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Schiit Asgard 2 Reviews

Positive Reviews


Exceeded my expectations


Pros: Warmth, Detail, Speed, and Accuracy

Cons: No optical input, nothing else.

I'm going to keep this review brief and to the point. This amp is freakin' awesome for $250 and it has a high/low gain meaning it's capable with almost any type of headphone you can throw at it besides orthos. I use it with my DT880s and they sound way more fun and not boring like they used to. So ya, just buy this amp. There is no transformer hum and the noise floor is very low. So disregard earlier reviews because some of the first units produced were defective. Best $250 I've spent in the past few years. BUY IT

Fantastic build quality, fantastic sound quality, beautiful to look at; an absolute steal at $250. This Schiit is for real, guys.


Pros: Wonderful instrument focus and separation, spacious soundstage, mid-bass slam and solidity like I've never heard before.

Cons: Front led light a little too bright.

First my bias: I am a jaded audiophile for over 20 years who still use my Linn Sondek with Lyra Helikon and all tube Conrad Johnson phono stage and preamp; writing this because it's rare that such a modest and inexpensive product has been so much fun to use for me. This company deserves all the success that will come its way. My first choice is always tube but because this amp is going to be on my desk with all sort of loose things and paper that may cover it up accidentally, I opt for the solid state Schiit.   I use this with 3 in-ear earphones, Shure E3C, Etymotic ER6i, VSonic GR07, and one over-ear headphone, Grado SR80. The amp is fed by my beloved Centrance Dacport. The...
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Negative Reviews


Not good not bad


Pros: Looks nice, solid state, 5 year warranty

Cons: Hum, build quality isn't very good, nothing special

Bought one of the original Asgard 2s from Addicted to Audio in Australia. It had quite an annoying transformer hum, but I thought I would get used to it. I didn't. It was very annoying, particularly when using my powered desktop speakers at a low volume. It wasn't too bad with headphones (even open headphones). But still I really didn't find it acceptable, even at this price range, it should have been noticed before Schiit began shipping them out.   The Asgard 2 looks nice. I didn't love the finish though, it kept getting smudged with oil marks. Would be nice if it had an aluminium  finish similar to a macbook pro. But that's a small issue.   Build quality was...
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Waste of my time


Pros: Weighs a ton, Very good build quality

Cons: Fuzzy/congested/blurry sound. Very colored. Too warm sounding.

Got the unit in and on day one it randomly sounded OK and then would crap out on me. In total I wasted probably 6 hours of my day off trying to fix issues I thought were a fault of my computer. I kept thinking that I had fixed it and then the issue would come back. First I thought it was interference with my ethernet port, bad usb cable, bad hub, noisy power etc. I tried every combination I could find. I even attached the amp to different wall outlets and with and without noise filtering on my surge protectors. In the end there is NOTHING wrong with my setup.   On day one the sound would randomly feel as if all the weight of the music was being sucked out. No life at all to it....
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More Reviews


Asgard 2 Headphone Amplifier - Yes! It's the Schiit!


Pros: Excellent Sound and Clarity, detailed, realistic, bassier, deeper, smoother and wider than anything below the price range.

Cons: Volume knob gets hot; but there is an easy solution; read review.

I've been reading so many replies and reviews how the O2, Magni and Vali sound the same. After weeks of listening to all of them, (yes I have them all) they are all not exactly the same . I've been using the same music and all else in the system is the same and have only changed the amps. Started with O2, then went to Magni. Yes the Magni and O2 sound very close. The Magni does sound a tad processed and thin compared to O2 but the Magni does have more authority as it is more powerful in comparison even though they all seem to struggle reproducing the source. You can't compare a wall-wart amp to a full 110v powered amp. They don't compare and they should not.  ...
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Asgard 2 compared to Magni (HD800, HE-500, HD650, SR325i)


Pros: good sound, good size, gain switch, price

Cons: none so far

Bare with me here as I dont write these things for a living or anything...   Just unboxed mine. It was delivered at 1 pm it is 4:15pm and the case is still cold from being in the truck. Must have been frozen in the truck/plane to still be this cold three plus hours later. No blemishes that I can see, volume pot has smooth motion. Once it warms up a bit more I will give it a good listen with HD650's, HE-500's, SR325i's and report back. I will be using my Modi as the DAC.   Ok, so first and second impressions were not so good. I plugged in the Asgard 2 and let it warm up for 15 minutes or so. Then hooked up the HD650 and got muffled sound and distortion in the...
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Great company, Great service and even better sound!


Pros: Transparent, Warm and inviting, Relatively flat, Smooth yet detailed

Cons: It gets so hot you can fry an egg. I'm not kidding....

I own 3 High-end headphones ( HD 600, HD-650s, and HE 500s) and this amplifier does everything I want it to do. The headphones have been driven with authority, speed and transparency. The sound is relatively flat and the voices are smooth yet detailed. This is some truly remarkable schiit regardless of what some people have said here. I have an ODAC + o2 and I quickly noticed the difference In all areas of the sound. This includes separation, dynamics, and warmness with a remarkable mid-range presentation. The o2+oDAC combo now sounds somewhat "Dry" in comparison but I still recommend it to those on a tight budget.   The service provided by schiit was truly remarkable. Legendary,...
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Why hello there, new friend


Pros: Great build quality, ample output, selectable gain, easy to use and setup

Cons: Volume knob gets hot when the rest of the case does, but not unusable

It's day one with the new Bifrost and Asgard 2 setup, and I'm blown away.  These two have completely changed the way my PC audio sounds, and yet given me a path to even better equipment in the future.   Noise is non-existent, even in high gain mode.  Any noise I heard before on the same rig is now gone.  My headphones, a pair of V-Moda M100's, sound best on low gain, so that's where I'm leaving it.  This does not surprise me, as they have been capable of output on any 1/8th in. jack I've plugged them into.   You may have heard that these get hot.  They do, but not dangerously so, and not unreasonable for a class A amp.  My background in audio is...
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Great Amp, Clear Sound & No Distortion


Pros: Build Quality, Clean Sound, Pre-Amp / Gain Switch adds flexibility

Cons: Heat

I got my Asgard 2 about a month ago, and it has been great so far.  I was initially nervous because I had heard people complaining about trafo-hum.  Let me assure you, unless you have a severely defective unit, there is none.  I press my ear against the unit and I can faintly hear it, which is not indicative of a problem, nor audible in any other situation.  The Asgard 2 is Class-A, so it does get quite toasty, just hot enough that you wouldn't want to hold your hand on the right side of it where the power transistors are mounted.  Not ideal, but not a big deal either.  The Asgard 2 is built like a tank, and it feels very weighted and solid.  I...
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