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http://www.spearitsound.com/nad/C316BEE.asp   this NAD trounces the Onkyo's
  Wrong!!!  As both I and Jason previously cautioned; A SE (1/4") to Balanced adapter is OK, but a Balanced to (1/4") SE is NOT OK. If a person does not know what they are talking about they shouldn't talk about it at all. Promulgating the false impression that Balanced to SE adapters (going to a 1/4 or 1/8 plug) are OK is doing a disservice to the community.  
Not sure if anyone questions the Asgards temperature any longer but I finally got a Infrared Thermometer.   Room Temp 70 degrees (F)   My headphone rig including the Asgard has been powered on for four days, so I'd say that it's warmed up.   Knob - 105.3 Front right - 106.7 Front center - 105.6 Front left - 102.7 Top center - 105.1 Top Grate 115.1 Right Side - varies 105 to 119 Rear panel - 104 to 108 Left side - 104 to 108 Bottom - 109 to...
This is also why adding a Single Ended output is not as simple as most think. That being said, I still believe that it should have a SE output.
Based upon what someone wrote I wanted to clarify something.   It is perfectly OK to make a Single Ended (¼” or 1/8” stereo jack) to balanced (4 pin or two 3 pin XLR’s) adapter.   It however is not always OK to make or consider using a Balanced to Single Ended adapter (4 pin or two 3 pin XLR to ¼” or 1/8”).   I won’t get into the technical reasons, but I’d caution any balanced amp owners that are considering using a balanced to single ended adapter to TALK TO...
 
Excluding the Luxman amps I don't know of any Japanese solid-state amplifiers. There is the American made Schiit Audio Asgard that I adore with my He Audio HE-5LE's  
To my knowledge Wadia does not, nor have they ever made an SACD Player. That being said, valid point.  
Hooked, To have an Analog input would either make it a Preamp, Integrated Amp, Headphone Amp, or have it including a ADC (Analog to Digital Converter). More and more Integrated Amps and Headphone Amps are including a DAC (Usually cheaply implemented), but since Schiit labels and is marketing the Bifrost as a DAC, and they market their own range of Headphone Amplifiers it's not likely that you'll see a Jack of all trades (Master of None!) product out of Schiit anytime...
Guarantee that it costs much more to do a fully Discrete Balanced Output than an IC Op-amp based balanced output. The Bifrost is tempting, but I currently have  two < $1000 DAC's for headphone and secondary systems so not really in the market for a budget DAC. Once the Statement DAC comes out I may have to try it to see how it compares to much more expensive DAC's.
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