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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. bcowen
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  2. Mr Trev
    Back in the fold?
     
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  3. bcowen
    Yeah, I felt bad about constantly polluting this thread with my blather without actually having one. I feel more legitimate now (or will as soon as it gets delivered). :grinning:
     
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  4. bochawa
    And they're gone already. :laughing:
     
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  5. bcowen
    I only bought one. Promise. :slight_smile:
     
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  6. ScubaMan2017
    Welcome to the thread, @GhostLoveScore . Re: wild and euphoric sound quality (SQ) changes. It's crazy-making, isn't it. When I started this ridiculous hobby ~2y ago, I was advised not to expect dramatic sound quality changes when rolling tubes. It's subtle. I think I detect a difference between my Magni3 and my Vali2 (with an upgraded Slovak chunk of glass) -- a slight increase in depth? Pshhh. Dunno. I like the technology behind how vacuum tubes work and get a kick out of the creepy incandescent glow. I like the glow so much I picked up Vali's big sister, the Valhalla2. And put sockets savers on it to elevate the valves (better cooling... and MORE apparent glow). It's what I like about the Vali. It's a low risk option for curious headphoners. All hail solid state, eh. :ksc75smile::ksc75smile::ksc75smile:
     
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  7. Mr Trev
    Too bad. I was going to suggest you get 2. They're only $100 a piece. Then you can use all those matched pair tubes you have (I'd hate to see your hoard go all lopsided). Run the Vali2s in a "dual mono" config. It'd be awesome!
     
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  8. bcowen
    Now why didn't *I* think of that? I'm sure @Paladin79 could whip me up a splitter cable to sum the outputs into each channel. Duh on me. :smile:
     
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  9. Paladin79

    I hesitated a bit too long and missed out on a second Vali 2, I need something for some decent A/B testing. Hey @bcowen do you run Tidal, if so listen to the beginning of the 2011 remastered Version of Red Right Hand by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. What is that at the beginning, someone wadding up cellophane or some such??? I tried it on two different computer sources, different DAC's, different amps, headphones etc. See if you get that if you have time. It occurs in the first 15 seconds or so lol and I have not heard that in other versions.
     
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  10. bcowen
    There are a couple clicks in the first few seconds, but at exactly 14 seconds in I hear a brief crackling too. Have no clue what it is, other than someone in the studio doing something to cause the noise. Cool song though...I like it!
     
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  11. Paladin79
    To the best of my knowledge I have only heard the noise in that iteration of the song, and it is remastered lol. Oh well it ceases after a while.
     
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  12. bcowen
    It's very brief and not really bothersome (to me). I haven't listened to any of the other versions. Are they as good sound quality-wise as this remastered version?
     
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  13. Paladin79
    I will have to go back and re-listen but I do not recall much difference. There are only a few of his songs I like but that is certainly one of them. I am the same way with Nick Lowe, there are a few things I really like..

     
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  14. Jacobh
    That noise sounds intentional me. There is an earlier crackling noise that pans from right to left and is audible in earlier recordings. Just from listening I think the noises are are supposed to be ruffling through a pack of cigarettes and the sound at 14 seconds is lighting the cigarette. It would fit in with the song and I thought he was a pretty heavy smoker at one point.

    The only version of an earlier mix I've heard had a slightly shorter introduction, but still has the other crackling sounds.
     
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  15. Paladin79
    Sounds good, I may not have picked up on it before.
     
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