Originally Posted by razzz42 Magni Headphone Amplifier by Schiit
Read the questions and comments for starters and make sure it specs out to what you want for your phones. I wouldn't spend to much on an amp but to each their own.
Bare bones item but well worth the price.
I previously owned the Magni and wouldn't recommend it for the Audio-Technica AD2K/X, well maybe unless it was also paired with the matching Modi DAC. The amp needs a low-voltage source (which the Modi is) in order for the AD2K/X to be usable on it, because the amp's gain is too high.
I wrote a review of the Magni here that has more info: http://www.head-fi.org/t/653870/review-schiit-magni
Originally Posted by Kurumster
So I got my headphones a few months back after reading the headphone buying guide and chose the one I felt fit me best. It came out to be the AD2000. I also read a bunch of other threads and reviews on the headphones. A lot of those reviews and opinions were on the AD-2000; the version I got was the AD2000x instead of the original. I spent some time reading this thread the other day to see how they compare with each other and I'm honestly not really bummed about it. I sort of had a kneejerk reaction (I considered selling my X to get the original) after reading a particular opinion, but after reading some more I think I want to stick with my AD2000X. When I bought my headphones I didn't have enough money to get a high end amp so I ended up getting the Fiio E17. I'm looking to pair my headphones with something that matches it properly. I haven't seen a lot of opinions on what's best for AD2000X yet, but I've read in the past that the M3 (what I'm considering) or a Dynalo fits well with the original. Would this be true for the 2000X series or not, since they've balanced the headphone a bit more now?
I've done a lot of reading, but I'm a complete newbie to the headphone game. I'm asking questions because I don't want to spend a lot of money on something and regret it. Thanks in advance to anyone that offers advice.
I'm sort of asking the same question as Xovaan lol.
This isn't my first headphone btw. I had HD598 before upgrading and I've become infatuated with sound so I'm just really curious as to what amp would make it even better.
I've tested the AD2KX on the Gilmore Lite (i.e., a Dynalo) and wouldn't recommend the combo. The amp is better for the original AD2K. The M3 could be interesting for the AD2KX, not really sure how it would work out though. Most builds of the M3 feature rollable op-amps, which basically lets you alter the sound a little and can help achieve a good sonic pairing for the AD2KX. M3s show up in the FS forums every now and then - I'm sure most people pass them by because they're DIY and usually not aesthetically attractive, but M3s are very solid amps that can drive most dynamic headphones. It'll probably be some time until more people own the AD2KX and can comment on how it sounds on different amps. To that end I just initiated an AD2KX loaner program which will hopefully be helpful by the time it's over: http://www.head-fi.org/t/688438/loaner-program-audio-technica-ad2000x
There are quite a number of amps that have the specs on paper to properly drive the AD2KX, but it's unknown how most of them would sonically match. I've heard the following amps with the AD2KX, which I wouldn't recommend:
- Burson Conductor (and by extension the Soloist and Soloist SL -- I previously owned the Soloist too, doubt the sound was changed for the SL model)
- Micromega MyZic
- Schiit Asgard 2
I'd recommend waiting it out until more people own or have heard the AD2KX and can report on it. Buying any old amp would be like throwing darts in the dark when I can confirm that the AD2KX is just as sonically picky as the original.
Not that I'm "recommending" them per se but the Garage1217 kit/built amps look really interesting and one of them is probably going to be one of my next purchases. It's possible that one of them might be good for the AD2KX between the Starlight, Sunrise II, and Ember, especially since they all use tubes, which are inherently rollable and thus sonically variable.
Also check the Meets forum to see if an upcoming one is near you, meets are great opportunities to listen to a variety of gear: http://www.head-fi.org/f/24/local-regional-head-fi-meets-parties-get-togethers
Edited by Asr - 11/9/13 at 12:05am