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Fiio E09K vs. Schiit Vali

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I know both are low budget amps. However, with my Hifiman HE-400 both produce very nice, clean and yet rich sound. I use Presonus Firestudio mobile as my DAC that connects to Fiio E09K and then I use Fiio's line out to connect Vali. This way I can use both amps depending on my mood. While listening a dynamic electronic music I feel like E09K beats Vali because it is solid state, so the sound is faster and crispier. Although, I find that slow music such as ambient sounds more appealing through Vali.
Does anyone else has a similar setup? Can you share your impressions?

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Oh boy! ;) I guess I have a very unique setup.

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I have a similar set-up in that I have Aune T1 and a Vali paired with the HE-400 and Sennhesier 598, but my opinion differs slightly. I feel that the Vali sounds unquestionably better than the pure solid state amp on the T1 for everything. Sometimes I occasionally prefer the "crunch" on the T1 amp for metal and rock, but otherwise I feel the Vali gives everything a lot more body, which leads to a more enjoyable sound. Keep in mind the Vali is not entirely a tube amp, its a hybrid, and to me it sounds/feels less 'tubey' that I had hoped, but I really enjoy it all the same.
 

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I have a similar set-up in that I have Aune T1 and a Vali paired with the HE-400 and Sennhesier 598, but my opinion differs slightly. I feel that the Vali sounds unquestionably better than the pure solid state amp on the T1 for everything. Sometimes I occasionally prefer the "crunch" on the T1 amp for metal and rock, but otherwise I feel the Vali gives everything a lot more body, which leads to a more enjoyable sound. Keep in mind the Vali is not entirely a tube amp, its a hybrid, and to me it sounds/feels less 'tubey' that I had hoped, but I really enjoy it all the same.
 


Thanks for the reply. I thought Aune T1 is a tube amp, isn't it?

post #5 of 8

Nope. It is an odd little dac/amp. The tube functions as a buffer for the DAC, basically coloring the sound, which is paired with a solid state amp. The amp has just as much power (or so it feels) as the Vali, but the sound is noticeably smoother on the Vali. I definitely think it helps with the HE-400 notorious sibilance issues, and helps to manage the brightness of my 598.

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I guess I was confusing your amp with this one http://www.head-fi.org/products/aune-t1

Unfortunately, I never heard T1 so it is hard for me to justify ;)

I've been using Vali for a while now but just recently got Fiio E09K and was very impressed with the way it sounds. You see I'm not one of those who thinks that the HE-400 have a sibilance issue, I actually enjoy HE-400 all the way and pairing these cans with E09K made the sound aspect even better than with Vali. Perhaps, it has something to do with my ears but I like that speedy sound, especially listening IDM or techno.

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You are not confused. The amp/dac I am talking about is the one you linked. It is NOT a tube amp. It is a tube dac.

Yeah, I have similar musical taste as you (kinda). I bought my HE-400 specifically for IDM/progressive tech and more extreme genres of metal (prog death/djent/math). I knew they wouldn't deliver too well for jazz and rock, but I think its still pretty serviceable. No regrets. I love the HE-400 and they get about 90% of my listening time.

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Ah, I see. A tube DAC.

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