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post #1381 of 1394
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Originally Posted by dailydoseofdaly View Post


I agree with what your hearing, I've had mine over a year now and grow more and more impressed with it. The only reason I would considering changing it is out curiosity of the statement dac but even then I don't see how they can extract much more detail.

Exactly how I feel. I've had the Gungnir for about 8 months and honestly I don't know how it could be improved upon enough to justify replacing it. From my ES5 CIEMs to my newly acquired LCD-3, I don't know how much the Gungnir could be improved upon.

 

I'm curious how the reviews on the statement DAC will compare.

post #1382 of 1394

The Gungnir is a fine DAC but you guys need to stretch out your DAC legs a bit more!  Detail retrieval is OK but can be much better in other DACs.


Edited by Mr.Sneis - 4/14/14 at 11:21am
post #1383 of 1394
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Originally Posted by Mr.Sneis View Post
 

The Gungnir is a fine DAC but you guys need to stretch out your DAC legs a bit more!  Detail retrieval is OK but can be much better in other DACs.


I agree... Be curious if anyone else here has the iDSD as well as the Gungnir, and what their impressions of each of them are...
 

post #1384 of 1394

i agree people need to look at other DACs, so does anyone have one with gen2 they want to sell me ? ;) 

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Honest question: Why should I buy the Gungnir over the Emotiva DC-1? B Stock DC-1 are at $400 shipped from Emotiva. I have a USB to SPDIF convertor so I don't need the USB version of the Gungnir, but that's still a few hundred more than the Emotiva. I'd be pairing it with a La Figaro 339 and HE-500...


Edited by TooPoor - 4/18/14 at 10:39pm
post #1386 of 1394
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Originally Posted by TooPoor View Post
 

Honest question: Why should I buy the Gungnir over the Emotiva DC-1? B Stock DC-1 are at $400 shipped from Emotiva. I have a USB to SPDIF convertor so I don't need the USB version of the Gungnir, but that's still a few hundred more than the Emotiva. I'd be pairing it with a La Figaro 339 and HE-500...

That's a good question, I hope someone who understands some of the technicalities between these two DAC's can jump in.

post #1387 of 1394
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Originally Posted by TooPoor View Post
 

Honest question: Why should I buy the Gungnir over the Emotiva DC-1? B Stock DC-1 are at $400 shipped from Emotiva. I have a USB to SPDIF convertor so I don't need the USB version of the Gungnir, but that's still a few hundred more than the Emotiva. I'd be pairing it with a La Figaro 339 and HE-500...


I've compared the Gungnir with the DC-1 and they're both excellent DACs. If Emotiva has B-stock DC-1's for $400--that's a great deal. The Gungnir has a nicer chassis, and both the DAC and USB boards are upgradeable. The DC-1 can be used as a preamp and also has an amp (albeit crappy) built in.

post #1388 of 1394

One more question! How is the Gen2 USB implementation on the Gungnir compared to my MF VLink 192? Or should I just go with the non-USB version and coax to the Gungnir via the VLink? Is it a $100 different?

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That is actually the key. Haven't heard the DC-1, but I've heard the prior XDA line and I'd take Bifrost over 'em. Never been a fan of converters and the Gen 2 USB has stepped up the performance.

So to me, Gun seems like the clear choice.

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Then you may want to listen to the DC1.
post #1391 of 1394
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Then you may want to listen to the DC1.

I personally have no interest in the Emotiva DAcs. Plus, comparatively I simply like the AKM sound. 

post #1392 of 1394
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One more question! How is the Gen2 USB implementation on the Gungnir compared to my MF VLink 192? Or should I just go with the non-USB version and coax to the Gungnir via the VLink? Is it a $100 different?

I would recommend getting the USB version. Its also board swappable down the road if Schitt decides to make upgrades.

Not apples to apples, but I preferred the Gungnir's USB to the original V-Link into the Gung. The MF reduced dynamics and resolution.
post #1393 of 1394

Has anyone tried the IFI USB power supply with the Gungnir? Does is make a positive difference? I am worred that the Shiit USB board is powered by my computer instead of using the power supply of the Gungnir.

 

Everyone knows a computer power supply is very dirty. Not sure why they would have designed it that way. Are most USB boards in DAC's powered by the computer? I found this out by another post I read. I then turned the unit off then plugged in the USB cable. It would detect and load the driver even though the unit was off. 


Edited by huberd - 4/21/14 at 12:36pm
post #1394 of 1394
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Originally Posted by huberd View Post
 

Has anyone tried the IFI USB power supply with the Gungnir? Does is make a positive difference? I am worred that the Shiit USB board is powered by my computer instead of using the power supply of the Gungnir.

 

Everyone knows a computer power supply is very dirty. Not sure why they would have designed it that way. Are most USB boards in DAC's powered by the computer? I found this out by another post I read. I then turned the unit off then plugged in the USB cable. It would detect and load the driver even though the unit was off. 

 

Since only the USB portion of Gungnir is powered by USB (digital to digital, before feeding it to the DAC), it likely doesn't matter much/at all how clean the USB power is. It's not like they're running the gain stage off of USB power.

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