recommandations for my he6
Jun 1, 2015 at 12:19 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 14

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Hi, 
 
I am looking at a headphone amplifier for my he6.
 
Which one should I choose, schiit lyr 2 or schiit valhalla 2?
 
I also got pairs of low impedance iems like shure 846 and I hope I can also use them in my amps. 
 
Any recommendations? Thanks!
 
Jun 1, 2015 at 5:18 PM Post #2 of 14

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The Schiit Valhalla has an output impedance spec'd at 3.5 Ohms.  This probably would not be a good match with your 846s spec'd at 9 ohms.  The HE-6s would be fine.
The Lyr has considerably more output power and lower output impedance.  It would seem to be the better match for both headphones.  I have no idea how the Lyr sounds.  I have a Valhalla and use it with some of my high impedance phones.  Personally, I like the way sounds.  But, on paper, the Lyr better suits your headphones.
 
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Neither.  Try a vintage speaker amp and hook the HE-6 up to the B speaker taps.  You'll like it. 
 
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The Schiit Valhalla has an output impedance spec'd at 3.5 Ohms.  This probably would not be a good match with your 846s spec'd at 9 ohms.  The HE-6s would be fine.
The Lyr has considerably more output power and lower output impedance.  It would seem to be the better match for both headphones.  I have no idea how the Lyr sounds.  I have a Valhalla and use it with some of my high impedance phones.  Personally, I like the way sounds.  But, on paper, the Lyr better suits your headphones.

Thank you. I will try with Valhalla first.
 
Jun 4, 2015 at 10:02 AM Post #7 of 14

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Very little audible difference in DACs, no audible difference in conversion quality has ever been found in blind testing.  
 
Schiit Modi will be competitive with anything under $1000. 
 
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  Very little audible difference in DACs, no audible difference in conversion quality has ever been found in blind testing.  
 
Schiit Modi will be competitive with anything under $1000. 


Agree 100%.  I run most of my vintage systems out of iPhone 4 or 5's into NuForce iDo DAC and am quite impressed with the sound compared to a high end Pioneer CD player I have as well as comparing to vinyl albums - the sound is great.  Maybe an audiophile with golden ears would scoff but I'm ok with that.  I know what I like and spending huge money on DAC's is not on my menu.
 
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The Schiit Valhalla has an output impedance spec'd at 3.5 Ohms.  This probably would not be a good match with your 846s spec'd at 9 ohms.  The HE-6s would be fine.
The Lyr has considerably more output power and lower output impedance.  It would seem to be the better match for both headphones.  I have no idea how the Lyr sounds.  I have a Valhalla and use it with some of my high impedance phones.  Personally, I like the way sounds.  But, on paper, the Lyr better suits your headphones.

Thank you. I will try with Valhalla first.


The Valhalla 1/2 will not properly power the HE-6.
 

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