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post #16 of 194
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Sorry guys, busy weekend. I have about 20 hours on the amp now and it has definitely opened up. Sounds quite good, but I haven't had time for any long listening sessions to really dig in, so want to be fair and give the amp/ tubes a few more hous breakin and then give it a more critical listen. Will look at doing some tube rolling once I feel I know the character of the amp. Stay patient....more detailed feedback coming soon!
post #17 of 194

I took the plunge and ordered yesterday. When I get mine and have a few hours on it ill also present my thoughts.

post #18 of 194

I am hoping mine opens up some more. I did a quick comparison with my Lyr last night and the Lyr is quite a bit better sounding. I don't know if the Valhalla 2 will ever equal the Lyr (1) but considering it has gotten all the upgrades and the Lyr is still the original I would think it should come fairly close eventually.

post #19 of 194
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I have about 30 hours on my Valhalla 2. It has definitely opened to the point where I am now just starting to listen to music, rather than equipment.

It's so close being able to disappear. But, at this point, it is that little bit of grain or frequency extremes that have not fully relaxed or opened up. That last little bit, for me, is the telling point. I think around 50 hours this amp/ new tubes combo should be hitting its stride. It is good now. If it does fully open up, it may just be an absolutely amazing little amp.
20 hours of break-in to go.
post #20 of 194

My Valhalla 2 arrived today with my new cambridge dad what a freaking amazing difference over my previous setup of a maverick audio d1 plus. I finally can hear the beauty of my beer t1's what excites me even more the sound is just going to improve even more with some burn in time. I am really thrilled.

post #21 of 194

I am now 24hrs into burning in my Valhalla 2, bass is feeling a lot more controlled and less waffly . The High frequencies also feel more natural and smooth.  Its such a lovely amp, its getting better by the hr. I have electro harmonix and gold lion tubes on the way. With my Beyer T1's there sounding incredibly transparent and dynamic. 

 

 

It will be interesting to roll them in and see how they effect the sound.  I should mention all the music I am playing are at least 24bit 96khz

post #22 of 194

Which Gold Lion tubes are you going to try with the Vahalla?  E88CC?

 

Definitely interested in what tubes you roll and your impressions.  I have a Vahalla and just getting started trying out different tubes.

post #23 of 194
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Which Gold Lion tubes are you going to try with the Vahalla?  E88CC?

 

Definitely interested in what tubes you roll and your impressions.  I have a Vahalla and just getting started trying out different tubes.

The Genalex Gold Lion 6922/E88CC tubes  with Gold Pins

the electro harmonic for the 6H30N i am getting the p version

ill post my thoughts once i have them and have some hrs into them..

 

I do have to say though the stock tubes are a lot better than I imagined.


Edited by grrorr76 - 6/26/14 at 5:28pm
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The Genalex Gold Lion 6922/E88CC tubes  with Gold Pins

Are you using (4) of those replacing the 6N1P and 6N6P stock tubes?

post #25 of 194

I wonder if anybody has compared it to the original version.

post #26 of 194
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Are you using (4) of those replacing the 6N1P and 6N6P stock tubes?

probably replace all the stock ones see how I go. although as I said the stock ones sound really really nice. It will be an interesting exercise.  2 of each of the lectors and the gold lions are coming.

post #27 of 194
How does the 2 compare with the original Valhalla
post #28 of 194
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Haven't heard the original Valhalla. Tha amp has now really opened up. It is very detailed. Bass control is quite good and the treble is excellent . Soundstaging is also quite good. There is still a bit of grain, so I have swapped out the stock tubes and put some 1965 USN 6922 Amperex tubes in. Will give it a listen shortly.
post #29 of 194
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I wonder if anybody has compared it to the original version.

I too am very interested in comparisons between the original Valhalla and the 2. Particularly I would like to hear about comparisons using 300-600 ohm headphones since the old one wasn't even meant to play iem's and such
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It's hard to find a side by side comparison!
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