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NEW Vali Schiit AMP!!!

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by lff, Oct 9, 2013.
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  1. UmustBKidn
    I see. Well, thanks for that, I didn't know it would be that involved. Doesn't seem worth the trouble.
    It's good to know that those PC boards exist though, that surely would have come in handy.
  2. mikemercer
    that sounds like a KILLER combo!!
    About to try the Vali on my current reference DAC (as opposed to the seductive sound of the D100): The Mytek Stereo-192 DSD DAC...
    I'm pumped to hear it!
    BTW - I'm not sure if mass-loading the amp chassis could have ANY effect on the ringing, since it's reportedly inside the tube - but nonetheless, 
    I tend to do it when dealing with a lighter component - and thus far I'm just having a BLAST with the Vali!!
  3. 1llest
    I feel the need to upgrade my Matrix M-Stage but I dont know how the Vali is compare to Fiio E09K or M-Stage
  4. Maxvla Contributor
    HE-400 might be close to noise threshold on the Vali, but should be fine on the M-Stage as you already know. The new M-Stage is mostly about upgrading the DAC portion of the USB DAC equipped model (the HPA-1 w/USB is kinda bad using on board DAC). There are some minor amp upgrades, but unless you are unhappy currently, I'd just stick with what you have. I might be able to compare the first version and second version in a couple of weeks, I'll try to remember to let you know what I find.
  5. mikemercer
    Thanks for posting this response Jay!
    I tried the Wadia 121 tonight in front of the Vali tonight as opposed to the Mytek.
    I finally got my hands on one (the 121) and I've been eager to match it up with a tube or hybrid tube headphone amp,
    and you inspired me to do so! They are an excellent sonic pairing.
    Products like the Vali bring things back to Earth for me.
    Coming from the high end two-channel background years ago, where there's so much snake oil, and over-priced snake oil at that - things like the Vali remind me of hearing Andrew Jones excitement about his $89 Pioneer two-ways at RMAF two years ago - he was more excited to play those for me than his 20k TAD loudspeakers!
    We talked about how challenging it is to build a great product for less.
    He seemed so proud of those Pioneers, and he had reason to be.
    When Jason teased Warren (warrenpchi) and me about the Vali at the California Audio Show earlier this year we were drooling to hear what was coming!
    I'm definitely not giving this review sample back!
  6. Mshenay
    Not sure if I mentioned this or not, but I owned a Matrix M Stage [Solid State Amp] and honestly the Vali isn't nearly as warm as my M Stage was :O yea it lacks the gain controls [the NFb es2 has those on it's line out... YAY] but sound quality wise I find it a step above! And I rolled an LME 49990 OP Amp into my unit...
    my point being it sounds good, how ever if ur talking about the m Stage dac... I can't help you much there >.> 
  7. jaywillin
    and what about the 121's headphone out ? its no slouch by itself !!
    and when you consider it can be an "all in one" desk top piece, amp/dac/pre, its a good value, especially when you get it when its Todd the Vinyl Junkies DEAL OF THE DAY !! [​IMG]
  8. Misterrogers
    One of the good qualities of this little amp is that it seems to scale very well with DAC's. Using my uber DAC's with Vali reveals more inner detail, dynamics and separation. 
  9. wje
    I've found another "alternative" base for the Vali amp that users could opt for if needed.  The particular device I purchased was from an air conditioning and heating supply house.  With my contractor's discount, it was only $1.10 for the 4" x 4" version.  However, they did have quite a few size options.  For example: a 1.5" x 1.5" square - if using one per corner.  A larger 8" x 8" square.  Some rectangular options in sizes as well as an all-rubber version without cork as a layer.
    Pics as follows:
    The anti-vibration pad consists of 3 layers.  Two rubber outer layers and a middle layer constructed of cork.
    A view of the ribbed rubber outer layer.
    Placed into position.  In my example, the 4 rubber feet on the bottom of the amp are spaced out a bit too wide.  However, they could be removed, kept as-is, or even brought closer together so they can sit on top of the pad itself.
  10. nabwong

    Have u opened the chassis to check if the tubes are firmly down?
  11. MattTCG
    Looks promising Wayne. What are the results? Any improvement? 
  12. BlainD
    Deleted do to accidental redundancy.
  13. BlainD
    I saw (who I think is) an official spokesman for Schiit on this thread say it wouldn't effect the warranty if it was opened but am weary on a straight return. I saw about the foam but couldn't find exactly how to fix it ect also. This post is deep and hard to dig through. Should I try to correct it? Personally I would much rather fix it than return it.
  14. imackler
    I had the same problem. They hooked me up with a new one. 
  15. MattTCG
    Schiit=some of the best customer service in the business, period. 
    guerillaw likes this.
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