- May 30, 2010
I'd take the Valhalla2 of the list since it wasn't a good pairing with the HD800
Just for objectivity sake, this is the opposite of what most people say about the pairing. Not that your opinion doesn't count... not everyone will like the V2, but I think Zakazak is looking for the GENERAL consensus on gear, and generally V2 is highly recommended for the 800 in online circles. As I said, the 6CG7 tubes have a bigger effect on the sound than the standard 6DJ8, 6BZ7, 6922, ECC88 tube families I rolled. In fact, I would not recommend the V2 without the 6CG7 tubes for the 800, as they also removed the thin/dry treble sound. And with Schiit's 15 day return policy, it has extra safety in being a good buy.
Zakazak, if you do end up pulling the trigger on the V2, I would suggest ordering some 6CG7 tubes at the same time, so they arrive along with the amp (or soon after), so you don't have a big gap eating into the 15 day trial period. Worst case scenario, you can always sell it on head fi, Schiit amps are always in demand.