I've recently decided to jump into the world of higher end hi-fi headphones with a wallet draining go big or go home type mentality. A big thank you to everyone for the pile of fascinating reading over the past few months. Prior to this I've owned the Denon D2000, Sennheiser HD600, Sony CD900ST (still love them), Sony D66 Eggos (why don't the hell don't they make these anymore?!?!), along with Fiio's e7 and e9 DAC/AMP. Oh, and I also tried out the Lyr and Bifrost for the trial period, but sent them back because I didn't really appreciate the tube sound.
Anyways...my point... I decided to purchase the Gungnir and Mjolnir to go with my recently acquired LCD2's. Due to stocking issues I had to wait a few weeks in between for each one to arrive. Received the LCD2's first and loved their sound with my e7/e9 combo. Next I got the Gungnir and found it made a night and day difference compared to the e7 DAC (no major surprises here). A few weeks later I was thrilled when I finally received the Mjolnir (this was after they sent me a Gungnir in a Mjolnir box by mistake...Alex at Schiit was awesome and fixed the issue quickly). To balance the LCD2's I purchased a Black Widow cable from Toxic Cables (amazing company/guy too).
Now...I was extremely excited to get the Mjolnir going and was somewhat impressed at first, but soon noticed a few glaring issues. It's very powerful and has one hell of a kick but this seems to come at the expense of soundstage and midrange congestion. It seems more closed when compared to the Gungnir running through the e9. The e9 setup sounds more like I'm in the recording studio with the band whereas the Mjolnir sounds somewhat analytical and unengaging. I've put over 20 hours on it and am hoping that things improve; however, going back over some of the reviews I think I now fully understand what some of the negative comments are referring to.
So, my question to the collective is, will it improve with another couple dozen hours on it or should I look elsewhere? Again, I love the Gungnir and will keep it for sure. I'm thinking the V181 might be a good choice? Anyone else find a good amp match for the Gungnir/LCD2 combo that helps staging? I know there are numerous threads on this topic, and I've read through many of them, but I would appreciate any opinions that relate to my specific situation.
Thanks in advance!
Edited by superotaku - 3/20/13 at 2:17pm