Head-Fi.org › Forums › Sponsor Announcements and Deals › Schiit fire and save matches…er, money! Here's Vali, $119 tube hybrid amp!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Schiit fire and save matches…er, money! Here's Vali, $119 tube hybrid amp!

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hey all,
 
Time for a left turn into tubeland. Yes, that’s right. Think of Magni—but with tubes. Except this really isn’t a Magni with tubes. It’s a completely different design, built around the specific requirements of the tiny NOS JAN Raytheon pencil tubes we’re using. The only thing that’s the same is the case.

 

Now, you’re probably thinking, “You’re kidding…a tube amp for $119? You have to be cutting corners now.”

 

Nope. Despite its small size and price, Vali is a serious tube amp. The tubes aren’t just buffers—they provide all the voltage gain. They’re also run on seriously appropriate 60V rails—ideal for the tube’s maximum rating of 67.5V. Beyond the tube is a fully discrete bipolar phase flipper, buffer, and output stage. Yeah, I know, super technical…but the proof is in the listening. Here’s what some early listeners have said about Vali:

 

Head-Fi Vali Thread

 

“So why did you go an do a tiny tube amp when you have Magni?” you ask. 

 

Because life is about choices. That’s why we do both tube and solid state gear. Some people like solid state, and some like tubes. And a whole lot of people are curious about tubes, but they don’t want to shell out $350 for a Valhalla. So, Vali. A lot of tube amp, for a very tiny price. 
 
Read more here:
 
Vali Product Page, including FAQ and Manual

 

All the best,

 

Jason Stoddard

Co-Founder, Schiit Audio

post #2 of 14

YEA FIRST POST. 

 

that was a nice post to read! And Jason my friend... I am dead set on trying this! And it will be my first Schiit Amp <3

 

That said, I'm very hopefull your lovely hybrid will destroy the last like 4 Chinnese hybrids I've owned q.q and as always

 

I do love supporting local buisness! 


Edited by Mshenay - 11/25/13 at 11:08am
post #3 of 14
Ordered one this morning. Excited to see how it sounds with the Hifiman He-x00 headphones, particularly the HE-400, which sometimes seems like it could use some warmth.
post #4 of 14
How would this do with an HE-500?
post #5 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bilco View Post

How would this do with an HE-500?

 

The Vali's max output is 660 mW.

 

It will power it enough for listening.

But per Dr Fang, the HE500 is suggested by him to have about 1 watt (1,000mW) for full dynamics.

 

More appropriate for the HE400.

 

Very best,

post #6 of 14

Can't wait to get mine!

post #7 of 14

I've been waiting for this ever since I got the Magni+Modi pair. But there is only one question, man, where are the tubes????!!!!! I'm sure I will confuse myself by putting it together with the Magni... I know I am probably asking for too much but, I really wish you can cut two holes and let the tubes come out of that box...

post #8 of 14

Would this be underpowered for the 650's? Better to get the magni?

post #9 of 14

Where the black friday $99 deal? wink wink nod nod. 

post #10 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zalithian View Post
 

Would this be underpowered for the 650's? Better to get the magni?

 

Heya,

 

300ohms - 260mW (Magni)

300ohms - 220mW (Vali)

 

For reference, the Little Dot MK III tube amp does 350mW at 300ohms.

 

It would not be underpowered. It's nearly the same as the Magni. But with tubes.

 

Very best,

post #11 of 14

Ah, great. Thanks MalveauX. I picked this and the Modi up. Shipped earlier today. Gonna order the HE-400 within the next couple days, but I might check out the HD650 too. I know you're not a fan of the 650 though :)

post #12 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zalithian View Post
 

Ah, great. Thanks MalveauX. I picked this and the Modi up. Shipped earlier today. Gonna order the HE-400 within the next couple days, but I might check out the HD650 too. I know you're not a fan of the 650 though :)

 

Heya,

 

The Vali will handle the HE400 nicely. It will frankly handle almost all headphones just fine except for a few very insensitive ones.

 

Whether I like the HD650 or not, well, doesn't really matter :)

 

Very best,

post #13 of 14
Quote:mvrk10256
 Where the black friday $99 deal? wink wink nod nod. 

You called twice...?????

post #14 of 14

Impressions on Vali & HD650?

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Sponsor Announcements and Deals
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Sponsor Announcements and Deals › Schiit fire and save matches…er, money! Here's Vali, $119 tube hybrid amp!