To test the Schiit Valhalla I sadly didn’t have any other high-end headphones other than the Sennheiser HD 800, so I had to make do with whatever there was lying around; one of them being the Sennheiser CX 310 Adidas Edition I reviewed earlier.
Now the CX 310s are wonderful ear buds on their own, but listening to the CX 310 on the Schiit Valhalla allowed them to provide better sound reproduction between notes, especially during higher volumes (due to lower impedance of 16 Ω). However, the overall experience was not a significant improvement, due to the technical limitations of the CX 310 themselves through their limited frequency range and low impedance.
The HD 800s though, they truly came to life on the Schiit Valhalla. There was a level of transparency on the HD 800 that I’ve never experienced before. For truly power hungry headphones, such as the 300Ω Sennheiser HD 800, the Valhalla is a perfect partner.
The sound remained crystal clear on all frequencies while listening to the HD 800 even at maximum volume level. While I highly discourage this action for a prolonged period, as it may actually damage your ears, the fact remains that the Schiit Valhalla provided crisp, distortion-free sound even at the limits of the HD 800.
Here in the tubes also come into play by essentially eliminating the damping factor, ergo zero feedback. Of course, the frequency response of 10 to 200,000 Hz is definitely not an overkill considering that each note from every musical instrument sounds natural, as real, close and personal as it gets. This level of immersion is not possible on just the headphones alone.
The Schiit Valhalla provides an incredible audio experience when paired up with high-end headphones; and at this price point they’re too good to miss out. Once again words can only take you so far down the path of musical nirvana. You can head down to the Dubai Audio Center and experience Valhalla for yourself; ideally taking your own headphones and iphone/ipod to give it a proper go.