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post #1066 of 2478
Does anybody use the Asgard 2 with Fostex TH-600? I am having a hard time finding any impressions with this pair.

Thanks
post #1067 of 2478
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Sorry about the late reply. That may be due to your Mac Mini and a lack of RAM or bad usb port. My USB out sounds better than my SPDIF out and plus it doesn't make the noisy relay clicks that the SPDIF does

 

I solved the problem. The pop & crack come from a bad USB cable. I replaced it with a new USB cable that cost me $8 and the pops & cracks are completely gone.

So, yes, folks, it is the cable :D 

post #1068 of 2478
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I solved the problem. The pop & crack come from a bad USB cable. I replaced it with a new USB cable that cost me $8 and the pops & cracks are completely gone.

So, yes, folks, it is the cable :D 

LOL

 

Well I'm glad you like the A2 afterall :D

post #1069 of 2478

What's best and safe practice when switching gain? Volume down then switch? Amp off, switch, then on again?

post #1070 of 2478
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What's best and safe practice when switching gain? Volume down then switch? Amp off, switch, then on again?

 

I just do it on the fly man. It's just a set of resistors that go on and off. It's the same as adjusting the volume knob instantly honestly.

post #1071 of 2478
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I solved the problem. The pop & crack come from a bad USB cable. I replaced it with a new USB cable that cost me $8 and the pops & cracks are completely gone.

So, yes, folks, it is the cable :D

 

So cables really do make a difference :D

 

I wonder though what the difference is between a well-built $8 cable or some $40 "audiophile" cable. I may just put this to test in a blind A/B through different songs. I bet I won't be able to hear a difference at all

post #1072 of 2478
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Originally Posted by moriez View Post
 

What's best and safe practice when switching gain? Volume down then switch? Amp off, switch, then on again?

 

I just do it on the fly man. It's just a set of resistors that go on and off. It's the same as adjusting the volume knob instantly honestly.

 

I'm easily convinced. Especially when things are easy. If there's anyone who objects to Chris don't hold back :)

post #1073 of 2478
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I'm easily convinced. Especially when things are easy. If there's anyone who objects to Chris don't hold back :)

It really depends on the volume you listen to, just be ready in case it's too loud...but no need at all to turn off the amp.  Once you know the affect of the high low gain switch you will know what to do in the future.  I tend to lower the volume and then adjust to suit the phones/set-up I am switching to, as I use the Asgard 2 as a pre into other amps, also.


Edited by bearFNF - 12/7/13 at 8:29am
post #1074 of 2478
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So cables really do make a difference :D

 

I wonder though what the difference is between a well-built $8 cable or some $40 "audiophile" cable. I may just put this to test in a blind A/B through different songs. I bet I won't be able to hear a difference at all

 

It could be the quality of the cable - how well it is insulated, etc. that makes a big difference.  The one which sells for $40 might just have a higher markup than the $8 cable.  It doesn't mean the $8 cable is sub-par, though.  I've read of this same thing happening in another amp/DAC situation too.  A cable swap resolved the issue.  Some USB cables that I've had include the RF chokes installed at the time of manufacturing, and they can be useful in cutting down any noise or interference.  Aside from that, it's basically the YMMV for each cable and each situation you use it in.

 

Enjoy!

post #1075 of 2478

Jason, I am waiting for an Asgard 3 to drive my HE-500 because I am not a tube guy. I think I'm not the only one ;)

And of course I am waiting for a Modi 2 for Xmas...

Thanx :D

post #1076 of 2478
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Jason, I am waiting for an Asgard 3 to drive my HE-500 because I am not a tube guy. I think I'm not the only one ;)

And of course I am waiting for a Modi 2 for Xmas...

Thanx :D

 

I'm waiting for the Magni 3 and the Lyr 7!

 

Actually a Magni 2 would be nice. Maybe they did some slight revisions without saying anything.

 

I want an amp from them that plays equally well with dozens of different headphones (except Orthos and IEMs). Maybe they already have one? I prefer solid state I think. Magni is close, but they can do better.

 

So far the iFi iCAN and Micro Amp have done this. Not much else that i've heard (under $500). The O2 and Magni (IMO) are not so good with very bright headphones like the DT-990 or SR-325is.

 

 

post #1077 of 2478

Asgard2 is something that's close to the Magni, a solid state, a hundred times more versatile, and a little better sound quality.


Edited by TMRaven - 12/10/13 at 9:24am
post #1078 of 2478
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Asgard2 is something that's close to the Magni, a solid state, a hundred times more versatile, and a little better sound quality.

 

I'd say a bit more than a little. :D

post #1079 of 2478
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I'd say a bit more than a little. :D

 

I had a bit of love / hate with the Magni amp.  It had a nice amount of power for the lil' beast.  When it comes to needing a somewhat portable amp that doesn't stand out as much, that is the real deal.  Given the price, I think there's probably little to complain about, but I did notice a few small items.  The "bleed" from the front panel LED through the cut-out for the volume knob was a bit discerning.  I figure I could have easily resolved it by applying some felt inside the case between the volume pot and the knob to control this a bit.  I didn't really have it long enough to do any real extensive testing other than put it through some minimal testing with my HD-600s and the HE-400s.  But, when one can get an Asgard I in the used market for about $150, and usually includes shipping, it might be best to opt for that route.

 

After winning an auction several days back for an Asgard 2, it finally arrived today after a 9-day journey across the U.S.  I realize there was a lot of bad weather across the U.S., but the shipping information indicated 12/4/2013 as the approximate delivery date.  But, she finally made it - to a bit of disappointment on my end.  The seller indicated there wasn't any real noticeable hum from what they could hear.   But, when I was 3+ feet across from where the amp was sitting, she was humming right along.  The 2nd area of concern was the way the item was packed, and shipped using a large USPS Priority Mail box that looked like it made 3+ journeys across the U.S.  It had a been a recycled box, but the Asgard should have had something a bit better.  However, due to the hum issue, it's going back.  I'll have to bit about $20 in shipping / insurance costs to get it back to the seller, but that could still be better than living with a lemon that could be more problematic down the road.

 

I created a little collection of pictures in my gallery on "how not to ship a $200 amp": http://www.head-fi.org/g/a/831253/how-not-to-ship-a-200-amplifier/

post #1080 of 2478

Wow, the damage on the box is extensive. Totally poor packaging there man.

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