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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. Robert Padgett
    Fellow tube rollers, if you have purchased a 6SN7 to 6922 adapters from Tube Depot, you will have noticed that the pins are longer than the socket saver is deep, leaving exposed pins. I have ordered a bag of 11mm rubber o-rings (nine-pines are 12mm across) so a couple of o-rings should conceal the pins.JPG pins and protect against something getting in there and shorting out your amp
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  2. ScubaMan2017
    My knee-jerk reaction would be to snip them to size. And then use plyers to straighten them out. I wonder how successful I’d be? :ksc75smile::ksc75smile::ksc75smile:
  3. Robert Padgett
    Before I ordered the o-rings, I search high and low for my good diagonal cutters, because the one I had were dull.
    You know as soon as I ordered them, I found the diagonal cutters and trimmed them, but I still see daylight between them and the socket savers, so one o-ring should allow the adapter to seat better.
  4. ScubaMan2017
    The O-ring fix is the way to go. I'll go to a local plumbing supply store to sort myself out (no chopping copper pins).
  5. Robert Padgett
    I was concerned that they may have a core and would need to have ends soldered to work, but they are solid core pins and it was an easy trim.
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  6. MaskedRacerX
    How well does the Intropose work with the Vali 2? I'm assuming you're using it to connect a Modi of some flavor - I thought I saw a comment somewhere that it didn't quite line up with a Vali like it does with a Magni. I'm specifically running a Vali 2 with a Modi 3 (not sure if the ports moved between Modi models).

  7. Joseph021012
    It's about the same as any other cable but it looks cooler and it keeps it stacked perfectly.
  8. MaskedRacerX
    OK, great thanks. I thought I read somewhere that the Vali using that cable-bracket wasn't quite aligned (sounds like the Magni and Vali ports are in the same position).

    Oh yeah, it was a review right from their site (see below), but the buyer qualified it might be due to their install, so maybe it's nothing :)

    Highly Recommend This
    swotchnollie on Oct 17, 2018
    It's the same price as the cables from Schiit iirc but takes up much less space.
    Unless you wanted to put your equipment side by side instead of stacking it I believe this is the better option.

    Using it with a Modi 3 + Vali 2, not exactly a perfect fit but it's not noticeable unless you look for it and still works great.
    Comes with 4 rubber feet to help fill that gap that the connector creates between the equipment.
    For this particular setup they're about 1mm too short to fill the gap perfectly and the Vali 2 is offset by about 2mm but I don't find that to be an issue since everything still works.

    Might fiddle around with it some time to see if the alignment is user error.
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2019
  9. bcowen
    For a perfect fit, make your own cables. Not necessarily cheaper, but you can get the exact size you need. :slight_smile:

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  10. MaskedRacerX

    Nice, yeah, that would be a fun project, I'm a software engineer / super tinkerer - in fact, I have some speaker pins coming from Amazon tomorrow to make some good, specific sized speaker connection for my new desktop speakers (which sounds fantastic behind the Modi 3 + Vali 2).

    I'm currently using a pretty nice set of RCA cables, just looking to reduce my Schiit footprint :D
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  11. bcowen
    I had the same problem when I started my pile of Schiit. Had a number of good interconnects laying around, but they were all 1 meter or longer and it looked like a rat's nest. So I made those out of cable with OCC copper wire and foamed Teflon dielectric, and it's super flexible which was a big bonus.
  12. Mr Trev
    How's that saying go… A clean stack is the sign of a sick mind…
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  13. BubbaJay
    I ordered a Vali 2 yesterday so I looking forward to hearing how it sounds with my Schiit stack. I have the original but this will be a much better upgrade to that. I know my dynamic headphones will sound good but I'm not a huge fan of planars and hybrid amps so I'll see how the 2C sounds with it.

    I see people talking about cables and I've used the Monoprice ones for a few years now and feel they work great, plus I save a bit of money which is hard to do in this game.
  14. Robert Padgett
    Monoprice is good for the budget end of cables. I have several myself and have not had a bad experience. Like all cables, debates seem to boil down to preference and priority. I replaced all my USB cables with Monoprice because the cable seems more robust, the connections make a better fit. But, without setting off another chapter in the cable debate, I simply don't see much advantage in data cables being high-priced. Signal cables are a bit different, because of shielding noise, so a better quality wire and better connections are worthwhile. Cablesforless.com has a listing for SPDIF Coaxials, on close-out for less than a dollar each, and from the photo, they look identical to the one I paid $24 for from Bluejeans cables.

    Speaker wires--when my Advents were new, their inventor Henry Kloss stated on the paper stapled to the back of the speaker, that a 'good quality lamp cord' would be needed to connect his loudspeakers to the receiver. I have a good quality run of US-made Belden cables for my speakers, and they sound great. Nothing fancy, no exotic geometry, or oval designs, just good copper wire, well-shielded and properly terminated. Probably the best "wire money" I have spent was for replacement cables for the Senn 6XX headphones.

    Massdrop substitutes a cheap and inferior cable for the stock Sennheiser wire, and I found the Massdrop cables were not even connected inside the plastic molded plug... Because the signal is so critical from the amplifier to transducers, this would be where an investment in a custom replacement cable would make the most sense.
  15. bcowen
    If that's true, I likely have the cleanest stack in all of Schiitdom. :smiley:
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