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post #286 of 428

If you have an O2 which is an amp getting the Magni which is another amp.....is that a waste of your time? Only you can answer that.

 

As far as getting the Magni, it most likely will not perform sonically and better than the O2 you already have.

 

That said many of us have several amps for various reasons.

 

Alex

post #287 of 428

I'd say get the Magni if you have cans with extremely low sensitivity and/or have a very weak source. Otherwise, O2 > Magni. tongue.gif

post #288 of 428

*Clap clap* 

 

Love this review. But I still got the O2+ODAC (mostly because I live in Europe). The Magni+Modi is something for the future perhaps - if they ever will be available with a 230V wall wart. 

post #289 of 428

Just got my little magni in the mail! 

 

For those of you who are perusing this thread to determine whether the magni is a little too much for your sensitive cans, you can lay your fears to rest. I'm using it with my HE-400s and my ATH M50S, both fairly efficient headphones, and you won't have a problem. With both of these pairs, I sit comfortably at around 9 or 10 o'clock with the computer at 100% volume (I'm using a xonar DX as my DAC). I don't notice any substantial channel imbalance above 7:30, and even below that, you have to really strain to notice it. When the pot is all the way down, I don't hear a thing.

 

It also sounds great! Crystal clear with a nice improvement in instrument separation and a nice, round stage. Can't speak for the O2/ODAC, but HE-400/ATH M50 owners can't go wrong with the magni.

 

If anyone wants I can give more detailed impressions after I listen some more.

post #290 of 428
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Originally Posted by DangerToast View Post

 

With both of these pairs, I sit comfortably at around 9 or 10 o'clock with the computer at 100% volume (I'm using a xonar DX as my DAC).

But that's exactly the problem. Usable volume control range should be from 10 to 2 o'clock, not from 7:30 to 10.

post #291 of 428
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But that's exactly the problem. Usable volume control range should be from 10 to 2 o'clock, not from 7:30 to 10.

Although it's a smaller range than normal, I'm just saying the magni's pot doesn't render it useless with sensitive headphones. I feel like I have a full range of volume at my disposal. The knob is decently weighty for such a little thing, so I don't sit there trying to get the volume just right either. 

 

Would I like to have a pot that goes from 10 to 2? Sure! But I don't think most people will have a problem. And if I turn the volume down 10% on the computer, I get up to about 11 or 12 without any noticeable quality deficit.

 

More importantly, I like the the way it sounds, for both quiet and loud listening.

post #292 of 428
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Originally Posted by xnor View Post

But that's exactly the problem. Usable volume control range should be from 10 to 2 o'clock, not from 7:30 to 10.

With how I equalize my HE-400s the Magni gives me a nice 10-2 control. Perfect!

post #293 of 428
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by xnor View Post

But that's exactly the problem. Usable volume control range should be from 10 to 2 o'clock, not from 7:30 to 10.

 

Is there any problem with the Magni not being like that?  I've had plenty of play and fine adjustment on my Magni, even when it's usually around 9 o'clock.  On the most dynamic of my songs, it can get up to 11 or so.

 

Honestly I've run into 0 issues with volume control on the Magni so far.

post #294 of 428
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Originally Posted by BrokeStudent View Post

With how I equalize my HE-400s the Magni gives me a nice 10-2 control. Perfect!

I'd be really interested in that eq curve, ugh.

 

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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post

Is there any problem with the Magni not being like that?

Nope, no problem with the Magni.

post #295 of 428
Thread Starter 

It'd have to be something like a 6db reduction across nearly the entire spectrum to allow for a sub-bass boost or along those lines.

post #296 of 428
The Modi does look a lot better than the ODAC in my opinion. Does anyone else have any comparisons of the two sonically?
post #297 of 428

Looks are one thing....performance is another....

 

That said, I honestly do not think that they would be that much different.

 

Alex

 

NOTE: For all those that are really concerned about how different DACS might "sound" take a look at this thread on this site....cant wait for the results in late Feb:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/648501/blind-test-6-dacs-compared


Edited by adydula - 1/31/13 at 5:37am
post #298 of 428
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Originally Posted by adydula View Post

Looks are one thing....performance is another....

That said, I honestly do not think that they would be that much different.

Alex

NOTE: For all those that are really concerned about how different DACS might "sound" take a look at this thread on this site....cant wait for the results in late Feb:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/648501/blind-test-6-dacs-compared

I just read the whole thread; thanks for the link. Very interesting topic. Can't wait until Feb 28 too.
post #299 of 428
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Originally Posted by adydula View Post

So the guys is gone....That makes it much better.....

 

What no measurements??

 

Whats wrong with facts versus opinions,,, rather have opinions based on facts...

 

The O2 spectacular performance is built around good engineering, design, implementation and getting the most out of the lowest dollar components to prove a point.

 

It has caused many other amp vendors/OEM to step up to the plate with measurements that in the past have'nt been that well published etc...

 

Its a good thing! IMO.

 

Alex

 

.. and that's why I am about to order the O2 and ODAC as two separates for the modularity's sake.

 

Alex, thanks for Your professional opinions and comments. The headphones world needs more of them.

 

JJ

post #300 of 428

JJ.....the truth is what counts....god knows there is so much BS out there....its hard to smell straight !!

 

LOL

 

All the best

Alex

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