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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Hmmmm! judging amps with cheap wall mount, surround sound 5" two ways, I wouldn't base a judgement using these.
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.
I’ve refrained from posting my opinions online until I’ve sold my tube amp but now the lion is out of the bag.
I auditioned Aegir monoblocks with the goal of just testing it out due to my curiosity with good well designed class A solid state amp. Well never in my wildest dreams did I realize that it would be this good and would persuade me to sell my beloved Mayer 45/ 2A3 amp but thats exactly what happened.
Schiit has hit a major homerun with their Aegir Continuity amp. To my ears , it retains a lot of the great SET attributes I’ve come to love but with way less distortion ( especially IMD) way more dynamic headroom unraveling details I’ve never heard before with the Mayer amp.
Let me remind people that the Mayer amp is no slouch at all. In fact I always thought that it may be the best pure SET power amp on the planet. Fully transformer coupled ( interstaged) and insane choke filtered power supply that cost over 10k but Aegir monoblocks will by my new reference amplifier.
The best place to use tubes is in the preamp in my opinion. I’m using the Mayer 10y preamp to drive the Aegirs and it sounds great to my ears. Now I have way more speaker flexiblity and don’t have to worry about anymore tube maintenance or expensive power tubes.
After initiating this thread by inquiring about the Aegir’s. I spent a lot of time reading about the various class A amps like First Watt F7, First Watt J2 and Pass Labs XA 25. After much consternation, I decided to belly up to the bar and pop for the Pass XA-25. My Zu Omen’s have never sounded this good.. The speakers have disappeared!
Yeah, abery, it does look pretty impressive. I was somewhat shocked that Stereophile would put it in the Class A category, that’s really saying something. Right up there with the super expensive amps.
I’ve got the schiit Vidar, and almost can’t believe how good it sounds with 3 different pairs of speakers. Word is the Aegir has an amazing mid range and top end, superseding the Vidar.
For those in the market, if you have reasonably efficient speakers(say above 92 decibels) and are looking at class A amps for their sound, the 799 Aegir should be on the short list.
if you’ve got a budget of a few grand or more, the best strategy is to get as much speaker as you can afford. I’ve seen people get a pair of $99 Andrew Jones Pioneer speakers and then go spend $2500 on a Parasound amp. That would be the wrong way to go.
I love my Dennis Had tube amp (I actually own two of the things) but have been curious about the Pass XA25 having read so much about it...I want one. However, at one fifth the cost, the Aegir might have to get bumped to first place in my curiosity contest as it seems so interesting, and my 99db speakers should match it well. Hmmmm....
AQ Rocket 44’s are my main speaker cables and do really well with the Vidar. I’d be jones’n for some Aegirs too if my speakers were more efficient!
Thus my Jones like behaviour is limited to the new Freya +. I keep telling myself that the balanced inputs will make the Gungnir(who comes up with these names??) even better.
Jones yerself into 2 Aegirs maybe as that uses the balanced outs from your Freya + (I can’t use those as my power amp is RCAs only...damn...). The fact that the now "Class A Rated" (oh yeah, uh huh) Aegir is so amazingly (relatively) inexpensive I imagine lots of buyers will fork over the extra 800 clams for the second one. Is there any other Class A (ish) 80 wpc rig for $1,600 out there? I wish they’d stick stereo balanced inputs on the Aegir as I do prefer balanced whenever possible, and the XLR outs on my "original version" Freya look sad and lonesome.