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Schiit Magni vs Vali. Which is better?

post #1 of 8
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I'm looking to get an amp really soon and I'm looking at these two. I can see these two amps are receiving pretty good reviews as of late, but I haven't read anyone comparing the two. Can anyone list some pros and con's for each with my particular setup?

All I have as of now is the DT 990 and the Asus Xonar DS. I read that since I play FPS a lot and need the directional sound that I should stay away from a DAC and keep the sound card?
post #2 of 8

I vote to keep the sound card and get the Schiit Vali.

 

Or swap the Xonar DS and get the Sound Blaster Z (SB1500, retail box), sound card, $69.99

 

The Z's SBX software might be better for FPS gaming, then the Xonar DS's DTS software.

The Z comes with a better DAC chip then the DS,

but the Z's headphone amplifier would not be considered as good as the Schiit Vali.

post #3 of 8
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Is there any particular reason why I should get the Vali instead of the Magni?
Edited by NguyenAdam - 12/3/13 at 7:16pm
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Is there any particular reason why I should get the Valid instead of the Magni?


Some people have noticed improvement for Beyers when used with a tube.

But the Magni should have no problem with 250-Ohm headphones.

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Some people have noticed improvement for Beyers when used with a tube.

But the Magni should have no problem with 250-Ohm headphones.

Thanks for your help! I'll be ordering the Vali soon and I'll give feedback.

post #6 of 8

Just beware that the Vali is less versatile than the Magni since it has less maximum power and higher output impedance. Still, you can't go wrong with any at such a steal price.

post #7 of 8

I have the Dt990 pro myself and have them paired with a Vali/Modi combo; the synergy is great!!! Also, directional sound is not an issue for me as i play battlefield 4 a lot. Just get the Vali if you don't wana spend on a standalone DAC. And FYI, the strident highs are tamed with the tube sound of the Vali! :)

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How about with Shure 840's? About to order
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