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That might be true for you, but it's not true of most people, at least as far as I've been able to observe. The name in particular (Schiit) people seem to really get the clever humor of it.
I have an Aegir that I was using for some Spatial Audio M4s (92db sensitive) with a Saga S preamp and it sounded great. I'm currently in the process of building some X-LS Encores from GR Research and I have some concern about the Aegir being able to handle the reduced efficiency of the X-LSs (87db). I plan on eventually running a 2.2 setup with dual servo sub kits from GR research as well so they will be crossed at 80hz which I think should help? If not I'll consider either getting a Vidar or dual Aegirs but i won't know until I hook them up.
I haven't read through all of this but am going to today. This amp is on my VERY short list for my new Omega Super 3 High Output monitors. drivers 97.5 db efficiency and no crossover. Seems like this amp would be a real good fit for these kind of speakers.
I have not heard a First Watt amp but I did hear the Schiit Aegir at RMAF this year and they sounded excellent. The Schiit Salk room sounded great this year. I did not care much for how the Schiit Vidar sounded a couple years back. If you have the latest Stereophile issue with recommended components you will see that they gave the Schiit Aegir a class A recommendation. There are two First Watt amps that got a class B recommendation. I did see one post on another site, SABF, where someone preferred the Aegir over the First Watt he had. I can't speak to which sounds better other than to say that the Aegir sounds good regardless of price and it is an amazing deal at $799.
I think that sounds like a good match.
What was the system composed of that you listened to the Aegir's on? Was it single or monoblocks?
This system was a giant piece of Schiit. It was REAL good! I want the entire set up!
I was there and totally agree. REAL good! One of the best sounding systems at the last RMAF IMO. The problem with mono Aegirs is that they are not rated for a 4 ohm load so may not be the best thing for less efficient 4 ohm speakers like Magnepan. A mono Aegir may behave like a bridged amp and sees a 4 ohm load as a 2 ohm load. That is why I am waiting for Schiit to release a higher power continuity amp that is a pure monoblock. Especially for Maggies.
That room was easily one of my favorites. Hell, the room could have sounded like Schiit, the speakers could have sounded like some Sony htib speakers and I would have wanted them still! They are just that sexy! But fortunately, the sound was just a sexy as the looks. So I take it you're a Maggie owner too???? I have a pair of LRS's. Still in search of the right amplifier. These things are super demanding and have shut down 3 amps so far. I am interested in the Aegirs because I am pairing them with my new Omega 3 HO speakers. Rated at 6ohms and 97.5 db. Aegir should play well with those speakers.
Very interested in the results of the Omegas and the Aegir. Did this happen? Putting together a bedroom system and am struggling with the speaker pairing. Any one else have some hours on their Aegir?
I looked up your Omegas and they look pretty neat to me. Made in USA like Magnepan. No doubt a single Aegir would be a great match. I will be a Maggie LRS owner in about 8 weeks. I am actually fulfilling a goal of have two systems in separate parts of the house that I can tweak and improve over time. Systems that are very good but very different yet complementary to one another. My main system had the Schiit Ragnarok 1, Yggdrasil and Pro-ject the classic TT. The speakers are Spatial M3 Sapphires. This system sounds terrific and does so many things so well that the bar is very high for a complementary system to not be a let down. Also my main system is in the living room off our master bedroom so can't listen to them when wife is sleeping.So my second system has NAD separates which includes a 225wpc 8 ohm amp that basically doubles its power into 4 ohms. I have a pair of Usher Dancer Berryliums stand monitors in that system now. They are actually very good speakers in terms of imaging and detail and were a class A Stereophile speaker. However my Spatials are much better in every way. My Spatials have much of what you get with Magnepan with their openness, scale, and transparency but with much more authority in the bass while still being fast and detailed being open baffle. And they are efficient. Now I have a grand daughter who just started walking and the Ushers are much too easy for her to push off the stands. And the Ushers are very heavy and thus very dangerous if they fell off the stands. So I am going to have to put them in storage or possibly sell them. My Dad, who has Maggie 3.7i's, offered to send me a pair of Maggie LRS to take their place and I gladly accepted his gift. Those LRS should be a good fit with the very power NAD amp in that system. And the LRS should sound as good as my Spatials in the mids and highs and be great for classical guitar, lute, and chamber music which is what I would primarily use them for. If I like the LRS I may at least get a Rythmik sub to go with them and maybe even trade them up to a pair of 1.7i.
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