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
I really love this little amp. I did a lot of research on it before purchase, and I can tell you without a doubt that it’s the best entry level amp you can go with if you’re planning to power, well, pretty much any headphone. Because it’s output impedance is less than 0.1, it handles just about anything well. What is Headphone Impedance? Right now I have my Sennheiser HD600’s plugged in, and they’re a dream.
It’s got a low/hi gain switch on the back which comes in handy if you want to blow yourself away. Truly, the sound has no problems getting loud and you will likely not even have to turn the volume knob past 2 o’clock to get a hearty experience. 12 o’clock is plenty for me on most occasions. Any more gain past this is playing with fire in my opinion. The bottom line is that the Magni/Modi combo drives the 600’s with authority, and will do the same with most anything you choose that needs amplification.
All in all, the Magni is a very nice piece of Schiit indeed! Sorry, I had to. Lol.
Easy to use with USB.
Provides great sound for your entry level to mid-fi headphones.
Rugged construction. Knobs and switches all feel really durable.
Everything about it is really clean. The look, feel, and sound are all immaculate.
When stacked on top of the Modi, it tends to move around a tad (nitpicking).
How to set it up!
You will need:
Magni headphone amp.
Modi DAC (or another digital to analog converter of some sort). I would just go with the Modi to keep it fresh. 🙂
The Sennheiser HD600’s, or another similar open back headphone that requires good amplification. Because the 600 is the gold standard, I always recommend it first.
Run the A male to B male USB cable from the Modi to a good USB port on your computer.
Your computer will now recognize the device.
When it installs successfully, go to Control Panel > Sound, and look for the Modi on that list.
Right click > Set as default device.
Now flip the Magni’s On switch, and wait until you hear a little “tick.”
You’re all set!
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
What I like to do is rip WAV files (or FLAC) from my dad’s old vinyl and marvel at how great the sound is coming from the HD600’s. With FLAC, you’re going to get a louder and better recorded song, but WAV is also pretty good. Just make sure you have something like VLC player to play FLAC files.
The amp is made in America, which is admirable and super hard to come by these days.
Takes a 1/4″ plug. Most headphones nowadays have 1/4″ adapters.
Like the guy in the video said, there are headphones out there that require a lot more power than the Magni provides. However, that number is very low and he’s correct in saying that around 95% of headphones will sound phenomenal with this amp.
A perfect starter amp for the small home studio. Fits on your desk quite snugly. Great, crisp sound, easy to use, and rugged. Love the white LED light.
Similarities & Differences
The sound is more or less the same.
The look and feel is the same.
The Magni 2 Uber has 24V transformer and aluminum chassis while the Magni 2 does not.
The Magni 2 Uber has a complementary-input VAS while the Magni 2 does not.
The Magni 2 Uber is more expensive.
In addition to the RCA inputs (on the Magni 2) The Magni 2 Uber has RCA outputs meaning you can use it as a preamp to control speaker volume.
The Modi 2 (commonly paired) has Toslink (S/PDIF) capabilities, which means you can use it for a home theater/console DAC. This is nice if you want to chill on the couch and listen to tunes.
I would say if you need the extra features that the Magni 2 Uber provides, go for it. Otherwise, the Magni 2 is a phenomenal home studio solution that will work with nearly any headphone you pair it with. It has truly been a remarkable investment for my home studio.
Stu is determined to provide the truth about all things audio, and strives to deliver excellent content to you the reader! In his spare time, he likes to fish, paint, play guitar, attend church, take photos, record videos, graphic design, and more. His attention to detail and perfectionist attitude are what allow him to excel, but it can be both a blessing and a hindrance at times.