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Schiit Magni Headphone Amplifier

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by barry s, Dec 12, 2012.
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  1. rhodan818
  2. Defiant00
     
    Alternately, just run the Modi in 24 bit mode and turn the volume down digitally to something like 10%
     
  3. vl4dimir
     
    By doing that do I lose quality ? i've read on forums that you must let the digital volume at 100% to get the best sound
     
  4. Defiant00
     
    If you're listening to 16 bit content then you wouldn't be losing any data, but you would be marginally increasing the noise floor. My anecdotal test was using the Modi at 5% digital volume and Magni turned all the way up (as a purposefully silly test) and I couldn't hear any noise even then.
     
    If you're listening to 24 bit content then yes, you'd be throwing away the lowest level bits; whether you'd be able to tell is debatable, but yes, the data would be slightly different.
     
  5. rhodan818
    I am streaming iphone>lod>RCA>magni wih my q701, and for some reason eq setting flat is so much better than off. I think iTunes has preset eq on the file if you have eq off, which seems counterintuitive.

    I don't know if it's the volume decrease, but I've gone from overly bright to more much more level. I feel the q701 is a little bright no matter what I do though.
     
  6. plektret
    I'm on a tight budget and need a cheap amp. Will Magni be able to drive my HiFiMan He-4?
     
  7. vincent215
  8. Defiant00
     
    Depends on your source. With a dedicated DAC, yes. Using a Clip+, no.
     
  9. Jason Stoddard
     
    To be clear, if LH are quoting power output specs in the same way as the Geek--that is, by adding both channels together--then you're talking 1.5W per channel. (Look up the Super Duper Geek specs--4V RMS into 32 ohms is 500mW, not 1W.)
     
    We've always quoted power as watts RMS *per channel.* Also, you're talking about a $499 unit vs $198.
     
    That said, we're thrilled to see LH getting the word out to non-audiophiles. That is a win for everyone concerned!
     
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  10. metaldood
    With reference to my previous post, I sent the Magni back to Schiit( Great customer service btw) because of scratchy pot issues. I got my replacement Magni today and unfortunately I have the same scratchy pot problem and now I have a distinct humming sound at 4-5pm.  Again I tested different outlets , with and without DAC.  This really sucks and I was looking forward to using the Amp. But I guess I will have to send it back. @Alamei had the same problems as well.
     
  11. Alamei
    For a little bit of follow-up detail: I actually had Schiit send me a second Magni before I returned the first one, so I could test them side by side under identical conditions (as @metaldood said, the customer service was quite good). Unfortunately, I experienced the same scratchy pot and hum on both of them. I chalked the issues up to my house's poor wiring, but given that other people are experiencing them, I'm wondering if they're present on all Magnis (or at least the most recent batch), and they just don't bother most people. In any case, I ended up returning both Magnis, since the scratch and hum would drive me crazy on a day-to-day amp.
     
    I'm looking into USB-powered DAC/amp combos now, to see if avoiding mains-powered gear will allow me to get nice, hum-free amplified audio.
     
  12. vincent215
    I fix my post to correct technical information.
    Yeah, from my experience with the Kickstarter project, I dont think they will sell it at the suggested retail price, probally the Geek Pulse will be sell at $300
    Back to the Schiit.
     
  13. Jason Stoddard
    Pulse is $499 retail.
     
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  14. Jason Stoddard
    It's extremely doubtful it's a batch-oriented problem, since Magnis (like all of our products) are tested extensively on automated test equipment (ATE) and also with a final listening test, after burn-in. If there was a problem with many units, we would have caught it, as we have caught other production problems that never made it to shipping. Bottom line, we live in an RF-saturated, noise-contaminated power line environment, and no product can offer complete immunity from that. See this post for some (rambling) detail: http://www.head-fi.org/t/640783/schiit-magni-headphone-amplifier/1815#post_9851471
     
     What you don't hear from are the now nearly 8k Magni owners who aren't having problems with their amps.
     
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  15. PXSS
    We're still around and extremely happy with our purchases!
    Now shut up and take my money, I need a Vali for my birthday next week [​IMG] 
     
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