Did I get the wrong headphone amp?
Recently I acquired a Schiit Bifrost DAC and Valhalla amp to pair with a set of Beyerdynamic T1 headphones. It's a great combination — maybe a tad bright, but as I understand it, that's kind of Beyer's signature sound. (I'm still relatively new to this headphone audiophilia stuff.)
The problem is that I think I'd eventually like to get a pair of orthos, probably Audeze LCD-2s or LCD-Xs. And Schiit is very explicit about the fact that the Valhalla doesn't work well on orthos — where it shines is with very high-impedance cans like the T1. And to complicate matters further, I also have a pair of Shure SE535s and will likely upgrade to SE846s at some point.
The Schiit Valhalla. Looks cool, right?
So one option is to step DOWN to the discrete Asgard 2, which has a gain switch to handle both low- and high-power needs. The Asgard is very positively reviewed, but now that I'm in the tube world, I'm not super pumped about going back to a discrete amp. Another option is to get a Lyr, which is the next model above the Valhalla — but it lacks a gain switch, and in Schiit's own words, "6 watts is more than enough to let the magic smoke out of most headphones."
So... the most insane option is to get a Gungnir DAC (which has two line outs) and wire it to both the Valhalla and a Lyr simultaneously. But I've already spent too much money on this rig as it is. Do I sell the Valhalla and get an Asgard? Do I take my chances with orthos on the Valhalla? Do I just get a Lyr and pray that I don't blow up my T1s? Is there a good single-tube amp solution for under $1,000 elsewhere outside Schiit? (I'm really in love with Schiit's products.)