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Apologies, everyone. But you really should relax. This isn't a cure for cancer or a solution for world peace. This is just our new stuff (which is pretty damn cool, yeah, but it's not worth getting upset over.)

 

In a few days, I'll make an announcement about the "midrange" products, Mjolnir (balanced amp) and Gungnir (balanced DAC). Which really are end-game products. This announcement will give you plenty of information to chew on and decide if the products are for you, but there will be no pre-order. There'll be an interest list and an anticipated shipping date. Pre-orders will be open when all parts are at the board house for assembly, all final metal has been through QC, and we're ready to produce. This means there won't be delays, as there were with Bifrost.

 

So, in true Schiit fashion, here's an FAQ about where we are and why everything is so late:

 

So, why the heck are you so late? Have you just been sitting around, watching TV and eating bonbons?

Yep. That's exactly what we've been doing. It's not like we've been expanding dramatically, struggling to keep up with orders, hiring new people and moving into an entirely new, 5x larger space. It's not like we haven't been scaling up production and making the investments in operations that are necessary to ensure we don't have endless backorders again. We love getting ten thousand emails about "where's my stuff!"

 

Why can't you do new products at the same time you scale up?

Because you'd much rather have us get the current stuff right than pump out some half-sorted attempt at new gear. We've seen that kill more companies than you can imagine. Also, consider that every new product we're announcing is a "one and only" product, not the chip of the month in a fancy box--so it takes a lot more development work than you might expect.

 

So, why didn't you anticipate the demand you have?

We did. The problem is, every time we made a prediction for future production, our needs exceeded it by 50-100%. We're now building 2-5X larger production runs than in the past. 

 

Are you done with the growth pains?
For now, we have plenty of space and runs that will keep backorder to a minimum. There are some new faces around the shop, including Alex, who's in charge of operations. Things are working much more smoothly now. Which means--

 

So when are the new products coming out!
We'll announce the midrange products in the next few days. Like I said, it'll be an interest list. We'll specify anticipated shipping dates on the interest list and announce pre-order shortly before shipping. At least one of the products will be shipping in Q2.

 

How about the "statement" stuff?
We still expect to announce and ship this year. I have good confidence this will happen, now that we've had our operational issues largely taken care of. 

post #107 of 335

Thanks for the update.  Looking forward to the announcement.  What does actually end-game mean in relation to mid-range vs TOTL?  Does that mean TOTL will just be a more refined version of the mid-range with more bells and whistles but in terms of technology but the mid-range and TOTL share the same guts.
 

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Apologies, everyone. But you really should relax. This isn't a cure for cancer or a solution for world peace. This is just our new stuff (which is pretty damn cool, yeah, but it's not worth getting upset over.)

 

In a few days, I'll make an announcement about the "midrange" products, Mjolnir (balanced amp) and Gungnir (balanced DAC). Which really are end-game products. This announcement will give you plenty of information to chew on and decide if the products are for you, but there will be no pre-order. There'll be an interest list and an anticipated shipping date. Pre-orders will be open when all parts are at the board house for assembly, all final metal has been through QC, and we're ready to produce. This means there won't be delays, as there were with Bifrost.

 

post #108 of 335
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Thanks for the update.  Looking forward to the announcement.  What does actually end-game mean in relation to mid-range vs TOTL?  Does that mean TOTL will just be a more refined version of the mid-range with more bells and whistles but in terms of technology but the mid-range and TOTL share the same guts.
 

 


It means "good enough to be an end-game product, despite the low price-tag." The "Statement" products will redefine the state of the art, they will share nothing (except overall topology, in the case of the amp) with the midrange products.

 

post #109 of 335

Oh Jason, that statement makes me want to also try the mid-range and statement whereas before I was just gearing up for the statement amp.

World Peace can wait................
 

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It means "good enough to be an end-game product, despite the low price-tag." The "Statement" products will redefine the state of the art, they will share nothing (except overall topology, in the case of the amp) with the midrange products.


 

post #110 of 335
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It means "good enough to be an end-game product, despite the low price-tag." The "Statement" products will redefine the state of the art, they will share nothing (except overall topology, in the case of the amp) with the midrange products.

 

So planar-magnetic technology? wink_face.gif
 

 

post #111 of 335
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It means "good enough to be an end-game product, despite the low price-tag." The "Statement" products will redefine the state of the art, they will share nothing (except overall topology, in the case of the amp) with the midrange products.

 


Sigh, and they'll be coming out in Q4 I guess? Hopefully they'll be in time for Christmas :)

 

post #112 of 335
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Sigh, and they'll be coming out in Q4 I guess? Hopefully they'll be in time for Christmas :)

 


Well at least we have something to look forward to.beyersmile.png

post #113 of 335

Will the statement-tier products be a hybrid amp and a DAC separately, or a DAC/hybrid amp in one chassis?


Edited by songmic - 3/20/12 at 2:45am
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Will the statement-tier products be a hybrid amp and a DAC separately, or a DAC/hybrid amp in one chassis?


Hybrid amp and a separate solid state DAC

 

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So planar-magnetic technology? wink_face.gif
 

 



Yeah a planar-magnetic amplifier... That's what we've all been waiting for confused.gif

post #116 of 335
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Yeah a planar-magnetic amplifier... That's what we've all been waiting for confused.gif

It was sarcasm, man.
 

 

post #117 of 335

THE HAMMER AND THE SPEAR!

 

Psyched for the new products, Jason, excited to see how they turn out!
 

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... I'll make an announcement about the "midrange" products, Mjolnir (balanced amp) and Gungnir (balanced DAC)...


 

post #118 of 335

What? It's not going to be called "Thor" ??? frown.gif
Are you saving "Thor" for the statement amp? very_evil_smiley.gif

 

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In a few days, I'll make an announcement about the "midrange" products, Mjolnir (balanced amp) and Gungnir (balanced DAC).

 

 


+1 LOL
 

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World Peace can wait................
 



 

 

post #119 of 335


This makes my heart palpitate.atsmile.gif

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It means "good enough to be an end-game product, despite the low price-tag." The "Statement" products will redefine the state of the art, they will share nothing (except overall topology, in the case of the amp) with the midrange products.

 



 

post #120 of 335
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What? It's not going to be called "Thor" ??? frown.gif
Are you saving "Thor" for the statement amp? very_evil_smiley.gif


The Ragnarök amp should pair well with the Fimbulwinter DAC but that still leaves out the Yggdrasil...

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