Originally Posted by roflaly
Hey guys, sorry if this was asked earlier in the thread but would you recommend this amp or the Magni with a HiFi Sabre DAC and a 598?
To my ears, the Vali by far. There is no comparison, IMO. The. Magni and 598 are decent, but once you've hooked up the Vali, you might never reach for the Magni again with these phones.
Incidentally, I just received my second Vali. Interesting thing about the ringing.
Either I was really lucky with this one, or the pre-bending of the leads and whatever else Schiit is doing really works to tame the ringing.
This second amp is REALLY insensitive to ringing. It's another instance where you have to rap on the case to get it going. Plus the volume of the ringing, when you do get it to ring, is extremely low. BRAVO!
If you read my posts in the past, my first Vali was one of the earlier amps. Had issues with ringing and hyper sensitivity.
I ended up bending/de-tensioning the leads myself (the lead on the earlier amps were not de-tensioned, with the tubes soldered with straight leads and then pushed over onto the adhesive pads).
This pre-bending yielded fantastic results, with both the volume of the ringing and the sensitivity drastically reduced. So much so that listening to the amp became an entirely different experience. No more worries.
Now, my tweaked amp did develop a persistent low-level ringing on that first day, but whatever the cause seems to have vanished. Continued good results with very low volume ringing when there is any, and the amp is extremely insensitive now. Very happy! Fantastic sound an no more walking on eggshells regarding the ringing.
So to those who have too loud ringing or an amp hypersensitive to ringing, you may want to experiment with de-tensioning the leads by gently removing them from the adhesive pads and bending a gentle curve into the wires.
I would think this would only apply to the earlier amps, as Jason indicated the are pre-bending the leads on all the Valis now.Edited by K.T. - 1/4/14 at 1:22pm