Built in the same configuration as the original, Valkyrie II does offer substantial improvements bringing refinement compared to its predecessor's edge. Deep space illumination increases for a holographic soundstage, with its single electrostatic tweeter sitting further back in the mix.
It's an exercise in intimacy, focus and bass-forward intensity. Headfonics say Valkyrie II's "core sound has not changed but the MKII is technically a better performer and just the perfect 'fun' monitor for synthwave".
The Advance and Inspire cables from Nobunaga Labs add a further touch of emphasis to the mid-range, as an immediately audible upgrade. Cayin Audio's Class A N6II/E01 and E02 similarly propels vocals along, as the DAP of choice to drive Valkyrie II's 3ohm load.
The results are stunning, and obvious. Every part of Valkyrie II's frequency response appears in balance, to make this mythical Norse character stand out amongst its competition.
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