1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.

    Dismiss Notice

Schiit Owners Unite

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by hodgjy, Mar 15, 2012.
First
 
Back
176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185
187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196
Next
 
Last
  1. tuna47
    I find the stock tubes with the lyr do no sound as good as tubes you can buy
    Orange globes etc
     
  2. john777

    As with a lot of things in audio, Hi Fi etc. the stock tubes get you going. There are bound to be tubes which sound better to your ears, but if someone has just bought a Lyr, they should give the stock tubes time to break in as well as the other components of the amp itself. Then start rolling...
     
  3. RMiller
    Quote:

    I'd get Asgard 2 and Modi... and for the remaining money you can still get SRH-940 (if you decide so).
     
  4. Defiant00
    Quote:
     
    I've always found cans make by far the biggest difference, so that's where most of my money would go if I was in your shoes.
     
  5. Saraguie
    Quote:
    +1 For most part agreed, got to start building with a solid foundation.
     
  6. joebobbilly
    Quote:
    Quote:
     
    Depends on how much you like the sound of the HD558... if you like the Sennheiser house sound... I'd say hunt for a solid used pair of HD650/600 (whichever you can find more easily... should be no more than about $350/300 respectively). These cans scale very very well with good gear later on when you might upgrade. Then with remaining 200-300ish... grab a magni/modi stack. That M&M combo is hard to beat at it's price point. My next recommendation would be the Fiio E17/E09K combo (also about $200-250), cause the E17 allows for portable use if you are looking for that option.
     
  7. gefski

    I like your thought of putting $ into the Bifrost first. The source component is the starting point, affecting everything downstream. (I'm assuming lossless files properly delivered to the dac) Then a versatile amp that can drive all different loads. Now you're ready to experiment with different sounding cans. Over time, you're likely to own more cans and enjoy their varying personalities.
     
  8. joebobbilly
    Quote:

    +1 to this too... seems like you're using onboard sound right now from your ASUS laptop. (which could be quite limiting)
     
  9. Saraguie
    Quote:
    +2
     
  10. M-13
    Quote:
    This!
     
    LOL. Pretty soon you'll wish you just purchased the Mjo.
     
  11. joebobbilly
    Quote:

    LOL precisely why I skipped the Lyr... as well I found a good deal on a used one [​IMG]
     
  12. ngyu
    Quote:
     
     
    Quote:
     
    LOL i picked up the Lyr... and just started rollin. oh dear.
     
  13. RockvillePete
    Hello all!
     
    I’m fairly new here and recently purchased a Schiit Valhalla to go with my Cardas-cabled HD650’s and the sound from this amp/can combo is amazing! Far better than the headphone output from my vintage Carver C-1. I sourced a couple of sets of Russian tubes from the 60’s and 70’s that improved the detail, transparency and warmth of the amp over the stock set.
     
    The vast majority of my music is on CD and a Marantz Super Audio CD/DVD player functions as the source, using the internal DAC and RCA output coupled to the Valhalla by an Audioquest Big Sur interconnect. I’m not sure what model of Marantz; it’s about 5 or 6 years old and cost around $550 or so at the time.
     
    Would a CD transport with outboard DAC, something like the Little Dot CDP-1 and Bifrost achieve significantly better sound than the Marantz? I’d like to get the best possible sound I can without spending more than another $800. I’m looking for greater bass weight/heft and smoother highs, particularly from female vocals, trumpet, and flute when played at higher volume. There’s still a slight brashness or resonance present from these and I don’t know if it’s a function of the cans, amp, or source. The bass extension and definition are good; I just wish there were a little more of it or greater fullness. The detail and transparency are currently excellent so I’m not looking for much of an improvement there. Would the CDP-1/Bifrost combination be an improvement in these areas?
     
    Thanks guys!
    [​IMG]
     
  14. elwappo99
    Quote:
     
    Hey there! See you don't have a lot of posts, so if no one has said it, welcome to the forums! 
     
    Is your marantz unit anything like this ?
    504mitr.marantz.jpg
     
    I doubt any of the harshness is from the DAC. It could be the tubes, maybe someone who owns a Valhalla could comment on that and give a more preferable set of tubes. Unfortunately, I can't think of any changes other than the headphones themselves that would really change the bass impact and smoother highs. Do you know if you have silver screen or black screen HD650s? 
     
  15. jmsaxon69
    Quote:

    I don't know man, from what you describe and the gear you have I'd almost be willing to say that changing out the tubes and doing some experimentation in that area is worth while, maybe change the interconnect to something more mellow also.  It's good stuff, maybe just not the right combination? Try putting the stock cables back on the HD650?
     
First
 
Back
176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185
187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196
Next
 
Last

Share This Page