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Some cheap (and even expensive) tube amps don’t use tubes to their full potential, “starving” them with low plate voltages or using op-amp buffers for output. Not the Schiit Vali 2. It uses a unique, class-leading power supply that gives you 60V on the plate. Along with a fully discrete, current-mode noninverting hybrid topology, this amp redefines what you can expect from an affordable tube amp, even at twice its price.
The Vali 2 comes with a single NOS 6BZ7 tube, which can be swapped for other Schitt tubes to “roll” the sound to your own preference. It delivers 1W into 32 ohms for hard-to-drive headphones—while providing a low gain mode for low-noise performance with sensitive headphones. You can also use the preamp outputs to add a tube preamp to your power amp or powered monitors.
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20Hz-20Khz, -0.2db
|MAXIMUM POWER||1300mW RMS per channel (16 ohms)
1000mW RMS per channel (32 ohms)
650mW RMS per channel (50 ohms)
270mW RMS per channel (300 ohms)
270mW RMS per channel (600 ohms)
|THD||<0.03%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 1V RMS, low gain|
|IMD||<0.05%, CCIR, low gain|
|SNR||>99db, unweighted, referenced to 1V RMS, low gain|
|OUTPUT IMPEDANCE||1.2 ohms in low gain mode, 5.8 ohms in high gain mode|
|INPUT IMPEDANCE||50K ohms|
|GAIN||5 (14dB) or 1.25 (2dB)|
|TOPOLOGY||Tube voltage gain with convolved bipolar current mode inverter and discrete bipolar class AB output stage|
|PROTECTION||Delayed start and fast shut-down with muting relay|
|WEIGHT||453g (1 lb)|
Schiit - Vali 2
Yes, we see you have a good grasp of the particulars of this amp. Congratulations! You probably do very well in school.
Yes. Pretty much. It may not be ideal, say, for HiFiMan HE-6s, which are very, very hard to drive. Beyond that, yep, it’s a great little tube amp that you can use with almost anything.
Yep! Or a power amp. It’s a nice little single-input tube hybrid preamp.
About 5,000 hours, give or take. Probably longer in Vali 2, since the tubes are run very conservatively. And…don’t panic. Humans lived for decades with only this electronic technology at their disposal. We even went into space and stuff with it.
You replace it. We sell single 6BZ7 tubes, matched to 2%, for $10. But there are a lot of other options out there, including 6DJ8, 6922, ECC88, 2492, and even more. Pretty much any tube with a 6DJ8 pinout, 6V heater, and 600mA or less of heater current will work fine in Vali 2. Beyond that, we don't speculate which tubes are "best."
Good question! The tubes we use are “double triodes,” meaning they have two triodes per tube (how else could a single tube work in a stereo amp?) The two triodes inside each tube have to be matched for gain, or else there may be some channel imbalance. When you order tubes for rolling, make sure both triodes are matched (some tube resellers call them “sections.”)
That’s fine. The tubes we supply are very nice. Sit back, relax, and enjoy them!
No. Vali 2 has a relay mute for delayed startup and fast shut-down. You can leave your headphones plugged in all the time.
Think again. Vali 2’s power supply is 100% linear, with regulation on every voltage rail. A unique wall-wart with 2 AC voltages allows us to provide for the needs of the tube heater, the low-voltage rail for the output, and the high-voltage rail for the tube. You may have noticed the funny DIN-plug connector on the amp. Hey, at least you won’t mistake this wall-wart for anything else!
Yes, it does. Welcome to tube amps.
Sure you can, but why? Magni 2 Uber is a better, more powerful, and less expensive choice for a solid-state amp.
Are you going to let others think for you, or are you going to listen for yourself?
In Norse mythology, Vali is the son of Odin and the giantess Rindr. There’s this amazing resource called Wikipedia. You may have heard of it.
We did. It’s just in a different chassis and costs another $99 or $249. It’s called “Modi" or "Modi Multibit." Stack with Vali 2 for a combined tube hybrid DAC/Amp.
Don't sweat it, this Schiit Vali 2 comes with a 2 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.
"To sum this all up, the Schiit Vali 2 is a fun, relatively affordable, little all-arounder. Unpack the box and get great sound, not a lot different than a good solid state amp."Read More
I decided to purchased an entry level tube amp / preamp after sitting on the fence for far too long, the Vali2 fits the bill just fine. The tonal quality isnt too much like the more capable elder brothers from Schiit but the soundscape is very nicely handled, the mids are where the Vali2 shines. My setup need this to be used as a Headphone amp aswell as a PreAmp (trying to squeeze the most of the tube from Vali2) it doesnt shine in the preamp section. The PreAmp matching to a PowerAmp is really difficult and the circuit switching to the tube produces a buzz each time scaring the hell out of you and your speakers. Its best to avoid using it as a PreAmp. The Amp itself works very well and you get what you pay for. 5 stars for the Vali2 as a Headphone Amp and 2 stars as a PreAmp.
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The story of Schiit Audio begins with two veteran audiophiles Jason Stoddard, formerly of Sumo, and Mike Moffat, formerly of Theta coming together to shake things up a bit. Both of them have extensive experience in developing lots of audio and A/V products including the Andromeda III, Cobalt 307, DS Pre and Angstrom 200. From power amplifiers, I/V conversion stages, D/A converters, relay-switched stepped attenuator volume controls in preamps to developing the first DTS home theatre surround processor on the market, Schiit Audio has developed a lot of audio products over the years.
Headphones are the need of the hour everyone who likes music uses a headphone. Therefore Schiit Audio moved to develop personal audio equipment while continuing to design a speaker-based system which includes the industry-leading preamps, amps and DACs. So right now Schiit Audio has a plethora of audio products ranging from personal audio to speaker-based systems. Schiit designs affordable audio products that bring happiness in your lives.
Unlike ordinary DACs that use delta-sigma, NOS (new old stock) D/A chips, multibit chips, high-cost R2R ladders, Schiit uses unique DSP-based closed-form digital filter which improves the sonic performance of the multibit DAC. Therefore the Schiit's multibit technology brings all of it together using the current-production, medical/military grade D/A converters.
Schiit has opted for an innovative approach for the analog side as well. Even the most affordable Schiit headphone amplifier is a miniature, fully discrete, DC coupled, current-feedback power amplifier. Schiit is credited for introducing Continuity output stage to solve the issue of transconductance droop which was common in Class AB amplifier design. Schiit has also developed balanced topologies like Nexus in Ragnarok 2 and a perfect combination of tube and solid-state with Coherence in Lyr 3.
All the Schiit products are designed for solidity and durability. Even the smallest of the products are made of aluminium and steel while the larger products are made of high-end C core transformers, power supply filtering and low-noise control. All the products have to go through severe testing procedures including the latest APx555 audio analyzer and Avermetrics analyzers. Every product from Asgard and up goes through burn-in to address the issues faced during the initial period of usage. Schiit takes care of all the service and support requirements so that you can concentrate on great sound.
Schiit believes that local control of all the aspects of production improves the delivering of the product. Therefore all the Schiit products are designed and made in the USA and most of the cost of the components are going to the US-based companies. Assembled in the USA means that Schiit's chassis guys are from San Fernando Valley, Schiit transformers are made in California, Schiit boards come from the east coast of the USA and all the designing, assembling and testing of Schiit products happen in Valencia, California.
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