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Schiit Fulla 2 Impressions Thread

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by xero1, Dec 7, 2016.
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  1. Roman Johnston
    Yes just grip the knob firmly and pull it straight up.
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  2. dr cornelius
    Thanks guys for the volume knob fixes - I’ve cleaned pots before, but was going to send my 2nd Fulla back, because it just seemed like something that usually happens after a long period of use, . But I’ll just order a can and fix it myself- definitely easier than sending back...
  3. SomeTechNoob
    So I finally got around to picking up some contact cleaner. CRC QD Electronic Cleaner to be precise.

    Oddly enough after a cleaning session I no longer have static in the right channel but now have scratchy noises in the left. Swapped channels lol.

    Will continue fiddling around.

    edit: has gotten better after warming up. That contact cleaner stuff was pretty cold coming out of the compressed can tbf. Still some residual scratchiness but overall less than before. Much harder to hear on my HD 6XX now, but audible on more efficient devices.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2017
  4. dr cornelius
    It’s interesting how different the scratchiness sounds from headphone to headphone. On some cans I think “that’s not too bad”, but on others it’s almost painful!
  5. SomeTechNoob
    Yup, directly related to headphone sensitivity. Simple stuff.
  6. dr cornelius
  7. MarkArtz
    I solved the scratchiness on my Fulla2 by applying WD40. It comes back after a while, but I just take the volume knob off and re-spay the pot again with WD40, give it a little turn and spray it again and that solves it. I dont use iems, but I have the EMU Teaks headphones and they are pretty sensitive. I dont know what it is, maybe dust or just corrosion, but it works for me, its a cheap and simple solution.
    You can get it from any Supermarket, Amazon, or WalMart for less than $5.00
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2017
  8. Left Channel
    WD-40 leaves a residue that in the long run will attract dirt and dust. It's amazing that it works for cleaning contacts, and that's partly because so much of it evaporates, but it's still a lubricant and that is why they actually make a different product called "WD-40 Contact Cleaner": https://www.amazon.com/WD-40-Specialist-Electrical-Contact-Cleaner/dp/B00CMT9TFY/ They're not just trying to sell you the same stuff in a second can, I promise you.
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  9. MarkArtz
    I will definitely use that next time. Looks good. Thanks!
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  10. SomeTechNoob
    This is the one I got at Wal-Mart. Pretty much the same thing. You want to look for something that doesn't leave residue as left channel has stated.


    DeOxit might have worked better since it doesn't evaporate as quickly though. A bit pricy for my tight budget.

    I've let the Fulla 2 sit for a few hours and the scratchiness is about 90% gone. Very happy with the results as it's so little it no longer bothers me. Still sounds great with no issues otherwise.
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  11. oryan_dunn
    But it's not a lubricant, it's a solvent. I'd guess most uses of WD-40 are the wrong application of WD-40.
  12. Left Channel
    Good point. You're supposed to follow up with a second product that doesn't dissolve. But it leaves a small amount of residue that provides temporary lubrication, and that is why it's not good for this application — we need the pot entirely clean — as well as not being enough for an application that requires longer-lasting lubrication.
  13. JoeKickass
    Deoxit is the one to get, I completely restored an old Sansui 9090db using nothing more than a radioshack spray with Deoxit in it!
    Redio Shack is no more, but the real stuff isn't too expensive, D5S-6 is only $15: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00006LVEU

    I just got a Fulla 2 for my brother, I love how it says "I'm Fulla Schiit" on his computer!

    Testing it out this little thing sounds great! I'm A/B comparing on HD600's to my personal setup (Eitr+Mimby+Jot) and the Fulla 2 is keeping up way more than anyone could expect based on it's price. My setup still sounds noticeably better, but compared to the computer audio out the Fulla 2 is light-years ahead!
  14. Selbi
    I've had a Schiit Fulla 2 for the better part of the last year, but recently decided to upgrade to a Jotunheim. With Philips Fidelio X2 and my new JBL LSR305 monitors, it only made sense to me to use them with the XLR inputs, which the Jotunheim gladly offer. 550€ and two times walking to customs office later (because I live in Europe and directly imported from America... never again), I was finally able to get my hands on the device, eagerly set everything up, and hit the play button on my first song.

    To cut this story short a little, you can probably guess what I'm about to say if I'm posting this story in the Fulla 2 thread, rather than the Jotunheim thread. I was not impressed with the Jotunheim at all and went back to the Fulla 2.

    The sound was better, let's get that bluntly out of the way first. And it makes sense: the Jot costs 5x as much, has XLR pre-outs, has a dedicated power supply, is balanced, and in general should be the superior device in just about any way. But—and this is a big but—it is not worth the insane price step-up that I've had to pay for it. And trust me, there is no worse feeling than, "I guess this is nice but for f***'s sake, I paid half a grand for this thing!"

    I've now gone back to use my Fulla 2 with the pre-outs going into my JBL via stereo 1/8'' to mono TSR, and the sound is so insignificantly worse that I'm wondering why I've ever went the alternative route of buying a device that is simply not suitable for my needs at all. While I'm well-aware that my use-case was simply not justified at all (buying a DAC/amp-combo that cost more than the speakers it will power), this whole ordeal made me realize one very important thing, and I hope I can help someone from going down the same spiral:

    In the end, we are here for the music. If you aren't geniunely unhappy with your current equipment, then don't be a moron and buy into the hype. Better sound does not equal to better experience.

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  15. JoeKickass
    This is generally true for almost everything, there is a sweet spot for performance/price, and after that you get the law of diminishing returns.

    To save money, stay in that spot and try not to get tempted.

    If you want the best, then buy what you can afford, but just know you're paying a premium for being on the cutting edge of modern technology.
    Everything gets cheaper over time, if you can wait for it!

    In a year or two I'll probably splurge on a Gumby or Yggy, and while I hope I get goosebumps and say "wow" out loud a few times, I don't expect it to sound 10x better than the Mimby.
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