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schiit asgard 2 vs tubemagic A1

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by sargatanas, Apr 30, 2014.
  1. Sargatanas
    i know this has been asked a million times but im stuck. this will be first real desktop headphone amp. i like the ability with the A1 to power computer and high efficient speakers. my only experience with tubes are high gain metal amps lol. i know the tube is for the preamp not for headhone out. my main objective is using them for my Senn HD650's, Westone 40's and Denon AH-7100's. i listen to 95% metal. im looking for fast attack with solid kick-drum. im looking for "FUN" sound. the HD650's... ive never listened to them with proper power. they sound like they wouldnt have much kick-drum attack. they do sound awesome for OPETH! 
    if i go the tubemagic A1 route, i will also go with the D2 dac. as far the Asgard 2... they look awesome and they have good reviews. mostly pronounced highs. not sure about the bass.
    im also considering the NFB-15.32 as an amp/dac
  2. Sargatanas
    Just read a review that the asgard was very warm sounding. Wow... I cant make up my mind :frowning2:
  3. Sargatanas
    alright then... i guess i have to flip a coin. thanx
  4. Sargatanas
    help please. i got credit card in hand ready to purchase :frowning2:
  5. CloudMoose

    Tubemagic A1 hp out is all tube, preamp and speaker out are hybrid. I enjoy the A1 + q701 for metal. Not sure if it's more the hp or the amp but they're very fast for kick - drums and the like.

    I listen to a lot of industrial and power metal like Rammstein and Nightwish :)
  6. Sargatanas
    awesome. very good to hear! does the A1 have plenty of power to get loud? sometimes i like to crank the volume to bloodbath and morbid angel!
  7. CloudMoose
    Hp out has plenty of power for me. Almost never above half volume (which is almost unbearably loud on all my headphones)

    Use similar volume settings for the 4ohm monitors it's powering as well.

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