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post #1111 of 1535
Tried Schiit's earlier USB in the Bifrost vs the earlier V-Link, and no contest: Bifrost's own USB was better.
post #1112 of 1535

I was wondering the same thing: whether the USB upgrade to the Gungnir was better than using an external USB-S/PDIF converter.  If the new USB implementation is truly better (or at least equal to), would you guys consider the Gungnir an end-game DAC?  I have a Bifrost now (non-USB, non-Uber), and want to believe that due to Schiit's upgradeable design, the Gungnir would be a good fit as an end-game DAC (for someone who can't go above the $1K mark for any one component).

 

Is there a possibility of Schiit coming out with something in between the Gungnir and the Yggdrasil?

post #1113 of 1535

Don't forget their have been three different versions of the V-link, and the original had the most room for improvement. The newest V192 has the XMOS chipset and is better than the Gungnir's original USB receiver. I have not heard Schiit's newer USB receiver however.

post #1114 of 1535

Hmm, so I take it not many have heard both the newest V-Link 192 AND the newer USB 2.0 receiver with Gungnir? I'm torn between both options, as Jason from Schiit told me the new USB beats most USB-SPDIF converters, but I'm not sure about V-Link 192 specifically..
 

post #1115 of 1535

That could not be further from the truth. The Gungnir is a fantastic sounding DAC. I know what I am talking about because I have sat with Stereo Reviewers form the Magazines and listened to many top notch stereo systems. It has the best build quality. If you open it up it is beautiful inside with quality components oversize power supplies discrete output stage fully balanced. Try to get that at the same price point as the Gungnir. My Gungnir stays on 24/7 for 6 months now without issue and with Florida thunderstorm. Usually for $600-$700 you will get opamps in the output stage...LOL 


Edited by huberd - 7/15/13 at 8:07pm
post #1116 of 1535
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My Gungnir stays on 24/7 for 6 months now without issue and with Florida thunderstorm. 

 

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post #1117 of 1535

I am considering moving from my current KingRex UD384 to the Gungnir, but have a few question as to my options. 

 

I would be using the Gungnir with my desktop computer. I could get(or try to) a used Gungnir without USB and use the UD384 as a USB to SPDIF converter, although I am less happy with that because I was hoping to get some money from selling the UD384. My computer also does have an optical out so I could go straight from my computer to Gungnir via optical, I could also send in a non-USB Gungnir for an upgrade later I suppose but $150 plus shipping is not too cheap. Or I could go straight for a factory new USB Gungnir. I know very little about optical performance and wonder what others had to say about the various input options. Thanks for the help.

post #1118 of 1535

My understanding is that the second generation USB interface that the Gungnir has, or can be upgraded to have will have excellent performance. Why don't you e-mail Jason at Schiit and ask him? He is very responsive and in my experience answers questions without a bunch of sales hype. info@schiit.com. I love my Gungnir and currently it is only running through the original USB interface, soon I will be doing the upgrade to the second version which Jason feels confident that it is a significant audio improvement. Good luck and let us know what you decide.

post #1119 of 1535
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Originally Posted by HeyWaj10 View Post

I was wondering the same thing: whether the USB upgrade to the Gungnir was better than using an external USB-S/PDIF converter.  If the new USB implementation is truly better (or at least equal to), would you guys consider the Gungnir an end-game DAC?  I have a Bifrost now (non-USB, non-Uber), and want to believe that due to Schiit's upgradeable design, the Gungnir would be a good fit as an end-game DAC (for someone who can't go above the $1K mark for any one component).

 

Is there a possibility of Schiit coming out with something in between the Gungnir and the Yggdrasil?

 

There may be that possibility, yes. I keep hearing how there may be intermediate models in between Gungnir/Mjolnir & Yggdrasil/Ragnarok

post #1120 of 1535

No, nothing between Gungnir and Yggy planned.

post #1121 of 1535

That's too bad. I would be quite interested in upgrading to a Gungnir Pro with an AES/EBU input cool.gif

post #1122 of 1535

No, I'd rather see an uber upgrade for the Gungnir. biggrin.gif
 

post #1123 of 1535

I've recently acquired the Mjolnir/Gungnir combo and I am enjoying it immensely. It still hasn't fully burned in but is sounding better everyday. I also want to say to those who are experiencing the crackling, popping and brief drop outs in sound that this should disappear after a few dozen hours of play.

post #1124 of 1535

My stack has always performed flawlessly. Still not a problem to date however I might send the G back to get the latest USB update. Has anyone here gotten the update done?

post #1125 of 1535

I've had the Mjolnir/Gungnir combo for about 3 months now. I'm torn between the feeling that I made a mistake in buying it and the feeling like I got a great combo. They do sound great but when going from track to track the Gungnir has an annoying habit of emitting an anoying, high-pitched crackling sound whenever the source material changes bit rates or sampling rates. I don't feel the muting circuit is doing it's job well enough. Is this a problem for anyone else?


Edited by walteroly - 7/22/13 at 4:15pm
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