to hijack this threat. 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Genius-Hi-Fi-Speaker-Computers-SP-HF500A/dp/B0041QBAIA/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8&colid=2MS0A83FJHGO2&coliid=IP71OHGKD5901

 

I already have a really nice pair of big speakers so I am sticking to the bare minimum for this. 

 

EDIT: And just so no one has a heart attack, no I am not touching the headphone outs on those speakers because it's probably junk.

post #6308 of 7911
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Originally Posted by Naugrim View Post
 

I cannot recommend any higher the JBL LSR305's.  For $260 you're not going to know whether to wear your headphones or listen to your speakers..they're that good. Every time I play them, I say, out loud, "I'm glad I got these," to my wife, who just agrees.  

 

Good luck!

Are these the same? Different ASINs but they look the same but do not have quite the same description.

 

http://www.amazon.com/JBL-LSR305-Two-Way-Powered-Monitor/dp/B00HNKLN2Y/ref=sr_1_2?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1407124786&sr=1-2&keywords=jbl+lsr305

 

http://www.amazon.com/JBL-LSR305-Professional-Studio-Monitors/dp/B00F1DEI8G/ref=sr_1_3?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1407124786&sr=1-3&keywords=jbl+lsr305

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post #6310 of 7911

Well I just got my Lyr to go with my T1 and boy do they sound good together. At the moment I am using the Modi as my dac till I get the itch to upgrade to bifrost. 

 

Now my Magni and HE-400 will be sitting on the bench for a while.

post #6311 of 7911

It's good to see many Schiit lovers!!  I'm one of you!  LOL

post #6312 of 7911
Schiit lovers! Is that the official term? I sold my mjolnir but will definitely reenter the world of Schiit one day. Just wanted to try new gear.
post #6313 of 7911

Schiit gears are the BOMB!!  I have Lyr, I'm hook on Tube rolling now....It's bitchin gears!!!

 

 

 

:deadhorse:

post #6314 of 7911
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Schiit gears are the BOMB!!  I have Lyr, I'm hook on Tube rolling now....It's bitchin gears!!!

 

 

 

:deadhorse:

Spoken just as the original Gustav Mahler would have phrased it.  Sehr gut!

post #6315 of 7911

Lyr - Bifrost (Uber) - Sony dvd player - HD800.  Perfect Mahler Symphonies!

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