Magni 2

Discrete, High Power Headphone Amplifier

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AC Adapter

$99

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STATUS:
Magni 2: 
in stock. Orders placed now ship in 1-3 business days.
Magni 2 Uber: in production.  Orders placed now will ship the week of 12/8/2016.

When we say “this is the only headphone amp you may ever need,” we mean it. Magni 2 builds on the performance of Magni, with even more refined sound and versatility, while Magni 2 Uber is now a complete desktop control center with preamp capability and even more power. 

Ready For Any Headphone
Both Magni 2 and Magni 2 Uber are ready for any headphone, from IEMs to hard-to-drive orthodynamics. Switchable gain provides the fine control and low noise floor you need for sensitive headphones, as well as the power you need for hard-to-drive high-impedance headphones and orthos.
 
Even Better Sound and Performance
Both Magni 2 and Magni 2 Uber use a newly refined, fully discrete, constant-feedback gain stage. Yeah, we know, it sounds like engineering. But it’s important. Not only are Magni 2 and Magni 2 Uber the only fully-discrete amps in their price class, they also use a new gain stage with constant feedback across the entire audio band. No op-amp can claim to do this. In addition, Magni 2 Uber’s gain stage is even more sophisticated, for higher performance. Both are fully DC coupled, with no capacitors in the signal path.
 
A Complete Desktop Control Center: Magni 2 Uber
If you need preamp outputs for powered desktop monitors (or for connecting to any power amplifier), or if you want even more power and performance, step up to Magni 2 Uber. With a more sophisticated gain stage and 3x larger power supply, it delivers power and performance far beyond anything at its price.
 
Made in USA
By “made in USA,” we mean made in USA. The vast majority of the total production cost of Magni 2 and Magni 2 Uber—chassis, boards, assembly, etc—goes to US companies manufacturing in the US. Our board house is 20 minutes away from our office, and our chassis guys are just over the hill in the Valley. Yep, the wall warts are from China, but there you go. There is some give and take to reach this price point.
 
2-Year Warranty and 15-Day Return Policy
Magni2 and Magni 2 Uber are covered by a limited warranty that covers parts and labor for two years. That’s 2x the coverage of most amps in this price range. And, if you don’t like your Magni, you can still send it back for a refund, minus 15% restocking fee, within 15 days of receiving your amp.
 
On B Stock
When we have products with minor cosmetic flaws, we will sell them here as "B-Stock". If you choose the B-Stock option to save some money, please note that it is not eligible for the 15-day return. However, the full warranty applies.

Magni 2

Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.1db, 2Hz-200KHz, -3dB

Maximum Power, 16 ohms: 1.8W RMS per channel
Maximum Power, 32 ohms: 1.2W RMS per channel

Maximum Power, 50 ohms: 1.0W RMS per channel

Maximum Power, 300 ohms: 260mW RMS per channel

Maximum Power, 600 ohms: 130mW RMS per channel

THD: Less than 0.003%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 1V RMS

IMD: Less than 0.004%, CCIF

SNR: Greater than 102db, unweighted, referenced to 1V RMS

Crosstalk: -70dB, 20 Hz-20KHz

Output Impedance: Less than 0.2 ohms

Gain: 1.5 (3db) or 6 (15.6db), selectable via rear switch
Topology: Fully discrete FET/bipolar, constant feedback through audio band, Class AB, DC coupled throughout

Protection: Standard failsafe DC power input and muting relay

Power Supply: “Wall wart” style 8VA 16VAC transformer, regulated +/- 15V rails 
with over 4,000uF filter capacitance
Power Consumption: 4W

Size: 5 x 3.5 x 1.25”

Weight: 1 lb
 
Magni 2 Uber
 
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.1db, 2Hz-250KHz, -3dB

Maximum Power, 16 ohms: 2.1W RMS per channel
Maximum Power, 32 ohms: 1.5W RMS per channel

Maximum Power, 50 ohms: 1.2W RMS per channel

Maximum Power, 300 ohms: 320mW RMS per channel

Maximum Power, 600 ohms: 160mW RMS per channel

THD: Less than 0.002%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 1V RMS

IMD: Less than 0.003%, CCIF

SNR: Greater than 104db, unweighted, referenced to 1V RMS

Crosstalk: -70dB, 20 Hz-20KHz

Output Impedance: Less than 0.2 ohms

Gain: 1.5 (3db) or 6 (15.6db), selectable via rear switch
Preamp Output: Yes, controlled by volume pot and switched via headphone jack
Topology: Fully discrete FET/bipolar, constant feedback through audio band, complementary VAS drive, Class AB, DC coupled throughout

Protection: Standard failsafe DC power input and muting relay

Power Supply: “Wall wart” style 24VA 14VAC transformer, regulated +/-15V rails, with over 6,000uf filter capacitance
Power Consumption: 5W

Size: 5 x 3.5 x 1.25”

Weight: 1 lb

Wait, you added more features to Magni and it’s still $99? 
Yep. Development improves the breed. Plus, if nobody else is going to compete with us, we figured that we’d go ahead and do it.

Now you’re just being cheeky!
Yes. You’re right. Sorry about that. Seriously, Magni 2 addresses one of the limitations of Magni: it adds a gain switch, so that it’s more usable with highly sensitive headphones. While we were at it, we had another look at the gain stage and refined it. And, while we were at that, we made a “do-all” Magni with preamp outputs and a bigger transformer and an even more refined gain stage. And we liked that, too. So we decided to introduce both of them.
 
So what’s the difference between Magni 2 and Magni 2 Uber?
Lots of things. Let’s break it down:
 
Preamp Outputs: Uber has them, standard doesn’t.
Gain Stage: Uber has a complementary-input VAS, standard doesn’t.
Power Supply: Uber has 3x the transformer (24VA vs 8VA) and 1.6x the filter capacitance (6,400 vs 4,000uF), as well as more sophisticated regulators (programmable vs fixed)
Chassis: Uber gets an aluminum top cover and solid aluminum milled knob, standard is painted steel and an aluminum-covered plastic knob.
 
Isn’t this just a trick to get us to buy a Magni Uber for $50 more?
Um, no. If you don’t need preamp outputs, you’re gonna be plenty happy with Magni 2, no matter what headphones you use. It’s probably the only amp anyone really needs, but because we don’t live in a regime where the Headphone Amp Commissar decides what headphone amp you’re going to get, we have a lot more choices as well. 
 
So did you say these amps will drive any headphone?
Yes. Except maybe the HE-6. That’s about it.
 
Including hard-to-drive orthos?
Yes.
 
Including IEMs?
Yes.
 
So you probably cheaped out and left the protection off this amp, or something stupid like that, right?
No. Magni 2 and Magni 2 Uber have relay mute for delayed startup and fast shut-down. You can leave your headphones plugged in all the time. Magni 2 Uber also automatically disconnects the preamp outputs when you plug headphones in. Amazing things, switches.
 
What the hell is a Magni?
In Norse mythology, Magni was one of Thor’s sons. There’s this amazing resource called Wikipedia. You may have heard of it.
 
I want a combined DAC/amp! Why didn’t you put a DAC in here?
We did. They’re just in a different chassis and costs another $99-149. They’re called “Modi 2” or “Modi 2 Uber” Stack the two and tell yourself it’s a combined DAC/Amp for $198-298. Mix n match to get exactly what you want. Ha. Try that with a combined DAC/amp. Oh, yeah, and only scrap the DAC when technology changes. Try that with a combined DAC/amp, too. Yeah. Thought so.
 
Hey, so does that mean I can plug in some uber-special, gold-plated, cryo-treated, 85-lb 2000VA wall wart and have even better performance?
Unless you know what you’re doing, we don’t recommend that. Magni2 and Magni 2 Uber use an AC wall wart. Most are DC. DC won’t work.
  
Let’s talk tech. What’s the big deal about discrete design?
Discrete design allows us to create a DC-coupled stage with excellent power output and low output impedance, as well as good performance. It also allows us to do things we could never do with op-amps, like design a stage with constant feedback across the audio band.  
 
What’s the big deal about “constant feedback?”
Magni 2 and Magni 2 Uber use a gain stage that has an open-loop bandwidth greater than 20kHz. That means that the feedback is constant across the entire audio band. By comparison, most op-amps start rolling off at 10-100Hz, which means there could be 20-30dB less feedback at high gain. 
  
What’s this about DC coupling?
Magni has no capacitors in the signal path at all—that’s what we mean by DC coupling. It uses a DC servo to eliminate DC on the output, which is a more sophisticated method than using coupling caps.
 
But I heard all amps sound the same! You’re bullshitting us!
If it’s your experience that all amps sound the same, that’s cool. There are plenty of other options out there, including the one that came in your phone, for free.
How to Get $6,500 Out of a $650 Sound System
Roy Furchgott, Maxim Magazine
"Pump that richer sound through a clean, powerful amp like the Schiit Magni 2, which includes a gain switch so it’s quieter for sensitive headphones or more powerful for hard-to-drive cans (I’m lookin’ at you, orthodynamic headphones). It also has outputs for powered speakers, so you can rock a small room."

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Here's a pair of high-end yet affordable components from Schiit Audio
Steve Guttenberg, CNET Audiophiliac

"The Schiit Magni 2 Uber headphone amp and Modi 2 Uber digital converter are downright affordable, but still qualify as legitimate high-end audio components."

"Next, I tried my Oppo PM-3 headphones with the Magni 2 Uber/ Modi 2 Uber stack, and the headphone's newfound transparency took by breath away. This headphone is the one to beat for the price (US $400, UK £349, AU$549). Pairing it with the two little Schiits is the most affordable way to unleash the PM-3's sound potential."

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The Magni 2U & Modi 2U By Schiit
Smit Patel, Headfonics

"Overall, the Schiit Magni 2U and the Schiit Modi 2U are a mini-powerhouse that truly shatters the general price performance ratio by putting many higher models to shame. Having recently reviewed the Fiio Q1, I thought I would not find a DAC/Amp that would perform as well as it does for its price alone but the Schiit stack definitely challenges my initial thoughts. I was not only surprised by the levels of transparency but also the hi-fidelity sound that can be attained for only $300."

 
"Coupled to this, the build quality of both the Schiit Magni 2U Amp and the Schiit Modi 2U DAC is simply outstanding with a well-implemented brushed aluminium chassis. Next to the polished looking PlusSound Cloud Nine amp, the Schiit stack looks decidedly classier with durability infused with functionality."

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Comparison of Mid-Fi DAC/Amp Combination Units
Marv (aka Purrin)

Compared to Grace M9xx, JDSLabs Element, LHLabs Geek Out V2 Infinity, iFi Nano iDSD

"Best stage of the bunch. The deepest, but not overly wide. Crisp controlled attacks and transients with good bite. Despite bass being a tiny bit leaner than the best, dense tones, and nuanced with excellent gradations of sound levels."

Start at the linked post and scroll down for subjective impressions and intangibles.

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What is a DAC, and Do You Need One?
G. Clay Whittaker, Popular Science

"FOR $200 YOU MAY NEVER GO BACK TO MEDIOCRE SOUND AGAIN"

"Across the board, boy was the sound crisp. Movie soundtracks took on new depths. I heard subtleties in the dialogue of Hannibal Lecter in “Silence of the Lambs” and picked up on previously unheard parts of tracks off a favorite Weezer album."

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