London, 1866. Sir George Seymour, Admiral of the Royal Navy fleet, brings news to Queen Victoria of an alternative to the lemon as the country’s scurvy-preventing fruit of choice: SGS: Ma’am, if I may, this new fruit is called the lime. L-I-M-E. QV: Very good. And what does this so called […]
It’s that time again…time for some all-new Schiit! Just as the pixels dry on Darko’s Bifrost review, Schiit Audio announce details of their first balanced set-up: the Mjolnir balanced headphone amplifier and Gungnir balanced upgradable DAC. That Norse mythology product naming is gonna play havoc with those who insist that ‘BiTfrost’ is the name of Schiit’s entry-level DAC.
“Mjolnir is a breakthrough,” said Jason Stoddard, Co-Founder of Schiit Audio. “It provides high power, low noise, and low distortion, thanks to our unique Crossfet™ circlotron-style topology. Despite its mid-level price, it’s a no-excuses, truly balanced amp with exceptional performance.”
“Mjolnir’s maximum output is 8W RMS per channel into 32 ohms, or 5W RMS per channel into 50 ohms—ideal for power-hungry orthodynamic headphones. At the same time, its noise floor is low enough to be used with sensitive headphones like Grado and Denon.”
“Gungnir has the most advanced clock regeneration of any DAC, our Adapticlock™ system,” Mike Moffat said. “No matter the quality of the source, Adapticlock automatically chooses the ideal system for regenerating the clocks–VCXO or VCO. In this way, we can lock to virtually any source and provide excellent jitter rejection.”
“Gungnir is also a hardware-balanced DAC, with two AKM4399 D/A converters, fully discrete analog section and differential summing for single-ended output. Its analog stage offers DC coupling from input to output, as well as high operating voltage and low-noise JFETs for excellent THD and noise performance.”
“This time, it’s our first-ever balanced components, the Mjolnir headphone amp and Gungnir DAC. Both offer true “end game” performance at a mid-range price point, and both are true “one and only” products with significant technical advances. Mjolnir is the world’s only dedicated circlotron-style headphone amp, and Gungnir offers the most advanced clock regeneration system available in any DAC.”
Schiit Audio expects to ship Mjolnir in June 2012, at a retail price of US$749, and Gungnir in August 2012, at a retail price of US$749 without USB, and US$849 with USB.
Gungnirs ordered without USB can be upgraded to add the USB input at any time for $150. In the future, Schiit Audio will make selected upgrades available for Gungnir when there are meaningful changes in USB or D/A conversion technology.
M is for music that you already own. In the business of DAC design, Schiit Audio’s Mike Moffat and Jason Stoddard aren’t fans of (what they call) the phantom formats that allow the music industry to endlessly recycle its golden years. Stoddard and Moffat mocked DSD with the (original) Loki […]
Letters to the editor: May 2017. Ron P. writes, “Any chance either you or your colleague Michael Lavorgna at Audiostream.com might put forth an Yggdrasil review sometime this year?”; August 2017 Greg writes, “Just curious if you have a Yggdrasil review in the works. The article you wrote when it was released indicated you were […]
Since their 2010 inception, Schiit Audio have carved themselves out as industry disruptors. Their company name keeps the would-be Dad jokers amused whilst slowly extending a middle finger to anal-retentives. If you’re easily offended by the sloganeering – “This Schiit is bananas”, “Some seriously good Schiit”, “It’s the Schiit” – […]
Schiit Audio. Sounds like a bad Dad joke doesn’t it – but not quite. Schiit launched with a nod and a wink in 2010 and in only six years co-founders Jason Stoddard and Mike Moffat have expanded their operation from a single car garage to a 12,000+ square foot workshop in Valencia, California. […]
The guys from Schiit Audio have been doing the multi-bit DAC thing for a good couple years now. First came the top of the line Yggdrasil DAC, then multi-bit takes on the Gungnir (which I rate VERY highly) and the Bifrost. According to Schiit, “Multibit DACs differ from the vast majority […]
Schiit Audio was founded in mid 2010 by Mike Moffat (designer of the very first outboard DAC at Theta Digital) and Jason Stoddard (ex-Sumo, marketing guru, published sci-fi writer). The intervening half-decade has seen the pair establish themselves as one seriously high watermark when it comes to sharp value audio products. In that time the […]
T.H.E. Show Newport this year saw Schiit dropping the usual personnel – Mike Moffat was away directing a play – and weight – Jason Stodddard is half the man he was this time last year – literally. Perhaps a regular sip from the cup of vindication is Stoddard’s key to […]
Flashback. Last year I reviewed the Schiit Bifrost DAC for TONEAudio magazine. That (previously .pdf only) coverage has since been archived here but I’ll provide a quick summary for those about to jump back with “TL;DR”: AKM4399 decoder chip, coaxial and optical S/PDIF inputs, (optional) asynchronous USB 2.0 input, no SRC […]
DSD for all. Check out the Schiit-y smiles that say “DSD for US$149”! Look more closely and you’ll see a strange mix of cynicism and mischief plastered across Messrs Stoddard and Moffat’s faces. The Schiit guys were one of several manufacturers at the 2013 T.H.E. Newport Beach Show bemused by […]
Schiit Audio are making good on their promise of the Bifrost and Gungnir DACs being modular and fully upgradable. First up, the Bifrost gets a new Uber analogue board. This apparently lifts the ‘sonic and measured performance’ of the Bifrost by borrowing the discrete, direct-coupled gain stage from the Gungnir. […]