Originally Posted by cel4145
Awesome! Come back and post your impressions
Originally Posted by Spiral Out
Hey Man, Did you get the Vali and Modi yet? I was just listening to "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and it reminded me that you said your expecting the Vali/Modi on the 16th.
This is my second time trying to post a reply since my computer shut down just before I was done wirting an extensive one. I did recieve my vali and modi, yes. The product are at first glance indeed a nice sight and the build quality is quite superb. I've ony listened to the Vali for a shorter period of time and in all honesty I must say I'm left a bit disappointed. The sound quality is fine but I'd wished for more when it comes to power and espacially the sound stage. The DT880 gave an amazing experience listening to music when I powered them with the MX-1 but the Vali unfortunately narrows the sound stage quite a lot. I did some quick reserching about it and other people experience the same thing with the Vali. It removes the real charm that the DT880 has.
In terms of volume I'm simply confuzed. When I listen to songs with prominent sining (such as Adele or Coldplay) I'm pretty satisfied with having the volume knob on 65% (the volume you described as painful...) but when I'm listening to songs and genres with a rougher sound (like Iron Maiden, Volbeat) I could easily turn the volume up to 90-95%. Considering what you said about the sound being painful at 2 o'clock I quickly suspected that the problem lies within my hearing. My hearing is no the best but definitely not the worst so I did have my girlfriend listen to it (she has very good hearing) and while listening to Coldplay she almost turned it up as much as I did. She couldn't handle the highest volumes tough. Schhit did fail to include the EU plug and sent med a power plug designed for the US, which was... useless to me. So I picked up another AC adapter with 15 VAC instead of 16 as the one Schiit includes have and it powered the Vali fine, however it might be the problem why it does lack in power even tough I doubt it. Schiit sent me the correct AC adapter and I got it today. The problem is that I did return the DT880 and now I have no headphones to try it with, AARGH!
I am probably a bit hard on the Vali because of the high expectations I had on it, after all it's a 119$ tube amp and it is still a price worthy product. My judgement (unconsciously) is based upon the full price I paid for all the products which is 460$ and that includes the modi (great product), shipping- and customfees (the customs did cost 120$ which is insane). The problem at the moment is that I have no headphones... I enjoyed the DT880 quite alot but I sent it back because of the cracking sounds in the right earpad as I described earlier. I've found a store that has HD650, Fidelio X1 and DT880 and I'll probably order them all and see which one of them I like the most. Sadly enough I' pretty sure I'd prefer the natural sound of HD600 more than the 650 but every swedish store with the 600 does not have the two other models... I'm not 100% on how I will proceed. Perhaps I'll order 650, 600 and X1 and hopefully compare the DT880 from my memory. :P
I'm thinking about getting the O2 (I can get it for only 150$ (includes shipping and no custom fees) as well to see if it has some more power to it in terms of volume. I might just fancy the natural sound better as well, especially if I go with the HD600/650.
Wow, the post wasn't meant to be this long but I guess that makes up for being busy and not replying for days. Greetings Matheew
Edited by Matheew - 4/24/14 at 2:26pm