Discussion in 'Power Amps' started by Rotijon, Jul 17, 2017.
Ah, I must've missed that. Thanks!
For speakers with 89dB spl (2.83VRMS, 1m), would you recommend one Vidar or 2 used as monoblocks?
You're likely good with one unless you have a very large room and/or prefer insane volumes. What's the rated impedance? Also do you have a true balanced output preamp like Freya (required to run Vidar as monoblock)?
Impedance is 8 Ohm and they're rated for 50-300W. Not a large room, just normal and no insane levels.
Nope, I don't have a Freya or other balanced preamp but I'm looking to get into Schiit.
Something like Freya/Vidar/Mjolnir.
Was doubting about Ragnarok with a Vidar instead of the Freya/Mjolnir at first and use the speaker outs of the Ragnarok for a pair of bookshelf speakers but I think I like the versatility of the Freya/Mjolnir system more with the three gain stages and SS/Tube option of the Mjolnir. Also, they're separates.
I have Freya/Vidar/Mjolnir 2 and it is a versatile setup. I run Elac B6’s (87db 6 ohm) and the single Vidar drives the hell out of them. The Freya in tube mode is like a high-gain switch as well. If you are going after high sensitivity speakers, I would get Saga instead.
Should be ample for my speakers then, thanks!
Definitely - some folks with very high sensitivity speakers (e.g. 93db+) have reported too much gain from the Freya/Vidar combo (especially in tube gain mode), but I don't believe you'll have that issue especially since most speakers end up actually measuring out 1-3db below their rating (some even more so).
It's not so much there is too much gain as you have to be very selective with tubes as any noise from the tubes is amplified. I actually like the gain I get from Freya in tube gain mode with the amp I have as it puts the volume setting right in the middle of the range at my normal listening levels. This allows for enough amplifier power headroom when I am listening to tracks with 21dB of dynamic range.
Saga would clearly be a better choice if you don't need balanced connecters or the gain.
Probably not going to get much response here to this question since Marantz isn’t much discussed but I’ll ask it anyway.
Does anyone have an idea if Freya/Vidar combo would outperform a Marantz PM-11 S3 at half the price?
Anyone heard the Marantz premium Series? I have the PM-11 by the way.
Been looking at the Vidar. I am new to this learning. Planning to get a Kef R500 to match with a vidar but the specs seems that thd Vidar provide only half the max watts the Kef R500 can take.
If i use two Vidars, it might be too much for thd Kef R500.
Any thoughts? Are my assumptions correct?
I kind of doubt you will have to use all 100 watts of a single Vidar 100% of the time unless your room is the size of a gym. However, the Kefs are low sensitivity so 2 Vidars will provide more headroom for those dynamic swings. Don't worry about the "too much power" thing, thats never a real concern with speakers, the amp will only provide as much power as is called for. With those speakers and in a normal size room you will probably use way less than 75~100 watts the vast majority of the time, if not 100%.
Depending on your room size, I think you could get away with one Vidar, but the Vidar Monos might be a great match for low sensitivity 8 ohm speakers.
I'm thinking of doing this. I've got a pair of bi-amped Maggie 3.6s (custom built active xover to replicate original passive xover).
Actualy also llooking to run a Magnepan tri-center with a CCR and a pair of MMC2 for tri-center usage, so maybe I'll try a 3rd Vidar.
I have a stock pair of 3.6r with another 2 vidar coming to do this as well, i already have 1, so ill have 3 in total to play with, thinking of going the biamp route like Marvey says for L,R. I have mmc2 center with a dwm bass panel, 3 matching amps in LCR should be interesting. Even with just one just Vidar for L,R, the bass and clarity is much better than my B&K reference 200.7. The B&K has been powering the center and 2 Mini Maggie satellite rears, not super ideal, would prefer a slightly bigger panel, but there's the whole WAF factor I have to appease, the minis do an adequate job. I already had to give up my SVS PB12/Plus 2 lol, oh well, maybe there's a JTR Captivator S1 in my future.
Separate names with a comma.