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post #2086 of 2096
I spent several hours today, jamming out with the Asgard 2, and I am very impressed. The A2 blows away the headphone outs, of most of my SS Receivers. Only my Pioneer Recieve's headphone SE out drives the AP'S as well as the A2. I feel the A2's drive my Alpha Prime's better than my portable Fiio E12's, but not by much. I highly recommend the Asgard 2, to anyone looking for a good solid state amp. Hope ever one has a great night jamming out.
post #2087 of 2096
Some pics of my Asgard 2, in my porch.
post #2088 of 2096

I am needing another amp and high on my list is the Asgard 2. Did they ever completely solve the transformer hum problem? Is the amp completely quiet now while just sitting there. Secondly are there any headphones the Asgard just really doesn't work well with and which headphones does it work well with. I'll mostly be using some HD800's and 650 plus a Beyer T1.

post #2089 of 2096
Originally Posted by HPiper View Post
 

[…] Is the amp completely quiet now while just sitting there. Secondly are there any headphones the Asgard just really doesn't work well with and which headphones does it work well with. I'll mostly be using some HD800's and 650 plus a Beyer T1.

 

Yes, the Asgard 2 is completely quiet. The noise floor of the first generation Lyr is much higher. I can’t talk about the Sennheiser headphones you mention, but the Beyerdynamic T1 sounds wonderful when connected to a Schiit Valhalla. Regardless of the gain setting the Asgard 2 feels a little thin and weak with the T1, but it works really excellent for example with the AKG K712 (62 Ω).

 

I think high impedance headphones like the T1 (600 Ω) are not the best choice for the Asgard 2.

 

Werner.


Edited by wberghofer - 2/19/15 at 1:10am
post #2090 of 2096

I recently bought a Magni 2 Uber and whilst I was really impressed with it on the whole I found that with some tracks the treble/ upper mids (primarily cymbals and higher pitched guitars) became incredibly edgy and grating. 

 

It could of course have been something else in the chain so I'm not trying to imply that the M2U itself is edgy. I just found it that way with my gear.

 

My set up was PC->ODAC->M2U->Yamaha MT220 / FAD Pandora Hope VI. The MT220 was the worst offender (it does have some treble elevation) whereas the PH Hope VI is more balanced but was still problematic.  When swapping out the M2U for my O2 the tracks are far more tolerable.

 

I'm now contemplating buying an Asgard 2 (2nd time lucky) instead but not in a position to audition beforehand and worried I'll have a similar experience. Wondered if there was anyone here who has owned or spent time with both and experienced a similar thing with the M2U (or M2)? If so, how did you find the Asgard 2 by comparison?

 

Cheers for reading and thanks in advance for any help.

post #2091 of 2096

The quality or lack of quality of many recordings nowadays drives me crazy. You'll spend a small fortune (at least for me it is) on your home system and your portable setup and then you have to hope that the recording engineer/band knew what they were doing when they made the album/CD/music file you're listening to via said system. A great recording can make your entire system sound like it's been upgraded...a poorly made recording can leave you shaking your head. 

 

I haven't heard the Magni Uber 2, but I have found that the Asgard 2 (in two different systems) does a very nice job of passing along the signal feed to it without imparting much of its own signature. I think it's very neutral sounding. Obviously no product is perfect yet I haven't found a better headphone amp/preamp at or near the A2's price. Good luck!


Edited by KLJTech - 2/21/15 at 5:52am
post #2092 of 2096
Quote:
Originally Posted by jellofund View Post
 

I recently bought a Magni 2 Uber and whilst I was really impressed with it on the whole I found that with some tracks the treble/ upper mids (primarily cymbals and higher pitched guitars) became incredibly edgy and grating. 

 

It could of course have been something else in the chain so I'm not trying to imply that the M2U itself is edgy. I just found it that way with my gear.

 

My set up was PC->ODAC->M2U->Yamaha MT220 / FAD Pandora Hope VI. The MT220 was the worst offender (it does have some treble elevation) whereas the PH Hope VI is more balanced but was still problematic.  When swapping out the M2U for my O2 the tracks are far more tolerable.

 

I'm now contemplating buying an Asgard 2 (2nd time lucky) instead but not in a position to audition beforehand and worried I'll have a similar experience. Wondered if there was anyone here who has owned or spent time with both and experienced a similar thing with the M2U (or M2)? If so, how did you find the Asgard 2 by comparison?

 

Cheers for reading and thanks in advance for any help.

It's not likely to be the Magni as it has a flat FR and distortion levels far below our ability to perceive.

post #2093 of 2096
Quote:
Originally Posted by jellofund View Post
 

I recently bought a Magni 2 Uber and whilst I was really impressed with it on the whole I found that with some tracks the treble/ upper mids (primarily cymbals and higher pitched guitars) became incredibly edgy and grating. 

 

It could of course have been something else in the chain so I'm not trying to imply that the M2U itself is edgy. I just found it that way with my gear.

 

My set up was PC->ODAC->M2U->Yamaha MT220 / FAD Pandora Hope VI. The MT220 was the worst offender (it does have some treble elevation) whereas the PH Hope VI is more balanced but was still problematic.  When swapping out the M2U for my O2 the tracks are far more tolerable.

 

I'm now contemplating buying an Asgard 2 (2nd time lucky) instead but not in a position to audition beforehand and worried I'll have a similar experience. Wondered if there was anyone here who has owned or spent time with both and experienced a similar thing with the M2U (or M2)? If so, how did you find the Asgard 2 by comparison?

 

Cheers for reading and thanks in advance for any help.

I own both the Asgard 2 and the Magni 2U and I would be hard pressed to tell them apart in a blind testing. As mentioned above your source material is more likely to be at fault. 

post #2094 of 2096
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Originally Posted by Mr Rick View Post
 

I own both the Asgard 2 and the Magni 2U and I would be hard pressed to tell them apart in a blind testing. As mentioned above your source material is more likely to be at fault. 

I own both an Asgard 2 and a Magni 1 and like yourself would be hard pressed to tell them apart in a blind test. In fact I've used an A/B switch with the and did not find any differences in treble or any other aspects of FR.

@jellofund if you listen to your setup, stop for a couple of minutes and listen at a different volume, you might be surprised at the outcome. Our perception of FR is influenced by volume.

post #2095 of 2096

I'll reply properly later but didn't want it to appear like I was being rude and ignoring you. Just want to say a big thanks for the replies & all the input gents.

 

It's really appreciated!

post #2096 of 2096
Quote:
Originally Posted by KLJTech View Post
 

The quality or lack of quality of many recordings nowadays drives me crazy. You'll spend a small fortune (at least for me it is) on your home system and your portable setup and then you have to hope that the recording engineer/band knew what they were doing when they made the album/CD/music file you're listening to via said system. A great recording can make your entire system sound like it's been upgraded...a poorly made recording can bring leave you shaking your head. 

 

 

Some things will never change. :o

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