Choosing An Amp

It's that simple

Okay, so you want to get better sound, and you need an amp. The problem is, we have a whole bunch of them! And there are tubes and solid state, and high powered options to choose from. So, how do you pick the best amp for your headphones? Well, let's boil it down by model:

Magni 2/Magni 2 Uber, $99/$149. When we say "this may be the only headphone amp you ever need," we really mean it. Magni 2 and Magni 2 Uber will drive almost any headphone out there, including hard-to-drive planar magnetic headphones, and provide a gain switch for sensitive headphones, including IEMs.

Choose Magni 2/Magni 2 Uber for:

Most bang for the buck
Most headphones, from IEMs to planars
A complete desktop system with Magni 2 Uber's preamp outputs

Vali 2, $169. Want to get a taste of great tube sound, without the wallet-exploding price? Vali's for you. It's a very serious tubeamp, with a class-leading power supply, low noise for efficient headphones, and high power output for hard-to-drive headphones.

Choose Vali for:

Great tube sound, at a very low cost
The ability to "tube roll" and change the sound
Most headphones, from IEMs to planars

Asgard 2, $249. This is a pretty big step up from the Magni in terms of performance and functionality. Asgard 2 adds a gain switch, for better compatibility with earbuds and IEMs, and variable preamp outs so you can connect it to a set of desktop powered monitors, or a speaker amp.

Choose Asgard 2 for:

Exceptional resolution and performance 
A complete desktop control center
Most headphones, from sensitive IEMs to planars

Valhalla 2, $349. Now we get into tubes, and the old arguments about whether tubes sound better or not. We don't get into those arguments. We will say that tubes sound different. Some people like tubes, and some people don't. Valhalla 2 is a great tube amp that works very well with a wide range of headphones. 

Choose Valhalla for:

Exceptionally accurate tube sound
A complete desktop control center
High-impedance and low-impedance, high-sensitivity headphones

Lyr 2, $449. More tubes, this time with very high power output thanks to a hybrid design. Lyr 2 gives you more power than virtually any headphone needs, and is quite versatile for a wide variety of headphones.

Choose Lyr for:

Exceptional power and headroom
A complete desktop control center
A wide range of headphones, including very hard to drive orthodynamics

Mjolnir 2, $849. Mjolnir 2 is an end-game amplifier, offering end-game tube and solid-state performance, as well as both balanced and single-ended input and output. Choose to run 100% solid-state, or "roll" tubes to your preference. Use both single-ended and balanced headphones. It's your choice!

Choose Mjolnir for:

Unsurpassed flexibility
Exceptional power, dynamics, detail, and resolution
An end-game headphone/powered monitor system

Ragnarok, $1699. Ragnarok is a do-all integrated amp for headphones and speakers, providing the ultimate end-gameperformance for both. Compare to any amp on the market, at any price. With 5 inputs, balanced and single-ended headphone outputs, balanced and single-ended preamp outputs, and speaker terminals, it's one amp that is suitable for pretty much anything.

Choose Ragnarok for:

Ultimate detail, resolution, and accuracy
Ultimate power and headroom for headphones and for many speakers
Balanced and single-ended headphones and speakers