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Which is cleaner?
intend to use with HD650, LCD X and ZMF cans
I have both. Along with HD650, LCD-2, and ZMF Aeolus. The Lyr 3 is the better amp overall. More engaging and addictive to listen to. The Jot is more aggressive and intense, a good amp but not quite like the Lyr 3 in general.
more aggressive and intense?
sounds like what i seek haha, do u mean the lyr 3 is more laidback and relaxed sounding?
Not really laid back, more like "rough edges rounded out." By comparison the other amp has more up front percussion, but to some the cymbals might be too aggressive.
Basically. The Lyr 3 is not laid back, but not so "in your face" as the Jot.
i see i see
oh i love the in your face sound hahha
btw i noticed that the output for jotunheim SE is rather low in comparison to the lyr 3 which has only SE
going forward, might that be a problem? or i'd need to get balanced cables..
Even balanced output out of the Jotunheim is markedly lower vs the Lyr.
Whether either will be enough depends on what headphones you have and are planning to buy.
will be using with ZMF Aeolus and HD650
Both are more than powerful enough for the ZMF Aeolus and HD650. The Schiit website, schiit.com, has the full specs for both. Lyr 3 is more powerful but the Jot is not far behind in balanced mode.
At 99db/1mW and 98dB/1mW either amp will be more than adequate for those, just not entirely the most efficient choices if you're after power, especially the Lyr which drops output significantly as the load impedance increases.