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post #2551 of 4963
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Originally Posted by BlainD View Post

I saw (who I think is) an official spokesman for Schiit on this thread say it wouldn't effect the warranty if it was opened but am weary on a straight return. I saw about the foam but couldn't find exactly how to fix it ect also. This post is deep and hard to dig through. Should I try to correct it? Personally I would much rather fix it than return it.

Really easy to check. 4 screws. Cover comes off easily. Just ensure the tubes are pressed down. Use your fingers. I also had a capacitor that was bent. Don't know why. So I straightened it.
post #2552 of 4963
Thanks to all for the support! I have been in contact with Schiit and so far have had excellent customer service. I thi k I will unscrew my case and peep inside real fast to see what is in there. They said this would not violate the warranty so what do I really have to lose?
post #2553 of 4963
I opened it and it didn't seem like the tubes were sticking up. I pushed them down some just the same. Problem gone! For now. Will report later. beyersmile.png
post #2554 of 4963
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

Looks promising Wayne. What are the results? Any improvement? 

 

In my case, not really.  My desk is a couple of hundred pounds and doesn't move.  However, I think it would work good for those who have a keyboard close to their amp or other such situations.  

 

I'm going to buy up some more of these when I do the full heat pump swap in the attic coming up.   We could probably market these as high-end sound stoppers, too.  A buck a piece ... probably some die hard audiophiles willing to pay $50 or more each to have better isolation.

 

There are times when I like the Vali, yet with the DT-888, it needs a bit EQ adjustment to bring the upper frequencies down a bit.  The Matrix M-Stage seems a bit closer to neutral in that regard.  But, I still can't get over the quality of bass from the Vali.  Applying some EQ based on the headphones I use with the Vali isn't too much of a hassle as Foobar permits one to save pre-sets.

post #2555 of 4963
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Originally Posted by wje View Post
 

 

In my case, not really.  My desk is a couple of hundred pounds and doesn't move.  However, I think it would work good for those who have a keyboard close to their amp or other such situations.  

 

I'm going to buy up some more of these when I do the full heat pump swap in the attic coming up.   We could probably market these as high-end sound stoppers, too.  A buck a piece ... probably some die hard audiophiles willing to pay $50 or more each to have better isolation.

 

There are times when I like the Vali, yet with the DT-888, it needs a bit EQ adjustment to bring the upper frequencies down a bit.  The Matrix M-Stage seems a bit closer to neutral in that regard.  But, I still can't get over the quality of bass from the Vali.  Applying some EQ based on the headphones I use with the Vali isn't too much of a hassle as Foobar permits one to save pre-sets.


Indeed... I use a little bit of PEQ to bring down the area around 6khz, even with the anax 2.0 mod. The Vali is on the bright side after all.

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Originally Posted by wje View Post
 

 

In my case, not really.  My desk is a couple of hundred pounds and doesn't move.  However, I think it would work good for those who have a keyboard close to their amp or other such situations.  

 

I'm going to buy up some more of these when I do the full heat pump swap in the attic coming up.   We could probably market these as high-end sound stoppers, too.  A buck a piece ... probably some die hard audiophiles willing to pay $50 or more each to have better isolation.

 

There are times when I like the Vali, yet with the DT-888, it needs a bit EQ adjustment to bring the upper frequencies down a bit.  The Matrix M-Stage seems a bit closer to neutral in that regard.  But, I still can't get over the quality of bass from the Vali.  Applying some EQ based on the headphones I use with the Vali isn't too much of a hassle as Foobar permits one to save pre-sets.

What do you mean when you say, "I still can't get over the quality of bass from the Vali?" Is it a good thing or bad thing?

post #2557 of 4963
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Originally Posted by geogga View Post
 

What do you mean when you say, "I still can't get over the quality of bass from the Vali?" Is it a good thing or bad thing?

 

Yes.  A good thing.  Quite a good thing.

post #2558 of 4963
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Originally Posted by thegunner100 View Post
 


Indeed... I use a little bit of PEQ to bring down the area around 6khz, even with the anax 2.0 mod. The Vali is on the bright side after all.


is it sibilant on bright headphones ? (its a tube amp after all)

post #2559 of 4963
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Originally Posted by nabwong View Post


Really easy to check. 4 screws. Cover comes off easily. Just ensure the tubes are pressed down. Use your fingers. I also had a capacitor that was bent. Don't know why. So I straightened it.

 

A bent cap isn't a deal breaker.  That can happen virtually in any piece of electronics.  I'd be more worried about cold solder joints than a slightly bent cap.

 

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is it sibilant on bright headphones ? (its a tube amp after all)

 

It can depend on your headphones.  I wouldn't use the word sibilant.  Sibiliance tends to be more of an issue with female vocals and I've really never had an amp or DAC that made the issue worse.  If it's the headphone, even using the EQ to correct that issue can be hard to fully resolve.

 

The Vali has a nice frequency range to it.  Most people tend to think tubes are a warmer sounding device.  Yet, there are many variables involved - including op-amps, etc. if they are present.

post #2560 of 4963

Schiit is a small company with big ideas - I'd love to see them make a great 2-channel A-D converter aimed at the vinyl ripper.

post #2561 of 4963
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Originally Posted by vaibhavp View Post
 


is it sibilant on bright headphones ? (its a tube amp after all)


Like Wje said, it mainly depends on the headphones used. The vali doesn't do anything to make it better or worse. 

post #2562 of 4963
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

A bent cap isn't a deal breaker.  That can happen virtually in any piece of electronics.  I'd be more worried about cold solder joints than a slightly bent cap.

It wasn't slight. It was bent all the way down to the board but I do not notice any particular problems with the amp so no harm no foul.
post #2563 of 4963
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Originally Posted by wje View Post
 

 

Yes.  A good thing.  Quite a good thing.

mmmm...that's great to hear. So suprisingly the mad dogs are being delivered today, and I ordered on the 27th with the lowest shipping option. *dances happily inside*

But I have canceled my Schiit modi/magni order because I want to get more research done; I hate returning and the 15% restocking fee+shipping ehhh. I want to listen to the mad dogs for a good amount, and will try to go from there...

I have my DAC choice (modi) but my amp choices are still the magni vali and o2...Some say that since the Dogs are warm and got good "synergy"( I guess good pairing?) with the said-to-be bright magni. but I'm coming off the bass heavy Beats Studios so I would like to gain a bit more bass with the dogs.

Oh boy...Gotta make up my mind..

post #2564 of 4963

Question how long do triodes last? I remember a old tube tv my aunt had that required frequent changes of the tubes.  Also comparing this to say the magni for a 20 buck difference is it worth it? Im kinda stuck between the magni, and the vali. for say nightwish, kamelot, edenbridge, etc as my main music type being fed to tp50rp's, beyer dt 990 pros and akg k701, which might be better overall?

post #2565 of 4963

They should be good for upto 15,000 hrs and are pennies to replace currently. If you use it 1 hr a day, it should last you 40 years ;) The tube is likely to last longer however...


Edited by Nic Rhodes - 12/30/13 at 8:19am
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