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post #3871 of 4310
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Originally Posted by genclaymore View Post
 

I been thinking about the Vali as a alt option to what I planning to go with, but I just have the feeling that I might not like it with my NFB15.32  And T90.

 

I don't think there's enough tubes in that chain to hide the treble on those T90.

 

 

sorry. Couldn't help it


Edited by elwappo99 - 5/3/14 at 12:24am
post #3872 of 4310
4. Lastly, the Vali is not ideal with high sensitive/low impedance headphones nor ideal with high demanding hard to drive headphones like LCD-2/3.  So it kind of limits many headphones and buyers.  Personally, I do wish the Vali had more power to drive the LCD-2.  It's sublime at low to medium volumes but when I want to crank it, I can hear it loosing steam.
 

 

 

 

:beyersmile: I don't know if I totally agree. I was leary of pairing it with My AKG K550's because of their sensitivity and Low impedance, but found my concerns to be unfounded as it works flawlessly with them. Yes It could use a little more power I'm finding with My AKG 702's and Senn 650's, but it still sounds fantastic with these. If only Jason could up the output a Tad, maybe just a watt or two,  I would find the Vali damn near ideal.

 

Just my 2 cents.

 

:atsmile::beerchug: TWIN


Edited by TwinACStacks - 5/4/14 at 11:44am
post #3873 of 4310
My 18 ohm Sennheiser Momentum sounds fantastic with the Vali. It's all subjective
post #3874 of 4310
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Originally Posted by TwinACStacks View Post
 

 

 

 

:beyersmile: I don't know if I totally agree. I was leary of pairing it with My AKG K550's because of their sensitivity and Low impedance, but found my concerns to be unfounded as it works flawlessly with them. Yes It could use a little more power I'm finding with My AKG 702's and Senn 650's, but it still sounds fantastic with these. If only Jason could up the output a Tad, maybe just a watt or two,  I would find the Vali damn near ideal.

 

Just my 2 cents.

 

:atsmile::beerchug: TWIN

I meant really hard to drive Orthodynamic headphones to it's full potential.  Specifically the LCD-2 and 3. 

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Originally Posted by potterpastor View Post

My 18 ohm Sennheiser Momentum sounds fantastic with the Vali. It's all subjective

I personally use it for my JH13pro with an adaptor but many seem to have problems with the noise. 

post #3875 of 4310
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Originally Posted by sling5s View Post

 

I personally use it for my JH13pro with an adaptor but many seem to have problems with the noise. 

 

Vali is a noisy amp.  Always a constant low level hiss.  It doesn't bother me, and is inaudible while music is playing, but I have had people tell me it was a deal breaker for them.

 

Different people have different expectations, and tastes.  You gotta know what you are getting into when you buy an amp.

post #3876 of 4310

It depends on the headphones. It is dead silent for me.

post #3877 of 4310
The Vali sounds great to me w HD600's, 300 ohm impedance. And plenty of power/volume on those. I've also used some 32 ohm and 38 ohm phones w Vali - there's much more audible amp noise then. It's true that while the music is playing, the noise floor is not a factor. But it tells me it really wasn't made for sensitive and low impedance cans. (As Schiit itself says on their FAQ)
post #3878 of 4310

The Vali sounds great with Senn headphones - both my HD600 and 800 sound great although it gets lesser bodied with the 800s but in no way does it make it sound overly bright.

 

However, it didn't sound too good with the LCD XC or maybe that's because the XC isn't fully burnt in yet?

post #3879 of 4310
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Originally Posted by fenderf4i View Post
 

It depends on the headphones. It is dead silent for me.

 

Agreed, completely silent for my hd650 too.

 

Only 30 seconds ringing each time I power on the vali, but it is not a problem at all.

post #3880 of 4310

The hiss is really dependent on the headphone, as some have stated.

 

The hiss never really bothers me except when I'm using my Vali as a bedside amp. When it's quiet and I'm listening at low volume just before I fall asleep, the hiss can be very distracting. At those times, I really crave a dead silent background.

 

Well, I think I found my long term solution. I've settled on the Sennheiser PX100 II. It's light and sits on top of the ears, so no issues with the cups digging into the back of your ears when your head is on the pillow.

 

Best part is: no audible hiss with the PX100 II on the Vali. It gives me what I want in terms of silence. Great for falling asleep to.

 

Otherwise, I've also had great results with the HD600 and the Vali. Sounds terrific!


Edited by K.T. - 5/6/14 at 10:30am
post #3881 of 4310

:atsmile: Yep. The Vali is dead silent with my K702's and HD 650's. With the K550's there is an almost inaudible hiss with the Volume turned off completely. Very surprising for a set of 'phones with low impedance and high efficiency. I truly was expecting something objectionable.

 

I am delighted with the Vali, I've got not so much as a burp in 250+ hrs. and I still don't hear any tube ringing. I suppose if I were to manhandle it a bit? Guess I got a good one.

 

:beerchug: TWIN

post #3882 of 4310

How many of you leave your Vali on all day or for hours at a time?  I work at home so I turn it on and forget it's a tube amp and leave it on sometimes for the whole day.

post #3883 of 4310
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Originally Posted by sling5s View Post
 

How many of you leave your Vali on all day or for hours at a time?  I work at home so I turn it on and forget it's a tube amp and leave it on sometimes for the whole day.

 

When you see how many hours of life the Vali is estimated for, I wouldn't worry about it. I think its better to leave on all day, than to have to worry about turning it on and letting it warm up. I do kick myself though if its been hours and hasn't been used! 

post #3884 of 4310
On average its on for 8 hours or so with or without use. There's one time that I accidentally leave it on for a day and half. No problem so far. Great match for the hd800.
post #3885 of 4310
IIRC, the tubes' lifespan is 10,000 - 20,000 hours. So if left on 12 hours every single day, the tubes are still fine for around 3 years+. Then if needed, Schiit will replace them for $20. Awesome.
(I leave my non-tube Bifrost on 24/7 - no reason not to. Using a few CFL's & led light bulbs more than offsets the trivial amount of standby power used by a DAC).
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