- Brand Name: Schiit
- Model Number: Valhalla
Schiit Valhalla 2 Headphone Amplifier
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- Class A single-ended triode, zero feedback, noninverting, single voltage gain stage
- Tube Complement: 6N1P dual triode input, 6N6P dual triode output, 1 each per channel
- Headphone Impedance: 32-600 ohms
- Gain: 8 (18 dB)
- Frequency Response: 10Hz-200KHz, -3dB
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If you don't know Schiit then you are in for a treat because unlike MANY headphone amp and DAC manufacturers , they are based in the US and more importantly these products are MADE in the USA. That's right fully assembled here (with as little part out sourcing as humanly possible while keeping prices low) so you automatically get that this is not only improving your sound quality in those excellent headphones you own but that you are supporting national manufacturers here in the states and keeping jobs in the US.
Now as for Customer service , they are simply breaking the mold as far as this is concerned. You can virtually get a hold of them at any time during the week 7 day's a week with response times generally within 10-20 minutes based on my experience. Jason over at Schiit was able to response to my questions with very prompt and well explained answers that were easy to understand. I've never be able to get such good customer service (except maybe Amazon) and least of all from a dealer in this genre. The majority of amps and DAC's are made in China and that can lead to very long turn around times for repairs and expensive shipping fee's. I've heard of people having turn around times stretching into "Months" and costing over $100 for shipments. The piece of mind of knowing that you will not be experiencing that is worth it alone. Schiit also offers a 5 year warranty with all there products. Now I'm not trying to act like an ad for Schiit , I'm merely that impressed with there customer service which is bar none some of the best I've experienced.Read more ›
Like a few other reviewers, I was hesitant to spend the money on a $300+ Amp.
Needless to say, it DOES definitely SMOOTH out the sound of the Sennheiser HD 650 headphones.
The general sound stays generally the same.. so don't expect the headphones to suddenly become WAY more amazing. That being said.. I find it a bit hard to just outright recommend dropping $350 on this if you already own something like the Fiio E9.
To try and describe it. If the Valhalla brings 100% out of the HD 650s. I'd say the Fiio brings them about 85% of the way there.
The improvements to my ears come in the form of a slightly less bloated and tighter low-end. It remains just as impactful, and seems to extend a bit deeper. I also feel like the transition from lows > Mids > Highs get smoothed out a bit too. A bit like someone took a mostly well kept shirt and took an iron to it and smoothed it out completely. The overall sound is a little less dry.
How much this could be REAL differences and how much could be placebo.. it's REALLY hard to say. But there is definitely a noticeable difference going directly back and forth... but it's somewhat marginal. I just want to point out that what you're paying well over 2x the price... you're getting maybe a comparatively small improvement.
I'm still giving it 5 stars because this is just how it works in the hi-fi world. It's diminishing returns.
The amp itself is beautiful and well built. Smaller in person, than how it seems in the photos, but also much heavier. The warm glow of the tubes also looks beautiful. The unit also gets very warm... but never too hot to touch or even hold your hand on it.Read more ›
The price is right and it's built like a rock. I love getting a really heavy, well made piece of equipment of any sort. It's a bonus as an American that it's made here (though that wouldn't make my choice for me), hats off to the folks who make it. Happy with my purchase.
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As a hearing impaired person, this very fine piece of equipment has been a God send.Published 21 months ago by DENNORSKEN
This Really is a Very Fine product! I've been using mine for about two years. I have it paired up with a Schiit Bifrost DAC. This amp is not tubey sounding at all! Read morePublished on August 5, 2014 by BennyBoy
This little amp is just fantastic. If you buy the amp, get high impedance Sennheiser Headphone. I use the HD600 as they are great with tube amps. Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by sgbtn
amazing warm tube sound, spot on industrial design.
This product nails it on all fronts
- visually from the stunning design and glowing tubes
- viscerally with... Read more
I am extremely happy with this amp.
I love the design, and I love the sound.
It really is not a very "tubey" sounding amp, but you do get hints of it at... Read more
Great amp!! Not the loudest but very nice sounding and musical, which is what I wanted. Definitely a quality product and would buy again. Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I used this amp for about 6 months with a schiit bitfrost uber and I loved it. It made my HD650's (300 ohm) come to life and i heard bass from it that I didn't know it had. Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by Brian
Wonderful sounding amp with all tube design. Made beautifully in the U.S. Makes headphones sound like a $30,000 system which I have owned for years, Amazing 5 year warranty. Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by Conrad J.