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post #2941 of 3242
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Originally Posted by fmzip View Post

Just sold my beloved Woo Audio WA22 for the Schiit Mjolnir/Gungnir.

Curious to hear how this setup sounds with my HD800's.

I'm running my HD800's sourced with a Sony XA5400ES cd/sacd player in balanced mode, into the Mjolinir, then balanced Sennheiser cable to the HD800. This set up sounds superb. Never bright or thin, but very dynamic and exciting to listen to.
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Originally Posted by fmzip View Post

Just sold my beloved Woo Audio WA22 for the Schiit Mjolnir/Gungnir.

Curious to hear how this setup sounds with my HD800's.

I'm running my HD800's sourced with a Sony XA5400ES cd/sacd player in balanced mode, into the Mjolinir, then balanced Sennheiser cable to the HD800. This set up sounds superb. Never bright or thin, but very dynamic and exciting to listen to.

I hope I will be pleasantly surprised that the Schiit Mjolnir/Gungnir setup equals or surpasses the WA22/Wyred4Sound setup for a 1/3 of the price. Time will tell! :)  

post #2943 of 3242
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Originally Posted by fmzip View Post
 

I hope I will be pleasantly surprised that the Schiit Mjolnir/Gungnir setup equals or surpasses the WA22/Wyred4Sound setup for a 1/3 of the price. Time will tell! :)  


Please do share your impressions! I am always eyeing that holy grail that is the hd800

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Please do share your impressions! I am always eyeing that holy grail that is the hd800

 

 

Will do!

 

Was also thinking of buying a Bryston BHA-1 and keeping the better combo of the two

post #2945 of 3242
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Originally Posted by fmzip View Post
 

Just sold my beloved Woo Audio WA22 for the Schiit Mjolnir/Gungnir.

 

Curious to hear how this setup sounds with my HD800's. Wondering if my W4S DAC1 will ultimately be replaced by the Gungnir

 

 

The Mjolnir is amazing and one of my favorite amps for the LCD3, but w/ the hd800 I really do feel the WA22 surpasses the Mjolnir.  IMO its more delicate, detailed, and nuanced.  The Mjolnir has better attack and speed, but the HD800 already outdoes almost every headphone in this regard.  They are both amazing amps though and could probably live with either.

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I think the 501 would be the one he's mentioning if it's comparable to the Gungnir.

 I have the teac ud501 and it sounds just amazing even in single ended fashion feeding my ray samuels raptor otl. My akg 701s sound better on the end of this combo than at anytime I have had them.I myself have been thinking about the mjolner to drive my audeze lcd2 v2s. But I also need to see how it feeds my emotiva stealth 8 active loudspeakers.

   Unfortunately I have seen no comments anywhere about how the preamp section of the mjolner performs. Any comments on the performance of the schiit mjolner as a preamp would be appreciated.

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Originally Posted by fmzip View Post

Just sold my beloved Woo Audio WA22 for the Schiit Mjolnir/Gungnir.

Curious to hear how this setup sounds with my HD800's.

I'm running my HD800's sourced with a Sony XA5400ES cd/sacd player in balanced mode, into the Mjolinir, then balanced Sennheiser cable to the HD800. This set up sounds superb. Never bright or thin, but very dynamic and exciting to listen to.

 

Ouch thats a lot of risk to play musical chairs and perhaps set yourself up for disappointment. Not that the Mjolnir isn't one of the best SS amps you can buy regardless of money, it's just the WA22 is srs bsnss.

 

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Originally Posted by Moonhead View Post
 

Well I love almost everything about HE6, but i think it can sound a little bright in the top, 

and I'm fed up seeking after one dedicated speaker amp just for them. 

I Crave neutral headphone more than the dark ones, thats why I would like to try out 

some HD800 and maybe get a Conductor for it.

Burson conductor should be a great partner with both HD800 & LCD3, best of both worlds!! 

But what do i know I'm just one crazy newbie who loves good headphones :tongue_smile: 

 

Speaker amps at the entry level will deliver more power at around the same THD and SNR as a headphone amp. It's not the textbook way to do things sure, but it's growing to be a respectable way to do things with the orthos. HE6 is bright if you have "too good of a DAC" imo. I felt like the Hifiman people engineered it in possibly crappier sources than we use so it's tuned a bit bright. And yeah it's tuned that way because look how the HE-500 turned out heh. Quite opposite.

 

Trust me you and I both have the same taste. The Conductor and Mjolnir are neck and neck IMO. I have HD800 and LCD-2, super happy head-fier here :)

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So, to drive my LCD2s I just picked up a used Mjolnir due to a good local deal, but before managing to get an appropriate DAC. I thought I was in trouble as it will be a while before I am able to get the Da8 that I was hoping to pair it with. However, I am pleasantly surprised to find that the Mjolnir makes my $300 Beresford Caiman sound spectacular even in SE mode. What's even more surprising is that I think that I like the portable DX50 LO as a source even better providing even more detail and a more open sound stage, but both sound great. I wasn't expecting a full sized spectacular sound coming from such low end sources. I guess the Mjolnir is that good. The reason that this surprises me so much is that it is in direct comparison to a $4000 PWDmkII DAC which it was previously hooked up to using very high end interconnects and power cords. I thought that might ruin the experience for me once I got it home, but it didn't.

 

The biggest surprise wasn't that the Mjolnir sounded so great, but what it did to the LCD2 signature. Through my previous sources - DX50/BH2, C3/BH2, Beresford Caiman DAC/AMP - the LCD2 v2 had the typical Audeze warm and euphoric sound signature that everyone describes. However, using the Mjolnir, it sounds more like the HD800 signature that people describes and that I heard once. The transformed LCD2 is now a detail monster with a more neutral but bright leaning signature and a very open sound stage. That's not to say that the bass/sub bass doesn't slam deep and hard as always, but it now is more detailed with an added top end shimmer.

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Originally Posted by Barra View Post

So, to drive my LCD2s I just picked up a used Mjolnir due to a good local deal, but before managing to get an appropriate DAC. I thought I was in trouble as it will be a while before I am able to get the Da8 that I was hoping to pair it with. However, I am pleasantly surprised to find that the Mjolnir makes my $300 Beresford Caiman sound spectacular even in SE mode. What's even more surprising is that I think that I like the portable DX50 LO as a source even better providing even more detail and a more open sound stage, but both sound great. I wasn't expecting a full sized spectacular sound coming from such low end sources. I guess the Mjolnir is that good. The reason that this surprises me so much is that it is in direct comparison to a $4000 PWDmkII DAC which it was previously hooked up to using very high end interconnects and power cords. I thought that might ruin the experience for me once I got it home, but it didn't.

The biggest surprise wasn't that the Mjolnir sounded so great, but what it did to the LCD2 signature. Through my previous sources - DX50/BH2, C3/BH2, Beresford Caiman DAC/AMP - the LCD2 v2 had the typical Audeze warm and euphoric sound signature that everyone describes. However, using the Mjolnir, it sounds more like the HD800 signature that people describes and that I heard once. The transformed LCD2 is now a detail monster with a more neutral but bright leaning signature and a very open sound stage. That's not to say that the bass/sub bass doesn't slam deep and hard as always, but it now is more detailed with an added top end shimmer.

The Mjolnir easily one of the best choices for the LCD-2s, and the best choice if you want as neutral presentation as possible with the largest soundstage you can squeeze out if them. The Mjolnir also tends to play well with less expensive DACs, because of the powerful, but lean and forward signature. The LCD-2s are never going to sound like HD800s, but it does a nice job of shifting the LCD-2 to a more neutral balance.
post #2950 of 3242

Hi,

This may sound silly but has any one run a pair iem or ciem on this amp.

I am not sure about the technical aspect...


Just wanted to hear how it sounded on a desktop amp without damaging my iem.

So if anyone has successfully done this let me know..

Also anything to be wary of...

 

 

thanks

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Anyone ever used Mjolnir as a preamp using the balanced output?

post #2952 of 3242
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Originally Posted by zackzack View Post

Anyone ever used Mjolnir as a preamp using the balanced output?

I do for my powered studio monitors, it works great
post #2953 of 3242
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Originally Posted by dailydoseofdaly View Post


I do for my powered studio monitors, it works great

 

what is your setup?

post #2954 of 3242
MacBook Pro >Gungnir>balanced ic>Mjolnir>mic xlr's> Event monitors

Because the studio monitors are already powered I just need to get the signal to them so I bought some inexpensive microphone cables to run to the monitors and it worked perfectly.
I have the monitors volume set to 0(in the middle/default), just a little turn of the mojos volume gets the speakers very loud quite quickly
Edited by dailydoseofdaly - 12/10/13 at 6:51am
post #2955 of 3242
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Originally Posted by Stealer View Post
 

Hi,

This may sound silly but has any one run a pair iem or ciem on this amp.

I am not sure about the technical aspect...


Just wanted to hear how it sounded on a desktop amp without damaging my iem.

So if anyone has successfully done this let me know..

Also anything to be wary of...

 

 

thanks

 

Quote from Schiit Website:

 

"Here it is: 8 times the output power, 8X lower distortion, and less noise than Asgard. Mjolnir is a super-powerful amp, but it’s also quiet enough to be used with the most sensitive headphones."

 

I recall they mentioned you could use IEMs with them... and I have seen others somewhere in the forum mention doing that. If you're seriously worried... fire Jason an email. He usually responds uber fast.

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