Originally Posted by ferday
thanks so much, the exact kind of info i'm looking for! the audio gd looks nice but it's definitely pricier. if i knew from someone that the magni is good enough (especially compared directly with the e9, meaning more power than the e17) i would just get one of those and maybe even a modii with the extra money saved, then i'm not reliant on being able to find my e17 for the dac which has a habit of being where i'm not ;)
as i said, a high end amp is in my future so i'm happy with good enough for now, but i definitely want an improvement over my e17 (which i like with the 400's)
I might be able to help here.
I got the E17 for my "on go" with the HE-400 and the asgard as my amp at home, using the E17 as DAC (optical from PC to E17, then to asgard, then to HE-400).
I had a chance to listen to the E9 at my local store and in the first 3-6 seconds i knew i did not want that. It sounded like the E17, just louder. I felt it didnt fill the gaps.
After i tried the valhalla (schiit) and again, did not like it. Main problem was it sounded too weak, as if it had not the power to run the HP properly (even at max volume).
Finally i Tried the Asgard 1 and in a few seconds i was sold on it. If i remmber correctly, Jason from schiit recommends asgard for HE-400 before any other of their amps (this includes the LYR, wich i belive is better for the HE-500, but dosent give a great improvment on the HE-400).
The main things i would say is that the asgard improves mostly imaging and soundstage. After that it ofc ads to the overall frequency responce, but that is something you will notice when you go back to the E17 rather than the other way around.
Now, i do think that solid state amps work a bit better with planar magnetic than tubes, but this is just my personal bias :D.
I also belive asgard is a bit warmer than magni (maybe thats why its recommended by schiit), becouse the vocals dont seem to be so distant as in the E17.
Im looking to add a Schiit uber bifrost to this setup later on, but my local store dosent have em yet.
Note however, that this is purely my opinion. The problem here is what sort of sound signature you like. Becouse of this you would do well in testing yourself before commiting if in any way possible.
As far as i know, the vast majority of the human population responds better to forward mids rather than forward highs or lows, but everyone is different.