Spent 5 hours listening to the Magni today. Hate it when I say that..sounds so wrong..
Best compliment I can give the Magni is that it sounds exactly like what's hooked up to it's RCA jacks. No coloration of it's own that I can detect. Some minor improvements though.
Said it a million times, but I no longer find it bright. When it's bright it's usually the recordings fault (or the headphone).
You can easily get the Magni to sound awful with a poor source. It's only as good as what's connected to it, so make sure you buy a Bifrost as the minimum. Ok, only kidding.
I normally use the ODAC.
I was using the Magni today at the office with less than perfect sources. First tried the Sansa Clip+. Sounds awful with my DJ100 (headphone hates that player). Switched to a portable CD player with line out. Even worse..why? well it's a "house brand" from Best Buy I got for $12. I used an old 2002 Panasonic portable and it was a lot better, but I think that thing has rolled off treble and it's not all that clear. Reminds me of the SCPH-1001 somehow.
Best I tried was the Ipod Touch 2G. It's just so stupid easy to tell the differences between sources on this thing. This source is not warm at all unlike the Clip+ and sounds perfect with the LOD to Magni and the DJ100/HD-650 or another warm headphone. Pretty much wowed with it. Sounds crystal clear.
What's amusing is the Ipod Touch 2G with Magni is pretty revealing of source files! The variation between song quality is just baffling. Within a span of 2 hours I got super thin mids, full mids, bloated bass and all sort of weird things due to the recordings (NOTHING else). Every song was basically how I remembered it. This variation between recording I haven't experienced since I had the DT-880.
The Ipod Touch 2G (LOD) reminds me of the ODAC in a way. The ODAC sounds smoother though. Sometimes the treble on the 2G sounds a bit edgy, but I know this is probably impossible..
Edited by tdockweiler - 2/4/13 at 5:22pm