Early impressions on the Mjolnir appear favorable, and Schitt is delayed 1 – 2 weeks on current orders. Could this be foretelling delays for the Gungnir release date? I have heard nothing on the status of the new DAC.
I am on the pre-order list & my Bifrost will be on the used market the second the Gungnir hits my doorstep. Realistically, I am hoping it ships by mid to late Sept. I will not be upset in the least though. My Bifrost recently went up against my best friend’s CA 840 CDp & his new B&W 802di’s. Keep in mind the finite detail & resolution provide by the B&W’s brings V small differences between sources into clear view. Minor variances would be V difficult to decern in lesser systems.
Quote from my friend;
“I had Bill’s Bifrost hooked up in my system for a day and I’d say it’s about 85% of my Cambridge Audio 840c as a DAC. It’s so similar that when I’d go back and forth while the same song was playing (had both outputted at the same time from the computer so all I did was change inputs on the Pre) that I was easily able to tell where the differences were. The CA 840c just had a slightly better soundstage and focus and was like a “snapping” of everything in focus over the BiFrost. This is on the minute scale mind you, sort of that lifting of a veil over to speakers type of thing.
I told Bill I’m very impressed that BiFrost (for the cost) is almost everything my 804c is at 3x the price of it!?!? Pretty cool. In Fact, I’m waiting to see if the new Schiit dac is either better than my 840c, or the Schiit Statement DAC is better (guessing it will be) and I’m going to move to that. If not, then I’ll probably drop the money on a new NAD M51 DAC since everyone says there’s none better under $5k or possibly $10k…”
So whenever the Gungnir makes its debut is fine with me, I can easily live with my Bifrost till then.
Edited by wkhanna - 8/13/12 at 8:28am