Originally Posted by protocol
Sorry if this has been covered in this thread already.
I'm on the lookout for a desktop amp and dac combo for my DT770 250s. I've heard lots of good things about the Magni and was going to get the Magni and Modi combo until someone in the Magni thread suggested the Vali instead due to my cans.
I'm a complete audiophile novice and not sure which of the two amps is best suited to my needs for home use (music, gaming, watching movies etc). There seems to be a lot more reviews and information on the Magni than there does on the Vali however I do know that the Vali uses tubes where as the Magni doesn't. Are tubes better? I also have a pair of Creative Aurvana Live's so an amp that will power both will be ideal.
Based on what cans I have, and what they'll be used for, which of the two would people recommend? Here in the UK the Vali is slightly more expensive but still within my budget.
I have a pair of the aforementioned DT770 250's. They are my favorite cans, at least until I can magically afford something better.
My current favorite setup includes driving these with a Schiit Modi into a Bravo V2 (stock) amp, which is equipped with a late 50's vintage square getter Mullard tube. I have recently modified another Bravo V2 and am awaiting sufficient time to compare the modified Bravo against the stock unit (they are in different cities), which will result in yet another comparison. For whatever that's worth.
Preliminary testing indicates the modified Bravo V2 blows the stock unit into the weeds. It is unclear if the modified Bravo V2 is better than a Schiit Vali or not, but others who seem to know, indicate the Vali is superior. With all due respect to Jason and Schiit, I'm withholding judgement until I can compare for myself. I'm just not quite so sure that those little micro tubes out perform the legendary vintage Mullards.
Ideally, one day I shall show up to a meet, with a modified Bravo V2 sporting a square getter Mullard, which I can then compare side by side with a Vali. And other stuffs. I am a test engineer by trade. I don't believe it until I see it. Or hear it.