Love my Mjolnir/Valhalla 2 combo!
Edited by zabzaf - 3/23/15 at 6:57pm
Very nice! The black looks cool. I'd be curious to hear the Valhalla. I've been listening to the Lyr (hybrid) and quite enjoy it.
i think you have mistaken the "balanced" we are talking here, it's a type of connection, not the SQ "balanced"
Mother knows best, I'll bet that she can tell you which to get.
I've seen magni paired with a balanced amp, so IMO it doesnt matter, but for some, they do
It is your mission to convert her.
why under your bed? that's the first place they'll look!!
hide your money in the sea shells! :)
I did not notice that you had those headphones. When did you get them? UPS will deliver the same ones to me in a few hours. I will use my Fulla to drive them. According to this link, the combo can reach 109 dB. That's dangerously loud. I am skeptical about the whole "an amp needs to handle 120 dB dynamic peaks without clipping" thing. How often do we actually hear 120 dB dynamic peaks with normal listening levels? Since even the most dynamic music only has about 30 dB of dynamic range, and the majority of dynamic music probably doesn't exceed 15 dB of dynamic range, and ideal/average/normal listening levels are only 60-80 dB, 90-110 dB should be all we ever need. According to the numbers, even one of the hardest-to-drive headphones, the HiFiMAN HE-6, only needs 447 mW at 50 ohms to reach 110 dB. The Abyss AB-1266 only needs 316 mW. With most headphones, that number is much closer to zero. The 660 ohm DT 880 only needs 25 mW at 660 ohms. (The number is the same at 600 ohms.) With the Sennheiser HD 800, it's 21 mW. With the newer Audeze LCD-3, it's 6 mW. And so on. In other words, in terms of sheer output power and realistic listening levels, just about any amp has more than enough power to drive all but the least sensitive headphones.
That Lyr 2 looks so sexy! I'm just a little hesitant about spending more than $200 on an amp now that I've been "crunching the numbers" and realized that most headphones don't actually need much power to reach even dangerously loud SPL levels. But still, if I had plenty to spare, I would probably buy it (or even the Ragnarok) regardless.