Schiit Valhalla Headphones Amplifier Review

By on April 12, 2011
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Heavenly frequencies.

Good: Tube based amp, True & natural sound, Simple & beautiful design
Bad: Nothing really.
Price: AED 1,480
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Those who’re fans of classic tube amplifiers will already know what these 6N dual triode tubes represent, but for those who’re new to all of this, I don’t think I can describe it better than Schiit themselves.

Tube sound is a smoky nightclub with a hot chick in a red dress, it’s a warm swimming pool in summer, glowing green against the purple twilight, it’s a . . . well, hell, you can’t really explain tube sound. Think “smooth, fluid, liquid, alive.” But not in a SF-movie-gonna-eat-you kinda way.”

So to sum it all up, tubes make a great experience from amplifiers and turn them into something incredible. Obviously to experience an amplifier you’ll need to pair it up with a set of good headphones; hence our combo of the Schiit Valhalla and the Sennheiser HD 800.

Here’s a specification sheet to show what the Schiit Valhalla is capable of.

Headphone Impedance: 32-600 ohms
Gain: 8 (18 dB)
Frequency Response: 10Hz-200KHz, -3dB
Maximum Output: 30V P-P
THD: Less than 0.5%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 1V
Topology: Class-A single-ended triode, zero feedback, noninverting, single voltage gain stage
Tube Complement: 6N1P dual triode input, 6N6P dual triode output, 1 each per channel
Power Consumption: 40W
Size: 9 x 6.75 x 3.25”
Weight: 7 lbs

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  • Luay

    Now this is the Schiit! Too bad it aint portable, because a full on av amp/receiver at home is a better investment imo.

    • Taimoor Hafeez

      For huge loudspeakers, I’d agree that a bigger amp would be better at home. However, if you’re not into loudspeakers/ have a small apartment, then for listening to headphones, this is an ample amp.

      • Dubselect

        Hello! I’m thinking about headphone amplifier for my HD800. Are there any more ammplifiers in Dubai? I just want to compare Schiit to some other amplifiers to understand which will be the best for me.

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  • Drjerry34

    Need your expert advice: Have Sennheiser HD 800.   Need amplifier, but am scared off by price of tube amp you like so much.   Moreover, my playing equipment is not (IS NOT) blue-chip–PlayStation 3 and Sony Bravia for my opera and other classical music dvds.   I’m 77 with much hearing loss as well as some diminishing sight.   But I want so much to hear and see my operas.   Can you suggest anything besides a dog?   If so, I’ll do my best to pay for what I can scarcely afford but will if you recommend it!

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