Go ahead. Do things with Valhalla 2 that you’d never attempt with other OTL tube amps. Run...

Schiit Audio Valhalla 2

Average User Rating:
4.66667/5,
  • Go ahead. Do things with Valhalla 2 that you’d never attempt with other OTL tube amps. Run low-impedance headphones. Use IEMs. Valhalla 2 is a complete re-imagining of Valhalla, with improved performance, higher output capability, lower distortion and output impedance.

    Tubes Made Flexible
    While most tube OTL amps are really only designed for 300 ohm Senns and 600 ohm Beyers, Valhalla 2 stretches to include headphones that you’d never expect to use with a tube amp. Go ahead. Use it with Grados. Run it with AKGs. Rely on it for many IEMs. You may even like it with high-efficiency planars like LCD-X, LCD-XC, Oppo PM-1 and HE-400.

    A Complete Desktop Preamp
    Valhalla 2 also adds two important features: preamp outs and a gain switch. Preamp outs let you connect your powered monitors directly to Valhalla 2, to give them some of what some people call “tube magic.” The gain switch gives you better control of both output level and impedance, for better matching to your headphones. It's easy to build a complete desktop system around the Valhalla.

    Not Your Father’s Tube Amp
    If you’re expecting syrupy, tubby, euphonically colored tube sound, you’re in for a shock. Valhalla 2 is exceptionally accurate, neutral, and resolving, without being strident or etched.

    Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.1db, 7Hz-200KHz, -3dB
    Maximum Power, 50 ohms: 180mW
    Maximum Power, 300 ohms: 800mW
    Maximum Power, 600 ohms: 450mW
    THD: < 0.04%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 1V RMS, high gain (worst case)
    IMD: < 0.05%, CCIR at 1V RMS, high gain (worst case)
    SNR: > 97db, unweighted, referenced to 1V RMS, low gain
    Crosstalk: < -71dB, 20 Hz-20KHz
    Output Impedance: 14 ohms (hi gain), 3.5 ohms (lo gain)
    Gain: 7 (16.9db) or 1.5 (3.5 db), via rear switch
    Topology: All-triode, noninverting, single voltage gain stage, current source biased front end and optimized WCF output stage, DC-coupled input
    Tube Complement: 6N1P dual triode input, 6N6P dual triode output, 1 each per channel. 6N1Ps rollable to 6DJ8, E88CC, 6922, 6BZ7, and similar types.
    Power Supply: Two internal power transformers with over 2,000uF of filter capacitance
    Power Consumption: 40W
    Size: 9 x 6 x 3.25”
    Weight: 7 lbs

Recent User Reviews

  1. adydula
    5.0/5,
    "Excellent Headphone Amp for High Impedance Cans"
    Pros - Affordable, Great Build Quality, 5 Year Warranty, Wider Range of Headphones than Vahalla1, Roll Tubes, Made in USA
    Cons - Runs Hot, but its 4 tubes!!
    I have a bottlehead Crack with Speedball for a few years and has been my go to amp for my Beyer T90 and T1's 2nd Gen.
    After several DIY builds, I was curious how Schitt's Vahalla 2 would work with my T1's. Most amps nowadays seems to be looking at 
    megawatts for the lower impedance heaphones and earbuds...most likely for portable devices etc....but I wanted an amp that would
    drive the heck out of 300 and 600 ohm headphones. 
     
    The Vahalla 2 specs 800 mw RMS at 300 ohms and 450 mw at 600 ohms. This peaked my interest fore sure. I owned a Schiit Lyr and Asgard as
    well along with 8 other head amps mostly DIY stuff. For $350 the Vahalla 2 seemed worth the try. I really like Jason's quick wit, comments and there made in the USA philosophy!
     
    When I got the amp, its was very well packaged and all you have to do is to carefully plug in the 4 tubes, connect up, power on and listen!
     
    Only a on/off switch and a high/low gain switch on the back along with the power plug, along with RCA inputs and RCA preamp outputs. Simple.
     
    A large robust, freely moving volume knob on the front, 1/4" headphone jack and a small on LED. The LED stays on for several minutes after shutdown. No big deal but some
    have wondered if this was an issue, its not....just takes some time to bleed down and go off.
     
    If you want the smaller input tubes can be rolled to your hearts and wallets desire. The stock NOS tubes that came with my Vahalla 2 are wonderful, I see no real need to
    change them out and I did order a second set for $40....imagine a NOS tube for $10 apiece, its good that Schitt isnt ripping us off for tubes.....
     
    Ok so how does it sound or not sound? First impressions are lasting ones, and the new toy syndrome can subjectively taint your viewpoint and feelings towards new audio toys..
    I mean shouldnt new stuff just be better because they are new and maybe cost more? Ha! I have found out the cost more is not always "is better". With the Vahalla 2 I found that it 
    is indeed a wonderful amp for my T1, 600 ohm and even some lower impedance cans. (actually a BIG surprise).
     
    It sounds different than the Bottlehead Crack in that the presentation seems more like your in the front row vs back in row 5-10. Depending on the music and how the material was recorded and mastered both of these amps do very nicely. My preference is the Vahalla2 just because it seems to effortlessly light up these higher impedance headphones. 
     
    I have found myself several times just getting lost in a holographic sound presentation that so many of us buy all kinds of stuff to get! The Vahalla 2 and the Beyers are one of the best
    pairings I have heard. Very clear and open for a tube amp, you can hear all those things you never heard before and I often take off the headphones thinking someone
    is at the front door or my wife is calling out to me!! LOL.
     
    The bass, mids, low end are all there in spades, well done, well controlled....good stuff sounds really good, crap and trebly compressed crap sounds like compressed trebly crap! LOL.
     
    It has no issue playing the low end stuff like the heartbeat beat thump from Pink Floyd, the old stuff from The Doors...the re-mastered 40yr anniv stuff is fabulous, drum whacks that will pop your head off!
    Rather than get all flowery, no that the amp and Beyer Cans will really make you smile and in a lot of cases you need to look no more, or spend more to get absolutely fabulous music recreation.
     
    The amp gets hot, but its got 4 tubes in it, close together but according to Schiit its not an issue and the tubes are rated for 3000+ hours or 200 days on all the time and again a new set will
    set you back a whooping $40! A deal.
     
    Oh the big surprise was my 80 ohm Beyer DT1350's....those small portable closed headphones that Tyl at Innerfidelity opined about so much...well they are small and the soundstage compared to their bigger brothers is just "small". I plugged these into the Vahalla2 and switched to low gain and played some stuff and I was SHOCKED....I had to check to make sure I didnt have the T90 or T1's on! It was like the small DT1350's disappeared on my head and the soundstage popped out much wider than with other amps. I was listening to Cowboy Junkies Original Trinity Series in the church with that really low end beat and the reverb in the church is so well recorded a Classic recording for sure. The 1350s just grow up on this amp...I have no idea why, but whatever Schitt did to make lower impedance cans play like these Tesla DT1350's is magin to me indeed.....The 1350's have sat on my desk for months unused!!! Not anymore...
     
    So all in all the new Schitt Vahalla2 is a superb tube amp that makes high impedance headphones "light up" very, very well....and to my surprise those 80 ohm cans work so well with it as well!
     
    If your looking for a tube amp and dont want to solder, cut wire, or do DIY this is a very good alternative for you. Considering the cost, the wider range of impedances than most OTL amps can handle well the Vahalla 2 is a no-brainer.
     
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
     
    All the best
    Alex
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  2. bretemm
    5.0/5,
    "awesome, great to get into tubes as well as "reliable for tubes" even for a first time."
    Pros - 4 tubes, fantastic stock tubes, reveals detail
    Cons - gets hot, tubes are sometimes difficult to set, sometimes tubes move and have to be reset.
    my first Schiit was the Modi and Magni and they were great and added quality and "space" to my music, 
     
    so, i then got the Valhalla2 and its added even more detail, quality and "space".
     
    I've first used the Valhalla2 with Modi, and it worked fine. 
    the sound opens up more then with Magni and more detail. 
     
    i would like if there was a easier way of getting different tubes to experiment wiith, through Schiit, BUT, the stock tubes are great.
     
    I'm using some IEMs (Klipsch s3, i know i need better IEMs)(i can't use headphones because of strong magnets) but the Valhalla2 is great on low gain, and, 
    actually my IEMs don't get warm vs using the Magni, i always think there a little warm, but the V2 dosnt heat them up at all, 
     
    i don't even have to turn the volume up much, theres just so much more detail that i want to listen to the detail and not crank my music like i normally do. 
     
    Schiit is fantastic and i have 4 products from them 
    Magni, Modi, Valhalla2, Bifrost Delta Sigma
  3. WifiWizard
    4.5/5,
    "Marilyn Manson had it right!!! This IS the NEW SCHIIT!!!"
    Pros - Great Value, Excellent Sound Quality, Plenty of Power
    Cons - IMHO...they need to raise the tubes for better cooling

    I have to say I was very impressed with this little beauty.  For my 63 yr. young ears after being subjected to some of the most ferocious live hard rock and heavy metal it really does justice to my more subdued audio selections now.  The imaging is quite nice especially listening to live performances and various electronic music like Vangelis.  I especially love to listen to the beauty of the Hammond B3 organ from ELP, Triumvirat, Eloy, Deep Purple, YES..etc.  Nothing like listening to a tube driven keyboard thru a tube amp.
     
    One thing that I did immediately "modify" was I raised all four tubes approx 3/4" using 9 pin noval tube socket savers that I picked up from ebay at the following link:
     
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/150471555641?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
     

    Seems to keep the amp running much cooler and actually gives the amp additional visual appeal.
     
    Sorry my review is not as "technical" as some others, but if you are looking for a nice "mid-price" setup, the Schiit Valhalla 2 and the Modi 2 Uber make a nice entry level system.  I only have one pair of headphones and those are my Sennheiser HD600's.  As many have said, it seems this is the perfect amp for these 300 ohm cans and possibly the Beyerdynamic DT 880 or 990 250-600 ohm cans. 
    Mike Thompson and Bratec Krolik like this.

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