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post #481 of 769
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Originally Posted by rock&rollfrenchfries View Post
 

Yes i want something that glows and looks fancy


That Woo Audio WA-7 FireFlies looks awesome, but it's $999 bills.:frown:  But it glows like a firefly.:bigsmile_face:

 

Project ember looks pretty great, haven't heard it.

post #482 of 769
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Originally Posted by zach915m View Post
 


That Woo Audio WA-7 FireFlies looks awesome, but it's $999 bills.:frown:  But it glows like a firefly.:bigsmile_face:

 

Project ember looks pretty great, haven't heard it.

Yeah if I could get the Fireflies for 500 euro I would be all over it :-D

post #483 of 769

sorry. is there really nothing between $120 and $350 that is worth.

 

It's just like headphones. NOBODY recommended for me to come here and buy these. I completely stumbled upon them at my own accord while looking at mad dogs and thunderpants. I wanted to spend $200 or slightly more on a set of headphones. Basically all anybody would tell me was i should go cheaper or more expensive and there seemed to be this odd void of "nothing truly awesome for 200-250 either go bigger or cheaper"


Edited by rock&rollfrenchfries - 2/19/14 at 2:42pm
post #484 of 769

But i think i did good. I like the way these sound. In case thats not clear. I'm just saying. It's hard picking stuff out. I dont like having to try out a bunch of different stuff and sell. I like to get it right.

post #485 of 769

I still believe that the Vali/Magni will do you just fine. Ember is cool for variable gain, lots of tube options, and variable output impedance. Since you were talking about going with the Lyr, I figured this was within your budget.

post #486 of 769

A couple Used LYR in the for sales here right on $300. Yea i guess that's up there.

 

So much obscure or old school stuff in the for sale section that i wish i knew about it makes my head spin. 

post #487 of 769
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Originally Posted by rock&rollfrenchfries View Post
 

A couple Used LYR in the for sales here right on $300. Yea i guess that's up there.

 

So much obscure or old school stuff in the for sale section that i wish i knew about it makes my head spin. 

You can't go wrong with Schiit! I used to own the Bifrost and still own the Lyr (that I'm selling) and I'm getting the Modi and Vali to go along with these. It's all you ever need and it also looks mighty fine!

post #488 of 769

The Asgard 2 is probably a great option, haven't heard it though.

post #489 of 769

Yes and a couple of those for sale right on $200 asgard 2 even.

post #490 of 769

This is a bit of a long shot for most people, but the EHHA is fantastic with the ZMF. It easily bests the SA-31.

post #491 of 769
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Originally Posted by rock&rollfrenchfries View Post
 

sorry. is there really nothing between $120 and $350 that is worth.

 

It's just like headphones. NOBODY recommended for me to come here and buy these. I completely stumbled upon them at my own accord while looking at mad dogs and thunderpants. I wanted to spend $200 or slightly more on a set of headphones. Basically all anybody would tell me was i should go cheaper or more expensive and there seemed to be this odd void of "nothing truly awesome for 200-250 either go bigger or cheaper"

do you have a DAC.

 

I would recommend:

 

AMP/DAC Nuforce Icon DAC.. 299 bills sound better than the modi and vali together and more power

 

AMP Nuforce HA-200. 350 bills

 

AMP SPEAKER TAPS (said to best the lyr and I have yet to read an opinion that contradicts it): emotiva mini a 100 and mod it yourself or buy an adapter for 50 bucks from btg audio and speaker tap the ZMF. That sounded freaking awesome but dont use a modi with it cause the bass combination is not to my liking. The emotiva plus speaker taps 219 plus speaker taps 50 around 70

 

The best solution though is the NUFORCE ICON DAC because it has a clean DAC and an AMP and is powerful at 2W which is more than enough for the ZMF. It is a bit strong and bold in sound but the smoothness and smokey sound of the ZMF wont be ill effected by it. 


Edited by grizzlybeast - 2/19/14 at 7:41pm
post #492 of 769

Yea I hate to put it this way. since now i need to sell the thing and all... I kinda jumped the gun on the odac when it was on the hype train. Now I feel like i overpayed for a usb dac that only does 24/96...

post #493 of 769

Given the right tubes, the Lyr is a pretty great amp for orthos. I've considered selling mine several times, and each time I actually go back and listen to it, I realize that it's really a great amp. I've recently made a leap to a significantly higher-end headphone amp, and I'm hoping that it will be significantly better than the Lyr so I can sell it and roll the money into something else... But I'm not sure it will, yet. 

 

And while I have absolutely zero background in electrical engineering, it seems to be pretty universally accepted among those who do deeply understand such things that orthos demand an exorbitant amount of current to sound their best. I'm reading through the monster HE6 thread right now, and the consensus seems to be that you can get sound with a headphone amp, and it might even sound pretty good-- but it won't be near what the headphones are capable of, in terms of sound quality, due to the lack of current. Granted, the HE6 is particularly difficult to drive, but such sentiments get echoed in essentially all the ortho threads-- and those who try a good speaker amp (or something else with enormous current reserves) describe the difference as being anything but subtle. 

 

As always, YMMV. But if you can snag a Lyr at your price with decent tubes, I'd jump on it. Killer first amp for orthos IMO. 

post #494 of 769

Ok last question I promise. I'm going to play it safe for now and take the several suggestions of the magni.

 

My dac is 3.5mm and the Magni is rca's

 

Is this a problem of any kind?

 

Is this cable sufficient?

 

http://www.amazon.com/Male-3-5mm-Stereo-Y-Cable-inch/dp/B000I963XQ/ref=pd_sim_e_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1N8Z6RA3ZFXCSDV6TMHH

post #495 of 769
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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post
 

do you have a DAC.

 

I would recommend:

 

AMP/DAC Nuforce Icon DAC.. 299 bills sound better than the modi and vali together and more power

 

AMP Nuforce HA-200. 350 bills

 

AMP SPEAKER TAPS (said to best the lyr and I have yet to read an opinion that contradicts it): emotiva mini a 100 and mod it yourself or buy an adapter for 50 bucks from btg audio and speaker tap the ZMF. That sounded freaking awesome but dont use a modi with it cause the bass combination is not to my liking. The emotiva plus speaker taps 219 plus speaker taps 50 around 70

 

The best solution though is the NUFORCE ICON DAC because it has a clean DAC and an AMP and is powerful at 2W which is more than enough for the ZMF. It is a bit strong and bold in sound but the smoothness and smokey sound of the ZMF wont be ill effected by it. 

Nuforce Icon DAC looks promising. I'll do some more research on that one :-)

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