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Magni Headphone Amplifier

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  • Magni is the only fully discrete headphone amp under $100 that is made in the USA.
  • Delivering 1.2W of power into 32 ohms, Magni is ready for virtually any headphone-including many hard-to-drive orthodynamic models.
  • It uses a discrete gain stage design, with low-noise JFET inputs, fast VAS transistors, and massive output power transistors.

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Schiit
  • Model: SCH-07
  • Item Weight: 1.4 pounds

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 1.2 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • ASIN: B00CICPMA6
  • Item model number: SCH-07
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,016 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 24, 2013
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Product Description

Magni is the only fully discrete headphone amp under $100 that is made in the USA. Delivering 1.2W of power into 32 ohms, Magni is ready for virtually any headphone-including many hard-to-drive orthodynamic models. Discrete Design, DC Coupled If you ain't into engineering, you can probably skip this section. But it's important. All other amps in this price range use op-amps for gain. Not Magni. It uses a discrete gain stage design, with low-noise JFET inputs, fast VAS transistors, and massive output power transistors. The result is greater current capability for higher power output. We've also used a DC servo to eliminate coupling caps from the signal path. From IEMs to Orthos Magni is quiet enough for many IEMs, but provides up to 1.2W into 32 ohms, which is plenty for many orthodynamic headphones. Magni is versatile enough to be a "do all" amplifier-it may be the only amp you ever need. Made in USA By "made in USA," we mean made in USA. The vast majority of the total production cost of Magni-chassis, boards, assembly, etc-goes to US companies manufacturing in the US. Our board house is 20 minutes away from our office in Newhall. Our chassis guys are just over the hill in the Valley. Yep, the wall wart is from China, but there you go. There is some give and take to reach this price point.

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Customer Reviews

Buy it, you won't regret it.
Ken Stewart
After some research, I settled on a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO, 250 ohms cans, which came highly recommended from Head-fi.
Fred Flintstone
This is my first amp/DAC(Modi) and I LOVE it.
taylor wisner

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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Fred Flintstone on May 19, 2013
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It's hard to know where to start, I have that much to say about the Magni, and it's companion product, the Modi USB Digital/Analog Convertor. I'd recently purchased an inexpensive headphone amp for work, and also wanted something nice to listen to at home. I also wanted to step up the level of quality, since I wasn't so concerned about someone walking off with my gear.

I can't say enough about the folks at Head-fi.org, they are an invaluable resource for all things related to headphone audio. I suppose you might wonder, why use a headphone amp at all? Why use a DAC? You can visit Head-fi and spend a couple weeks reading up on why (and I recommend doing that). I'll try to summarize why I went this route...

For me, this is the evolution of a listening experience, that all started with breaking an old set of headphones I used at work, and looking to replace them with something better. You can read my other reviews to see what I use there. In short, modern technology has brought us some amazing advances in audio quality that are far more affordable than they have ever been.

So, you might think that all you need to do is buy a set of headphones, and you're all set. So, what headphones do you buy? Good question. You can invest $20 bucks in some cheap headphones, and I can tell you right now, they will sound like $20 dollar headphones. Which sound a lot like $20 dollar computer speakers. Which sound a lot like the speaker at a drive thru hamburger place.

After some research, I settled on a pair of
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Clive S. Goodwin on May 20, 2014
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Historically, I have not spent much time listening to headphones, preferring to listen through my NAD/Mirage/Marantz/Samsung surround sound set-up. I listen predominantly to classical cds and watch concert blurays.

However, this little gem has converted me and my Sennheiser HD595's into listening heaven.I had been using an Onkyo 7030 cd player (very respectable machine) with my Sennheisers, employing just the headphone output. For months, I thought this sufficient power, because I rarely had the volume control beyond half way. Then I thought "why not try an amp?"

I had emailed Schiit, asking which of their amps would be best with my phones, and Nick assured me that this amp(Magni), their least expensive, would do the trick. And do the trick it did - clarity, soundstage, bass response and low level detail all dramatically improved.

Now I'm even contemplating getting some more headphones (HiFiMan HE-400's). Another email from Nick assured me that I didn't need to upgrade the amp to deal with this product's planar drivers.These guys do not oversell.

Incidentally, if you want a really good laugh, go to Schiit Audio's website, and read every page. It's hysterical as well as highly informative. Quite a bit of their humor is based on the pronunciation of their name. They have a very healthy aversion to the pomposity and pretentiousness of the "high-end" audiophile brigad

They have a 6" rca interconnect (that they use between this amp and their matching DAC unit) that's called PYST (put your Schiit together) They also recommend the inexpensive Monoprice interconnects for people like me whose cd player already has a really good DAC.

If you listen to headphones, this will be the best $100 you will ever spend !

Update 7/12/2014.

Bought the Hifiman HE400 headphones and the combo of these with the Magni amp and Onkyo cd player is close to audio heaven. See my review of the Hifiman HE400 phones.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gregory P. Carrier on October 8, 2013
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This is my first headphone amplifier, so I can't compare it to other headphone amplifiers. I've read a lot the last few years about how a headphone amp can significantly improve the sound you get through your phones. What I can report is that when I hooked this up to my NAD preamp and plugged in my Audio Technica ATH-M50s, the sound was quite impressive -- clean, clear, and very smooth. When I unplugged the headphones and plugged them into the headphone jack on the NAD, there was a noticeable difference. My headphones have always sounded good through the preamp jack, but the Magni sounds like a definite improvement. Everything sounds balanced, clear, and smooth as silk. I'm convinced. I've only had it hooked up for a couple of hours now, but the Magni is already looking like one of the best $100 I've ever spent on audio.

Note: my preamp has two outputs, so I just hooked the Magni up to the unused set. I'm not sure how it would work with another setup. Does anybody know if you can connect it to the regular headphone jack on a receiver or integrated amp (with the right cables)?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BKarno TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 8, 2014
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So this is my very brief review of the Schiit Magni.

I had purchased a Schiit Modi to serve DAC duties for my Little Dot MK2 and I am very happy with it in that application. With all the rave reviews for this little Magni, I thought I would give it a try as well. I feel that it is a very respectable little amp for $100, and the Modi / Magni/PYST Schiit stack fits nicely on a small desk or workstation. Overall, the sound is pretty good (really good relative to the price), but when I use it with my HD-600’s it always feels a bit distant to me (the best way I can think of to describe it). With some of my other amps / DACs (listed below) I can listen to the 600’s at a lower overall volume level and still enjoy a nice open and upfront presentation. With the Magni, I had to listen at higher levels to get the same effect and it still felt a bit closed in. Luckily, this is not the case when listening with my DT-880’s. Those phones seem much more compatible with this amp. I also felt that while the Magni is powerful in terms of raw milliwatts, it lacks the thrust of my nicer amps when lots of dynamic power is required. This was, again, more noticeable with the HD-600’s than with the DT-880’s. Other than that, I like the simple construction and the solid build, but I also wish the volume control was just a little smoother.

There was also a small issue I came across with this amp concerning compatibility with my Sony MDR-7506’s. This issue was also touched on by another reviewer, but I have yet to get a response from him on whether or not he was using the same cans (he only says in his review they are Sony’s). If you use this amp with the MDR-7506’s you will get terrible sound and loads of static in the right channel.
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