Kind of a quick question here. Is anyone running a tube preamp to the Asgard 2 and would it make any sense to do so? Just curiosity as I'm unsure about using a Valhalla 2 as a preamp. If I do get it, I'll be preamping to my Audiosource Amp 100 and my pair of ARX A2rx-c speakers. I've never heard the so called tube sound before but I've also not heard anything bad about it. I'm certain something I listen to would be benefited from it.
I've got the Bifrost Uber + Magni at the moment and I'm considering the A2. I'm also considering the Valhalla 2 to delve into my first tube amp. My headphones are only HD 598s so upgrading the amp isn't really necessary, but I occasionally want to use IEMs and I could really use the low gain setting. Until I get the funds for a HD 650 or more ideally a HD 700 I'm just toying around with the idea of a better amp now to power whatever I feel like playing with later and giving me a little more flexability in my choice of ear-wear.
So far I'm about 80% sure of getting the A2 but before I sneak some funds to have an equal sized stack I want to have my homework done. As the other heads up my main listening is to video games (Diablo 3 & World of Warcraft - I already love the soundstage in Diablo 3. It is greatly improved with the Uber over my onboard. No I don't use the 3d effects for headphone or gaming functions from software or a sound card.) and after that I do a lot of rock, metal, rap, and classical. I also enjoy youtube videos of guitarists, drummers, street artists, and singers. It's a wide range of things.
Interesting to hear that the HD700 is on your list as it seems to be one of those headphones with an odd sound signature according to many around these parts. I certainly haven't heard them yet, but I will soon as my local audio store plans to have a floor model available. I am curious for sure about them. Have you had a chance to hear the 700 yet?