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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. Delirious Lab
    Thanks for all the advice. Indeed, the rocking back and forth technique to pull/insert tubes is not touted enough - so much easier for peace of mind than vertical pulling/pushing...

    By the way, I finally took the 6SN7 Tung-Sol off the Saga at home and brought it to the office this morning. Vali rocks hard with this tube!

    Pretty ugly though...

    Last edited: May 8, 2019
  2. bcowen

    This is what I use. Don't cheap out on a short and stubby knock-off made in China. The 4' length gives you plenty of leverage when needed. On the plus side, if you end up breaking the tube you also have plenty of leverage for ripping the cover off the amp to get the remnant of the tube base out easily.


  3. ScubaMan2017
    I got the JJ Electronics (Slovak, new production) version of your Tung-Sol. Tung-Sol & JJ Electronics are indeed a significant improvement over the stock tube. Even though I'm enjoying my new toy (Valhalla), my modified Vali2 is indeed fantastic. I mused about using a pair of sharp wire cutters to shorten those exposed copper pins. Nah :ksc75smile:
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  4. Delirious Lab
    I'm usually a classical nerd, but ever since rolling in that Tung-Sol all I've wanted to do is rock out to Rush. I've listened to a dozen of their albums since yesterday.

    Bass extension and clarity is WOW - never heard my HD600's digging so deep.
    Last edited: May 9, 2019
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  5. Keno18
    You ought to try the vintage Tung-Sol 6sn7gt mouse ears.
  6. bcowen
    If you want to rock (as we all should) you should consider some Fotons (the 6N8S / 6H8C are 6SN7 equivalents). Should be in every rocker's collection. :sunglasses:

    The 1955 and earlier production dates with the ribbed plates are the best. Those used to be plentiful but have now all but disappeared from Ebay, and when they do pop up occasionally the prices are sky high. Honestly there are not great big differences between the ribbed and non-ribbed plates -- the ribbed plates are slightly better but they both sound great. There ARE big differences though once you get into the '60's or later production dates which don't sound anywhere near as good. Just spied this on Ebay for some '56's at $8.95 a pair, and supply on the '56 - '59 production dates is thinning out rather quickly too. I know nothing about the seller, just wanted to point this out as a pretty darn good deal on these tubes that are becoming scarce. Beware that there is a long break-in period of ~100 hours required before they settle down and sing their best.


  7. bochawa
    Your comment about Rush has convinced me to give this combo a try. :)
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  8. ScubaMan2017
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  9. Keno18
    Just upgraded my foobar install from "PCM to DSD128 DoP WASAPI" to "PCM to DSD256 Native ASIO". Another jump in detail retrieval and clarity. Bass increased too. If anyone is interested Google "foobar for dummies part 2" for a step by step guide.
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  10. ScubaMan2017
    I'll check it out. Foobar for Android-enabled Chromebooks feels like a stripped down version of its Windows 7 counterpart. :triportsad: Ah well....
  11. Keno18
    Unfortunately the DSD software used is Windows only. To run it I bought a refurbished 5 year old i5 HP note book for about $330. It doesn't take much horse power to run it thank goodness.
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  12. bcowen
    Does this work with Tidal, do you know? I'm pretty clueless with the software side of all this stuff...
  13. Keno18
    I'm afraid not. Foobar is itself a player for music files and CDs. It has limited streaming ability. (Some Internet radio.)
    EDIT: Hold the phone, I just found a link that supposed to show you how to do it: http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f...mp-through-your-software-player-choice-23987/
    Haven't tried it myself but I think I am going to.
    Last edited: May 14, 2019
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  14. Old Deaf Donkey
    One more twin setup:

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  15. bcowen
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