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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. chef8489
    Sorry have a headache. Had to reread your post LOL. You are wanting to use the Vali 2 as a preamp. Sorry cant help you there as I only use it as a hp amp.
  2. brad1138
    I did find a few comments on the preamp section and the consensus was "meh", so I went with the SYS instead.

  3. Flimbo37

    The Vali 2 is my first tube amp, and I`m having a blast with it. I also got an EH 6922 as my first tube rolling, and it sounds really, really good, much better than the stock one (that does not seem to have any identification on it).

    I have been reading this thread and the tube rolling one, and by its description it seems an octal tube would be a nice adition, considering a more tubey, warm sound.

    I already got a socket saver and an adapter, so I was wondering if anyone could give some suggestions on octals.

    Thanks in advance!
  4. chef8489
    I am using vintage tubes. that are not too expensive.
    '57 Sylvania 6SN7GTB [600mA] 280 726
    '58 FOTON 6N8S [600mA] XII-58
    You can check out the 6sn7 tube addics thread https://www.head-fi.org/threads/6sn7-tube-addicts.479031/
  5. CarlosUnchained
    The new Massdrop x Cavali Hybrid Tube amp seems to disrupt Schiit's line of affordable products. I'd love to read more comparisons between the MCHT and the Vali 2 in the time to come.
  6. RickB
    It has no preamp outputs for powered speakers, so it's a nonstarter for me.
  7. tengoo
    Got Vali2 some months ago. Love it.

    The only issue I met with Vali2 is, when I use T50RPmod on high gain, volume at 3 o'clock, the whole sound is distorted. (With SS amps, they are fine).
    Is this because...

    - Output power of Vali2 is not enough to drive T50RP at a loud volume?
    - Output impedance of Vali2 (5.8 ohms on high gain) is too high for T50RP (50 ohms)? It seems to be ok according to the 1/8 rule though.
    - Nature of tube? (especially with planars?)
  8. chef8489
    Yes 50 ohm you should be on low gain.
  9. tengoo
    Gotcha, unfortunately I can't get enough volume with low gain, so probably need to upgrade my amplifier to Lyr2 or upcoming Massdrop Cavalli one, which has lower output impedance on higher gain...
  10. chef8489
    How are you not getting enough volume? It puts out a crazy amount of power. I think it is distorting because you are driving them far louder then the drivers can handle. Its putting out 650mw per channel @ 50ohms.
  11. tengoo
    I guess it's a matter of gain. And with SS amps they are totally controlled at a loud volume I prefer.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2017
  12. chef8489
    Whay ss amps are you comparing it to?
  13. DomieMic65
    The Fostexes need a lot of power... i didn’t have the Vali 2 when I heared them but the bottom line was that they need a lot of power
  14. bosiemoncrieff
    I'm going to order an 1/8 inch to RCA cable to preamp my Vali 1 into my Panache and see how it differs from pure solid state. I had difficulty hearing any difference with MJ2, but perhaps Vali 1 is more colored.
  15. Andrew Nguyen
    I'm using a Raytheon black plate. To me, it gave mid and sub-bass more depth without interfering with the mids too much. Soundstage isn't the widest, but it's not claustrophobically close. It's my current daily driver and their cheap, so that's a plus.
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