Well done Schiit! I will be recommending this model. Very nice. Any chance Schiit can offer a ~6" RCA cable with memory for bending for connecting a DAC to the headphone amp. Then we don't need to suggest going to JDS Labs to buy one. One stop shopping is where it's @.
These are cool.
They make cables for Schiit. No memory form factor, but I've had them and they work fine for a stack.
They used to offer this power supply:From an aesthetic point of view, it would be nice if Schiit made a DAC, HP AMP and a PSU that drives both - all with similar chassis so they can be stacked and avoid two clunky power adapters.
discrete and advanced op-amp designs on the table. Not in parts, from its high-spec, sorted potentiometer to high-end thin-film resistors and silicon capacitors. Not in looks, with an all-new steel chassis using advanced stamping techniques. Not in safety, with new protection systems help protect your best headphones. And not even in manufacturing, with USA suppliers and Corpus Christi, Texas production.
23 to 36 ohm which the amp can supplyThe Expanse are quite insensitive and low impedance, so when you get into ~115 dB SPL territory you'll reach the knee in the THD+N curve above which distortion will rise drastically.
Out of curiosity how long did it take for the issue to happen? If I am not mistaken Schiit has 2 years warranty, You refer to this as QC problem, why did you not send it back?Hate to nitpick, but as a long time customer of Schmitt Audio products I am wondering if the “ scratchy pot “ syndrome has been fixed on these yet ?
I have 2 Magni’s from SA which both have it, and it is an annoying QC problem when turning it’s volume pot up or down.
One Magni was a B stock sale item,but the other was off the line A stock . Spraying the pot with detox-it helps….. but then the issu comes back
To be precise, topping has been around for quite a while, they're celebrating their 15th year in business recently. It's just that they've been in obscurity up until probably around the time the first gen E/L30 came around, and even then they really aren't that well-known if you ask me. I wouldn't really call it upside-down, more like having a new, competitive player in the "performance on a budget" scene.there was not a thing called Topping while Schiit was hot in the business back in the first Trump era, and then everything upside down, not sure what happened.
Schiit strongest label is or was made in the US of A, domestically.
Thanks for posting Pete;Out of curiosity how long did it take for the issue to happen? If I am not mistaken Schiit has 2 years warranty, You refer to this as QC problem, why did you not send it back?
Also did you open the unit and sprayed De-Oxit inside the actual pot or just tried to spray from the outside? In most cased that won't help much.
Sorry, I should have worded that better. USB-C is finicky on the implementation side. It's not as simple as soldering a bit and magic makes it all happen. There is logic of different complexity levels necessary on the port side depending on which protocol is being implemented.You just plug them in and that's it - no problem. It's a well defined standard and you can put a lot of power through it - that's what the PD standard is which the OP was talking about (although it won't work on this amp as it requires AC). You can connect a 4k monitor to a laptop and power the laptop from the monitor via USB-C. It's great. A lot of connectors support different standards - you can plug two devices into a monitor via HDMI, for example, and discover one of them only updates at 30hz in 4k mode - nice. Standardizing on USB-C at least allows for consolidation of all these other sockets into just USB-C allowing cable reuse and ideally one standard to bind them, although I'm sure cheapskate manufacturers will screw that up as usual by cutting corners to save costs, be first to market etc.
Undoubtedly, impressionable people who subscribe to audiophile myths will be put off by the sight of those opamps. They’ll either complain of an “opamp haze” or “opamp harshness,” exact opposites depending on what myths they have heard the audiophile press pushing at any given time.The Heretic indeed has DC output protection .... YEAH no more blown (expensive) low impedance headphones when it happens to fail.
And also important... the headphone output connector on the left and not close to the volume control
Gain options also very practical -8dB, 0dB and +14dB ! Progress.. the little amp that could !
OK, B-Stocks should be covered by warranty too according to their website, either way that’s unfortunate. No analog pots are fully immune to that but hard to tell if it’s really a widespread problem and if their pots are really a problem. Hoping not, do we know what pot model was used then and what now?Thanks for posting Pete;
The first Magni I bought from SA was B- Stock sale , so it was as-is.
Spraying the Potentiometer with De-Oxit works for a while, but the scratchiness/noise during travel always returns. It's not bad but is irritating to hear.
I liked how the Magni sounded so I bought another one new and it worked for quite some time with no scratchiness when turned.
It has just started a week or 2 ago though so will spray it out. It is probably still under warranty so I will check.
We moved a few months ago and it has been complicated, so busy.
I recently unpacked the WHAMMY headphone amp I built that Wayne designed and it has a better potentiometer and also really sounds good.
The Magni is on the shelf now..... but I am intrigued by this Heretic that our wonderful host just road tested.
The Schmitt Audio Modi 3e DAC I recently bought is definitely an upgrade in sound over my Modi 3+.
Great to see them deliver improvements
I know consumer laws vary greatly, but I buy from local sellers... so under our laws it doesn't matter where they supplier is from, as the onus is on the retailer/seller to deal with returns and faulty equipment. So to buy from local sellers I pay more than direct from overseas, but then have the general peace of mind that I am covered by local consumer law.What will it cost to return the topping to China for repair? How long will it take?
Not bad... just some items didn't measure so well;When did they make bad gear?
From an aesthetic point of view, it would be nice if Schiit made a DAC, HP AMP and a PSU that drives both - all with similar chassis so they can be stacked and avoid two clunky power adapters.
My read is that Jason's pride was hurt by Amir's criticism.why schiit is toppingnize so sudden? did they hire topping ex-empoyees?
You are correct. Schiit developed many successful products and probably more than doubled in sales as a direct result of Amir's testing.@amirm you can bask in the glow of the trending improvement of audio product development and the quality of tech you can acquire for the money. To some extent, your persistent test measurement publications, has pushed the industry in the right direction for the average consumer. Take some pride in the actualization of your efforts. Thank you Sir! We are indeed lucky to have you as our advocate for change.