Schiit SYS Passive Preamp $49
Some sneaky Schiit that just flew in under the radar.
Edited by Barry S - 3/25/14 at 11:03am
Looks good, but it does not have balanced in & out
this one has
It won't sound like anything with your HE-400s--it's a passive preamp, not an amp. I'm planning on using it to control sources without volume controls that feed my active monitors.
OK, perhaps it doesn't have enough power for the HE-400. Will it sound better than the Magni with my De La Soul Ludacris Crocodile Tear Quincy the Iguana headphones? They are easier to drive.
Hmm..never really considered a preamp. Are preamps essentially to give more control to your output/input and volume control?
I recently assembled a bottlehead crack and I'm interested in testing out the difference between from my dac to active speakers vs. dac ->crack->active speakers.
This would seem like a good simple device to a/b test.
This seem can also benefit me by keeping my computer audio to 100% and adjust the active monitor volume from the preamp...
Radio_head perpetually causing head-scratching amongst Head-Fi members
What would this have over a 1usd cable splitter? I would *love* if i could control the level of each input independently..(ps3 on one; pc on the other, dial down PC during game but still hear if i was getting a skype call on the other...)
Oooh, scratch that; it's a switch not a mixer. You hit the button to switch input. I have a Niles AXP1 i use for this exact use case currently. Whenever I get around to setting up speakers again I'll likely pick this up as a switch as it matches my stack.
Will turn into
(PS3||MBA||MBP||Modi||<misc>)->Niles AXP1->Schiit SYS ->((Valhalla->hd650) || Speakers).
I might swap the Niles to the speaker switch and add a mixer though...
A simple cable splitter has no ability to control level. You could use two SYS units if you wanted independent level control of two sources. Having to adjust two active monitors fed by a DAC or line level source drives me crazy--the SYS will provide a single easy level control.
The SYS might be a nice piece to hook between a source and 2 headphone systems for comparison testing or just to support a dual headphone rig where each is optimized for a particular type of music. Not that I have a situation like this of course...
I might have some concern about matching input/output impedances between the SYS and the 2 rigs. Sounds like a good question for Jason.