Army-Firedawg posted a great written and video review of the Ly2 amplifier over on Head-Fi. I’m certain you will enjoy the thorough review and as a bonus there are others on the same page just below Army-Firedawg’s review.
Pros – Incredible price/quality sound, solid build, great looks, plenty of power
Cons – No balanced outputs, stock tubes drastically hold back what amp is capable of.
Review of Lyr 2
Chris Martens posted a great review of the outstanding and innovative Jotunheim Amp/PreAmp over on Hi-Fi+. BTW, there are optional DAC and phono modules. The Jotunheim provides single-ended, balanced and RCA outputs. It is all around an outstanding solid state machine.
Read the review by clicking the link below:
Review of Jotunheim
Jason Stoddard has just announced Schiit’s Modi multibit dac over on Head-Fi. And, it is running the comboburrito filter! All for $249.
Annoucement of the Modi Multibit
Chris Martens has a review on Hi-Fi+ of the outstanding Schiit Yggdrasil and Ragnorok DAC/Amp stack. This is the high end of the Schiit line and they are outstanding. I have spent several hours over the past year listening to them at various meets. They aren’t cheap and the aren’t gimmicky. They are simply excellent products and a good price. One of the best price performing stack on the market. Someday and might be able to purchase these but for now I revel in my Bitfrost/Valhalla stack.
Review of the Yggdrasil and Ragnarok
Keanex has a comprehensive review of the entry level devices in Schiit’s lineup of DACs and amps.
Keanex’s Summary –
Pros: Both set-ups feature a great price/performance ratio; Small desktop footprint.
Cons: Modi 2 Uber button feels loose.
Tonal Balance: Magni 2 Uber/Modi 2 Uber – Slightly bright with mild grain; Vali 2/Modi 2 Uber – Warm leaning, refined sound, a bit gooey/slow sounding.
Cost at Time of Review: Modi 2 Uber $150, Magni 2 Uber $150, Vali $169
Review of the Modi 2, Magni 2 & Vali 2
Currawong has a video and written review of Schiit’s Vali2 on Head-Fi. He and many others really like this little inexpensive amp. He also goes into a bit of detail around the various tubes you can roll through the Vali 2. I tagged this as an audiophile device based on reviews from Currawong and from discussions with others. I actually know of two folks (who shall remain nameless) who actually prefer this over their other $1,000 amp stages.
Pros: Small, cheap, powers even HE1000s like it owns them and IEMs are also OK. Entertaining, slightly loose sound. Huge range of tubes can be rolled.
Cons: Stock tube is so-so. Pre-amp isn’t great. Casing has sharp edges. Your GF/wife will steal it and you’ll have to buy a second one.
Vali 2 Review
Paddy Carroll has posted a great review of this fantastic DAC. You can read this review over at Headphone.guru.
Review of the Yggdrasil