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Official Schiit Vali 2 Thread

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by inseconds99, Dec 11, 2015.
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  1. jleewachter

    So, (again, stupid question on my part,) does the preamp component of the Vali 2 to feed something like powered monitors provide any of the sonic characteristics of the tube itself to said monitors/speakers, or is it simply a passthrough for feeding your dac source to your monitors/speakers?
  2. AviP
    It adds tube flavor to the pre-outs
  3. trivium911
    Hi guys im looking for a tube hybrid amp for my hifiman 400i's. I've heard that the Vali 2 is a decent choice, im torn between this and the Millet Hybrid DIY project. The vali is probably going to be cheaper, but which one will sound better? I know the millet hybrid has two tubes but knowing nothing about tube amps im not sure if that even makes a difference. What is even more frustrating the DIY projects are really not much cheaper by the time you buy solder and pay shipping to canada rather than just buying one that is assembled. Alternatively i was looking at the starlight or sunrise III aswell. BTW im coming from an O2 and looking for something to supplement it.I did not build the O2..again due to the cost of shipping to Canada and the solder and all that to save $20 buying it pre-built. 
    Edit: Just found the Little Dot I+, does anyone know how the vali 2 compares?
  4. jleewachter
    Just got the Vali 2 unboxed, and while it looks & feels like a great little amp, I'm honestly a little scared to insert the tube into the socket. Are these things normally so difficult to get seated into the tube socket? This certainly isn't my first tube amp, but the fit is so freaking tight, I'm afraid I'm going to end up breaking the socket from putting too much force in trying to get the tube seated. It already seems like the socket itself is somewhat loose as it's wiggling around on the circuit-board when I try inserting them.
    Is it normal for these things to fit so tightly?
  5. teb1013

    They do seat firmly. Press straight down, don't rotate and you should be OK. Just push a little bit at a time.
  6. HOWIE13
    They get easier to insert over time but I would be more concerned that your socket is wiggling around. 
    I would be sending it back for a replacement. The socket should be solidly fixed in place.
  7. winders
    Okay. I am new to this whole high fidelity computer audio world. In the past I have relied on my Mac's DAC and used a variety of under $200 IEM's with 256 kbps AAC sources . But I wanted to get back into higher fidelity content and get some quality headphones.
    Today I decided to dive in and I ordered a Schiit stack comprising a Modi 2 Multibit and a Vali 2. I needed the preamp outputs to drive powered monitors and the Vali 2 was only $20 more than the Magni 2 Uber.  So I figured, what the heck.
    Now, what headphones work well with this combination? I listen to classic rock and classical music mostly. But I also like Jazz, R&B, and pop. I don't like hip hop or rap. My budget is flexible depending on value. I don't like to save money only to be disappointed and have to buy something better later. So let's say the budget is $500 but I would happy to spend less if the value is there. What would be a good choice to start with that I won't want to replace right away?
    Edit: For example, on Massdrop, they have the AKG K7XX for $200. Is that a good choice for the Vali 2?
  8. RickB
    My recommendation would be the HD600 or HD650 when you can catch them frequently on sale. 
  9. teb1013

    As RickB says the HD600 or 650 are marvelous with this. I use the 600 and it pares marvelously with the Vali 2. Massdrop recently had the HD6xx on sale which was, I understand similar in sound signature to the 650 but considerably cheaper. They aren't on MD now, but you can ask to be notified when they return.
  10. DomieMic65
    +1 for Vali 2 with the 600
    A great match!
  11. winders

    Awesome. HD650 or HD6xx it is! I like it when there is a consensus. Now I just have to figure out what tube to get to replace the one that ships with the Vali 2.
  12. Hofy
    Start out with the Electro Harmonix 6922 for less than $20.  
  13. winders

    The Electro-Harmonix 6922EH our the Electro-Harmonix 6922 Gold? I read the JJ E88CC / 6922 Gold was better yet. 
  14. Hofy
    The regular EH6922 is under $20, the gold pin will be $25-30.
  15. Letmebefrank
    I agree. I used vali 2, modi multibit and hd650 for a while before buying the Jotunheim. Vali 2 is a fantastic amp.
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