Do you guys think this really has any warmth at all? Really when I listen to it it reminds me more of the O2 than anything else in it's price range. Isn't that absolutely nuts? The mids sound natural and not thick/thin or whatever to me.
Now, I love the sound so far! It's clear and natural sounding. It's like it changes it's sound depending on the track. I like how music that's bright/harsh is not touched (for me).
Sort of chameleon like, same as my other amp. Huh? I'm trying hard to pick out any emphasis coming from the amp, but having trouble. The bass seems well controlled on my open headphones, but less so on my 38ohm DJ100.
I have no clue how one could dislike the O2 and like the Vali. The Vali sounds dead accurate to me. I'm using it with a CS4398 DAC, which is definitely not warm.
Everytime I play my tracks my reaction is like "Yep, that's exactly how it's supposed to sound". Right now i'm using it with the modded Q701 and loving it.
I'm going to start calling it the O2 KILLER just to annoy people!! Ok, I already had one but this is another!
Well, sorry I know Vali and O2 probably shouldn't be used in the same sentence, but I had to do it.
BTW even the E9 sounded warmer to me, but more colored. For me the Vali is sort of like an O2 that's slightly more natural sounding and just as clear. WEIRD. Not possible.
Also..if you're describing the sound of your new Vali make sure you're not accidentally describing your DAC's sound signature or recordings
It's actually easier than you think.
There is really a tube in there right? I think it went on vacation.
So IMO this is the best Schiit amp i've heard so far. Oh and on day two it's sound didn't change! Still sounds good. Mine sounded fine out of the box. No point in me trying to burn it it.
Maybe i'll be off the general consensus, but if you want to add something to your headphone's natural sound signature I don't think this will work for you (I like that).
I'd be interesting in knowing what other amps this sounds similar to. To my ears it's very close in sound to the O2, Micro Amp. My Magni had some similarities, but that's brighter/thinner.
FYI the Asgard 1/2 was definitely warmer to me. I bet i'd like that with a Beyerdynamic headphone.
Edited by tdockweiler - 12/1/13 at 5:06pm