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Seems Broskie liked it too 

 

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 Best Bargain
The best audio bargain was truly inexpensive, at only $119. First let me say that I love everything about Schiit—their products, their prices, their sonics, everything but their name. "Aurous" would far more suitable. But Jason Stoddard and Mike Moffat are far too ironic to ever adopt such a name. A pity really, as many will overlook Schiit's amazingly fine and amazingly sanely-priced products. Well, it's their loss. In the Can Jam room of the RMAF, where headphones and headphone amplifiers are found, Schiit displayed at their booth a new hybrid headphone amplifier that used a pencil tube as its input stage and a solid-state buffer output stage. Apparently, this little wonder is so new that it hasn't shown up on their web page yet. It looks much like their Magni headphone amplifier and it sounds fabulous, with a jaunty, buoyant, and lively sound. Even if you already own a $2,000 headphone amplifier, this little gem is worth buying. Place it on your computer desk or next to your bed and live a happier life. 
post #467 of 4124
Should I go with the Magni or Vali for Fidelio X1/HE-300? My budget is pretty firm at $150 or less.
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Should I go with the Magni or Vali for Fidelio X1/HE-300? My budget is pretty firm at $150 or less.

 

I think the HE-300 has similar sensitivity to the HE-400. Go for the Vali. The Fidelio X1 I know nothing about.

 

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Have you read anything on this post???? Low impedance, sensitive IEM, NO GO

 

  1. Low impedance > ~35 ohms is probably OK if the impedance curve is flat. I had excellent results with HE-400 (37 ohms) and Paradox (50 ohms). The HE-500s were good too, but a bit soft on the bass.
  2. Super low impedance, e.g. UERM 16 ohms nominal with screwy impedance curve = definitely bad. The frequency response will get messed up.
  3. Sensitive headphones / IEMs = bad. You will hear noise.

 

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I hear the Vali 2 will address the glare issue with the HD800 and have a 17% reduction in tube microphonics.
 

Last I heard, Schiit is working on damper thingies for production. Don't call me on it though. You guys have to remember I still have a pre-production unit.

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Last I heard, Schiit is working on damper thingies for production. Don't call me on it though. You guys have to remember I still have a pre-production unit.

 

A small micro-tube hybrid I once saw on DIY audio used rubber grommets to wrap the tubes. The author claimed that eliminated the microphonics.

 

I never did pick one of those up, and I can't seem to find that thread any more. It was a place in Australia that packaged the kit.

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A small micro-tube hybrid I once saw on DIY audio used rubber grommets to wrap the tubes. The author claimed that eliminated the microphonics.

I never did pick one of those up, and I can't seem to find that thread any more. It was a place in Australia that packaged the kit.

I think the rubber bands can dampen the vibration of the outer glass tube which only solves one part of the problem. The internal parts may still vibrate.
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 

 

I think the HE-300 has similar sensitivity to the HE-400. Go for the Vali. The Fidelio X1 I know nothing about.

 

 

  1. Low impedance > ~35 ohms is probably OK if the impedance curve is flat. I had excellent results with HE-400 (37 ohms) and Paradox (50 ohms). The HE-500s were good too, but a bit soft on the bass.
  2. Super low impedance, e.g. UERM 16 ohms nominal with screwy impedance curve = definitely bad. The frequency response will get messed up.
  3. Sensitive headphones / IEMs = bad. You will hear noise.

 

 

Last I heard, Schiit is working on damper thingies for production. Don't call me on it though. You guys have to remember I still have a pre-production unit.

Something like this maybe, but even smaller.....?

 

http://herbiesaudiolab.net/midfi.htm

post #472 of 4124

 This piece of Schiit is on my radar!  Can't wait to hear more impressions once released :)

post #473 of 4124

Wonder if it's a good match with the Q701. Should be OK.

I actually want to try another Beyerdynamic headphone after trying the T90. Hopefully something with pads that are just as deep. T90 is kind of weird though.

Maybe the Vali is enough to make me love a Beyerdynamic headphone?

I think their DT-235 is a hidden gem though :normal_smile :

You know it's funny that I once had a DT-990 for 3 years back when I was clueless and never realized it was considered bassy. Must have been my weak amp I had back then.

I used a K701 and DT-990 for years and nothing else. Bizzare combination.

post #474 of 4124

I think I might've chosen my next amp....

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I'm pretty excited to get the Modi/Vali and maybe some HE-400s as "my son's Christmas present" hopefully my wife buys that excuse.

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^^ :veryevil:  Good plan. Got to stay a step ahead. 

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I'm pretty excited to get the Modi/Vali and maybe some HE-400s as "my son's Christmas present" hopefully my wife buys that excuse.


Then actually make you give it to him, instead of you quietly give it to your self.

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My lemonade stand business really took off the past couple of hours-so I'm all in! 2 weeks, right?

 

-Daniel

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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post
 

Wonder if it's a good match with the Q701. Should be OK.

I actually want to try another Beyerdynamic headphone after trying the T90. Hopefully something with pads that are just as deep. T90 is kind of weird though.

Maybe the Vali is enough to make me love a Beyerdynamic headphone?

I think their DT-235 is a hidden gem though :normal_smile :

You know it's funny that I once had a DT-990 for 3 years back when I was clueless and never realized it was considered bassy. Must have been my weak amp I had back then.

I used a K701 and DT-990 for years and nothing else. Bizzare combination.

 

I love my DT770's. I know some consider them almost basshead cans, but frankly, I think they're awesome. I really like hearing good bass response. :L3000:

 

My Magni drives them just fine, perhaps the Vali would too.

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Originally Posted by Transformatron View Post
 

I'm pretty excited to get the Modi/Vali and maybe some HE-400s as "my son's Christmas present" hopefully my wife buys that excuse.

 

In my experience, if you buy her something of equal or greater value, and get her to open her present first, she'll be too distracted to care. Much.

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