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post #1051 of 1506
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Originally Posted by commtrd View Post

 

+1 Totally happy with my Mjolnir/Gungnir. Maybe some LCD3 someday but for now all good.

lol, having the lcd2 & he500, I heard the lcd3 and he6 at a show and while they were really quite good.

The stax 009 blew my mind with acoustics genre's but having to buy a separate amp for it and everything seems like a lot of time and money.

 

I still went home and was satisfied with what I have.

post #1052 of 1506
Installed the updated USB in my Gungnir a week or so ago, and also noted a slight increase in SQ. Good job, Jason.

But the biggest improvement is in supporting 32/176.4 datastreams. Especially in Audirvana v1.4.9.9 with 4x upsampling via Izotope.

I have had several NOS DACs in the past (Audionote, Altmann) and enjoyed the edgless natural sound reproduction they made. With my current rig, I had played around with the Izotope software 2x upsampling at 24 bit, earlier and was not at all impressed, considering it a step back in SQ. Now using at 4x at 32 bit, and playing with the parameters, the sound of my LCD-3s have opened up the soundstage substantially, and any digital edge can be adjusted out. More details are naturally reproduced. Have not played around with it enough yet to give any specific pointers to others, except to try it with your Gungnir (if you have the new USB, a Mac and Audirvana). There is a thread on Computer Audiophile about setting the parameters.

The non-ASRC front end of the Gungnir makes this possible. Another good job, Jason.
Edited by Jones Bob - 5/19/13 at 1:42pm
post #1053 of 1506
Time to start saving up for statement dac, anyone need a gungnir with usb?
post #1054 of 1506
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Originally Posted by dleblanc343 View Post

Time to start saving up for statement dac, anyone need a gungnir with usb?
Has there been an announcement?
post #1055 of 1506
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Originally Posted by zackzack View Post

A few questions to annoy you guys:

 

Does Gungnir pair well with 3rd party amp like Burson Soloist or Musical Fidelity?

 

Would you waste Gungnir potential by pairing it with lower end Asgard 2?

post #1056 of 1506
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Originally Posted by zackzack View Post
 

A few questions to annoy you guys:

 

Does Gungnir pair well with 3rd party amp like Burson Soloist or Musical Fidelity?

 

Would you waste Gungnir potential by pairing it with lower end Asgard 2?

 

Purrin at changestar compared the Gungnir and it was in his opinion the second best DAC only to the PS Audio Perfectwave 2 ($3995 DAC). He praises it's neutrality and the fact that it does nothing offensive, so I think it would be an awesome pair with any amp.

 

As for wasting it's potential, this HIGHLY depends on what gear you're driving. HD-800's would be revealing of gungnir vs lower end DAC's and HD-650's maybe not so much. YMMV.

post #1057 of 1506

I have a problem with the Gungnir DAC. Let's see if anyone can input more thoughts into this ..

 

My setup:

PC (Optical Out) / Notebook (USB) -> Gungnir -> Meier Corda Classic -> HD650 / ES5

 

When I left the Gungnir open for about 10 ~ 30 mins, it will have a slight hum (like a ground loop noise).

It will grow louder and louder and reach a point I could not tolerate (about 1 hour later).

Then I switch the unit off for a night and the noise will go away.

However when I turn it on again it will repeat the same loop. 

 

I have sent the unit back to Jason and they have checked there is no problem. 

 

What I have swapped so far and they do not help ..

1. cabling 

2. power outlet 

3. amp (cheap China amp + some portable amp from RSA / Pico)

4. source file (no matter 16/44.1 / 16/48 / 24/96 )

5. DAC (again cheap China DAC, no problem with these setup)

 

Any thoughts / input are appreciated. Thanks all !!

post #1058 of 1506
Electronic hum through the headphones, or a mechanical hum from the Gungnir?
Edited by Jones Bob - 5/23/13 at 12:13pm
post #1059 of 1506
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Originally Posted by EraserXIV View Post


Has there been an announcement?

 

There was a hint at one today. 

 

 

Also, I'd still love input if anyone has compared this unit to the higher end Audio-GD Dacs. 


Edited by elwappo99 - 5/23/13 at 12:58pm
post #1060 of 1506
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

 

There was a hint at one today. 

 

 

Also, I'd still love input if anyone has compared this unit to the higher end Audio-GD Dacs. 

 

Which thread?

post #1061 of 1506
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Originally Posted by EraserXIV View Post

Which thread?

http://www.head-fi.org/t/601151/schiit-owners-unite/2145
post #1062 of 1506
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Originally Posted by Jones Bob View Post

Electronic hum through the headphones, or a mechanical hum from the Gungnir?

electronic hum through the headphone

 

tried 2 pairs of ground loop isolator - the hum remains

post #1063 of 1506

I just received my Gungnir today, love the sound, but I may have found a deal breaker. I'm shocked to find that Schiit elected not to support WASAPI Event Style and only supports WASAPI. As I'm sure you know, WASAPI has problems with playback delays as it pushes instead of pulls from JRiver. Suddenly I am getting these stutters when my Audiolab 8200 never, ever, had any such issue at all. I am not thrilled with this as it seems to me to be a design error. If my 8200 can support both WASAPI modes I fail to see why the Gungnir can't, or doesn't. Now Jason suggested that push works with all systems where the pull style of Event Style WASAPI is less reliable, but my experience might suggest otherwise (yes I know I am drawing a conclusion from a sample of one). My computer is an older Dell, but it is just a music server, and with the 8200 it was flawless, never a stutter under JRiver or Foobar 2000. I might have to turn around and sell the Gungnir simply over this as playback delays should be unacceptable. Maybe I'm being unrealistic, have any of you experienced these playback delays? Might ASIO work to give me bitperfect playback with the Gungnir? Thanks.

post #1064 of 1506

Just wanted to add that Jason and Schiit have always been a class act and very responsive, and I do not wish my comments which are fueled by frustration to sound like I think Schiit is in anyway less than a stellar company. And damn does the Gungnir sound good! I just hope I can get this stutter problem taken care of. I should also retract the use of the term design flaw as that is very presumptious of me to use as I posses zero real knolwedge about how these devices are designed and built. It sounds like I can just go ASIO and my computer will be getting upgraded soon. Thoughts still welcome.

post #1065 of 1506
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Originally Posted by Sonic Defender View Post

Just wanted to add that Jason and Schiit have always been a class act and very responsive, and I do not wish my comments which are fueled by frustration to sound like I think Schiit is in anyway less than a stellar company. And damn does the Gungnir sound good! I just hope I can get this stutter problem taken care of. I should also retract the use of the term design flaw as that is very presumptious of me to use as I posses zero real knolwedge about how these devices are designed and built. It sounds like I can just go ASIO and my computer will be getting upgraded soon. Thoughts still welcome.
I feel bad it's not A1for you, unfortunately I'm not good with technical stuff so I can't really help you. I too use Jriver and never had playback issues; maybe it's the cruddy usb cable.
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