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You too can become Fulla Schiit for only US$79!

  • Just as the seasonal shopping season kicks into high gear, California’s favourite pun pushers have dropped their latest sprog, the Schiit Fulla DAC, into our collective lap. Fulla? An abundant supply of fecal matter.

    Stepping out at this year’s CanJam (at RMAF), the Fulla DAC joins a long line of dongle/dingus/doobrie DACs, a sub-species of miniature D/A converters kicked into existence by the AudioQuest Dragonfly (which first made landfall in 2012).

    The Fulla is made wholly in the USA from aluminium and steel, requires no drivers on ANY computer and is capable of decoding up to 24bit/96kHz PCM streams. DSD? I dare you to ask Schiit’s digital guru Mike Moffat about that.

    This dongle DAC/amplifier makes news for two reasons:

    1) Price. At US$79, it’s the cheapest DAC of its kind to come to market, almost halving the previously lowest US$149 entry fee of the Dragonfly v1.2 (reviewed here). Adding context, the HRT microStreamer (reviewed here) and Audioengine D3 come in at US$169 and US$149 respectively.


    2) An analogue volume pot. That might seem a minor advantage on the face of it but consider office use where a quick turn to zero enables instant communication with a colleague – no more fumbling for fiddly buttons on your keyboard (hello AudioQuest Dragonfly, hello HRT microStreamer) or on the device itself (hello LH Labs Geek Out).

    Furthermore – and this is the real Brucey Bonus – Schiit’s dongle DAC is reportedly fully compatible with iOS- and Android-powered smartphones. With its rotary in charge of attenuation the Fulla sidesteps one of the bigger concerns when relying on operating software-driven volume controls: that a careless in-app nudge might push volume to 100% and blast your eardrums into oblivion.

    This happened to yours truly once when offloading attenuation to the Android-based USB Recorder Pro app on a Google Nexus 5 / Resonessence Labs Herus pairing (see here).

    Price is also the reason you won’t see a review of the Fulla on these pages down the line. It’s cheap enough for most curious folk to take a blind punt. And let’s face it, this piece of Schiit will sound anything but, easily besting the sound quality of the headphone output found on your average laptop.

    Further information: Schiit Audio

    John H. Darko

    Written by John H. Darko

    John is the editor of Darko.Audio, from whose ad revenues he derives an income. He is an occasional contributor to 6moons but has previously written pieces for TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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    1. It will still require external power with an iDevice or Android.

      What about connecting to Linux computers, Chomebooks, iPhones/iPads, Android phones, PS4, etc?
      In order:

      Linux: any distro supporting USB Audio Class 1 or 2 should be fine. Plug and play.
      Chromebooks: we’ve had it work with many Intel-based Chromebooks, but this isn’t a complete survey. YMMV.
      iPhones: you’ll need iOS 7 or 8, the magic overpriced Apple cable and a power source (hub or battery, or, for full LOLs, Wyrd.) This is covered in the Guides/Getting Connected section of the site, with links to cables, hubs, etc.
      Android: you’ll need Android 4 or 5, software for 4, and a power source. As above, this is covered in the Guides/Getting Connected section of the site.
      PS4: We’ve had customers report our USB DACs work on a PS4, so Fulla should as well. Should.

      • You might not need a power source for Android. “For full LOLs” <--- love these guys.

    2. These newsflashes,reviews are a lot of fun, already spent a conciderable amount of time reading/learning here. I haven’t seen a review on AMI-DS5 dac and CALYX 24/192 here yet. your conciderations are appreciated.

      • I know *of* the Calyx DAC but it doesn’t seem to be a high priority for Seung-Mok Yi these days; he’s putting all he has behind the Calyx M DAP (and I didn’t like his entry level Coffee DAC all that much). The AMI looks interesting but I note that Srajan has covered it here:

    3. Loving the Brucey Bonus comment JD , you must have spent some time in the UK to come up with that one. Fulla Schiit, are these guys for real or is it April fools day in the US?. Unbelievable marketing direction. Just shows what you can do for the money and make a profit.

      Wonder what it sounds like, volunteers anyone?

    4. I ordered a Schiit Valhalla 2 headphone amp back in November. I’m patiently waiting for it to arrive. It will be my first piece of Schitt. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) Although you posted news of the Valhalla 2’s release, I don’t think you have reviewed it. Of course, the Valhalla 2 is an all-tube headphone amp, so part of the fun is changing the sound by rolling tubes. I’m looking forward to having fun with that. At $349, it may be worthy of a review, since I think that’s a little above the “blind punt” threshold for most folks for a headphone amp.

      • Don’t we all. 😉 However, I can only review so much and even when considering Schiit products alone I must choose carefully.

    5. John,

      I like that you urge your readers just to pick up a low cost device like the Fulla (and as the owners of any number of Schiit products, I’m glad to see anyone push customers their way).

      At the same time, I also wonder whether this is consistent with the growing interest among the audiophile media to engage a younger, less well-off, crowd to the hobby. In fact, I’m a solidly middle class audiophile and still a little bit away from dropping $80 on a device that I’m not convinced is better than what I have (and $80 is four or five high resolution downloads!).

      I do understand that Schiit accepts returns, so it’s not a substantial financial risk. It’s more about a change in culture where audiophile reviewers take low cost gear seriously enough to audition and review. As a young audiophile – a graduate student – I used to get excited to see my favorite periodicals review a piece of gear that I owned (like my NAD 312 or Nakamichi CD4) or I could realistically aspire to own (like a pair of Boston Acoustic or Polk Audio bookshelf speakers or a entry level Marantz integrated amp). Part of cultivating young enthusiasts is about engaging them in the hobby by reviewing gear they can afford. It’s about the conversation as much as anything else.

      Keep up the fine work,

      • Hey Bill. I’m comfortable with the amount of low cost gear that I cover. What I’m saying here is that yes, one could compare the Fulla to the Dragonfly or the HRT but instead of looking up the road to what more cash might buy, why not see this DAC as $80 that’ll make your laptop or phone sound MUCH better.

    6. It’s a fun world. Take digital high-resolution music on a computer, feed it through a DAC, and then send it to an all-tube headphone amplifier before it gets to the headphones. Fun!

    7. I have several of their products and I’m sure I’ll pick one of these up. Their Gungnir DAC is VERY good, as is the Valhalla.

        • I upsample everything to quad DSD with MC 20 and play it native to my iFi Nano iDSD. The best sound my system has produced to date. The future is here my friend! Time to embrace it!

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