Hello all, I’m Dennis from Rockville Maryland. At first by necessity but now by preference, I do most of my listening through phones. I’ve had countless brands and models over the years ranging from JVC to Stax but for better or worse I’ve more or less settled on Sennheiser. Several years ago I purchased a pair of HD650’s along with the Cardas cable upgrade as my experience with the 580’s stock cable was utter frustration. I’ve been using the 650’s with the headphone amp built into my Carver C-1 preamp (30 years old and still going strong!) but wanted to see what a dedicated headphone amp could achieve.
Reading the reviews here I decided on the Schiit Valhalla as it’s a very good match with 300-400 ohm phones and I’ve always wanted to experience a pure tube amp without needing a second mortgage to do so. I’ve had the Valhalla now for about a week and I’m overjoyed with it! That Jason & Mike are able to manufacture an amp with top-grade components at this level of build quality right here in the good ‘ol USA and then sell the thing for $350 is simply astounding! Best $350 I’ve ever spent on audio!
Being an older fart I’ve had a late start jumping on the MP3 & iPod bandwagon so most of my music is still on CD. My musical tastes vary widely from Bach/Beethoven/Brahms/Bruckner/ Wagner/Mahler/Sibelius/Shostakovich/Liszt/Chopin/Schubert-type classical to ECM Euro-Scandinavian/eclectic jazz to bebop/hardbop/postbop jazz to 70’s-80’s classic rock. It all depends on my mood at the time but if it’s good music, I’ll listen to it. I’m also a dedicated pipe smoker and single maltaholic.
I’m not looking for anything specific, more or less to get the most out of the Valhalla/650 combo.