Originally Posted by purrin
Either you are being a smart ass or don't know what you are talking about.
The AKM are voltage output and don't need a I-V converter after the chip. Indeed you can run them passive, although it's not optimal under most conditions (tried that before). A good buffer / post filter after the digital stage yields overall better results. If you've ever played with it, you would know.
Other DAC chips such as the Wolfson WM8741 also integrate the I-V converter onto the chip. This is not lie or marketing trick. The spec sheets of these chips make it clear that they are voltage output and that a buffer / post filter are still necessary.
there's nothing wrong with the dac-chip design, of course.
and, of course, it's wouldn't be a lie if Schiit guys would say that "Bifrost has no opamps because opamp's job is partly done by the DAC-chip itself"
it wouldn't be a lie if they said that this so-called "fully discrete design of theirs is not their achievement, but mostly of Asahi Kasei's engineers".
instead - they play with words.
it's like showing your biceps, grown on steroids, to your girlfriend.
she will think that you work a lot on yourself and will like it for sure.
will the biceps be big? yes. will it be _your_ achievement? no.
the same here.
they show us their steroid-grown-biceps.
these guys are good in marketing.
and, yup, that still doesn't stop me from waiting and saving money for their "statement DAC" with "a never seen before technology and redefining of everything", even though i'm pretty sure that it will not actually be unique.
these guys are too good in marketing, imho.
Edited by kr0gg - 11/23/11 at 7:05am