Schiit Amp Compendium - Guide to Schiit Amps (headamps)

Discussion in 'Headphone Amplifiers and Combo (DAC/Amp) Units' started by purr1n, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. msommers

    msommers High on Epipens

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    There definitely is a balance and going overboard doesn't make sense (ie: $100 tube in there), I agree.

    The stock Russian tubes aren't really great at all though.
     
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    This is true. But for little money one can find a tube that improves significantly on the stock tube. It is just a question of looking through the Vali 2 thread for recommendations - and taking advantage of those of us who have already spent too much on tubes for this amp :oops::)

    Tube rolling with an amp like the Vali 2 will only get one so far. This I have confirmed when comparing to the MCTH.

    After a cheap tube upgrade on the Vali 2, then one can save up for a better amp. I think we are all reading from the same book, but are just on different pages. :)
     
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    Oh this is a great visualization of the "gamut" of the various schiit amps. Your 5 axis chart reminds me of the CIE charts used in assessing video colour spaces and monitors. This is highly useful.[​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for comparison, if you could put MCTH in this chart, what it could be?
     
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    purr1n Finding his inner redneck

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    It's similar to Vali 2 with improved clarity and micro.

    Basically among the cheap hybrids: Vali 2 < Garage Horizon < MCTH < Lyr 3.

    Note the production MCTH is warmer sounding than the unit I got.

    Also, see Lyr 3 thread to see how that stacks up. Lyr 3 hasn't been added to the chart here.
     
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    Thanks Purr1n.
     
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    Hmm so you mean this amp had good bass? I personally like a bit extra bass so I am interested in this.

    Would you please elaborate? I would like to know more.

    This is for everyone: Most speaker amps with headphone out do it simply by having one big ass heavy duty resistor at the output, which messes up the output impedance (at least this is what I know, may not be the case). I would like to verify, does the Ragnarok have this issue? From what I read it just has a very wide range of gain settings, and from the specs its output impedance is 0.03 ohm, so it seems to be free of this issue, but I want to verify with you guys nonetheless.

    Btw in case I want to get into 2 channel later on, is this a good speaker amp? 60W at 8 ohm is certainly not the most powerful, but I would very likely just use it for desktop speakers, maybe with a subwoofer, so it should not be a problem... But most importantly does it start to distort very early? Most of the speaker amps I know may be able to output a few hundred watts, but they start to distort halfway up the volume.

    I mainly use Beyerdynamic Amiron Home and AudioQuest Nighthawk, if this information is useful in your reply at all.

    P.S. With its power, is it able to push HE-6, K1000 etc well? (Not entirely sure if power is the sole factor here, that's why I am asking) I don't have these cans but it would be nice if I can rock these with no extra add-on.

    Edit: Just read that Schiit amps are not really top-notch, just very good price/performance ratio, but the DACs are top-notch from the Schiit shill thread. So Gumby Vs Yggy Vs Bifrost Multibit impressions?
     
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