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Originally Posted by leesure View Post

We'll have to disagree on that point. I think it was genius and played ever so nicely off the standard review double speak. It injected some much-needed levity into this thread. Knowing Jason, I can say he would laugh out loud at that post. It was well written satire. That you did not recognize it as satire is not the author's fault.

This. I will be linking to this as The Best Vali Review of All Time.

I knew it was parody at the first sentence. In addition to Schiit, I'm a published, award-winning science fiction author, so either (a) I know a thing or two about writing, or (b) I also write complete dreck. Either is fine by me--the review was hilarious!
This, this man knows and understands humor. I think we can agree that the guys over at schiit deserve to be in the top 10 funniest Head-Fiers, among which Bowei and Wink and of course yours truly belong,correct? tongue.gif
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I can't believe anybody took that review as something other than satire.

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This, this man knows and understands humor. I think we can agree that the guys over at schiit deserve to be in the top 10 funniest Head-Fiers, among which Bowei and Wink and of course yours truly belong,correct? tongue.gif

 

Just trying to keep it light-hearted!

 

 

Remember, if you aren't having fun with your equipment, your equipment is having fun with you.

 

Seriously, some people need to switch to a decaffeinated brand. This ain't the secret to world peace or the cure for cancer. It's music. It should be fun! 

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Originally Posted by FraGGleR View Post

 

Definitely think it sounds overall better than the old Bravo amp that I had, even after I had modified it and rolled tubes.

yay, and chances are it was cheaper at the end of the day q.q

 

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Bingo!

Here's an ever more obvious clue from earlier on "How big a deal are microphonics? To find out, I asked the average "man on the street" if they were worried about microphonics or if they thought it was a non-issue. Most people ignored me, but one man dressed as Jesus in a diaper stated in no uncertain terms that "aliens kidnapped his baby and that's where applesauce comes from." Strong words indeed, and something that should make Schiit think twice before downplaying microphonics in the future.

Hello.

I admit that gave it away pretty hard core for me too imo... lol I enjoyed the silly review, and I'm glad Jason liked it as well! 

 

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Originally Posted by Barry S View Post
 

I accidentally posted the following comment on the HD650 thread, but meant to post it here. Reposting because there's a lot of interest in the HD650s out of the Vali--sorry for any bad forum etiquette.

 

After my disappointment with the Modi>Vali>HD650, I've been auditioning the Gungnir>Vali>HD650, and I'm shocked at the difference in sound. With the Modi chain, the HD650 sounded flabby and hazy with compressed dynamics.  The Gungnir chain largely cleans up those problems and makes the HD650 sound very rich with exciting dynamics. I have to listen to the Gungnir>Mjolnir>HD650 again, but I'm not sure I've ever heard the HD650 treble with this much sparkle and clarity. The mid-bass punch of the HD650 hits like a prize fighter--maybe a bit too much, but very fun. The soundstage is intimate, but instrument separation and detail are very nice. This is one of the best chains I've ever heard for the HD650.  I think some of the preferences for the HD600 comes from plugging it into muddy signal chains.  The Gungnir>Vali>HD650 may make you forget about the HD600.

 

Schiit should never have used the Modi-sized chassis for the Vali, because the Modi doesn't begin to take advantage of the Vali's potential.  The Vali deserves a high quality DAC.

 

Added: I realize it may sound a little looney writing about a $119 amp and a $749 DAC, but I'm just trying to make some observations with the gear I have available. If the HD650 is your love, the Vali with a good DAC is a nice combination. For whatever reason, the Modi>Vali>HD650 is a weak combination, so it's worth testing other DACs.

Not too wacky, I just got into a car accident... so all I can afford for uhh the next like 6 months is going to b the Vali, out of my $600 ish Dac

 

That said, Looking forward to getting the vali in Spring! Maybe sooner if I'm REALLY lucky


Edited by Mshenay - 12/4/13 at 8:54am
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Originally Posted by Jason Stoddard View Post
 

 

Just trying to keep it light-hearted!

 

 

Remember, if you aren't having fun with your equipment, your equipment is having fun with you.

 

Seriously, some people need to switch to a decaffeinated brand. This ain't the secret to world peace or the cure for cancer. It's music. It should be fun! 

+1

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Hope you're okay. Get better! 

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Originally Posted by leesure View Post
 

Sorry if I came off as aggressive there.  I just take issue when people try to shape the conversation.  Sometimes the most interesting points are made i posts that skirt the edges of 'on topic'

 

Peace.

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I saw that he was trying to be funny/clever, but no, it didn't cross my mind that it was all satirical, just taking the piss out of the typical review speak - I literally thought he was just a god-awful writer. I couldn't fathom that a head-fi contributor who had been given a review sample would be allowed to treat the entire review as a big joke and offer so little of value to the reader (the joke is on me, I suppose). Since you know Jason, it seems like it'd be taken well.

 

There were a lot of "inside" jokes (and some that I probably don't even get) on that one. Not going to elaborate.


Edited by purrin - 12/4/13 at 9:07am
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Originally Posted by Jason Stoddard View Post
 

Remember, if you aren't having fun with your equipment, your equipment is having fun with you.

 

Hail Mary, Good Lord, Amen!

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113 pages of posts. I think we can stand one with a little humor. Not like the thread never goes off topic! 

 

Finally ordered a Vali and hopefully have by the weekend. Chain will be: Asus Xonar STX > Vali > HD600. Been over analyzing amps and DACs for weeks now, then, this shows up. At $120 decided to stop thinking and just do it. Been listening to my relatively new HD600s through my JDS C5 as I don't have a proper desktop amp. Will be interesting to compare.

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I took it as a guy who thought he was being funny, but inappropriately since he is a vetted head-fi contributor who was sent a piece of gear. I've never read such a flippant review on head-fi that didn't at least try to include some useful commentary. As funny as it may be to some or even the people at Schiit (and I do appreciate not taking this stuff too seriously), I'd be very hesitant to send him something to review if I were a manufacturer from a country where the humor doesn't translate - not every manufacturer is a native speaker of English and I would imagine most expect a modicum of professionalism when they go through the trouble of sending gear to a guy with a bona fide head-fi name tag on his profile. I reserve the right to be completely wrong about all of my assumptions. Good night and good luck.

Wow. Is Head-Fi a restricted, no-fun zone? Both you and Sweden need to lighten up a bit. This isn't a science journal, it's a community of enthusiasts.
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Originally Posted by FraGGleR View Post
 

I enjoy the Vali/HD800 pairing as much as anything I have heard in the sub $1000 range though personal trials at home and at meets.  

 

 

 

This sounds good to me, as I was intending to try the hd800 at some point and didn't want to do the whole 'you need this particular amp that's been kissed by the pope to sound good' thing. Next stop is replacing my hrt music streamer II. Been looking at that Concero you have, I wish I could get hold of your gear for an hour  ;)

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Originally Posted by Jason Stoddard View Post

Just trying to keep it light-hearted!

Remember, if you aren't having fun with your equipment, your equipment is having fun with you.

Seriously, some people need to switch to a decaffeinated brand. This ain't the secret to world peace or the cure for cancer. It's music. It should be fun

 

It is. You just have to read the loads of posts in this thread and enjoy! Seriously, everyone should have to spend a good amount of their hard earned money for the entertainment factor present in this very thread. As a subscriber of this thread I would walk away without any good clue on the Vali, but I would walk away satisfied like after a very good comedy show. 

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I have not heard the Crack (since I don't have HD600 or 650), but I know some guys who like it a lot and they are exactly the sort of listeners who would notice the relatively poor timbre of the Vali.  I'm gathering that the majority of readers of a thread about $119 amps don't listen to music with much variety of instruments, so they would not notice.

 

Wow, that's a REALLY bold (and nonsensical) assumption to make! In what way is the cost of an amp or someone's budget at all indicative of the type of music they listen to?

I specifically said "majority" because it was simply a demographic analysis, not an assessment of any particular person.

 

Usually it is older people who have the money and interest in more expensive audio gear.  These days, due to the economy, it is even more true - younger people are having even more difficulty than usual getting jobs, paying off student loans, etc.

 

And, for whatever reason, polls and sales show less interest in acoustic music amongst younger people than ever before.  It seems possible that classical music and acoustic jazz music may both die out in the coming decades.

 

So, not referring to any particular person, but statistically, a thread on an inexpensive amp is going to get more younger head-fi'ers, and thus less acoustic music use.

 

I did listen to a bunch of EDM (older Daft Punk) last night uisng the Vali with the Mad Dog and my laptop's built-in DAC, and it sounded very enjoyable.  I'm going to keep it for that late night use.  The excellent detail and fast response of both the Vali and the Mad Dog makes the pairing ideal for modern electronic music.


Edited by kstuart - 12/4/13 at 12:15pm
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That's too bad then. I consider electronic and all its different subclasses one of my favorite genres, it's actually about half of my entire collection, but I think on the whole it has less depth than even simple acoustic folk. I have fun listening to the electronic stuff, but I get more out of the folk. Jazz and classical are some of the deepest music types possible.
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