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If you are getting one, just get it. It's amazing, don't need any feedback to decide. If you can get 2, even better, run them in bridged mono mode.
Thanks. I was also thinking about Freya for a pre with vidars. Now getting the vidars here is the problem. My Rme DAC can do as a pre and has XLR outs. Freya would give me an option to hook up other sources like CDP and streamer as well. Currently they are hooked up to the dac via coax and optical.Vidar is Slightly on the Warmer Side of Neutral, it'll extract Very good LF response from any speaker.
there's AEgir Class A amp as well, do check it out, its receiving good reviews. I Had a good experience of pairing Vidar with MA Silver RX6, Zensor 5, Magnepen 1.7 , tannoy Revolution DC6 and ATC Scm 11s , and it sounded pretty good.
Our Best experience was with 2 Vidar in Mono-block Config, Very authoritative, reduced noise floor , especially with demanding speakers like ATCs or Magnepens. Getting the chain with 2 Vidar & going Completely balanced makes a lot of SQ improvement. My Recommendation is Get that 2nd Vidar, without a second thought; if you can get 2.
I did have SMSL SU-8 Dac which didn't sound very well , Other DACs like Gungnir Multibit, Modi Multibit, Northstar Supremo & Arcam iRdac all sounded pretty well with SYS/Saga/Vidar combo. Avoid Cheap Chinese DACs YMMV.
Get that Dedicated Analog, Balanced (Preferably Tube) Preamp, I think it is quite Vital. Don't Rely on Digital Preamp, My 2 cents.As of now, it's not critical to get a dedicated pre as such. But do let me know if it would make a difference. My limited knowledge tells me that if I take RCA
+1 to the aboveGet that Dedicated Analog, Balanced (Preferably Tube) Preamp, I think it is quite Vital. Don't Rely on Digital Preamp, My 2 cents.
I am under the impression that a preamp adds its own sound signature. I don't know about passive/ active and all other tech stuff. I am very happy with my dac which has usb, coax and optical inputs, and both RCA and XLR outputs. DAC outputs both RCA and XLR at the same time. (Not sure as to how...www.hifivision.com
Agree with what AVM is saying (I am the FM referred to in his post). I compared the trigons and vidar at length over the last couple of years with the ATC and the jerns. The vidar is adequate but are not as refined as the trigons.Mayank,
I have briefly heard Vidar with ATC scm11 at my place. This was a fellow FM's who got it over for an audition.
My then amps were a pair of Trigon monoblocks. Vidars had warmth but the Trigons were way superior.
BTW, he ended taking both ATC and Trigons.
Acquiring Vidars today can be expensive.
My suggestion would be too look at Quad amps in sale section by CyberVinay. These are studio versions, sound way superior, have warmth, great bass and rarely ever breakdown. Do consider.
the sys doesn’t do justice to the vidar. You can try looking for a used lyrita pre or anode acoustics or acoustic portrait Swara.For the Vidar, which one of these preamps will you recommend:
I have the Modi 3 DAC and after buying the VIDAR it will be some time before I could even consider the Saga S or Saga + type of preamps. If you think the SYS does its job, I'd probably stick to it and then consider the Saga types a couple of years down the line.
- SYS (the most basic of the lot)
- Magni 3+
- Asgard (base module)
Thanks! Looking at your suggestions along with the Schiit Saga (not the tube). Btw, the comparison with Trigon and Vidar - ain't the Trigon 3x the price of Vidar? Just asking. If the difference is not that much in India, I can consider the Trigon over Vidar.the sys doesn’t do justice to the vidar. You can try looking for a used lyrita pre or anode acoustics or acoustic portrait Swara.