I'm looking for some guidance on what Schiit setup would drive the Alpha Dogs appropriately.
I'm pretty set on buying Alpha Dogs because they are just about the max price I'm able to afford, and have all the features that fit my situation perfectly (closed, high-quality, comfortable for long-term listening, all-around great reviews). However, I have not actually heard them yet, just fyi.
So far in my research, it appears Schiit products might make a great match for the Alpha Dogs. In Jude's video review of the Alpha Dogs, he says he uses the Mjolnir for some initial listening and it drives 'em very well. I feel like this solidifies my theory that Schiit products match well with the AD. And, I like the look and price of Schiit products.
I'm willing to save up and shell out $750 for a Mjolnir if it's a better "fit" to bring out the potential in the Alpha Dogs. I'd go ahead and simply buy the Asgard 2 (and Modi) because they are priced very well, but I can't help but wonder... am I not getting the "full experience" from the Alpha Dogs with Asgard 2/Modi? This question may bug me every time I listen, haha.
(Not knowing anything about tube amps and not having heard them, I feel unsafe getting a tube amp, fyi.)
Now, being new to the high-end headphone world and understanding DAC specs and stats about as much as I understand why my wife needs so many pairs of shoes... what DAC should I consider? If you guys think Asgard 2 is the right amp for my situation, will I benefit from Bifrost, or would Modi also do the trick?
Conversely, if you believe Mjolnir is the way to go considering I can afford it, would Bifrost allow "full potential" or should I consider Gungnir?
- Listening from laptop WAV files (or high-quality MP3 downloads for Trance)
- Music choice - Trance and Hard Rock, mostly. My Hard Rock band examples: Theory of a Deadman, Hoobastank, Evanescence.
- I'll mostly be working on my computer while listening, in my Study. Closed headphones allow me to block any sound my 5- and 2-year old crazy boys make while my wife keeps her eye on them, haha.
- I don't blast my music (any more), so I want a high-quality sound at low to mid volumes.
- My budget for amp + DAC could max out and get the Mjolnir and Gungnir, but I'd really prefer not to pay for features that just aren't necessary for my situation. So, $1,500 at absolute max, but it would rock to spend a half that or less if it's possible.
I don't plan on upgrading anything (headphones, gear, etc.) in the next 5-10 years, so getting something that's "upgradeable" isn't a feature that I'm concerned with. I just want to get the most out of the Alpha Dogs but not go unnecessarily overboard with gear.
Also, is there anything else I'm not taking into consideration?
Thanks a ton in advance! And thanks Jude for this awesome site!!