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Should I buy the Schitt Magni, or spend the extra $20 for the Vali?

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I know almost nothing about amplifiers, and I wanted to get one by Schitt. The Schitt Magni is $100, is described as a "discrete high output headphone amplifier" and is not a tube amp. The Schitt Vali is almost $20 more at $119 and is described as a "subminiature hybrid headphone amplifier". It is a tube amp. Is it worth spending the extra $20 for a tube amp? What's the difference? Does the Vali work with the Modi?

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Depends on the headphones, what are you using?

 

All of their amps should work with their DACs

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Originally Posted by JeremiS View Post
 

I know almost nothing about amplifiers, and I wanted to get one by Schitt. The Schitt Magni is $100, is described as a "discrete high output headphone amplifier" and is not a tube amp. The Schitt Vali is almost $20 more at $119 and is described as a "subminiature hybrid headphone amplifier". It is a tube amp. Is it worth spending the extra $20 for a tube amp? What's the difference? Does the Vali work with the Modi?

 

One thing to note about the Vali is that it doesn't exactly have the "tubey" sound associated with most tube amps. I own the Vali and have listened to the Magni before, and I noticed that the Magni is brighter than the Vali. 

 

Also, unless I got all my concepts wrong, an amp should always work with any DAC as long as you can run RCA cables from the DAC to the amp. 


Edited by Snips - 3/10/14 at 2:33am
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I will be using the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones or possibly the Audio-Technica ATH-M50s.

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As snips pointed, there is a difference in sound, you can base your decision on that or what you want out of an amplifier. The magni is probably the neutral one of the two.

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