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post #61 of 95
My apologies to your a Wife and wallet, on the positive side your Lyr 2 only uses two tubes at a time and not Audio Research Pre-Amp 😜!
post #62 of 95
I'm new in the DAC, separate headphone amp and high quality headphone arena. I started with the Modi/Magni stack for my computer and loved the sound. The Magni is my first dedicated headphone amp (I was wavering about buying it because I wasn't a serious headphone listener...but $99, ah why not).

I have wanted to a get a DAC for my 2 channel stereo system for a long time and decided to get the Bifrost to do the processing for my aging NAD C542 CD player. Wow what a leap in performance...I was Schiit-faced! Grabbed my Magni from my computer setup and brought it up to my 2 channel system with the Bifrost to hear how my Grado 80's & Shure 840's sound improved. Man they sounded noticeably better but still nowhere near as good as my 2 channel speaker system. Later I read a comment on the Schiit site that the biggest "bang for the buck" are the cans themselves...that got me thinking...and researching...and auditioning. I narrowed it down to the Sennheiser HD650 and the HiFiMan HE500...I went with the HE500's. I burned them in for 200 hrs through the Magni. WOW...so that's what all this headphone listening excitement is all about...YES!

Although I'm VERY happy with the Magni I can't help but wonder if the HE500's are being held back by it...should I take the final step and upgrade to a better amp? If so, which amp would be an excellent match with the HE500's? How much (if any) improvement will it be over the Magni...I mean will there be as much of an audible leap as what I got with the Bifrost and the HE500's? I was tempted by the Lyr and now even more so with the Lyr2 but I have no experience with any form of tube amplification and this whole tube rolling stuff...I don't know.

I would love to know your impressions. Thanks!
post #63 of 95
The HE-500 will probably scale well with the ample juice that the Lyr or Lyr 2 can throw at it.

For me the big thing with the Lyr was the ability to change the character of amplification by tube rolling. As a beginner tube roller, I was a bit skeptical. Boy, was I wrong. On my Lyr 2, I switched to Telefunken E88CC from Upscale Audio. The transformation was stunning! Like night and day. Crystal clear music with all frequencies in balance. My setup included AK240 as source and Alpha Dogs as headphones. I tried all genres of music. Started with my favorite Pink Floyd and ended with Four Seasons, with a lot of Jazz, Alternative, New Age and Indian Classical in between.

The gist: Tubes used make a big difference to change the character if the music on the Lyr 2. You can start with the provided tubes, but get yourself a couple of different tubes to experiment. Warning: tubes can get expensive as you move up the ladder, so be warned.

I have a Siemens Cca and an Audiswan on the way too. So excited to go tube rolling:)
post #64 of 95
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Originally Posted by sathyam View Post

The HE-500 will probably scale well with the ample juice that the Lyr or Lyr 2 can throw at it.

For me the big thing with the Lyr was the ability to change the character of amplification by tube rolling. As a beginner tube roller, I was a bit skeptical. Boy, was I wrong. On my Lyr 2, I switched to Telefunken E88CC from Upscale Audio. The transformation was stunning! Like night and day. Crystal clear music with all frequencies in balance. My setup included AK240 as source and Alpha Dogs as headphones. I tried all genres of music. Started with my favorite Pink Floyd and ended with Four Seasons, with a lot of Jazz, Alternative, New Age and Indian Classical in between.

The gist: Tubes used make a big difference to change the character if the music on the Lyr 2. You can start with the provided tubes, but get yourself a couple of different tubes to experiment. Warning: tubes can get expensive as you move up the ladder, so be warned.

I have a Siemens Cca and an Audiswan on the way too. So excited to go tube rolling:)

+1, tube rolling is very addicting and allows you to match tubes to your HP's sonic character. Bugle Boys match my IEM's, yes IEM's sound great with the Lyr 2 (Sony XBA-4's) and Voskhod 6N23P's with my HD650's, clarity, pace and awesome bass! Enjoy thee music!!!
post #65 of 95
Yup. I used my FitEar TG334 on low gain. Black Background. Amazing that a powerful desktop amp can do that!
post #66 of 95
Hey thanks for the feedback...lots to consider, especially going tubes. I'm also looking at the Lake People G109S which is a fully solid state German amp...it too has my interest.
post #67 of 95
I haven't heard the Lake People Unit but I have heard great things about its SQ, much like my Krell Speaker Amps. Enjoy the music!
post #68 of 95
You can check out the Lake People amps at: Violectric-usa.com
post #69 of 95
There is a review of the G109s on InnerFidelity.com "wall of fame"
post #70 of 95
Listening to "Talking Timbuktu by Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder", Modi>Lyr 2 (Voskhod Shield 6N23P's), HD650's......Schiit this is freakn' beautiful, pace, rhythm, headstage, body, luscious midrange, bass foundation (acoustic), speed......If you like World Music, pick up this disc/download!!!!
post #71 of 95
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Originally Posted by Wildcatsare1 View Post

Listening to "Talking Timbuktu by Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder", Modi>Lyr 2 (Voskhod Shield 6N23P's), HD650's......Schiit this is freakn' beautiful, pace, rhythm, headstage, body, luscious midrange, bass foundation (acoustic), speed......If you like World Music, pick up this disc/download!!!!

I have had the disc for several years and i agree it is stellar :L3000:

post #72 of 95

I received mine today. I connected to iMac, Theorem 720 then to AKG Q701. This must be the Schiit I have been missing all along!

post #73 of 95
I received my lyr2 10 days ago. Although this is my first amplifier I am very enjoying! Source pc asus stx>bifrost/uber> lyr2>akg k812. Lyr on low gain , volume on 12 a clock . Very awesome bass , very dynamic and juicy sound !
I was worried that lyr2 will have some background noise. Absolutely nothing, very clear sound!
Atm I ordered 2x E88CC/CV2492 mullard. Will see how they will affect the sound..
post #74 of 95

Good stuff. Just received my Amperex Orange Globe tubes yesterday. I should have ordered them earlier. :)

post #75 of 95

Interesting impressions of the Lyr 2. I look forward to more comparisons to other amps. 

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