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post #2791 of 3151
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Originally Posted by Raptor34 View Post

Sooo what everyone is saying here, is that the Mjolnir is not capable of reaching it's full potential with a single ended source?   My recently upgraded Bifrost won't be good enough to drive the Mjolnir to it's full potential?   If  this is true then my thoughts of getting a mojo have been tabled indefinitely.   Good thing to,  as I was just about to get my LCD's and HE500 recabled for the amp.  
 

There's not as much difference between SE and balanced performance as you'd imagine. Mjolnir doesn't use any conversion ICs or anything like that to convert single-ended to balanced, or balanced to single-ended, for that matter. The signal goes straight through a 4-gang pot (necessary for real balanced operation) and into Mjolnir's differential input.

 

If you feed it single-ended, it will still output balanced to the headphones, since it's amplifying the difference between one active signal and ground. If you feed it balanced, same thing--except it's amplifying the difference between two active signals.

post #2792 of 3151

Thanks for the explanation Jason.   Cleared up alot of confusion I've had about the MJ.   Back on track, lets see now, where is that balanced cable order? 


Edited by Raptor34 - 8/28/13 at 1:38pm
post #2793 of 3151

It's honestly the cleanest amplifier I've ever owned and heard. It doesn't sound harsh like solid state sometimes can and it doesn't add distortion like a tube amp. It seems to be free of any potentially annoying traits amps can have with it's endless dynamic headroom, gobs of clean detail, allowing my headphones to make the most with my favorite music.

 

Using the LCD-2 rev2 FWIW

post #2794 of 3151

just a bit curious here and sorry for a dump question.

Has anyone in here every try a 4pin XLR or even dual 3pin XLR cable to a banana plug, and plug in the Mjolnir to run their headphone?

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Originally Posted by Erukian View Post

It's honestly the cleanest amplifier I've ever owned and heard. It doesn't sound harsh like solid state sometimes can and it doesn't add distortion like a tube amp. It seems to be free of any potentially annoying traits amps can have with it's endless dynamic headroom, gobs of clean detail, allowing my headphones to make the most with my favorite music.

Using the LCD-2 rev2 FWIW
It really is an amazing amp for the LCD2rev2, as well as any orthos. Not so much with higher impedance phones, I assume the amp delivers high current which the orthos get an advantage from. Nonetheless, if I still had an LCD2-3 and wanted an amp for it-the Mjolnir would be my 1st choice.
post #2796 of 3151
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Originally Posted by vincent215 View Post

just a bit curious here and sorry for a dump question.
Has anyone in here every try a 4pin XLR or even dual 3pin XLR cable to a banana plug, and plug in the Mjolnir to run their headphone?
...What?
post #2797 of 3151
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...What?
Curious to know why you'd want to do that too...

But, I have wondered if it would be possible to use the Mjolnir's pre-amp outs to drive the Woo WEE energizer, using some sort of XLR -> speaker wire interconnect. If you could, it would make my jump into Stax alot more easy and affordable. Maybe I'll have to go ask Jason...
Edited by mangler - 8/29/13 at 7:16pm
post #2798 of 3151
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Curious to know why you'd want to do that too...

But, I have wondered if it would be possible to use the Mjolnir's pre-amp outs to drive the Woo WEE energizer, using some sort of XLR -> speaker wire interconnect. If you could, it would make my jump into Stax alot more easy and affordable. Maybe I'll have to go ask Jason...

So that I dont have to purchase a balance cable for every headphone that I have, or a headphone that we can't change the cable manually.

 

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...What?

I mean Souce --> Schiit Mjolnir ---> Cable (male 4pin XLR out put to female 1/4 banana plug) --> male 1/4 banana plug of headphone --> headphone

post #2799 of 3151
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Originally Posted by mangler View Post

Curious to know why you'd want to do that too...


But, I have wondered if it would be possible to use the Mjolnir's pre-amp outs to drive the Woo WEE energizer, using some sort of XLR -> speaker wire interconnect. If you could, it would make my jump into Stax alot more easy and affordable. Maybe I'll have to go ask Jason...
So that I dont have to purchase a balance cable for every headphone that I have, or a headphone that we can't change the cable manually.
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Originally Posted by DarKen23 View Post

...What?
I mean Souce --> Schiit Mjolnir ---> Cable (male 4pin XLR out put to female 1/4 banana plug) --> male 1/4 banana plug of headphone --> headphone
The mjolnir works with balanced headphones only. Don't know if that answers your question because you still got me lost.
post #2800 of 3151

I am aware that they only have balance output, therefore, a headphone with balance cable ended is required to work with the Mjolnir. However, I was curious if anyone here ever tried the idea of making a cable to connect between the Mjolnir output and normal banan plug.

My idea is coming from rudi0504. He used his RSA intruder balance output and Fostex TH900.

 


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My another pair Fostex TH 900 just arrived this evening

Source : AK 100 FAD
Amp : RSA the Intruder
Headphone : Fostex TH 900







 
post #2801 of 3151
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Originally Posted by vincent215 View Post

I am aware that they only have balance output, therefore, a headphone with balance cable ended is required to work with the Mjolnir. However, I was curious if anyone here ever tried the idea of making a cable to connect between the Mjolnir output and normal banan plug.

My idea is coming from rudi0504. He used his RSA intruder balance output and Fostex TH900.

 

 

If you use a balanced -> single ended adapter with Mjolnir you'll trip the protection circuit and it won't work.

post #2802 of 3151
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If you use a balanced -> single ended adapter with Mjolnir you'll trip the protection circuit and it won't work.

Oh I see.

Do you know the scinece behind it? Why it was feasible for a few balance amp, but not with the others?

Thank you.

post #2803 of 3151
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Originally Posted by vincent215 View Post

Oh I see.

Do you know the scinece behind it? Why it was feasible for a few balance amp, but not with the others?

Thank you.

 

It's apparently because of the circlotron topology, which as far as I'm aware, no other headphone amp currently uses.

 

See here: http://schiit.com/products/mjolnir , in the FAQ section, specifically the last few questions.

post #2804 of 3151

Oh that's good to know.

Thank you for the information. 

I will have to go with the next Schiit statement amp for single ended use.

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Edited by holland - 9/14/13 at 8:01am
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