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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. LuczOr
    Just started listening to my new-to-me Vali 2 (thanks @RickB ) I'm using the stock tube right now just to get a flavor for it. Plopped my HE4XX on my noggin and my first though was, "wow, that's definitely warmer." I've been listening to it for around an hour and I have already gotten used to it so I can't really tell anymore. Or the tube has warmed up. Either way, I'm a happy listener right now and exicted to try the other tubes I got with it (again, thanks @RickB ).
     
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  2. Robert Padgett
    Welcome to the world of tube rolling. Try a 6SN7 with adapter...lots of good glass out there in that type.
     
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  3. LuczOr
    I too, have heard of the glory of the 6SN7, but I just can't get over the look of the 6SN7 sticking out of the tiny amp. By the time I get through the Vali tubes I already have, I will probably upgrade to Lyr 3.
     
  4. BrokenTangent
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  5. Grado Diesel
    How does the gain switch correlate to the ohms rating on the headphones being used? Or is there no relation? For example, for two years straight I powered my Hifiman HE-400i’s which are 35ohm, with my Vali 2 on low gain. Everything sounded pretty good to my ears. Recently I had read an article about high gain exposing more of what the tube has to offer so I switch to that. On high gain I find the sibilance and some of the normal highs to be too much. On the other hand I just started using Sennheiser HD6XX’s with my Vali 2 today and they love the high gain. Sound great!
     
  6. Robert Padgett
    The gain switch on Schiit HP amps is the source of almost as much controversy as any other topic. There is no correlation, and there is no "right answer"...
    If it sounds better in Hi-Gain, use Hi, if it sounds better with lo gain, use low. Let your ears and your equipment dictate what sounds best to you.
     
  7. ScubaMan2017
    Heh. Listen to Mister Padgett! I use the gain switch as a way to get finer volume control on my Magni3. For my Senheisser HD650 clones (from Massdrop), the HI setting appears to also provide a 'fuller sound'. Meh... my 2 cents' worth.
     
  8. Mr Trev
    From the tests I've read hi gain does have higher distortion (the good tubey kind) than low, but honestly, I can't really pick up much of a difference.
    The biggest reason I find for choosing between hi/low gain is tube noise. With my easier to drive phones - and especially iems, I'll use low gain so any hum/noise is eliminated. Otherwise I stick to high - you know just in case it really does sound better (at the expense of only being able to use 30% of the pot range)
     
  9. Robert Padgett
    mouse.JPG The Mouse is back...
    I found this delicious 8/51 Hytron Mouse-Ears, it is black three-hole plates. My 53 Tung-sol was two-hole gray plates.
     
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  10. Mr Trev
    Interesting. Had to check mine… Zeinth rebrand, 2 hole, grey plates.
    Going to have to go looking for one before @bcowen or the rest of the Loonies of Lyr™ snap them up:wink:

    <edit> found this thing from everybody's favourite seller: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Rare-Factor...T-231-6SN7GT-Hytron-BadBoy-Plate/273109275238
    Rare. Super rare. Like a 3-legged Lincoln penny
     
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  11. Robert Padgett
    Yes I have managed to steer clear of that cat. I didn't turn up anything except praise of the Tung-sol which is gray and 2-holes, like the remains of mine...this could be a rare bird, not because of mismatched plates but because they are three-hole and black.
     
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  12. bcowen
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  13. ScubaMan2017
    Reputation is everything. Hmm, I'll keep that in mind.
     
  14. ScubaMan2017
    I went to the vendor's site. Six hundred and fifty American Dollars... EACH?! Yeahhhhhhhhh no. :triportsad:
     
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  15. Mr Trev
    I guess for those people who can't decide if they should get a 2 hole badboy or 3 hole version, you can have both - AIO

    I haven't exactly been around the tube block myself, but this is first I've heard about any variants of the mouse ear.
     
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