I think i'll get one of these due to their FAQ and general attitude towards the public/audio community.
I love these people.
I never got that "day and night difference" that a lot of people said when recommending it. It's doing a helluva lot for the earbuds I'm using right now at work, but when I added it to the valhalla setup (vs. no DAC at all) it was a very minor upgrade.
I've always found the valhalla to have really really low bass...
The Valhalla was not designed to drive low impedance headphones. Rule of thumb? 120 ohms and up. What's best for low impedance headphones? The Asgard. Rule of thumb? below 120 ohms. Is there one amp that does it all? Yup, the Lyr. It will drive anything very well.
I’m sorry to say that we’re going to have to move the Bifrost shipping date to September 30, rather than August 31, as we had initially planned.
What went wrong? Well, rather than a chassis problem this time, it’s a parts delay--in this case, the transformer. Our production run slipped, so they won’t be here until early September. When you add board production, assembly (surface mount, which we contract locally), and test time after that, it’s not going to ship before the end of September.
In proper Schiit fashion, here’s the FAQ:
Hey, I’ve already been waiting long enough! Gimme a refund!
Technically, this isn’t a question. And technically, we haven’t taken your money. But we totally understand--just email us and we’ll be happy to cancel your order.
I ordered on (insert date here). Do I still get in on the first run of Bifrost?
Yes! We planned for a very large first run, so we’re not in danger of going into backorder.
Does this mean that every single Bifrost is going to ship on September 30?
No. We actually produce Bifrost here in the USA on our own production line, which has a finite capacity. The earliest orders will be shipped first, and we don’t anticipate it will take more than a week or two after production starts to clear all the backorders.
Oh no! What can I possibly do while I wait for shipment?
Well, you can visit our “Balanced Amp Research & Valhalla Giveaway” thread in Sponsor Announcements and Deals. Let us know what you think about balanced headphones and amps, what kind of connections you need, and features you want. Everyone who responds before August 31, 2011 will be entered to win a Valhalla, and we’ll announce the winner, chosen by random drawing, in the following week.
All the best,
I use AKG K702s...
i don't own the valhalla or any schiit products (currently), but i do find it odd that you complain about lack of bass when the 'phone you are using is well-known for its lack of bass output. i have the k701; it is what it is, and is enjoyable for certain attributes ... bass is not one of them. for bass, i truly enjoy my hfi780 regardless of ss, tube or hybrid amps.
Schiit recommends the k70#'s to pair with the Valhalla, for what its worth
To quote from Jason:
Chances are any Bifrost related (or Schiit DAC) question has already been asked, answered and cataloged in the first post of this thread. Check it out
If your computer already has SPD/IF output, is it still necessary to get the USB option with the BiFrost? I'm planning to purchase the Lyr and the BiFrost to drive the AKG 702.
I am currently using the Yamaha RX-V3800 receiver to drive the AKG702. How different would the AKG 702 sound when driven with the Lyr and the BiFrost?
Of course not. If you plan on exclusively using SPDIF why pay an extra $100 for something you will not use?