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Schiit Asgard: Unboxing and First Impressions

post #1 of 1705
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The Schiit Asgard arrived today.  It was packed well, and it seems to have arrived in perfect condition.

 

The Schiit Asgard's fit-and-finish seems quite good.   We're not talking Luxman P-1 luxuriousness here, but, at just a hair over one-tenth the price of the Luxman, that's hardly a fair comparison.  (I only mention the Luxman, as I currently have the Asgard placed atop it, as you'll see in a couple of the photos below.)

 

Certainly, the sense of build quality and the quality of the Schiit Asgard's chassis are far more than one would expect for--get this--$249.00.  And that price is far more remarkable in consideration of the fact that this thing is made in the USA, from mostly USA-sourced parts.

 

One of my first questions for Schiit's Jason Stoddard was whether or not they have these priced to make a viable business out of the Asgard (and the upcoming Valhalla), in response to which he insisted that they can.

 

I've only just started listening to the Schiit Asgard, and will definitely listen to it more before posting much in the way of sonic impressions.  I will say this, though:  if Jason is telling it like it is--if they can really make a viable business of USA-made amps at these price points--there will be some nervous desktop headphone amp makers out there, in the U.S., in China, and everywhere else.  Jason and Mike Moffatt (the other Schiit founder) have audio design chops, beyond any question, Jason formerly with Sumo, and Mike formerly with Theta.  Many key designs and products from each of those companies (Sumo and Theta) came from the minds and hands of these guys.  That they're now dedicated to developing and selling headphone amps at these price points (the Valhalla is expected to release at $349.00) is, to me (and I'm sure to many of you), very very interesting.

 

I'll post more about my discussion(s) with Jason Stoddard later.  For now, here are some unboxing photos.  (For full-sized photos, you can see the Flickr gallery by clicking here.)

 

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(Since the Schiit Asgard is designed to be particularly well suited for low-impedance headphones, I thought I'd break out a few.)

post #2 of 1705

Nice, I like and will have :)

post #3 of 1705

I really like the looks and pricing. The name definitely made me laugh too, can't wait for reviews on this one.

post #4 of 1705

very interested in this amp, looks amazing and the price is solid, can't wait for the review!

post #5 of 1705

I really like the design. Very simple but still elegant. Would love to see more internal pics.

post #6 of 1705

Could we see some internal pics.

post #7 of 1705

Oh boy, look at that sexy case. How about some internal pictures?

post #8 of 1705

Very sleek. iLike

post #9 of 1705

Looks great and very affordable, waiting for internal photos and formal review.

post #10 of 1705

Whoa! I hope you like the way it sounds!

 

I posted a couple of internals (admittedly very bad iPhone shots) on the other thread.

post #11 of 1705

Man that thing looks amazing!!!  Can't wait for the sound review.

About time a company steps up with a nice looking (and hopefully sounding) amp in a decent price range. 

 Most of them are WAY overpriced imo..  Hell even the low price chinese amps are making them rich. 

Even at $300 US  in China thats about 3 months US salary.

I know an amp isn't worth 3 months of my pay ;)

 I'll be placing an order soon!!!   Even if it sounds like a cmoy, at $250 it's a steal..I think?
 

post #12 of 1705

Wow, I'll never get past the name...  It does look lovely, though.

post #13 of 1705

I think the name is getting publicity right now which is good. In the future if these amps become dominant in their price ranges because of SQ, build quality and US sourcing I think the name will be less important but always give the amps a strong brand.

post #14 of 1705
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Originally Posted by Zink View Post

I think the name is getting publicity right now which is good. In the future if these amps become dominant in their price ranges because of SQ, build quality and US sourcing I think the name will be less important but always give the amps a strong brand.


Well, you know what they say...Schiit happens!  I just got my shipping notice at 11amPDT.  Fast work Jason!

I am really looking forward to finding out how this baby sounds.  I will report back.

post #15 of 1705

Strongly considering the Asgrad. I like the design, it seems to be a very promising amp and most importantly the manual on the Schiit website for the Asgrad is rather funny and very down to earth.

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