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 did a lot of research before making the decision to get the Schiit Magni 2, and I’m “Uber” glad I did. That was my attempt at a pun, but since I don’t own the Uber model of the Magni, it didn’t really work out. 😛 If you want to see my comparison of the two, check out Magni 2 vs. Magni 2 Uber. The difference is pretty simple.
As for the wonderful Magni 2, it’s a lifesaver. The reason why is because of it’s less than 0.2 output impedance. What does that even mean? What is Output Impedance?
Well I’m glad you asked. Basically it means that the Magni will power 99% of headphones with relative ease. The technical reasons are beyond the scope of this review. Instead I will point you to an article I wrote on the topic. See: What is Headphone Impedance? This will cover output impedance as well, and you’ll understand why most headphones work very well with the Magni.
I consider the Magni 2 the best, but I also throw in a couple more amps in the article The best headphone amp for the money. I would recommend the Magni above all else, as it’s super easy to use, has a great build, and feels extremely solid.
If you’re looking for a more portable option, you may opt for the FiiO E10K or something like the Audioquest Dragonfly.
Solid build quality.
Works will nearly all headphones. There will be some exceptions, but for 99% of cans, you’ll be golden.
Easy to use. It comes with a power supply, and you hook it up to your PC via USB. All you need is the PYST RCA cables (or the Monoprice which I use and are a lot cheaper!), which hook from the back of your DAC to the back of the Magni. (I recommend pairing the Magni with theModi DAC).
Check out Joshua Valour’s video review on the updated Magni 3. Subscribe to his channel as well!
Who this amp benefits?
This is an amp that you’ll want to pair with a headphone like the HD600, and it works well with most impedance models. The Sennheiser HD600 is 300 Ohms, and it powers them with ease. I only have to turn the knob to about 11 o’clock to get a loud enough sound. How to choose a Headphone Amp!
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.
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