Headphone Amp Comparison

Schiit Magnius vs Marantz HD-DAC1

Schiit Magnius

The Magnius is an extremely affordable balanced headphone amp and pre-amp that punches way above its weight. At this price point, the Magnius is unrivaled for features.

$199.00 MSRP

Marantz HD-DAC1

The Marantz HD-DAC1 is a stylish compact DAC and headphone amp that comes with USB and analog 3.5mm in. Though it does not have the best specs when it comes to audio decoding capabilities, it's a great sounding device.

$799.00 MSRP
Features
Power

AC 115v

AC 230v

Input/Output
Inputs

Balanced 3-pin XLR

RCA

3.5mm

Coaxial S/PDIF

TOSLINK S/PDIF

USB-A

USB-B

Outputs

¼ inch

Balanced 3-pin XLR

Balanced 4-pin XLR

RCA

¼ inch

RCA

Audio
Sample Rate

24 bit / 192 kHz

Frequency Response

20 Hz - 20 kHz

DAC Chip

Cirrus Logic CS4398

Output Power
  • 2.2 amp at 16 Ω
  • 2 amp at 32 Ω
  • 1.3 amp at 50 Ω
  • 0.3 amp at 300 Ω
  • 0.15 amp at 600 Ω
Balanced Output Power
  • 6 amp at 16 Ω
  • 5 amp at 32 Ω
  • 3.2 amp at 50 Ω
  • 1 amp at 300 Ω
  • 0.5 amp at 600 Ω
Reviews

Recommended

8/10

One thing that I would have wanted more of with the Magnius though is the way it presents soundstage.

For a balanced input and output the Schiit Magnius provides superb performance objectively and subjectively at incredibly low price for this class.

Recommended

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