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post #1441 of 3320

LOL, I've had similar experiences with Jason, the man never sleeps. I hope things never change, even when Schiit gets huge. atsmile.gif
 

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Now this is Customer service!!!!!!

 

I sent Jason a question at Schiit tonite at like 12:15 am Saturday and he responded in 2 minutes, 2 minutes!!!!!!!!!

on a FRIDAY night at 12:15 am

That my friends is why these guys will succeed-great product, superior customer service!!!!!!



 

post #1442 of 3320

Just a reminder guys (and girls, if there are any!) that personal attacks are not on. There's no problem with disagreeing with people, only a problem with being abusive towards them.  Please do not ruin the community with such things.beerchug.gif

post #1443 of 3320

And here I thought I would wait a while, they already shipped it.  Epic

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Right now I got my Grado RS1i paired with Asgard and Bifrost and it's magic.  

I used to have my Grado RS1i paired with MAD EAR HD and NFB-3 and loved what it did.  The MAD EAR HD was warm and smooth and so was the NFB-3, dark yet detailed but the Asgard and Bifrost does it better.  I don't know if it's the Asgard or the Bifrost because they are both new to me but together they are more magical than the MAD EAR HD and NFB-3 combo (to my ears).  The Asgard and Bifrost on my RS1i gives it the warmth the Grado RS1i needs yet, it's more open, airy, dynamic with a wider soundstage than the MAD EAR HD and NFB-3. 

 

Thanks Jason. 

post #1445 of 3320
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Right now I got my Grado RS1i paired with Asgard and Bifrost and it's magic.  



I used to have my Grado RS1i paired with MAD EAR HD and NFB-3 and loved what it did.  The MAD EAR HD was warm and smooth and so was the NFB-3, dark yet detailed but the Asgard and Bifrost does it better.  I don't know if it's the Asgard or the Bifrost because they are both new to me but together they are more magical than the MAD EAR HD and NFB-3 combo (to my ears).  The Asgard and Bifrost on my RS1i gives it the warmth the Grado RS1i needs yet, it's more open, airy, dynamic with a wider soundstage than the MAD EAR HD and NFB-3. 



 



Thanks Jason. 



Perhaps you can comment on bass? It seems that's where people have been agreeing and disagreeing.
post #1446 of 3320

Because the Asgard and the Bifrost is new for me, so it's hard to compare.  I'm used to the NFB-3 which is a darker dac but it's hard not being familiar with both the Asgard and Bifrost but I can say that impressions of the Bifrost I believe are correct.  It's open, airy and detailed without being bright.  The bass with Asgard and Bifrost at first seemed to be without impact, it was soft, lacking weight and punch. But after couple hours, again, I don't know if it was the Asgard or the Bifrost, but the bass kicked in.  

 

So in comparison to the MAD EAR HD and NFB-3 which I was used to with my RS1i, I can say that the Asgard and Bifrost together has greater bass definition, it's tighter, has more impact and punch.  To me, I'm getting better bass on my RS1i, than I did before.

 

 

post #1447 of 3320

Whenever mine comes in I'm ready with my modded Grado SR325's and HE-5LE's, got a HE adapter ordered so I can use my Virtue TWO.2 as a headphone amp and the bifrost will do the D to A conversion for Squeezebox, my laptop, my PS3, and the Virtue Piano M1 CD Player will just keep doing what its doing I won't be so bummed out I've become disabled and can't really walk anymore....its all good...CRANK UP THE MUSIC!!!!!

 I do miss banging the drum all day though......

post #1448 of 3320

@sling5s -- It'd be incredibly interesting if you were able to get your hands on a MAD EAR HD to compare the Asgard. I had an Asgard for about a month when I was comparing it with a MAD Ear+ and Millett MiniMax, trying to figure out which one I was going to keep. HRT Music Streamer II as DAC. The MAD Ear+ ultimately won out, and by a fairly large margin to my ears compared with the Asgard. Most of my listening with this combo is done with a vintage pair of Grado RS-1s. With price considerations for new versions of the amps, it's not a fair match ... but still.

 

It's interesting that you are enjoying the Bifrost/Asgard combination more. I have a feeling it was a matching issue ... but then again, sometimes I just prefer to listen to Grado SR225s out of an iPhone compared to the desktop rig. Are you sure it's not just the looks of the pair together that is winning you over? Because that IS fantastic, I'm sure :) Argh, now I'm considering grabbing the Asgard again out of curiosity. :)

post #1449 of 3320
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Originally Posted by sling5s View Post

Because the Asgard and the Bifrost is new for me, so it's hard to compare.  I'm used to the NFB-3 which is a darker dac but it's hard not being familiar with both the Asgard and Bifrost but I can say that impressions of the Bifrost I believe are correct.  It's open, airy and detailed without being bright.  The bass with Asgard and Bifrost at first seemed to be without impact, it was soft, lacking weight and punch. But after couple hours, again, I don't know if it was the Asgard or the Bifrost, but the bass kicked in.  

 

So in comparison to the MAD EAR HD and NFB-3 which I was used to with my RS1i, I can say that the Asgard and Bifrost together has greater bass definition, it's tighter, has more impact and punch.  To me, I'm getting better bass on my RS1i, than I did before.

 

 



Plug your NFB-3 in your Asgard and compare it to the Bifrost :p .

post #1450 of 3320

First, I really think it's the combination too.  The Asgard and Bifrost work well together to really make the RS1i shine.  Secondly, I should also admit that there's some new toy (& sound) factor.

Thirdly I think is my preference.  I prefer the more wider and airy presentation to the smooth and thick sound of the MAD EAR.  The bass is also more tighter and snappier on the Asgard/Bifrost too.

If there is anything that MAD EAR does better than the Asgard, it will be the midrange, the MAD EAR had a more warm and fuller midrange.  There's always trade offs I guess. 

 
 

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@sling5s -- It'd be incredibly interesting if you were able to get your hands on a MAD EAR HD to compare the Asgard. I had an Asgard for about a month when I was comparing it with a MAD Ear+ and Millett MiniMax, trying to figure out which one I was going to keep. HRT Music Streamer II as DAC. The MAD Ear+ ultimately won out, and by a fairly large margin to my ears compared with the Asgard. Most of my listening with this combo is done with a vintage pair of Grado RS-1s. With price considerations for new versions of the amps, it's not a fair match ... but still.

 

It's interesting that you are enjoying the Bifrost/Asgard combination more. I have a feeling it was a matching issue ... but then again, sometimes I just prefer to listen to Grado SR225s out of an iPhone compared to the desktop rig. Are you sure it's not just the looks of the pair together that is winning you over? Because that IS fantastic, I'm sure :) Argh, now I'm considering grabbing the Asgard again out of curiosity. :)



My NFB-3 is hooked up to my Main Speaker system and it's a pain to unhook.  But I do believe that the Bifrost is more airly and throws a wider soundstage for sure.  As preference goes, I do prefer the presentation of the Bifrost.

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Plug your NFB-3 in your Asgard and compare it to the Bifrost :p .



 

post #1451 of 3320
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Just a reminder guys (and girls, if there are any!) that personal attacks are not on. There's no problem with disagreeing with people, only a problem with being abusive towards them.  Please do not ruin the community with such things.beerchug.gif


Agreed, hope I haven't offended anyone, PLEASE accept my apologies if I have!!!
 

 

post #1452 of 3320
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Originally Posted by sling5s View Post

[...]

My NFB-3 is hooked up to my Main Speaker system and it's a pain to unhook.  But I do believe that the Bifrost is more airly and throws a wider soundstage for sure.  As preference goes, I do prefer the presentation of the Bifrost.

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Plug your NFB-3 in your Asgard and compare it to the Bifrost :p .



 



Plug your Bifrost into your speaker system, volume match and compare to the NFB-3 wink.gif.

 

The impressions are greatly appreciated but my new toy syndrome filter is working overtime. Some comparisons seem to include changes to a rig beyond the Bifrost itself, diluting any real insight. Still waiting for more detailed and balanced impressions. popcorn.gif

post #1453 of 3320

^ this is very true. Once my bifrost arrives, I'll spend the first 10 days comparing mostly to the MiniMax/Concerto - as that's my usual combination - and partly to the MiniMax/Lyr. Then I'll bring back the StageDAC/Concerto for a couple of days to re-attune before trying the StageDAC/bifrost comparison.

post #1454 of 3320

Cool. Particularly interested in your impressions of the Lyr/Bifrost/LCD-2 setup. I suspect that system will soon be ubiquitous around these parts.

post #1455 of 3320
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Originally Posted by AiDee View Post

^ this is very true. Once my bifrost arrives, I'll spend the first 10 days comparing mostly to the MiniMax/Concerto - as that's my usual combination - and partly to the MiniMax/Lyr. Then I'll bring back the StageDAC/Concerto for a couple of days to re-attune before trying the StageDAC/bifrost comparison.


I cant wait for your findings Aidee,  10 days is toooooo far away!!!  Please please keeps me posted everystep of the way. 

 

Aidee, have you ever tried opamp rolling in the EE mini max?

 

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