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Magni Headphone Amplifier

by Schiit
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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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00CICPMA6
  • Item model number: SCH-07
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • 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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Buy it, you won't regret it.
Ken Stewart
This product works extremely well and is very nicely made.
luckymr
This is my first amp/DAC(Modi) and I LOVE it.
taylor wisner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 52 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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Well, after auditioning several more expensive headphone amps that really just charge you for the name in most cases, I ran into this little gem of a amp.

At it's very humble price point it's really difficult for me to even consider a better sounding head phone amplifier. I have tried many different types over the years mostly from listening to my friends. (It's much easier to barrow a friends tube headphone amp for a week than to keep buying different amps)

The tube sound is "Different" and some really will not listen to anything but tube powered amp. However, tube amps have there limits in both Dynamic Range and Channel separation, and flat out musical accuracy across the listening spectrum. This amp sounds a little tube like. It sounds very similar to a few hybrids I have listened to in the past. They seem to be in voge'more than ever before. Most of them are made in "China" which really does not bother me, although when your reading the products specs it's pretty bad when the units from China can't translate the data properly for the American web page. Most of these cheaper tube hybrids use a single tube in the hybrid design.

Let me explain why that's a bad idea. When you use a single tube the amplification is off on one channel by as much as 3 to 6 DB. This is very noticeable when your listening to headphones!

The hybrid designs still need two tubes to get the job done correctly. Using a single tube and comparing them to duel core computer processors is such a joke. I happen to be a Level 3 Computer tech, so this little comparison is laughable to me. Real all tube powered headphone amps use 4 tubes. Two tubes are used for amplification, usually Soviet 6N6Ps and two are driver tubes that vary in sound.
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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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7 of 9 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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2-Year Warranty Magni is covered by a limited warranty that covers parts and labor for two years. That's 2x the coverage of most amps in this price range.