Kinda early but I’m curious also...note that major mags seemingly (I might have missed it if they did) haven’t reviewed a Vidar amp or a Freya preamp (I have one of those) although Schiit does buy adds, so one does seem to have to wait until users talk about them.
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I had one. Was wishing it would be wonderful, but unfortunately was not so in my system. I ran it continuously for 12 days before critical listening, although I didn’t notice a big difference after. But it did not mix well for me. Maybe if I’d tried other power cords, but with 15 day return policy I chose not to keep iterating. Build quality is excellent and it is very substantial for its size. It did put out quite a bit of heat. I liked the orientation of the speaker terminals with holes going from the sides instead of vertical - nice touch since the pairs are located above/below each other. Of course YMMV, so don’t hesitate to give it a try.
My speakers are Def Tech ProMonitor 100, plus powered sub cutting in at 90 Hz. Efficiency is quoted as 90-91 dB. Impedance is quoted as 4-8 ohm. I’d really like to see a 10 kHz square wave response from this amp because it seemed the percussion (like snare hits) were all the same instead of subtle differences I hear with other amps. As I said YMMV. I’m elated if it sounds wonderful for others.
Def Tech ProMonitor 100
Hmmmm! judging amps with cheap wall mount, surround sound 5" two ways, I wouldn't base a judgement using these.
Yes, I paid shipping both ways. You must get the RMA from them before the 15 days expire. Excellent customer service by the way. A class act. Here’s a link to the return policy. https://www.schiit.com/about/faq/returns
rockrider, please no offense, but I totally agree with George on this one, and I have heard your speakers and matching sub. Yes, they can show you amplifier differences, but the real nuances of music, not a reviewers pair of speakers. I also believe that some products require longer break in than others. Please tell us what amplifier you are using with your Def Techs, prior to the Schiit ? Enjoy ! MrD.
Bstat, hey buddy. Have you actually heard the RP 600s, or are you going on all of the fabulous reviews ? I am a Klipsch guy, mostly the Heritage line. I have not heard them, but have a pair of earlier RB3s, maxed out by me, a few pair of maxed out Heresys, and my lovely, maxed out Lascalas. Did you change out your Vandys ? Enjoy ! MrD.
Haven't heard them directly, going by the numerous review from folks I trust.
I do have an upgrade plan in place for the 4 decade old Vandy 2Cs (alas, I don't think the Treo CT is in my future, so have to go bang for the buck route).
Next (buy 1 or 2 used Vandersteen 2wq subs - will be keeping an eye out for good deals on the interwebs) - in my mind these are a better deal than used REL T/9is overall (Vandies hit lower and have the high-pass x-overs with high level connections, also) Although RELs are prettier.
buy the Magnapan LRS
Klipsch RP600M - so I can switch between them and the maggies depending on my mood) Haven't figured out how to integrate the subs going between the 2 sets of speakers yet.
Then, if wife hasn't killed or divorced me at this point, will buy an Aegir for tweeter and mids duty and put the Pro amp on the woofers. Am looking forward to the day when this is all complete (likely a couple years) it took loads of research to come to this point.
I believe heavily, in class A amplification. I have had many in my lifetime, and still own a few. I have a HK Citation 12, that was worked on by an engineer buddy of mine from 30 years ago. He changed the amp to a 1 wpc class A amp, to run a pair of Stax top electrostatic headphones I owned, and listened to a lot, at that time. Sold the Stax, as my headphone listening time diminished, but then used the amp on my then pair of Klipsch Lascalas ( I have had several pair, and still own a pair ). I have not heard a better, purer, more lucid, amplifier, than this one, and I am not exaggerating. But, there is a problem. Although my Lascala’s are 104 db, determined at 1 meter from the speakers, and anechoically, I am a good 8-12 feet away ( I change my listening position often, based on the recordings ), and I do listen to both very dynamic music, and I listen louder than many. So, where am I going with this ? I believe you all know. So, although I love this amp, I do not use it. Keep in mind, the class a design keeps the output stages linear, 100 % of the time, but all class a amplifiers still sound different from one another. Be it as it may, this is true. The 1st watt is the most important watt, but if that is all you’ve got....well. Actually, the amp does do well with much of my music, and, I can keep it down a bit, so, I will be connecting it back up. Thank you for reading. Enjoy ! MrD.
No offence to Rockrider, but I concur on his speakers being the limiting factor. I’ve got a Schiit Vidar, and am amply impressed with the the, uh, amp.
I’ve read some owner’s opinions of the Aegir on SBAF forum, and there is a consensus that it bests the Vidar in all regards, but you need reasonably efficient speakers or a pair of the Aegirs as monoblocks.
Not to dismiss RR’s speaker system as I have not heard them in person, I believe I had a similar speaker type in the Polk RTI bookshelf’s. I had to slim down my system when we lived in a small condo many years ago. The RTIs sounded wonderful mated with a receiver. However, I’m not certain I would be inclined to hear actual amplifier differences. Much like our built in ceiling speakers in our kitchen. They sound great, but not resolving enough to hear no differences.
I hear that ELAC makes wonderful smaller speaker systems that have really high quality sound.