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post #1321 of 4040
Wish I knew how well the Gungnir would pair with a musical integrated amp with PRaT from NAIM.
post #1322 of 4040

Has anyone here owned the Gungnir with Gen2 USB and done extensive comparisons with the Yulong DA-8?

 

Can anyone comment on the upgrade given the modest $350 price difference?

 

(Note: DSD is not that important to me.)

 

I am looking for a stand-alone DAC that will act as a transport between an HTPC source and an integrated amp.

post #1323 of 4040

Does anyone know if the Gungnir pairs well balanced with a Violectric 181, and if they'd have enough juice to power orthos?

 

I'm considering this combo for my LCD-X, since my Mjolnir and Gungnir were stolen. I think the DAC is great, but  the amp made the highs too aggressive imo.

post #1324 of 4040

Is anyone here using the gungnir with an otl? How does it mate with tubes?

thanks

post #1325 of 4040
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Originally Posted by the8o88y View Post
 

Does anyone know if the Gungnir pairs well balanced with a Violectric 181, and if they'd have enough juice to power orthos?

 

I'm considering this combo for my LCD-X, since my Mjolnir and Gungnir were stolen. I think the DAC is great, but  the amp made the highs too aggressive imo.

 

V181 owners have confirmed it powers the LCD-2s with no problem, and I find the LCD-Xs are not only more efficient, but easier to pair than the LCD-2s. I agree that the Mjolnir is at the upper end of brightness for the LCD-X and makes for a detailed and airy, but slightly lean presentation. 

 

If I was starting over with the LCD-Xs, I'd consider the Dangerous Source instead of the Gungnir. Why? The DS sounds nearly identical to the Gungnir--which is to say, clean, neutral, detailed, and dynamic, and it has a very good amp built-in, along with some good preamp features. From what I've read, the V181 is a slightly warm-sounding amp with moderately-sized soundstage. The DS amp is very clean, powerful neutral-sounding amp with moderately-sized soundstage. You might buy the DS, listen to the amp with the LCD-X--and call it a day. I think the LCD-X sounds pretty nice out of the DS. The Gungnir (with USB) is $850 vs. $900 for the DS--so the amp is just gravy.

 

 

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Is anyone here using the gungnir with an otl? How does it mate with tubes?

thanks

 

No OTL, but I've used the Gungnir with the Lyr and the Vali--and they both sound great. No reason it wouldn't be terrific with any tube amp--it's a first-rate DAC.

post #1326 of 4040

I have the Gungnir and paired with the Valhalla. I think it sounds great. To tell you the truth I don't think you could get any better. I use them with the Beyerdynamic T90. I have the Heimdall cables and Nordost USB cable. 

post #1327 of 4040

I bought the Gungnir without the USB and added the Gen2 later. For sure, the USB Gen2 sounds as good or better than their SPDIF inputs, but I disagree that it blows away other separate USB/SPDIF converters. I have the Wyrd4snd ULink and the Gen2 does not sound noticeably better than the ULink doing the USB/SPDIF duties, IMO. What I have also noticed about the Gungnir is that in the persuit of an 'analog' sound they may have over done it with too much emphasis on midrange, or DE-emphasis of highs (roll off). Not sure. Probably system dependent. Throwing some tubes after it is a definate plus though IMO. I used a tube pre with it and really liked it. Tubes add some 'sparkle' to the highs and a bit more 'punch'. IMO the Gungnir is a bit too flabby. It may be that I use an Emotiva XPA-2 that tends to be a very 'well behaved' high power amp. A bit 'analog' to begin with...

post #1328 of 4040

It isn't often that you hear of tubes adding sparkle, but I haven't tube rolled myself so perhaps this is more common. My experience with tubes, and my reading here seems to suggest that tubes have an overall smoothing effect as compared to solid state amplification topologies. I find plenty of high frequency energy with my Gungnir, so perhaps that can be taken as some evidence of the system dependency you are alluding to.

post #1329 of 4040

hi guys!  is the gungnir compatible with 32khz sample rate?

post #1330 of 4040
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hi guys!  is the gungnir compatible with 32khz sample rate?

I doubt it, but why? Anything that is 32khz needs to be upsampled a tad.

post #1331 of 4040

Has anyone compared the Gungnir with the Concero? I am seriously considering 

the Gungnir and just curious before I pull the trigger. Thanks

post #1332 of 4040
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Has anyone compared the Gungnir with the Concero? I am seriously considering 

the Gungnir and just curious before I pull the trigger. Thanks

I've directly compared them, and they're both top notch DACs. If you're super tight on space, the Concero is a good option. Otherwise, I like the three outputs on the Gungnir, the warranty, and the upgrade ability.

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Does anybody know if I need a preamp between my gungnir and powered focal monitors?  If so, what preamp would be good under 1k?  The mjolnir?  Or is there something better around a similar price range.  

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Does anybody know if I need a preamp between my gungnir and powered focal monitors?  If so, what preamp would be good under 1k?  The mjolnir?  Or is there something better around a similar price range.  


I've gone directly out from my Gungnir to powered monitors without a pre-amp. The only drawback is there's no way to set the volume without adjusting it on each speaker. The Mjolnir can used as a preamp, but you could probably find something less expensive, if you don't plan to use the Mjolnir as an amp.

post #1335 of 4040
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I've gone directly out from my Gungnir to powered monitors without a pre-amp. The only drawback is there's no way to set the volume without adjusting it on each speaker. The Mjolnir can used as a preamp, but you could probably find something less expensive, if you don't plan to use the Mjolnir as an amp.

 

Thanks.  Does the Mjolnir sound good as a pre?  Any recommendations for something else?

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