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post #2506 of 4063

WOW

it might be total overkill - but using this MacIntosh D100 (DAC/digital pre-amp/headphone amp) that I got in for review

in front of the Vali!  LOL

 

Like I said, I know it's overkill - but it's really showing me the Vali's potential!

Driving my Audeze LCD-X or Alpha Dogs - the bottom end is punctuated fiercely  - the mids clean with smooth velocity,

and the highs are extended w/ magnificent sparkle.

 

This is an addictive combo!

 

I also put this small Music Hall DAC ahead of it earlier (have to look at the model number) and that match was superb.

 

I'm SO psyched to have a small, modern, slick affordable hybrid tube headphone amp to recommend to friends just getting

into this! Most of my prior recommendations were smaller, limited power units...

post #2507 of 4063
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post

WOW
it might be total overkill - but using this MacIntosh D100 (DAC/digital pre-amp/headphone amp) that I got in for review
in front of the Vali!  LOL

Like I said, I know it's overkill - but it's really showing me the Vali's potential!
Driving my Audeze LCD-X or Alpha Dogs - the bottom end is punctuated fiercely  - the mids clean with smooth velocity,
and the highs are extended w/ magnificent sparkle.

This is an addictive combo!

I also put this small Music Hall DAC ahead of it earlier (have to look at the model number) and that match was superb.

I'm SO psyched to have a small, modern, slick affordable hybrid tube headphone amp to recommend to friends just getting
into this! Most of my prior recommendations were smaller, limited power units...
Bass?
post #2508 of 4063

Not overkill.. have used the Naim DAC-V1 (think they're in the same league) with the Vali - pretty sweet but I prefer the Naim built in amp.

Current System as of 2013 Dec. HD800, Naim DAC-V1 and Schiit Vali just for fun!

 

How's the D100 built in HP amp?? It was on my list but I got a killer deal on the Naim so skipped the D100 totally.

 

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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post
 

WOW

it might be total overkill - but using this MacIntosh D100 (DAC/digital pre-amp/headphone amp) that I got in for review

in front of the Vali!  LOL

 


Edited by MickeyVee - 12/27/13 at 8:37pm
post #2509 of 4063
How is the vali paired with HD600, Alessandro MS2 and sr325i? Wich is better for rock (alternative/indie).
post #2510 of 4063

Finally ordered the Vali. I'll be trying it out with the HD700. 

 

Anyone think a tube-based DAC would pair well with the Vali, or is that bad synergy or something?

post #2511 of 4063
I feel like Vali Order waiting list is started from LA to NY in length. Schiit guys' net worth must be surpassed Bill Gates's net worth at the end of this year, Lol. But I'll order one when I get HD600 😎
Edited by benjaminhuypham - 12/28/13 at 1:26am
post #2512 of 4063
im thinking of ordering vali+modi and a hd650 or hd598.
I have the Audio-GD NFB-11.32 with he500 right now.

will modi+vali be a good combo for hd598?
will this combo beat modi+vali with hd650?
or Audio-GD NFB-11.32 with hd650 ?
post #2513 of 4063
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Originally Posted by oopeteroo View Post

im thinking of ordering vali+modi and a hd650 or hd598.
I have the Audio-GD NFB-11.32 with he500 right now.

will modi+vali be a good combo for hd598?
will this combo beat modi+vali with hd650?
or Audio-GD NFB-11.32 with hd650 ?

Dpn't get the Modo of you already have an NFB11.32 that unit is a Dac amp combo right? If so use the line outs on the back of your NFB 11.32 to drive into the Vali. That's what I'm doing right now, my NFb 10ES2 is driving my Vali. 

post #2514 of 4063
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Originally Posted by wje View Post
 

Who's game for taking this amp and converting the tube pins over to the 5-pin sockets for installing the stacks for tube rolling?  In theory, I'm assuming this is possible.  Also, it obviously should address the microphonics issues.  Though, I'm not to sure how the current sound could be FUBARd.  Too many irons in the fire for me to consider this at the moment.  Then again, if this were to happen maybe we could then give it cute name like the Lil' Lyr. :p

Honestly don't think it'd be worth it. Much of the reason Vali performs as it does, is that it's been finely tuned to the specific curve, optimum linear range, optimal power requirements and I suspect components in the hybrid part of the circuit where probably chosen for their synergy with this tube. I love to 'roll' myself, but really - it should be saved for amps designed for it. 

post #2515 of 4063
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

Dpn't get the Modo of you already have an NFB11.32 that unit is a Dac amp combo right? If so use the line outs on the back of your NFB 11.32 to drive into the Vali. That's what I'm doing right now, my NFb 10ES2 is driving my Vali. 

yeah i know. but if i buy the vali i think i will buy the modi 2, cause its sexier xD

 

so my questions is still:

will modi+vali be a good combo for hd598?
will this combo beat modi+vali with hd650?
or Audio-GD NFB-11.32 with hd650 ?

post #2516 of 4063
There's a modi 2??
post #2517 of 4063
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Originally Posted by Totoori View Post

Thanks. PYST RCA or PYST XLR? Is there a quality difference between these and something much cheaper from Amazon?
I got both cables from monoprice for 1/7 the price. Shipping included.
Forgot to mention I got the Modi and magni. Decided I didn't get the Vali or the other amps I was thinking about. Praying it sounds nice and hope it kills my current setup.
Edited by geogga - 12/28/13 at 10:58am
post #2518 of 4063
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Originally Posted by theOmni View Post

There's a modi 2??
I "THINK" he meant '... I will buy the modi too...'
post #2519 of 4063
Ohhh....I'm an idiot.
post #2520 of 4063
I really didn't have a good home for a Vali in my systems, but now I do! I recently set up a turntable for the first time in years. Oddly, I found that neither the Mjolnir nor the Woo WA22 sound even close to their best when fed a single ended source...like the output from my phono preamp*. So I now have an order placed for a Vali which will be fed from the phono preamp and will drive my various LCD's.

*interesting aside...the Woo WA22 fed by the SE source sounded closed in with almost no treble whatsoever. The Mjolnir was just the opposite, super bright and fatiguing. Neither amp sounded like that when fed a balanced source.
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