Schiit Valhalla 2

Discussion in 'Headphone Amplifiers and Combo (DAC/Amp) Units' started by Cspirou, Oct 8, 2015.

  1. The Alchemist

    The Alchemist MOT: Schiit - Here to help!

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    oh man, I put the OG's which are the bigger ones - in the back because they are the same size as the V2 Stock tubes that go in the back, on the link in my post above yours @Hands - did I get the wrong amperex orange globes? I wonder why my Amperex orange globes are the same size as the stock V2 tubes that go in the back and not small like the front ones. I got the AMPEREX ORANGE GLOBE 6DJ8 ECC88 VACUUM TUBE 1969 MATCH PAIR- but they are the bigger ones like the ones that go in the back


    EDIT: Excuse me all, I am apparently a moron. I DO in fact have the Orange globes in the front and they are the smaller ones - sorry for being stupid.
     
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    Yeah I didn't think you made that mistake, because it wouldn't even work if you did that xD
     
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  3. Hands

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  4. The Alchemist

    The Alchemist MOT: Schiit - Here to help!

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    Thank you @Hands - your sarcasm is well-deserved - as I had a momentary lapse of brains for a little bit there. Seriously though, thank you @Hands and @thegunner100 for helping realize my dumb mistake, I appreciate the help. :bow:
     
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    I've got a second hand Valhalla 2 coming in sometime this week. Pretty curious to see how it pairs with my NFB28 + HD600.
     
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    Just got the amp in last night. First impressions with the NFB28's DAC and my trusty HD600's are quite positive. And surprisingly, the Valhalla 2 has given me some good results with my elderly K240 Sextett LP.
     
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    Probably better than the balanced HO outputs on the NFB28 eh?
     
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    Dunno if I would say better, but it's a nice change. I think I do like the coloration on the Sextett a bit more, but there are pros to each amp.
     
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    I remember preferring the Vali to the NFB10-ES2's balanced outputs, back when I had the hd800s. I don't know how good the amp section of the audio-gd's dac/amp combos are, since the NFB10-ES2 didn't have any analog inputs. I do believe that the Valhalla 2 will show its strengths more if you used a different dac from the a-gd though.

    I'm interested in hearing what you think about it after you've had some burn in with the Valhalla 2 (unless it's already burnt in)
     
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    Does the Valhalla 2 sound resolving and natural?
     
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    Yes, both. I have the Valhalla2. It sounds clean, very resolving, and natural. There is a hint of tube wetness, but it is not tubey sounding, not warm per se. Less tubeyish than my Vali 1, and Vali 1 is less resolving.
     
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    I agree, though I'm going to experiment with other tubes to see if I can get a warm sound out of it.
     
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    I've demoed some higher end delta sigma and R2R DACs already, and I don't find them to be noticeably better than the NFB DAC I have on hand. I'll be giving the Valhalla more time tonight to collect my thoughts.
     
  14. purr1n

    purr1n Finding his inner redneck

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    Get yourself on the Gungnir Multibit loaner.... shhhhh! (We'll do another one in March).
     
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    Yeah the Schiit Multibit offerings seem interesting. The 1704 implementations I've tried didn't impress me that much, to be honest.
     
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    purr1n Finding his inner redneck

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    You've read my recent thoughts I've posted on the PCM1704 DACs?
     
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    I think I've glanced over your thoughts on the Master 7. The Schiit R2R tech looks quite different in presentation though.
     
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    Valhalla 2 is quite fun so far. The tubes I got from the seller seem to have a midrange push and a bass softness that I find pleasing. Listening to Horrendous's amazingly mastered Ecdysis has been a treat today with my HD600.
     
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    The Schiit MB offerings are closer to what the vintage r2r dacs are like rather than the modern R2R PCM1704 dacs. If you've ever heard a PCM63 or PCM1702 vintage dac, then you'll know what I'm talking about. Definitely give the Gungnir Multibit or Yggdrasil a try if you get the chance.

    The Amperex Orange Globes are pretty popular around here, and they add a bit of warmth to the overall sound.
     
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    Does anyone know which tubes represent which channels? (i.e. if you're looking at the front of the amp, are the left side tubes supporting the left channel?)

    I just ordered some matched NOS orange globes and one is humming. I'm having some difficulties cleaning off the leads, so I'd like to focus on the culprit.
     

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