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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. Nick-s-f

    I decided on the Valhalla 2, it arrived this morning(express shipping). Its been in use with my HD600 for about an hour.

    I know this is a Vali 2 thread, sorry guys >.<, just wanted to update.

    If you have any curiosities, Robun, feel free to ask.
  2. painted klown
    Thanks! I was hoping that I had somewhat of an idea of what I was talking about. [​IMG]
    Thank you for the clarification. This was my thought as well, from the reading I had done, but I am literally just starting to learn about tubes.
    Thanks. I plan to post my thoughts after I have had time to digest the sound of the Vali 2. I like to listen to gear for at least a week, to be sure that I have a decent grasp on it. [​IMG]
  3. KC33
    Thanks for that.
  4. bboris77
    I received mine today in Canada! I loved the original Vali so I was not sure how much improvement to expect. I was simply blown away! First of all, the hiss is completely gone on both the low and high gain modes. I have the AKG Q701, Fostex T50RPmk3 and Grado SR60e and even the Grados are completely hiss-free. On the original Vali, the SR60e had an audible hiss. However, what truly surprised me was how much more black the background was on the Q701 and T50RPmk3. I guess I had gotten used to a very mild hiss on the original Vali even on less sensitive headphones.
    As for the sound itself, I do not speak the audiophile lingo yet, so please bear with me. Keep in mind that I am comparing it to the original Vali only since it's the only other proper amp that I own. I would describe the sound on Vali 2 as much more robust in a good way compared to Vali 1. The original Vali had a degree of lushness that was very enticing but it left its imprint on all the music that you would listen to. Vali 2 is more neutral (at least with the stock tubes), but still has a great full sounding tube sound. It definitely sounds more natural and fuller then the original Vali. It also sounds more stable and competent - maybe it has to do with the fact that it has less distortion.
    I have not done any scientific testing, but I feel that Vali 2 has a much more well defined and grounded low end. The drums and bass sound spectacular. It pairs extremely well with the T50RPmk3. The Q701 also sounds great. I will test it later with the Grados.
    As for the ringing and microphonics, there are none. Does not matter if you plug in the headphones, or flip the low/high gain switch, nothing.
    In conclusion, Vali 2 is a big improvement over the original in both the sound and functionality. It is also a great value even taking into consideration how bad the Canadian dollar is right now.
    If anyone has any questions, I will be happy to try and answer them.
  5. poocaso
    Thanks for your take on the Vali 2, bboris77! I have the original Vali and am seriously considering the Vali 2, so I'm glad to read your comparison between them.
  6. zachawry
    I have the feeling that if I get the Vali 2, it's going to end up costing me a lot more than $169. I bet it's like a gateway drug for tube amps!
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  7. masterfuu
    Looking forward to hd650+ vali2 impressions.
  8. Tuneslover
  9. SomeGuyDude
    Very curious to try this with the EL-8. I know they don't technically need an amp, but they sing with the Vali 1...
  10. lvince95
    Thanks very much for your impression!
    I have just one question. How would you describe the sound signature? For example, the Modi 2 Uber + Magni 2 Uber is often described as a bright sounding combo. What about the Vali 2? Would you describe the sound as still 'warm and lush', but less than the Vali? Or is it completely different now and it's very neutral or slightly bright?
  11. bboris77
    I can't compare it to the Magni 2 Uber since I have never heard it in action. I think that the big advantage that the Vali 2 has over the original is that it simply resolves much more detail from the same source material.It is also more neutral overall. The original Vali sounds very syrupy in the treble (and the upper mids) to the point of where one can argue it distorts the original material. It also sounds a bit thinner overall. The Vali 2 is more balanced and sounds very rich in the lows and the mids. Keep in mind, I have done most of my listening with the T50RPmk3 which has a very nice planar bass. I also use the high gain mode on the Vali 2.
    In conclusion, I would say that the Vali 2 is a very significant upgrade to the original. I did not expect it would be because I loved the Vali, but the Vali 2 is in a completely different league.
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  12. lvince95
    Thanks, I think I have a better sense of how the Vali 2 sounds like now.
    I will likely be getting this and pairing it with the Fidelio X2. Yes, the X2's are easy to drive, but I feel they come alive when paired with the vali compared to solid state amps like the magni 2  or onboard audio. The Vali enhanced my musical listening experience significantly with the X2. I had slight problems with the Vali, such as the noise floor (drown out once I start playing music though) and also microphonics.
    I'm so excited to see that there it only has a 1.2ohm output impedance with the low gain switch. I shouldn't hear any background noise now with my X2 in theory. And the only doubt I have is about the sound signature of the Vali 2. I initially feared it would be even brighter than the magni 2, and it has apparently less or worse bass. I listen to EDM a lot so the low end is important to me, whcih was never a problem with the original Vali.

    It seems that the Vali 2 is even better in the low and mid end based on your experiences. I'm actually really glad to hear this, and I'm now one step closer to pulling the trigger. Once more impressions come in, I'll most likely get them too if they are similar to your impressions.
  13. volly
    I've got my X2's paired with an Asgard 2, which is solid. Should have the Vali 2 at the end of this week but won't be open to Christmas (gasp).
    I'm looking forward to the comparison though.
  14. E8ArmyDiver
    In all the hub bub with the new cans & the Vali 1 amp I forgot I ordered this about a month ago.It came in last night & I used it about 7 hours.Really nice & musical.Dead quite,really drives the HE-400i's.Swapped out the Chinese 6J1's for a perfectly matched pair of 1953 White Westinghouse 6AK5's, HUGE difference in soundstage & tonal colors.I put it up for sale but as long as I have it I will compare to the Vali 2... DSC_0026.jpg
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  15. painted klown
    I will post my impression as soon as I can. Mine too is a bit of a Christmas present, so I am not 100% sure if my GF will let me play with it until Christmas eve...We'll see. [​IMG]
    Has anybody else already started looking at tubes for this thing? I don't even have mine in hand yet, and already I have developed "tube lust" from reading and looking around. [​IMG]

    A Telefunken E88CC / 6922 has got me drooling!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    That tube costs as much as this amp does tough, so it may be hard to justify, especially on my budget. However, I am curious to see how well the Vali 2 takes to rolling. From my understanding, there are some pieces that will have dramatically altered sound when rolling tubes (like a completely different amp), while others have just a slight/subtle change from tube rolling.
    bboris77: Thanks for the early review (the 1st for this amp?). Nice comparison to the original Vali as well, I am sure many here were looking for that exact comparison.
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