Myself and Fluffygdog95 agreed that whoever came up with Schiits marketing and simplistic sleek design should get an honorary degree from Harvard or something. That is if they don't already have one.
Thank you for your kinds words, and thanks also to the other dudes liking my gear. But credit must be given to the product designers at Schiit Audio and Beyerdynamic for creating good looking and great sounding products. I’m just a customer :-)
In case anybody is interested to see more from my multi-room setup: I posted some pictures in the computer audio forum here at Head-Fi.
Werner, color me jealous. Nice world you live in...
I gotta ask though Werner, what do you think of the IKEA chair. Ive got one and Im really disappointed with it. There seems to be a bar/slat or whatever you would call it right in the middle of my back and while it feels fine the first hour it really starts to bug me. Or are IKEA chairs better in non US countries lol. Either way what a wonderful place you got. Love the decorating and obviously that beautiful view. Just was wondering about the chair for fun lol. I think if I was taller it may not actually be a problem. Apologies if it isnt a IKEA chair, but it looks exactly like mine. Wow, very jealous of your place and what Im seeing in and around it!
How about the combined thermal output of the stacked pair ?
Is it wrong that this image has me sold on the Bifrost, rather than the impressions to date?
since it’s difficult for me to describe sound and music in English (not my native language) I’ll concentrate more on the clearly visible outside facts.
Build quality and design of the Schiit Bifrost are on a very different level than the Beresford DAC. The Beresford feels and looks cheap compared to the Bifrost’s massive metal housing. I also like that the Bifrost does not use an external power supply. The power button and the input selection push-buttons on the front of the Beresford sometimes are difficult to operate; there’s a certain point which one has to hit exactly, otherwise the buttons simply won’t react.
For its price the performance of the latest Beresford DAC (gatorized Caiman) is very good, and it offers more input connections than the Bifrost: two BNC inputs, one USB and one Toslink. I have two Beresford DACs with two BNC and two Toslink inputs (don’t need USB), but I don’t think that this special configuration is still available. Since there are two line-outs (fixed and variable) on the Beresford, it can be used as a preamp. It even has a headphone output with decent performance (depening on your headphones), but it shouldn’t be compared to a true stand-alone headphone amplifier. The Beresford’s volume knob feels light and cheap compared to the Valhalla’s volume knob, which offers a great tactile feedback while turning it.
I still use two Beresford DACs in my home in systems for loudspeaker playback, but for headphone listening I certainly do prefer the Bifrost/Valhalla combination. The Bifrost’s detail resolution is excellent, there’s more muscle, grunt and power (but this may be due to the Valhalla amplifier). When listening with the Bifrost and Valhalla, after a few minutes I forget to look for new layers of detail and instrument separation (which of course are there), but simply get lost in the music instead. Think this is the best one can say about equipment built for music playback.
According to Jason Stoddard it’s not a problem to stack them together, as long as the amplifier is placed on top of the Bifrost.
There a two IKEA chairs of this certain model in my home, and I feel very comfortable when sitting, but I’m pretty tall (201 cm, think that’s approximately six feet and seven inches).
No, absolutely not; our whole lives are sold completely on images :-)
But in case of the Bifrost there are certainly more and other qualities, which are more than skin deep.
Werner, I think you may be guilty of false modesty - there is absolutely nothing wrong with your written English - please don't hold back with those impressions, and when you've finished I'd like you to give Mike at Headfonia a few tips on grammar. Now *that* is one guy who clearly has English as a second language !