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Is this a worthy upgrade to my first gen magni?
I have been using a Magni 2U/Modi 2U stack before I got this thing for over a year. It would be quite a big jump from your Magni. Which headphones are you using? I have been listening to my HD6XX and TH-X00 for the past couple of days, and I love the way they sound. They're just a bit warmer with the CTH than with the Magni (but I'm guessing that will change with burn-in). You're pretty much getting an amp with a lot of headroom for any future headphones you might get. I'm not really that much of an expert, just my two cents!
Thanks HiFi man HE-400s. Not really hating the sound by any means, just wondering if this upgrade will improve whats already been quite nice. Also since these are quite old I may be upgrading down the line again.
Oh okay. Well usually people here would recommend upgrading headphones first then the amp/dac. There are some really nice headphones here on Massdrop. Check out the HD58X, HD6XX, K7XX, and the TH-X00s.
The CTH is a REALLY nice amp. It will make your headphones sound a bit warmer, and it has a lot of power to basically drive any pair of headphones. There's no background hiss even with the volume way up, and the way it's built just screams quality. Can't really beat it for $250!
It's up to you whether you'd prefer to upgrade headphones first or your amp. Good luck!
Thanks for the feedback. I may look for some headpones first. I have a peachtree decco in my living room that I use to power a 2.1 system and I tried the headphone jack on that it's much better than my shitt stack with it's built in dac. So I may get some new cans and then down the line make that final upgrade
I ended up with the 58x which I am enjoying. Still looking for the perfect amp though.
Nice! Are you still rocking the Magni? Honestly if you like how it sounds now just stick with it and the Magni, and you'll be happy. Are you looking for a solid-state amp or tube amp/hybrid? I really am loving the CTH with my 6XX haven't used anything else since I bought it. I'm done upgrading for a while I think :P
I am still going with the Magni. I did replace my dac with an OL DAC. I am more in the market for a tube amp right now. Just kind of doing my research. I already have a hybrid tube amp in my living room for my speakers and headphones, so I want a pure tube amp if I get another.
Wont lie though the CTH still tempts me over and over!