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post #1546 of 9040

I personally don't find Schiit amps to be "dark" at all. If M-13 is referring to their tube offerings, then I can sort of understand, but it still just sounds like a OTL tube amp or a Hybrid tube amp. I actually tend to believe Schiit amps lean more towards the brighter end of the spectrum and are more energetic/agressive. YMMV

 

PS: Emotiva amps are cut from the same cloth. 

post #1547 of 9040
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I keep trying to decide between the SEX and the emotiva for my he-500s. Any impressions with the SEX? Would the money and time be worth the SEX over the emotiva?
If only for he500 and no future HPs then emotiva and save urself some $. Other dynamic HPs in the picture later on, then sex will probably more future proof at 3x the cost of course.
post #1548 of 9040
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If only for he500 and no future HPs then emotiva and save urself some $. Other dynamic HPs in the picture later on, then sex will probably more future proof at 3x the cost of course.
Ok. Seems like I will still choose the emotiva haha. The tone of the emotiva seems very ideal, but the tubes of the SEX seemed very...sexy haha.
post #1549 of 9040

If your Schiit's too dark, you might want to lessen up on the salt intake and the blueberries.

 

When you're on a healthy diet with lots of veggies, you might experience your Schiits regaining their former luster....

 

That being said the MD + Lyr sounds very very nice together, the tint of brightness definitely helps...although the only other rigs I tried them on were a E12+X3 and a Teac stack....for an hour...so take with a grain of salt. Not more than a grain, mind you, you don't want that stool to go dark again. Err I mean Schiit.

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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post

If only for he500 and no future HPs then emotiva and save urself some $. Other dynamic HPs in the picture later on, then sex will probably more future proof at 3x the cost of course.
Ok. Seems like I will still choose the emotiva haha. The tone of the emotiva seems very ideal, but the tubes of the SEX seemed very...sexy haha.

Very helpful thread on using Emotiva with headphones - it is long - but the first post has links to various reviews and info inside the thread:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/629352/he-500-lcd2-d5000-dt770-sr80-on-a-speaker-amp-emotiva-mini-x-a-100-project

post #1551 of 9040
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Originally Posted by kstuart View Post

Very helpful thread on using Emotiva with headphones - it is long - but the first post has links to various reviews and info inside the thread:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/629352/he-500-lcd2-d5000-dt770-sr80-on-a-speaker-amp-emotiva-mini-x-a-100-project
Thanks, but I've already gone through all of it biggrin.gif
post #1552 of 9040
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The amp I'm using with the MDs / ADs cost $180:blink:  No what I would call expensive for what you get in return.  What I like about the a-100 is this:  First it's used for my bedroom rig, that and the Ciunas DAC makes a good low budget rig.  

 

It's powerful - hell, it's a speaker amp.  Some what neutral, a tab bit on the bright side also a bit on the aggressive side as well.  The only reason for me getting the amp was for the MDs / Ads..  

 

Yes, there's much better choices out there.  Then again, not many better choices out there for $180.  IMO..

Pardon my ignorance prepman, I know nothing about Emotiva except I've run across the name now and again on the net. I did a quick check on the Emotiva site and only found the mini-X a-100 for 219.00. Is that the amp you're talking about and if so how do you drive headphones with it with no headphone jack present? Are you directly using the speaker outputs and if so what sort of cable are you using and where did you order it from?

 

EDIT

Never mind I just saw the post with the link to MalVeauxs thread. Thanks for the link kstuart. As MalVeaux would say, very best.

:beerchug:


Edited by DigitalFreak - 9/14/13 at 9:57pm
post #1553 of 9040

@preporman

Are you using a custom made cable for your MD on the a-100? I ordered a SE AD so I'm guessing I'd have to get a specially terminated adapter if I decide to go that route?

post #1554 of 9040

Now that I think about it, dark and bright are the wrong words for my Schiit experience. I think I meant to say is that I find their amps mellow and I find their DACs edgy. But I think tonality wise they're probably neutral. For some reason I find the treble attack of their DACs a little rough, like the leading edges are sharp on my ears. I find the amps to be a little mellow, I don't mean slanted toward the bass or anything because they're probably close to neutral; but I find them overly analog, like they're doing SUPER analog--too much of a good thing IMO and sound "mellow." Also with the Lyr I had really depends on the tubes. I think I'm talking more about the stock GE tubes on the Lyr and the Magni, When I had the 60s Telefunkens in the Lyr it was much nicer, but still thought it was tad mellow. Same with Magni.

 

The Emotiva strikes a good balance between being too analog and too digital sounding, and the tonality is dead neutral to me. It sounds explosive and open yet the leading edges of attack don't hurt my ears and are smoother. This may be the Concero at work though. It's more of a sound signature I prefer I guess. Hard to explain but doing my best to put into words. The Concero + Emotiva combo has me much more satisfied than the Bifrost/Lyr combo for planars.

 

But yeah this is the wrong thread, but just wanted to answer because I was asked. Sorry hard to explain and this is just opinion and probably not something people would agree with. Schiits great though, definitely love what those guys are trying to accomplish. It's just that I'm very smitten with the Emotiva.

 

Oh btw. Sex > Emotiva.

 

But not sure about S.E.X.

 

Obviously Sex after Emotiva or before is probably ideal...


Edited by M-13 - 9/15/13 at 1:00am
post #1555 of 9040
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Now that I think about it, dark and bright are the wrong words for my Schiit experience. I think I meant to say is that I find their amps mellow and I find their DACs edgy. But I think tonality wise they're probably neutral. For some reason I find the treble attack of their DACs a little rough, like the leading edges are sharp on my ears. I find the amps to be a little mellow, I don't mean slanted toward the bass or anything because they're probably close to neutral; but I find them overly analog, like they're doing SUPER analog--too much of a good thing IMO and sound "mellow." Also with the Lyr I had really depends on the tubes. I think I'm talking more about the stock GE tubes on the Lyr and the Magni, When I had the 60s Telefunkens in the Lyr it was much nicer, but still thought it was tad mellow. Same with Magni.

The Emotiva strikes a good balance between being too analog and too digital sounding, and the tonality is dead neutral to me. It sounds explosive and open yet the leading edges of attack don't hurt my ears and are smoother. This may be the Concero at work though. It's more of a sound signature I prefer I guess. Hard to explain but doing my best to put into words. The Concero + Emotiva combo has me much more satisfied than the Bifrost/Lyr combo for planars.

But yeah this is the wrong thread, but just wanted to answer because I was asked. Sorry hard to explain and this is just opinion and probably not something people would agree with. Schiits great though, definitely love what those guys are trying to accomplish. It's just that I'm very smitten with the Emotiva.

Oh btw. Sex > Emotiva.

But not sure about S.E.X.

Obviously Sex after Emotiva or before is probably ideal...
what about the SEX Is better than the emotiva?
post #1556 of 9040

What's better than sex?

post #1557 of 9040
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What's better than sex?

 

You're a college freshmen. Nothing is better than sex. As you get older a lot of things are better than sex. I'm kind of in the middle right now so some things are better than sex.

post #1558 of 9040

I was kidding. XD
And I'm not a college freshman.

post #1559 of 9040
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I was kidding. XD
And I'm not a college freshman.

You should never kid about sex with us middle aged dinosaurs.

:wink_face:

post #1560 of 9040
I ran the Emotiva with the MDs on a Modi. Planned to keep it for the ADs but other plans changed that. I found that the A-100 added a foward V shape to the MDs. More of a energetic fun sound. Never got near neural for me.

Great amp, but it's a freakin tank on a desktop setup.
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