- Brand Name: Schiit
- Model Number: SCH-07
- Item Weight: 1.4 pounds
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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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 ...Read more ›
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 !
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.
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)?
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Provides outstanding audio amplification for my Grado headphones, and when I listen to CDs I am able to enjoy defined sound that is no longer underpowered or lackluster.Published 11 months ago by Nicholas
I have quickly developed a great respect for Schiit Audio. The sound quality of this amp is unbelievable. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Scott Skowron
I am a newcomer into the amplifier market. I had been directed to take a look at schiit by a friend of mine, that loves their products, and now I understand. Read morePublished 12 months ago by David E Meacham jr.
Great product. I'm using the Magni 2 with a pair of Sennheiser HD 280s (64 ohm). Drums and bass are significantly tighter compared to my Samsung laptop's audio output. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cary Wood
I ordered it twice ( for myself and, then, as a gif); makes good quality of sound. This is the Hi-end quality devise for the fraction of price! highly recommendPublished 12 months ago by Lilly A.
I purchased this amp a little while back to use with my Beyerdynamic T90. I heard no appreciable difference between using the amp and plugging the headphones directly into my... Read morePublished 13 months ago by B. michael Payne
Using it with my DT 990 Pros and they are amazing. Would recommend to anyone.Published 13 months ago by Nicholas
This review is for the Magni 2 über.
I must have listened to every headphone amp in town. They ranged in price from $300 - $1,000. Read more