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post #2011 of 2478
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Originally Posted by KLJTech View Post

The Cayin C5 is a very nice portable amp, but I think you'll find the A2 to be more transparent and allow you to hear more detail than the C5 plus it should sound more dynamic.

It's been too long since I've heard the 650's (my son now has them) on the A2, but I have heard the 600's on the Asgard 2 recently and its a great combination. A lot depends on your source, not only your DAC but source files. Of course, even low cost DAC's are getting so good nowadays that you probably have that covered. Just be sure to use good quality source material and I think you'll be very pleased with your results. Keep in mind that Schiit Audio does allow you to return the amp if you're not happy with it. 

Like I said before, if you're looking for more of that "tube-like" sound (nothing wrong with that, I love tube amps) then the A2 probably won't be want you're looking for...though the A2 is not a cold sounding solid state amp at all.

Good luck!

The Cayin C5 is a solid state amp, and I thoroughly loved it's sound, so I believe I will enjoy what the Asgard two brings to the table.

And as for the Asgard 1, is the Asgard 2 a direct improvement in all ways? I ask because I've heard good things about the original.
post #2012 of 2478

Sorry, I never owned nor heard the original Asgard but obviously it was very highly regarded. There's a lot of truly great gear available these days (wonderful time to be in this hobby/passion/sickness <grin>) yet I don't know of another company that offers as much for your money as Schiit Audio. Plus, if you're not happy you can always send it back but I seriously doubt you will. Hope you enjoy your amp! 

post #2013 of 2478
I've heard that a few people prefer the slightly warmer and more laid back character of the original Asgard, but in all objective ways (and to my ears as well) the Asgard 2 is better.
post #2014 of 2478

Can an Asgard 2 power a HifiMan 500 or 560?  Thanks

post #2015 of 2478
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Can an Asgard 2 power a HifiMan 500 or 560?  Thanks

Yes, it has more than enough power for either of those.
post #2016 of 2478
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Originally Posted by MrPanda View Post

Can an Asgard 2 power a HifiMan 500 or 560?  Thanks
I would go as far to say it was made with them (and others like them) in mind.
post #2017 of 2478
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Can an Asgard 2 power a HifiMan 500 or 560?  Thanks

I use my Asgard 2 and my HE-500's all the time, it's a first rate experience. :happy_face1: Highly recommended.

post #2018 of 2478
I'm not sure if I'm going to go with the Asgard 2 after all frown.gif I just checked and it appears I'm going to be charged sales tax since I live in California. At that rate it comes out to $280, at which point it loses some value for me.
post #2019 of 2478
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Originally Posted by TeddyShot View Post

I'm not sure if I'm going to go with the Asgard 2 after all frown.gif I just checked and it appears I'm going to be charged sales tax since I live in California. At that rate it comes out to $280, at which point it loses some value for me.

How about a Magni 2 Uber?

post #2020 of 2478
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Originally Posted by StanD View Post

How about a Magni 2 Uber?

The main reason I want the Asgard 2 is because of the large upgrade it will bring over my Cayin C5. I don't think a Magni 2 Uber is worth it, especially since I'll probably get charged tax for that too.
post #2021 of 2478
How would you guys rate the Schiit Lyr 2 with the 650s? And how does it compare to the Asgard 2 and Valhalla 2?
post #2022 of 2478

I haven't heard the Lyr or Valhalla but even at $280 I would still say the Asgard 2 is worth it. It can handle the vast majority of headphones you can throw at it, it is built like a tank, and the fact that you're so close to them means you'll get it even faster. 

 

I took a chance on it thinking there was a 50/50 chance I'd send it back since I'd never heard it, but it was better than products I demoed at nearby audio stores costing almost twice as much. Still happy a year later. 

post #2023 of 2478
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I haven't heard the Lyr or Valhalla but even at $280 I would still say the Asgard 2 is worth it. It can handle the vast majority of headphones you can throw at it, it is built like a tank, and the fact that you're so close to them means you'll get it even faster. 

 

I took a chance on it thinking there was a 50/50 chance I'd send it back since I'd never heard it, but it was better than products I demoed at nearby audio stores costing almost twice as much. Still happy a year later. 


+1  Love my ASGARD 2.  Not quite a year into them, but getting there, and they've never failed to impress me or family/friends when they visit.  (Full range of Classical fans to "Bass-Head" nephews and nieces.)  Classical/Vocals sounds incredible with the Sennheiser HD-650s (HARD TO FIND AN AMP THAT DRIVES THESE WELL!)  The J-POP, K-POP, DUB-STEP, House/Trance, and American POP listening kids love the Photive PH-BTX6 headphones with the ASGARD 2.  I am awaiting delivery of a Pair of JVC HA-SZ2000s to REALLY get the most out of this amp with that "bass-heavy" kind of music.  Then it will just blow their minds!  (I'm going to have to chain the JVCs down to prevent them from "growing legs" for when the kids want to "borrow them" to let their friends listen!) ;)

 

For anything else, The Koss PortaPros, VMODA BASS FREQs, or UE Super.Fi 3s work beautifully on the "LOW GAIN" setting.

 

Hopefully that gives you an idea of the breadth of musical application that the ASGARD 2s excel at.

post #2024 of 2478
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Originally Posted by jeremy205100 View Post

I haven't heard the Lyr or Valhalla but even at $280 I would still say the Asgard 2 is worth it. It can handle the vast majority of headphones you can throw at it, it is built like a tank, and the fact that you're so close to them means you'll get it even faster. 

I took a chance on it thinking there was a 50/50 chance I'd send it back since I'd never heard it, but it was better than products I demoed at nearby audio stores costing almost twice as much. Still happy a year later. 

I found out I can buy the Asgard 2 from Cloth and Metal (a dealer listed on Schiit's website) for $267. They are charging tax since they are located in California but shipping is free. Oh well, too bad I already purchased a Lyr 2. Got it for $325 in "Like New" condition.
post #2025 of 2478
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Originally Posted by aberberich View Post
 

Hey everyone,

 

I'm picking up an Asgard 2 and was wondering. Will my ATH-AD700's and ATH-A900x's benefit from it? Currently I am running both headphones off a fiio e10. Should there be noticeable improvement when I plug into say an Asgard2/Modi2 stack?

 

thanks!


Just wanted to comment on this as I received my Asgard2 yesterday. It offers really nice improvements on my 900s. The base is much more punchy than it was and a lot less bloated. Also the mids seems to be better separated from the lows (where as on the e10 they seemed to bleed together). Its running off a modi DAC which is a huge improvement over the built in DAC on the e10. I'm already eyeing some higher ohm cans to get the most out of my Asgard, some DT-990's or maybe some HD650s perhaps!

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