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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. Capt369

    I have an Asgard 2 and an considering getting the valid 2 as a complimentary amp. Does anyone have both and can give an opinion on the sound difference? If adding the valid would be a sideways move, I'll just save toward another set of hp's.
     
    Current cans,,,th-xoo...x2...he400s...m50.
     
  2. Mshenay
    I got a User Manual with mine that had them listed depending on the Restiance, you have set 
     
    I assure you I pulled those numbers right from the user Manual, you guys can also shoot Jeremy an Email right from their web site, he's very nice an he'd be happy to either answer direct questions about power or share the Manuals with u
     
    For teh Garage 1217 amps, it seems their Project Ember has the best Power Output, though it's around $300 
     
    Though for Under $200, I'm going to say the Vali 2 does a better job with hard to drive cans, like my HE 4
     
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  3. E8ArmyDiver
    The guys in the know here say 12AX7 is a 12v Tube & will NOT work in the Vali which uses 6v tubes.
     
  4. mysticstryk
     
    Thanks for all your help, I'll shoot Jeremy an email if I can't find their manuals online.
     
  5. Mshenay
    Oh... well shame on me 
     
    schiit that's good to know 
     
  6. i20bot
    I'd just go for the Ember II.  Delivers way more power at 300ohms at up to 725mw.  Plus it has auto bias so you don't have to tinker with that like the Starlight.  Just plop tubes in.  Also Ember II can't roll opamp so you don't have to worry about that either, unless you want to.  If you don't want to spend that much or rather want more things to tinker with then I'd go for Ember II.  Was thinking I should have gone for an Ember II instead because I have the Project Polaris and now the Vali 2.  Maybe I should have combined them both into Ember II lol.  But then I kinda rather just have a simple clean looking setup in the Schiit stack and be done.  Then just roll couple tubes.  This stuff is getting out of hand!  Then at times I just want an all in one amp, dac and speaker amp all in one.  Ahhhh.
     
  7. mysticstryk
     
    Lol, I feel your pain.  The thing is I've never owned a tube amp, so spending $350 on an unknown entity is hard to swallow.  Whereas the $170 of the Vali 2 is perfect, but it doesn't have the options that Garage1217 amps have in terms of tube rolling.  Between the Starlight and the Vali 2, it seems that for hard to drive headphones, the Vali 2 is the clear winner.
     
  8. sheldaze
    Yeah, I can only (re)post what I heard:
     
    1. Between m9xx and m9xx > Vali 2, I preferred just the m9xx with my stock Fostex TH-X00. I feel no need to add anything to these headphones - just love em'.
    2. However, I loved the Vali 2 on my Sennheiser HD650 headphones. I also loved it on my AKG K7XX and Grado SR60i.
    3. The Vali 2 is not syrupy, and for me this is an issue on my Audeze EL-8C headphones. I like something a little syrupy or just extremely powerful to help the bass compensate for the forward nature of these headphones, which I do not like. Due to my personal pickiness, I've only been running my EL-8C on Chord Mojo, Cavalli Audio Liquid Carbon, and Schiit Ragnarok.
     
    I will be following this thread though, and hoping to find a super sloppy, syrupy tube, to give the EL-8C a retry.
     
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  9. tommo21
    Go for a Mullard or Brimar:
     
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ECC88-MULLARD-UK-6DJ8-NEW-OLD-STOCK-VALVE-TUBE-O15-/391282609633?hash=item5b1a42cde1:g:ZxUAAOSwdvpWD75K
     
     
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ECC88-CV5358-BRIMAR-NOS-BOXED-VALVE-TUBE-/310087990709?hash=item4832af3db5:g:pcoAAOSwDNdV5rdt
     
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  10. bigro
    I have had the Vali 2 for a few days now and some have asked for a Valhalla 2 and Vali 2 comparison. I have been using it in my 2 channel setup in place of the Valhalla 2 as a pre amp. It is an incredible little amp. Being that I am running different tubes on the Valhalla It is hard to compare the little details so I will try to keep to the broader strokes if you will. Keep In Mind no HP's here, 2 Channel Speakers is my weapon of choice
     
    The Vali 2 Is the little amp that could. Once the tubes have had about 20 hours on them start to take on the form of its big brother the Valhalla 2. Make no mistake I am not saying it is a Valhalla replacement. The Valhalla Is Happily reconnected to the Bimby. I only had time to do a Few tube rolls. The Vali 2 Is really good and it is apparent the same mad scientists that brought us the Valhalla put the Vali 2 together. I Will try to keep this brief.
     
    Did I have to double check to see which amp was plugged in? No. I have been running he Valhalla in its current config for a while and I am very familiar with the way it sounds. With that being said The Vali 2 is no slouch so do not take this as it is inferior. The Vali 2 is less than half the price of the Valhalla2 but it is no way half the amp. The Vali 2 Has a slightly smaller sound stage and to me the phantom image was a bit more forward than in the Valhalla 2 .Is the Phantom image being forward bad? not to me but in reality could probably changed by speaker adjustments. Welcome to 2 channel. I found that the Bass Impact was there just not that of the Valhalla 2. One more difference is that the placement of instruments was slightly less discernable than with the Valhalla.
     
     "The all-new Vali 2 is a great way to get started with tube sound, without needing a second mortgage! " That is in the Description of the Vali 2 on the schiit website and it is spot on. It sounds remarkably close to the Valhalla which is an accomplishment in itself. If you were hoping this is a cheap Valhalla, I would say it is. But size and design differences as well as cost means, as expected it is no replacement. There I said it. A Valhalla Replacement it is not. Schiit did not set that Expectation and I concur. that does not mean I hate it. Just like the Modi 2 U being a like a Mini Bifrost, this is like a Mini Valhalla. I am super excited , I am on vacation today and want go work and set it up in its' final home replacing the Vali 1 and even get work done just to listen to it more. This is Money well spent. Sure we can argue that other entry level amps have more options and may sound better. But when you start stepping up into the $300 mark for an amp its not a fair comparison to the Vali 2 that is sub $ 200.
     
     
    Edit.
     
    The setup.
    Foobar 2k--> Win 7 laptop--> Wyrd--> Bifrost Multibit--> Vali2/Valhalla2 --> Emotiva Fusion Flex Amplifier --> Elac B6 and a PSB 8" Subwoofer. (Sub level not adjusted through out the comparison)
     
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  11. Astral Abyss
     
    You could always use the Vali 2 as a preamp into your Asgard.  [​IMG]
     
  12. Mshenay
     
     
    Yea as great as the Ember II is, it's not in the same price class as the Vali 2 or the Starlight, an imo it would make a great upgrade to either the Starlight or the Vali 2, as it out powers both an offers the same level of tube exploration as the Starlight with the Auto Features of the Vali 2 [an a tad more power]
     
    Yea Mullards for sure, I owned a SET TWO of them thank you xD with my Millet Hybrid Tube, they were SUPER warm an LUSH 
     
    I think that would get you the sound your wanting, I enjoyed the Mullards with my DT 990 for a time 
     
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  13. Mshenay
    Oh nice, it's good to hear a speaker review for this tube! 
     
    An I agree, the Vali 2 is a great way to get into tubes, though once you start rolling you might need some extra cash lol 
     
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  14. i20bot
    Yeah, but once after you get the Vali 2 you're like, hmmmm maybe I should have gotten the other amp instead, lol.  But yeah, Vali 2 has good power to drive a lot of headphones at a nice price.
     
  15. jlangholzj
     
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