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post #1321 of 2478
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Nope. Not until tomorrow when I actually have it in hand.

/jealous

post #1322 of 2478
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Quick question about temperature on the Asgard 2. I know it gets hot. I'm not worried about the heat. It's been on for a couple hours now and it seems to have maintained the same temperature after warming up. That is, it's fairly hot to the touch. My question is this. Does the temperature fluctuate based on use, volume levels, etc.. or does it always maintain this hot temperature. Again, I'm not worried about the operating temperature as much as I'm just asking if it fluctuates.

 

It's pure Class A, so it's always hot (volume doesn't matter). Might be even tad hotter when idle.


Edited by madwolfa - 2/20/14 at 9:31pm
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Edited by moriez - 2/23/14 at 12:24am
post #1324 of 2478
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So, my Asgard2 just got here and I happened to read the manual just now. Don't tell anyone. This is just between me and you guys.

Anyway, I just read this from the FAQ: "Can I stand it on end so it takes up less desk space? You bet! We’ve provided the feet separately so you can do 

exactly that."


Maybe everyone else knew that, but I sure didn't. So there's another option to optimize desk space. What's strange is you would think the Bifrost could do that too, but I don't see anything in the instructions (yes, I read that too, shh) saying you could. It makes sense why their tube solutions can't, of course.

Nice! How you liking it so far? Mmmmmmmm....
post #1325 of 2478
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Alright, so some initial impressions from the last couple hours of listening and some comparisons with Lyr.

HD 600: I think I may like the Asgard 2 over the Lyr when paired with the HD 600. Not entirely sure yet, but that's the way it's going so far. Some people are saying it's warmer with the Asgard 2 pairing, but I don't really hear that here. What I do here is more detail and accuracy over the Lyr as well as tightness in the lows.

HD 700: No doubt about it. The Lyr pairs better with the HD 700 over the Asgard 2. The Lyr smooths out the frequency of the HD 700 vs the Asgard 2 which over accentuates the details to a point where they sound somewhat distorted. It's not bad at all, but it's obvious the Lyr has been synergy with the HD 700.

K702 AE: I've got the same impressions as the HD 700 here. The warmer Lyr is just a better pairing with the K702 AE vs the Asgard 2 for all of the same reasons.

Overall, I'm happy. It'd be ridiculous to think any single amp will work well with everything. Anything that makes the HD 600 sound better is alright in my book. I'll also be able to use preamps now to power my external monitors without having to burn tubes. More impressions to come as time goes by.

Ah, Nm lol

Glad your impressed! smily_headphones1.gif
post #1326 of 2478
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post
 

Quick question about temperature on the Asgard 2. I know it gets hot. I'm not worried about the heat. It's been on for a couple hours now and it seems to have maintained the same temperature after warming up. That is, it's fairly hot to the touch. My question is this. Does the temperature fluctuate based on use, volume levels, etc.. or does it always maintain this hot temperature. Again, I'm not worried about the operating temperature as much as I'm just asking if it fluctuates.

 

I don't touch mine with the exception of adjusting the volume, but it seems to always be the same 'if I leave my hand here for a few seconds, this is uncomfortably warm' temperature.  I leave it on and forget about it for days at a time.  It's not obstructed, so airflow isn't an issue.  Been working perfectly fine like this since June of 2013 :).

post #1327 of 2478
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I don't touch mine with the exception of adjusting the volume, but it seems to always be the same 'if I leave my hand here for a few seconds, this is uncomfortably warm' temperature.  I leave it on and forget about it for days at a time.  It's not obstructed, so airflow isn't an issue.  Been working perfectly fine like this since June of 2013 :).

I also leave mine on for days at a time (especially when burning in new headphones) and it's never gotten excessively hot or malfunctioned or anything.

post #1328 of 2478
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I don't touch mine with the exception of adjusting the volume, but it seems to always be the same 'if I leave my hand here for a few seconds, this is uncomfortably warm' temperature.  I leave it on and forget about it for days at a time.  It's not obstructed, so airflow isn't an issue.  Been working perfectly fine like this since June of 2013 :).

 

Mine is comfortably hot. ;) 

post #1329 of 2478
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It's pure Class A, so it's always hot (volume doesn't matter). Might be even tad hotter when idle.

Read into it a little more last night and found this on the Schiit site: "Protip: running a Class A amp hard into a difficult load actually causes it to run cooler. Please note this is not an invitation to destroy your hearing. This is just a bit of trivia. We probably should be telling you to practice safe listening, use a condom, sign this disclaimer before you turn up Asgard 2, don’t use the lawnmower as a hedge trimmer, coffee is hot, blah blah, but we don’t roll that way."

 

So interesting. It's always producing an ass load of power, so the harder you run it, the more the energy that's transforming into heat is energy that's transforming into amplification. I'm sure everyone else knows this already, but it's news to me.

post #1330 of 2478
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So interesting. It's always producing an ass load of power, so the harder you run it, the more the energy that's transforming into heat is energy that's transforming into amplification. I'm sure everyone else knows this already, but it's news to me.

 

So basically at very high load, amplifier's efficiency is getting better. I've always found Class A amps some fascinating beasts...

post #1331 of 2478

I don't leave mine on for long periods of time. I listen mostly via speakers and typcially use my HPS's when I don't want to disturb others. It's sort of my plan B. But, despite the gazillions of posts about heat, I've never felt my A-2 got all that hot...I've had it on for maybe 2-3 hours at time. You would think it was a freaking space heater based on some of these posts :wink_face:

post #1332 of 2478

I usually turn mine on a half hour before I'm going to use it then use it for 4-5 hours with some cans.  I never thought it got that hot either.  It's especially great for when you just came in from shoveling the damn driveway for 2 hours!

post #1333 of 2478

Here's a hot tip for Asgard 2 owners. Use less efficient cans, like an HE-500 if you want your Asgard to run cooler. :D Don't take this too seriously

post #1334 of 2478

I mean, it's running hot (been running it idle for almost 24 hours straight), but hot enough to not throw the Lyr on top of it? I don't know about that. It's warm just like any other amp or receiver. It's not like it's sealing over the top and there is space for dissipation due to the rubber feet. I also would never be running both at the same time. I think it might be ok. Will cautiously try it out when I get home.

post #1335 of 2478
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Originally Posted by StanD View Post
 

Here's a hot tip for Asgard 2 owners. Use less efficient cans, like an HE-500 if you want your Asgard to run cooler. :D Don't take this too seriously

Nah, just go louder, until it bleeds, it will run cooler.

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