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    Schiit Lyr+ : Impressions Thread

    I would say this is accurate. My Lyr+ takes maybe about an hour sitting on top of my BF2 in a room between 71-72ºF to start to get pretty warm, at which point I prefer to turn on the fan. One tiny fan running at a very low setting on the side of the Lyr+ is enough to bring it down to a...
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    HEDD Announces HEDDphone With AMT Technology

    I'm thinking Raal CA-1a might also deserve a nod in that category, and I'm looking forward to finding out for myself later this year.
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    Schiit Lyr+ : Impressions Thread

    This is wise!
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    Schiit Lyr+ : Impressions Thread

    I haven't heard the Midgard but I would say the Lyr+'s SS mode will outdo the Asgard 3 pretty easily. A more apt comparison would be to an equivalently priced $600 SS amp which I don't think the Lyr+'s SS mode will stand up to in most cases. For you the Lyr+ would work fine, but more than...
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    Schiit Lyr+ : Impressions Thread

    I think it's fine in a pinch and I've certainly heard SS amps that are worse, but a good dedicated SS amp will pretty handily trounce it, as expected. Basically, I wouldn't buy the Lyr+ expecting it to be an end-game tube and SS amp in one, but rather a tube hybrid with an SS mode as a back-up...
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    Stax SR-X1 (new entry model)

    I mean, it's a little different this time. This new entry level product doesn't look like a piece of a characters costume from the Masters of the Universe movie. For someone that's curious about entering this subcategory, that's probably going to be pretty important.
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    Stax SR-X1 (new entry model)

    This might be the way I finally enter the world of e-stats. Aside from my vintage K340 hybrid.
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    Schiit Lyr+ : Impressions Thread

    Good points. Also.......stop making good points I'm trying to not spend more money! :joy:
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    Schiit Lyr+ : Impressions Thread

    Oh yeah that was you! Yeah I mean that's another reason I haven't upgraded it: I'm already really satisfied with it. The endless internal struggle of "don't fix what ain't broke" and "but what if...?" rages on, and that's the only reason I occasionally think about the 2/64 upgrade. I mean the...
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    Schiit Lyr+ : Impressions Thread

    I'm glad you mentioned the tube orientation, even though it triggered horrible flashbacks for me... :confounded: It's good that others that might be new to 6SN7 tubes be mindful of that, it's shockingly easy to insert it wrong. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on the synergy with the...
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    RAAL-requisite CA-1a Circum-Aural Ribbon Headphone is here! @HeadAmp

    I mean technically you could buy the nearly identical Jotunheim A in close-out right up until last month. ....When I bought the last one. :D
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    Schiit Lyr+ : Impressions Thread

    I think the solid state mode gives you a little bit of that third order harmonic distortion characteristic of tube amps, but perhaps without as much of the 3D depth you'll find with a real tube. This means you get a bit of the euphony but without quite as much of the airy spaciousness. It's not...
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    Schiit Modi+ :: Impressions Thread

    I replaced the Modi Multibit v1 in my wife's setup with the Modi+. She requested black to go with her Magni Piety and they look good together. They also sound good together, and despite using an ESS Sabre chip and only having a Meze 99 Classic, the Piety was extracting quite a bit of layering...
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    HEDD Announces HEDDphone With AMT Technology

    You definitely missed it, and even in a number of HEDD2 reviews there are comparisons. From what I gather, unless comfort is an insurmountable issue for you, the HEDD1 might have a more musical, "consumer-y" tuning to it with more low-end emphasis. The HEDD2 was tuned and aimed primarily at...
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    Schiit Lyr+ : Impressions Thread

    Hmmm, nah, SS mode isn't a match for my Linlai E-6SN7. I thought maybe it might be punchier or something, but nope. The Linlai tube actually has better low-end control, tighter and better sub extension. SS mode has a more forward midrange but less separation, less depth, dirtier treble, inferior...
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    HEDD Announces HEDDphone With AMT Technology

    Accurate. You just listen to them. You don't analyze them. It's just you and the music and it demands nothing of you.
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    Schiit Lyr+ : Impressions Thread

    I think I'll try the HEDDphone on the Lyr+ in SS mode tonight just to see what happens.
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    Schiit Lyr+ : Impressions Thread

    Yeah it does well with the Lyr+. It doesn't especially benefit from it compared to my SS amp (Corda Classic w/Sparkos Labs stuff inside) so I usually just save my tube and run it off the Classic, but it's not a bad match by any means. The Arya Stealth shows much more of a difference, with the...
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    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    To be fair the average gaming computer is like 3x that amount. Interesting insight though.
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    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    I don't even know how you build electronics that runs at 348°F. That's in the melting point range of solder. :O
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    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    Very nice and clean! But forgive me, I couldn't help but smirk seeing a fire extinguisher standing vigilant across from a huge bank of vacuum tubes. :laughing:
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    HEDD Announces HEDDphone With AMT Technology

    Personally I like keeping things because rebuying things costs more money. Actually the HEDD1 was the exception to that. I got a full refund on their MSRP from Headphones.com and then last year was easily able to find one brand new open box for $1100. So rebuying it actually saved me money...
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    HEDD Announces HEDDphone With AMT Technology

    Nice! Maybe the second time's the charm for you as it was for me. Once the comfort issue is resolved there's really no other headphone like it.
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    Save the date: a Sennheiser CES debut

    He mentioned needing to build a whole new production facility just to make a new driver, so.... I have my doubts.
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    Save the date: a Sennheiser CES debut

    Heck, just last summer, What Hi-Fi did an interview with someone at Sennheiser who ironically holds a position at the company called "Audiophile Product Manager", in which he literally said, "well, we'd love to make a HD800S successor, but it's impractical"...
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