Schiit Audio’s Jotunheim Amp ROCKS


The synergy of these combos are just so F____IN dynamically gorgeous. The sound is silky, but not too warm & fuzzy. It’s liquid, but not congested. There’s a fluidity to the music that’s magnificently rounded and dimensional. Consider every audiophile buzz-word you know, and then picture something the average music addict might say about a system that simply sounds DOPE. It’s the kinda’ sound you just shake your head at and go “shit man, that sounds great, just great.” It transcends the fartsy audiophile-speak…

That’s how much fun I’m havin’ rockin’ Akkord’s “Monolith” on the new Schiit Audio Jotunheim: A Configurable balanced headphone amp & pre-amp (w/ phonostage option) for $399-499 depending on feature-set configuration. This time the PHATTY bass drops are tightly delivered with serious punch, courtesy of my original Audeze LCD-3 & Double Helix Cables. Whoah – sorry to sound like a brainless stoned teenager – but I’m just havin’ FUN…


This fantastic beast of contemporary modern audio art (by that I mean Schiit’sJotunheim) was a splendid sonic accompaniment for two of my favorite classic planar magnetic cans: Audeze LCD-2: The headphone that literally changed everything for me, and MrSpeakers Mad Dog Pros: My first pair of closed-back planars that weren’t only tolerable after changing from my LCD-2; but were actually enjoyable! That’s when I knew just how talented Mr. Dan Clark of Mr. Speakers was/is! Cuz I hated the Fostex T-50RP (of which the modded Mad Dogs was based)! Especially after working in the music bizness. They’d be broken all over the place in all the big studios. Now Mr. Clark and Co. build their own headphones top-to-bottom: Their ETHER planar cans are just takin’ names these days (or, they should be).

I fitted these precious headphones with Double Helix Cables on the Audeze and the cable I was proud to help voice on Mad Dog Pros: Wywires Red Series! (4-pin for balanced mode) makes some terrifically engaging sound.

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