Schiit Jotunheim impressions

Discussion in 'Headphone Amplifiers and Combo (DAC/Amp) Units' started by Bill-P, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. Elnrik

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    My advice would be to get the Mimby instead of the MB card. It's a bit more, but worth it in my experience.

    Also, synergy between headphone and amp is more important than specs. I really like my Jot, but the Lyr3 / MCTH would be excellent alternatives to look into for your HD6XX. Possibly a pre-owned ZDS Jr., if you can find one, although the one I heard I did not like.

    The Foster headphone isn't that picky and doesn't scale up as well. I think the MCTH would be a better match than the Jot, depending on the tube used. It's certainly a V shaped headphone, and I think the MCTH would match well. (You'll also want aftermarket pads, as the stock pads are uncomfortable.)

    I haven't heard the HFM you purchased, so I'll offer no advice there.

    I'm not trying to talk you out of the Jot. As I said, I really like mine, but I think the affordable tube hybrids offer pros (and cons) that make them worth while to consider.
     
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    I have Jot+MB, I can not recommend it over other options except you need convenient do-it-all that is easy to move. Especially if you don't already have balanced setup.
     
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    Hey thanks for the input from both you and Elnrik both. I came here as a headphones neophyte in search of information/input/guidance, and I appreciate any/all I find.

    Some of what you said here resonates with me, in terms of "easy to move" and "having a balanced setup". As far as "easy to move" goes, I basically have 4-5 different seats/rooms in the house that I might "set up shop at" for listening, and I kind of plan/intend to try at least 2 or 3 of them and just see "what ends up working for me" with my day-to-day life and family life... the all-in-one-ness (and the need/use of only one wall wart) has some appeal/value to me. As for "having a balanced setup", I do not... I've read/looked a little bit into what it would take to put balanced cables on my Sennheiser HD-6XX's, but they aren't supposed to arrive until mid September... and my plan is to use/enjoy them for a while, unbalanced, and just see what I think and exactly how much use I end up getting out of my new gear before I spend any more money than I already have (excluding this DAC/AMP purchase to drive them with).


    It is hard for me to imagine much of anyone owning both Jot DAC/AMP types and having had much runtime side-by-side AB testing them (but maybe I don't fully appreciate the *next levelness* of this community?), but if there is anyone out there that's had some runtime on both, I'm wondering based on all the input if I wouldn't be better off going with the $500 option with the simple D/S built-in-DAC (for something that gets me going in all-in-oneness and gives me that simplicity/portability) and saving the extra $100 to put towards a potential future purchase of something more robust (like a Modi MB)? Do people think the extra $100 to step up from Jot+D/S to Jot+MB to be money well spent?
     
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    I recommend the DS DAC card to the MB DAC card for most people. Especially if your Jot and DAC card are recent. The latest DS DAC card sounded better than external Modi 2U in every way and better than MB DAC card in most ways. I also feel synergy of latest Jot and DS card is best.

    Yes, I ran different combinations.
     
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    I just received a new jot with the internet DS card (V2) and have been rather happy with it and my HD650, HD600, & Massdrop HE4XX. I also purchase a balanced cable that I can use with the Sennheisers. My ears aren’t what they used to be, but my wife and I are both enjoying the setup. Seemed to be the right price point and good quality.
     

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