Schiit Magni is the smallest and the cheapest headphone amp in the Schiit Audio family has just been introduced two new upgraded versions called Schiit Magni 3+ and Magni Heresy.
It is important to note that the two models will be introduced and sold in parallel for a short time, after which the higher sales model will be retained and the other one will leave.
Schiit Magni 3+ and Magni Heresy both have a capacity of 2400mW into 32 ohms, so users can comfortably use from in-ear headphones to Planar Magnetic models that are difficult to pull. However, in terms of technical design, these two models are completely different:
Schiit Magni 3+ headphone amp is using the traditional full-discrete current-feedback design of the previous Schiit Audio. However, the new PCB circuit design from 2 floors to 4 floors, comes with an additional driver and Vbe Multiplier circuit. This makes the Magni 3+ look like a miniature Vidar for headphones. THD + N distortion up to -106db / 1Vrms measured at 32 ohms, up to 10dB lower than the previous version.
Schiit Magni 3+ headphone amplifier has been priced at $119 and can be purchased through Amazon.com in Silvery Gray color like previous Schiit products.[amazon box=”B081Y8D3WV” /]
Magni Heresy, on the other hand, comes with a lot of changes in the design of Schiit Audio. It was the first time Schiit used an op-amp amplifier design with OPA1662 chip for gain stage and 8 OPA1688 chips in feedforward mode for the output stage. This product is measured on the Audio Precision system for very low distortion THD + N -113db / Vrms at 32 ohms, lower than even Magni 3+.
Magni Heresy has also been priced at $119 and available to buy via Amazon.com in a new Red and Black color, to reflect its innovation.[amazon box=”B081Y7D7JK” /]
Of course, these two models will have different sound qualities. To determine who was better, Schiit decided to organize a battle royale called Thunderdome with Magni 3+ and Magni Heresy. The final decision is Schiit’s customer, whichever model has a better sale will become the official Magni model.