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post #196 of 255
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Originally Posted by Defiant00 View Post

 So with that said, I strongly disagree that the Asgard isn't enough for the LCD-2s. As with anything, sure, there are even better amps out there; but the Asgard sounds great to me with the LCD-2s, and is even more remarkable considering the price.

 

 

You're in good company. Arnie Nudell, Bascom H. King, and Kavi Alexander (look them up) all use Asgard 2s (that they purchased from us, none of this give-away-so-we-can-say-they-use-it stuff here) with LCD-2s. 

post #197 of 255

Maybe the  LCD2's are super efficient, but I hear a big difference when going from Magni to an SX-650 pioneer receiver with both my Mad Dogs and D2000's. I would say D2000's benefit even more. Bass is what improves the most. I am prepping for the Alpha Dog upgrade and want a more endgame amp. Hard to think the Magni can compete with the Lyr which is what you are basically saying.

post #198 of 255
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Originally Posted by Jason Stoddard View Post

 

You're in good company. Arnie Nudell, Bascom H. King, and Kavi Alexander (look them up) all use Asgard 2s (that they purchased from us, none of this give-away-so-we-can-say-they-use-it stuff here) with LCD-2s. 

 

lol. Jason please continue to talk me out of spending more money at your site. My student loan balance will thank you. 

post #199 of 255
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Originally Posted by peepr View Post

Maybe the  LCD2's are super efficient, but I hear a big difference when going from Magni to an SX-650 pioneer receiver with both my Mad Dogs and D2000's. I would say D2000's benefit even more. Bass is what improves the most. I am prepping for the Alpha Dog upgrade and want a more endgame amp. Hard to think the Magni can compete with the Lyr which is what you are basically saying.

 

It may also be that your receiver has elevated bass; nothing wrong with coloration if you enjoy it.

 

 

For my sound preferences with my cans, yes, I think the Magni and Lyr are comparable. But a large part of that is that I don't want to tube roll and I like clean solid-state sound. I'm sure there are a lot of other cans that I would prefer the Lyr with, but not necessarily the LCD-2s.

post #200 of 255

Is there really a difference in power ouput between the Asgard 2 and the Magni at 50 Ohms? I have been thinking about upgrading my Mad dogs (or maybe Alpha Dogs :)) from the M&M stack to the Bitfrost/A2 stack. I pullled away from tubes altogether due to my music genres, and the fact that tube (rolling) seems to be very expensive.

post #201 of 255
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Is there really a difference in power ouput between the Asgard 2 and the Magni at 50 Ohms? I have been thinking about upgrading my Mad dogs (or maybe Alpha Dogs :)) from the M&M stack to the Bitfrost/A2 stack. I pullled away from tubes altogether due to my music genres, and the fact that tube (rolling) seems to be very expensive.

 

No, no difference between the amps for power output. The Bifrost does 2.0v compared to Modi's 1.5 though, so that can make a difference.

 

If you feel that the M&M don't have enough power for the Mad Dogs then Bifrost + Asgard might not satisfy that for you either; although I've found they have enough power for anything I throw at them.

post #202 of 255
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Originally Posted by Defiant00 View Post
 

 

No, no difference between the amps for power output. The Bifrost does 2.0v compared to Modi's 1.5 though, so that can make a difference.

 

If you feel that the M&M don't have enough power for the Mad Dogs then Bifrost + Asgard might not satisfy that for you either; although I've found they have enough power for anything I throw at them.

 

I just sometimes feel I can squeeze more potential out of them. It just may be a matter of upgrading the DAC section, but the MM stack was my first venture. 

post #203 of 255
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I just sometimes feel I can squeeze more potential out of them. It just may be a matter of upgrading the DAC section, but the MM stack was my first venture. 

 

Bifrost should sound better...whether it's worth it to you isn't something I can answer. I like the Asgard more than the Magni, but at least for the original Asgard it was more of a personal preference/feeling and not based off of sound quality. Unfortunately, while I think B&A will sound better, there's no way I can tell you how much better you'll find it or whether it's worth doing.

post #204 of 255
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Originally Posted by Defiant00 View Post
 

 

Bifrost should sound better...whether it's worth it to you isn't something I can answer. I like the Asgard more than the Magni, but at least for the original Asgard it was more of a personal preference/feeling and not based off of sound quality. Unfortunately, while I think B&A will sound better, there's no way I can tell you how much better you'll find it or whether it's worth doing.

 

Thanks for your input. I really appreciate it. I may just spend some money on both asgard 2 and the Audio-gd SA-31 amp to decide for myself and see which one I like better (with the Bitfrost). 

post #205 of 255

so hows the MM with the HE-500? thinking of getting the MM soon. then either the HE-500 or SRH1840 (still torn between the two). though im afraid that the MM wont be enough for the HE-500. 

post #206 of 255
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so hows the MM with the HE-500? thinking of getting the MM soon. then either the HE-500 or SRH1840 (still torn between the two). though im afraid that the MM wont be enough for the HE-500. 

 

It should have more than enough power, but I can't say for sure how it'll fit your listening preferences. You may also want to look at the Vali as an alternative to the Magni.

 

Personally I'd go HE-500 over the Shures, as I think planars are pretty special.

post #207 of 255
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so hows the MM with the HE-500? thinking of getting the MM soon. then either the HE-500 or SRH1840 (still torn between the two). though im afraid that the MM wont be enough for the HE-500. 

I had this combo for a while, it felt a little underwhelming to me.  I wound up finding a really good deal on Lyr and the extra power made a world of difference but I never could find a pair of tubes that sounded quite right to me.  I've also tried the HE-500 with a Little Dot MkIII and a head room micro amp, neither of witch seem quite up to the task.  Right now I'm leaning towards a HPA V100.

 

EDIT: Go for the HE-500 if you haven't experienced planar magnetics yet.  It will blow your mind.


Edited by tootallmoose - 10/14/13 at 1:25pm
post #208 of 255
Tried the HE500 and I loved it. Found it a bit dark though. Will try the Shure in 2 weeks.

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post #209 of 255
I like the look of the schiit stacks. Probably going MM. If I go bifrost asgard that means no new headphones and I'll be using the schiits with my SRH940.

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post #210 of 255
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I like the look of the schiit stacks. Probably going MM. If I go bifrost asgard that means no new headphones and I'll be using the schiits with my SRH940.

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That's not a terrible thing.  I have the 940 as well and why they aren't the best they're definitely good enough that you will be able to appreciate the difference between the two stacks and give you time to look around/save money for an even better pair of cans.

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