Schiit heresy vs atom

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Schiit Magni Heresy - Amp - Official Thread

Some high level, simple, thoughts on the Magni Heresy … which I will elaborate on in a more detailed review in the near future.

From a “sound” perspective, I found Magni Heresy to be audibly indistinguishable from the JDS Labs Atom and the Geshelli Archel 2 Pro. This was with precision level-matched, assisted blind comparison using both headphones within the reasonable power-limits of the Geshelli unit and IEMs.

No hiss or noise at all here, even with pathologically sensitive/fussy IEMs and the volume cranked to a point that, were music playing, it’d be instant hearing damage time.

With more demanding headphones the Geshelli runs out of steam first, particularly with less sensitive, higher impedance, dynamic headphones. The Atom falls next, though we’re now talking about headphones like the LCD-4, AB Phi TC and HE6 at higher volumes. But here the Magni Heresy is still presenting a clean, unfussed and dynamic result even beyond levels that are safe for more than a minute or so’s listening.

Feature wise, they all have selectable gains, at sensible, useful levels, so that’s a wash.

The Atom and Archel 2 Pro have dual inputs (one RCA and one mm).

The Magni Heresy and Atom both have pre-outs. Though the Atom, curiously, seems to have its pre-outs tapped from the headphone output (or at least post-gain stage) rather than pre-gain stage. This adds noise and may present issues for analog inputs that don’t have much headroom.

Build wise, the Geshelli looks more like a nicely executed hobby projected, the Atom is plastic and relatively nondescript, and the Magni Heresy is in a much more polished custom metal enclosure.

And then on price, the Magni Heresy and Atom are the same $ The Geshelli unit is 50% more expensive at $ - which is rather hard to justify vs. the Atom or the Magni given the difference in features, power and finish.

For me, from a sound and function perspective, the Magni Heresy would be my pick of these three. It’s audibly indistinguishable from the others, meaningfully more powerful than either, has a more useful pre-amp implementation, a nicer build, and is tied for lowest-price.

Next I’d take the Atom, for similar reasons vs. the Geshelli unit.

An additional, non-trivial (for me), factor is that if I was building a mini desktop rig, I’m aesthetically sensitive enough to want a form-factor/aesthetic matching DAC. That’s available for the Magni Heresy and the Geshelli Archel 2 Pro, but not currently for the Atom.

In short, for budget desktop amps, and/or for those with a particular bias towards measurements and “objective” comparison, the Magni Heresy is, for me, the current “final word” on the matter, and the easiest of the three to recommend on those grounds.

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I bought a JDS Lab Atom, to use as a preamp. The Atom applies a gain of x, so * = V, well beyond my power amp requirements. I compared it with a Mark Levinson 28 preamp that has a max output voltage of 6V and applies a gain of 12 dB (4x), so V * 4 = V.

JDS Labs Atom is a high-power Amplifier for headphones, made to drive almost anything under the sun, or under the moon, because it does have its limits. The unit is really well balanced, and overall, feels much more high-end than the price point would make you expect.

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Atom vs Nova as a headphone amp

I am surprised it drives the LCD4 as well as you sayt as it stuggles to bring my Focals alive but thats good for you. I dont have any LCD4 to directly compare but my experiences with my Focals, Meze and AKG is that the RME and Schiit Heresy are my preferred listen. Both have no noise what so ever even at full volume. I find bass has more punch and presence but not unbalanced, they are more rounded presentation with lots fo detail. The Atom is good dont get me wrong but I find it lacklustre compared to the others and I prefer the more neutral presentation that both the dedicted headphone systems give and I spend a lot of time on them as a result. Part of that is the Atom is not located in a place where I can easily use headphones but also when I did first start to use it I would just loose interest. So I decided to try dedicated and not looked back since. If you happy then thats all that matters, we all have different hearing tastes and its a nice one box solution I suppose. Its why I got it, but its for speakers for me, and here it shines.

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Reviews for Magni

Schiit Happens: Magni Heresy Review

Jules B, TLR Technology

"Let me wrap up this review with a few quotes. The first is “Good audio is getting cheap, and cheap audio is getting good” and this is becoming very true. It is in my opinion extremely hard to get an amp that sounds this good cheaper. In fact, I don’t think you can buy any amp new cheaper that’s on par with the Heresy. 

 

I fully believe the Heresy can be the end game headphone amp for many people. The Heresy has more than enough power to drive just about any headphone, it sounds amazing and stays cool to the touch. I’m not sure you could really ask for anything more… Maybe a balanced connector, but here is the kicker. The noise level in the Heresy is already so low you really wouldn’t hear any benefits going balanced."

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Get AMPed! WaveTheory's Roundup of (most) <$ Head Amps

INTRODUCTION

Promises Kept

I’ve cranked out several reviews of <USD headphone amplifiers recently and in a few of those reviews promised some more detailed comparison thoughts of those amps. This post is the delivery on that promise. The competitors are: JDS Labs Atom, Monolith Liquid Spark, Topping L30, Geshelli Labs Archel 2 GMR, iFi Zen CAN, Schiit Magnius, Schiit Asgard 3. There was a stretch in early December where I had all of those amps in-house at the same time. The Atom, Liquid Spark, Zen CAN, and Asgard 3 are all personal purchases. The L30, GMR, and Magnius were loans from Apos Audio, Geshelli Labs, and Schiit, respectively. See my reviews of those three for the relevant disclaimers and declarations. Yes, there are other amps that exist in this category that are not part of this round-up. Notable omissions include the two $99 pieces of Schiit: the Magni 3+ and Magni Heresy, and the new Topping A50s (which is actually $, but will likely go on sale for < with some regularity). I am only human and do so many at once, afterall ;p. Apos is planning to send me an A50s sometime in early

Some Early Commentary

If you’re plugged into the audiophile world in and now early , you’ve likely heard the phrase “good audio is getting cheap and cheap audio is getting good.” This collection of headphone amps provides some pretty good evidence of that claim. Even the amps that fall below the averaged standard of this group outperform many of the more expensive headphone amps that existed even a decade ago. Another familiar term “a rising tide lifts all boats” is another pertinent and more general expression that applies here. Simply put, the bar for headphone amplifier performance has been raised significantly. All of the amps in this roundup sound better than headphone amps from 10+ years ago at this price point. The comparisons that follow are therefore all relative to each other and with respect to the early state of budget headphone amplifyery (yeah, made up word), not in comparison to all headphone amps that exist right now.

I’ll first introduce each amplifier, in ascending order of cost. As part of those introductions I’ll include pros and cons and a ‘recommended for’ summary. Then, I’ll use a graphical ranking system and follow it with some limited commentary. At the end I’ll give my bottom line.

THE COMPETITORS (Skip this if you’re familiar with these models)

SONIC PERFORMANCE RANKING

My posts get long – LOL. So, this time I’ll take a “a picture is worth a thousand words” approach and use a visual ranking. This image conveys my ranking, as well as my subjective opinion on the magnitude of the differences, of the sonic performance of these amps. Note that this ranking is a comparison within this grouping and not with all headphone amps in existence. Also note that the distances between just mentioned have no official scale but are at least close to something approximating scale. Also, these positions are what I think as of this writing. As my tastes change I reserve the right to move these around a bit.

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The Zen CAN was arguably the hardest to position because condensing its performance into some sort of “overall” metric is tough. It sounds very different with low-impedance loads than with high-impedance loads. Yet even with low-impedance loads its quality is quite good above ~Hz and falls back in this pack under that same frequency. It’s above Hz, low-impedance performance is slightly superior to the Magnius but in overall performance I have to drop it below the Magnius. With appropriate load and above Hz the Zen CAN has more natural timbre than Magnius. The Zen CAN generally sounded more lifelike while they Magnius sounded sterile and flat at times. But, the Zen CAN absolutely cannot compete with the Magnius’s bass performance. For me that’s such an important aspect of sound that I had to drop the Zen CAN overall in the rankings. The advantage the Magnius has over Zen CAN in this one area is much bigger than the advantage the Zen CAN has over Magnius in any other area. I also thought long and hard about whether I should rank the CAN above or below the GMR, but given that Zen CAN’s performance is so conditional I would recommend the GMR over the Zen CAN for general use. Simply put the GMR will match better with a wider range of headphones than Zen CAN will.

The Atom gained more of my respect in this showdown. In particular, its spatial performance belies its price. That staging is relatively wide and coherent with solid imaging and separation. It doesn’t touch Asgard (none of them do), but it’s closer to the GMR, Magnius, and Zen CAN than the price difference might lead you to believe. It lags behind those others in things like detail retrieval and dynamic impact, though. However, Atom might be a better performer in the bass regions that Zen CAN yet, regardless of load type. I’ll give the Atom the unofficial tag of “Lightweight Champion” of this grouping.

The Liquid Spark was not as consistently good as Atom with any one aspect of the sound but there were some headphones – again Beyer DT – where it climbed in the ranking because of how well it synergized. I think the Atom is technically superior more often than the Spark, but the Spark has some undeniable magic with certain cans. It also still has a unique sound to it that may attract some.

The Geshelli GMR gets my “Middleweight Champion” tag in this grouping. It’s an excellent all-arounder and is ‘middleweight’ because its price is the median of this grouping. I thought its timbre and detail retrieval were very close to the more expensive Magnius but could not quite match the soundstage width, imaging, or impact that Magnius brought.

The two amps I haven’t commented on individually yet are the L30 and Asgard 3. They both essentially break anything resembling a unifying price/performance metric in this grouping, and they do it in opposite directions. The L30 lags behind the rest of this grouping in subjective sonic performance to my ear. It’s too smooth, too afraid to offend, and rolls off the bass too much. The Asgard 3 is just a stunner. I eventually had to stop switching to it because every time I did I didn’t want to leave it. If I started a track on the Asgard 3, everything else was a letdown in comparison. It started putting so much distance between itself and the rest of the pack that I eventually just said, “Ok, you’re the clear winner. I’ll pay attention to these others now.” In my Magnius review, I remarked that it took awhile to separate the Magnius from the Asgard. I’m not contradicting that here. As listening time went on – this ‘shoutout’ went on beyond the time I spent specifically reviewing Magnius – it simply became clear that the Asgard 3 was on another level from the rest of these amps. The detail, speed and control, soundstage width, imaging and separation, and timbre, which is just about all aspects of the sound, were better on Asgard 3 than any of these other amps. With the disclaimer that I have not heard every amp in the category and with the further statement I’m happy to be wrong because it means we all win, I’ll say this: the Schiit Asgard 3 is the best sounding headphone amplifier you can buy for $, and they sell it for $ Schiit caught lightning in a bottle with Asgard 3. “Heavyweight Champion” of this grouping, if that wasn’t clear, lol.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This price category is tough with recommendations, to be completely honest. At the true entry level, between the Atom and the Liquid Spark here (probably throw in the newer Schiit Magni models too, which are not here) it’s a tough call. The Atom is probably better with more headphones than Spark, but you can’t really go wrong with any of these entry-level units anymore. The performance jump up to the Asgard 3 is big, though; like really Really REALLY big. If you live in a country where Schiit is easy to obtain (which unfortunately has to be said because as of this writing Schiit’s international distribution is :poop: ), it’s hard for me to truly recommend any of the amps that hang out around $ For my money it’s grab a $99 amp (really, just pick one), or save for Asgard 3. That does not mean that those middle-priced units are bad or are not worth their asking price. The GMR is a solid performer, but the gap between the Atom/Spark and the GMR is smaller than the gap between the GMR and Asgard 3.

Am I a Schiit shill? No. Am I an Asgard 3 shill? Yes. I’ll wear that label until someone launches a product that beats it at this price. I’m ‘shilling’ it because I truly believe it’s the best option under USD. I actually look forward to the day when that’s no longer true because that product, whatever it is, will be some kind of monster.

OK, that’s it. Thanks again for reading everyone and enjoy the music! :beers:

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