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Schiit Stack

Discussion in 'Hardware Lounge' started by Jack, May 15, 2017.

  1. Jack

    Jack Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    Recently I became the proud owner of a Schiit Modi Dac and a Schiit Vali headphone amp via a contest here in Home Theater Lounge, Thank You !!

    As such, I have been experimenting since I have received them I can say without a doubt that this combination is the best I own or have heard. Using several sets of headphones that I own at this time as follows:

    Beyerdynamic DT880, 250 ohm version,
    Pioneer SE A1000, 45 Ohm
    Sony MDR-EX90LP 16 ohm version.
    While I did once again try to revive my Denon AHD2000's that the doggie ate by trying to redo the cable but it only lasted a short while, I guess I am not a micro solderer.
    All music was retrieved via Jriver at cd quality or high rez 24/96 through my media server or my office computer. 24/192 high rez files were not used as the Schiit Modi could not decode them.

    As far as Dac/Amplifiers I tried the following:

    Schiit Stack Modi and Vali, This Vali is a tube amp while the dac is solid state
    Headroom Desktop Amp/Dac
    Topping TP31 Amp/Dac
    Dared I30 integated tube amp fed via internal dac
    M-Audio M-Track Plus

    More to follow as I work through my edits. Oh and as you can see in the image, I did order the Pyst interconnects for these two as they are kind of light and actually they seem to work better than many other choices.


    More to follow as I work through my edits. Oh and as you can see in the image, I did order the Pyst interconnects for these two as they are kind of light and actually they seem to work better than many other choices.

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    Last edited: May 17, 2017
  2. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

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    Great to hear! Glad you're enjoying them and they're no longer gathering dust.
     
  3. Jack

    Jack Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    I don't think I will go into much detail as it could take forever, but I will pare things down properly.
    Never the less I can now rate them:

    1) Schiit Stack - The amp is a tube unit and provides detailed yet sweet sound, not rounded off like one would think.

    2) Topping TP31 - Great sound, a bit of a rise in the top end and with the Beyerdynamic, it was really running out of steam volume wise. Luckily I dont listen that loud.

    3) Headroom Desktop amp, I thought this would be one or two seeing as how it is class A and recently rebuilt. This is the Swiss Army Knife of my collection. This has a bit of an overall lazy sound, kind of warm like a cloudy summer afternoon. Not unpleasant and I could live with it and the Topping. This one has plenty of power to drive most any headphone.

    4) Dared I30, This is a tube integrated but apparenly the internal Dac is not up to snuff. It does very well as a integrated being fed by the Mydac on speakers.

    5) M Audio, this was just so tinny and poor I could not even consider it.
     
  4. Denton

    Denton Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    Glad you are having fun, Jack. I, too, own a Headroom amp. I like it more than you like yours it would seem. I prefer the Schiit Stack I have regardless.
     

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