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post #61 of 306
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Originally Posted by Jason Stoddard View Post


Yep, absolutely. 

 



Killer. Totally killer. Great looking gear Jason.

post #62 of 306
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

It was mentioned in the amp anticipation thread that it would be capable of being built as SS or hybrid, so you will have that option.


ah I see.. thought last time I read the info stating that the statement will be a hybrid

post #63 of 306
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We also originally planned to have the top amp be a conventional volume-pot and input-switch design, now it's relay-switched stepped attenuation and relay-switched inputs. Fair warning: if you don't like clicking, steer well clear of the statement amp. It'll have 24 relays inside. 

 


Is your Statement volume control going to be something like what Tent Labs did with the relay switched attenuation? Never heard it but I did notice their testimonial quote 'beats the DACT CT2 by some margin'.
 

How have you found such a volume attenuator compared to the various options out there?
 

 

post #64 of 306

Heya,

 

Man, that amp's output looks gnarly. I wish it was the same size as the Asgard and had that power output, like an Asgard II hah. Alas, doesn't match the Bifrost in size.

 

Very best

post #65 of 306
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Is your Statement volume control going to be something like what Tent Labs did with the relay switched attenuation? Never heard it but I did notice their testimonial quote 'beats the DACT CT2 by some margin'.
 

How have you found such a volume attenuator compared to the various options out there?
 

 


In actuality, yes, it's very similar. Same number of steps (64), though we're still debating 1dB vs 1.25dB. And no barfy display--we'll be A/Ding a voltage reference so we can have a volume control with proper stops. I *hate* constantly spinning encoders. 

 

It's not a new idea. I did a Sumo preamp with a similar arrangement (Artemis), way back in the old days. It's by far the best way to do volume control, but it's a pain the the butt as far as software goes.

 

 


Edited by Jason Stoddard - 3/30/12 at 12:20pm
post #66 of 306

As  small businesss owner myself I'm always pleased to see other small business like Schiit thriving. I can't wait to see customer reviews of the new products and the upcoming statement products. I appreciate a company that knows quality and isn't into price gouging. Something that seems commonplace in audio. I put my $$ where my mouth is and I've owned every Schiit amp to date. Keep up the fantastic work!

post #67 of 306
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As  small businesss owner myself I'm always pleased to see other small business like Schiit thriving. I can't wait to see customer reviews of the new products and the upcoming statement products. I appreciate a company that knows quality and isn't into price gouging. Something that seems commonplace in audio. I put my $$ where my mouth is and I've owned every Schiit amp to date. Keep up the fantastic work!



Agree.  There's not very many US made products left that offer that kind of value, especially in audio.  Usually they use it as an excuse to jack up the prices no matter what the market is.

post #68 of 306

Thanks for talking to us direct as always Jason. Tantalizing information!

 

Gungnir and the statement DAC are what interest me, given how fine Bifrost is. Will be following these closely.

post #69 of 306

I'll going to be all over this pair...

 

Especially since the amp has pre-outs...I love pre-amps...

post #70 of 306

I hate my self. Just bought the BIFROST two weeks ago. $400 more I could be on my way to having a balanced set up :(

Should have done my research. 

post #71 of 306
Balancing is more expensive than just the Dac, you need a balanced amp and cables for headphones and interconnects. Also this Dac won't be available for a while so you'd be without a Dac for a while if you had waited.
post #72 of 306
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Balancing is more expensive than just the amp, you need cables for headphones and interconnects. Also this Dac won't be available for a while so you'd be without a Dac for a while if you had waited.

Yeah. I have replacement cables for two of my headphones for balanced setup. Got them for as a gift a while back for some charity work I did for a friend's organization.
post #73 of 306
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Balancing is more expensive than just the Dac, you need a balanced amp and cables for headphones and interconnects. Also this Dac won't be available for a while so you'd be without a Dac for a while if you had waited.

Schiit gear should hold its value well too. I wouldn't worry too much.
post #74 of 306
Agreed. Main reason why I'll be picking up this pair even though my goal is the statement pair later on.
post #75 of 306
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Agreed. Main reason why I'll be picking up this pair even though my goal is the statement pair later on.

I'm pretty excited to see what else they have in store for us. I honestly might hold off on these and wait for the wave of statement sales to get them...or just get the statement gear. Lol
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