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Most tube OLT amplifiers are created solely to drive power-hungry headphones. The Schiit Valhalla 2 isn't that. It can be used with sensitive, lower-impedance headphones as well. You can use it with Grados, AKGs and various IEMs. You may even like it with high-efficiency planars like the LCD-X, LCD-XC, Oppo PM-1 and HE-400.
Add some "tube magic" to your powered monitors with the Valhalla 2's preamp outs. You can match your headphone's output and impedance to this amplifier easily with the gain switch.
Spoiler Alert: The Valhalla 2 is exceptionally accurate, resolving and neutral. It does not have that syrupy, pleasing coloured tube sound.
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20Hz-20Khz, -0.1db
|MAXIMUM POWER||180mW RMS per channel (50 ohms)
800mW RMS per channel (300 ohms)
450mW RMS per channel (600 ohms)
|THD||< 0.02%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 1V RMS, high gain (worst case)|
|IMD||< 0.03%, CCIF at 1V RMS, high gain (worst case)|
|SNR||> 98db, unweighted, referenced to 1V RMS, low gain|
|CROSSTALK||< -71dB, 20 Hz-20KHz|
|OUTPUT IMPEDANCE||14 ohms (hi gain), 3.5 ohms (lo gain)|
|INPUT IMPEDANCE||100K ohms|
|GAIN||7 (16.9db) or 1.5 (3.5 db), via rear switch|
|TOPOLOGY||All-triode, noninverting, single voltage gain stage, current source biased front end and optimized WCF output stage, DC-coupled input|
|WEIGHT||3.17kg (7 lbs)|
Schiit - Valhalla 2
No, not completely. At typical listening levels, with high efficiency headphones, the low output impedance and higher current capability of Valhalla 2 mean you might be surprised by the sound.
We infuse each of the electrons in Valhalla with special powertrode ions, which gives the output super-strength. Each milli-amp of current in Valhalla is actually worth many amps of current in other amps.
Okay, fine, we’ll take our pills. Ahem. There’s really no magic. We just spent a long time optimizing both the input and output topology to maximize current delivery, and to reduce output impedance. This entailed quite a few tweaks to the common-cathode front end, adding a new negative voltage rail and current source to up the overall gain, and also changes to the White cathode follower output.
No, actually, we aren’t. To really understand our serious answers, you’ll need to learn engineerese, I’m afraid.
In simpler numbers: 2-8x lower output impedance, 8x lower distortion, 2x more current delivery, and lower noise. In simpler terms: while Valhalla was marginal-to-bad with IEMs and low-impedance headphones, Valhalla 2 is better. It’s not the be-all and end-all, but it’s now a much more well-rounded amp.
Valhalla is still going to be at its best with high-impedance headphones like the 300 ohm Sennheisers and 250-600 ohm Beyers. With up to 60V p-p output capability, it can light up high-impedance headphones.
The preamp outputs are automatically turned off when you plug in your headphones. Unplug your headphones to use the pre outs.
There’s a toggle switch on the back of the amp.
Yes! The standard 6N1P input tubes can be subbed out for any 6DJ8/6922/ECC88/ECC85/6BZ7 types, including NOS, cryo-treated, voodoo-blessed, hand-assembled by elves, etc.
No. The slow turn-on and turn-off characteristics of tubes and limited current capability means there's no muting relay—which is the same for pretty much every tube OTL headphone amp out there. While there is DC on the output at turn-on and turn-off, it is on the order of 100mV into 32-ohm headphones. If you are concerned about this, unplug your headphones before turning the amp off, and wait 30 seconds or so after you turn Valhalla 2 on to plug in.
Have you ever heard a tube amp?
We are serious. Have you ever heard a tube amp?
Okay, we see where this is going. Bottom line, we make both highly-capable, completely-neutral-by-the-measurements, inexpensive solid state amps, and wacky tube and tube hybrid amps. Why? Because some people like solid state, and some people like tubes. You know, like some people like Camrys and some like Corvettes. Like some people like Budweiser, and some people like Bordeaux. Amazing thing, the world, full of so many different experiences and so many different opinions of them. Is one right, and another wrong? If so, who is the arbiter? Bottom line, if you don’t agree with our approach, there are tons of other options out there. Have fun, and we hope you find one that fits your desires perfectly.
Don't sweat it, this Schiit Valhalla 2 comes with a 5 year warranty from Schiit that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.
Read more about Schiit's warranty in India.
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Valahalla 2 is most flexible choice i ever made for my budget. I use HD 800 which it drives amazingly good.I am not missing anything in terms of clarity,punch,width ,separation and details(of course maintaining the original character).This amp drives away the mushiness of my high impedance cans.
Yeah, it sure heats up like hell which shouldn't bother you once you wanted to go for tubes.
Thank you Headphone Zone and thank you Schiit, a damn good Schiit i say.
I had to wait a little longer than expected to get it but the service was great. It is my first tube amp, hence I had some problems in inserting the tubes in the amp, I was wondering the I would break the amp if I put too much pressure on it and instructions provided weren't all that great. Other than that, this amp pairs very well with the exceptional hd600.
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