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post #331 of 1669
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post

Nice! What else have you heard the HE6's on?

-Daniel

Ive heard them on all of the rotel integrated's and two mono, a roksan integrated, some audiolab integrated's, vintage quad 303 and quad preamp feeding it, a vela audio integrated and for headphone amps, the mjolnir, bha-1, b22, ef-6, wa22 and little dot mk vi...

I settled for the mjolnir as its less cumbersome and did "more things better" than most of the speaker amps. The quads (which are completely modified and slightly modernized) sounded so amazing and musical, but resolution really took a hit because of its age. And they didnt stage very well unfortunately. Rotel was too sharp.

I wish i could try some emotiva monos locally, curious about the hype around them and the he-6
Edited by dleblanc343 - 10/11/12 at 12:58pm
post #332 of 1669

Ok - 24hs + on the Gungnir now.

 

Sitting down for some listening. Nice 'timber'. More flesh on the bones. A good example - at the end of Supertramp 'Dreamer' there are some tinkling 'bells'. At least I always thought they were bells as in metal. Now I'm hearing clearly that these are made of glass! Very cool.

 

Also less fatigue at higher volumes. One other observation - transients are the best I have heard, with what I might call very good decay. I'm likin it!
 

post #333 of 1669

Anyone unhappy with the Mjolnir & Gungnir stack?  I originally thought the Mjolnir was quite excellent but a little overly lively, top tilted and less precise imaging wise from the Peak.

 

That said I've since changed DACs and now would consider my previous DAC shouty and having average imaging in comparison but still darker than neutral.

 

So tonally is the Gungnir more shifted down or up?  Anyone have comparisons to DAC in the 2K+ range?

post #334 of 1669

I'd say the gungnir is tilted a bit more down, but I can't compare with many dacs unfortunately. 

post #335 of 1669
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

Anyone unhappy with the Mjolnir & Gungnir stack?  I originally thought the Mjolnir was quite excellent but a little overly lively, top tilted and less precise imaging wise from the Peak.

 

That said I've since changed DACs and now would consider my previous DAC shouty and having average imaging in comparison but still darker than neutral.

 

So tonally is the Gungnir more shifted down or up?  Anyone have comparisons to DAC in the 2K+ range?


I wouldnt say that the Gungnir is either shifted up or down, Its cleaner and more defined, and shall I say 'boulder' than my $2K Transporter. My Transporter is a bit anemic. Also much more 'refined' than my 10 yr old MSB. The MSB was a bit raw compared to the refinement of the Transporter, but has a nice analog quality to the sound. There is a bit less of that digital sharpness that tends to cause fatigue. I'm not sure I would call that a shift down. I am also using tubes for a preamp. Its battery powered and now, with the Gungnir, I can very subtly hear the difference between my 50V pack and my 30V

pack. I didnt hear that difference before.


Edited by earwaxxer - 10/11/12 at 8:16pm
post #336 of 1669
Any experience / comment with Gungnir >> Lyr >> ????
post #337 of 1669

By tonally shifted I mean frequency balance.  Ie does the Gungnir have monster bass or piercing treble ;)

post #338 of 1669

Hi All,

 

has anyone had any success running the gungnir from a squeezebox touch with the Enhanced Digital Output app?

 

Which is to say I'm not ... the sound is completely distorted. Some tracks are almost recognisable, but must are pretty much just musical static.

 

Jon


Edited by Jono338 - 10/12/12 at 4:40am
post #339 of 1669
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Originally Posted by earwaxxer View Post

Ok - 24hs + on the Gungnir now..........................

................... I'm likin it!
 

Agreed. Same experiance here.

post #340 of 1669

This is probably a no brainer but would there be a noticeable difference between the Gungnir and the Asus Essence one? I'm currently using the E1 as my DAC and amp for the T1 but hopefully will be receiving the Woo Audio WA2 in the next few weeks. I use FLAC files as my source so I'm thinking the E1 will most likely be the weak link in my chain so to speak. 

post #341 of 1669
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

By tonally shifted I mean frequency balance.  Ie does the Gungnir have monster bass or piercing treble wink.gif

Hey Solude - As far as any frequency peaks or valleys with the Gungnir, I cant really hear any. If anything, the bass is 'better' than my other 2 DAC's. I would say mid bass to low mids are quick, clear and well defined without bloat or smear.

My system is not a good judge for low bass because my maggies only go down to about 60hz, so I will take all the bass i can get from my mains. My Emotiva also does bass very well. Great combo for bookshelf or small speaker as well. My sub runs off its own DAC so it gets a different signal.

What I can comment on is the mids and highs. Very happy camper there. No sibilance. Big sound, but not puffy or smearing. Not rolled off either.

I was also considering the Metrum Octave. I went with Schiit due to made in USA and I like the name! I would expect the Metrum to sound very much like the Gungnir according to the reviews. It will be interesting to see a comparison between those.
post #342 of 1669

My hunt for a PWD2 isn't going well so I might well have the Schiit stack soon.  Promised myself I would wait for the internal shots to be posted but my Audiophilleo trial isn't until the end of time so I have to get on with it.

post #343 of 1669

The Burson Soloist sounds more "bright" than the Schiit Mjolnir - and that using the same DAC / headphone / music.

 

I have ordered the Gungnir and hope it is not too tuned to "the dark"...

post #344 of 1669

I'm looking for a less piercing DAC.  The ESS Sabre Tooth chip in my current set up is very shrill at the top end.  I would like to get a view of the Gungnir's internals.

post #345 of 1669
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Originally Posted by Loevhagen View Post

The Burson Soloist sounds more "bright" than the Schiit Mjolnir - and that using the same DAC / headphone / music.

 

Wow really?  Do you leave your gear on?  I found neither terribly bassy, but the Soloist was clearly more laid back in my rig.  Like a better B22 with slightly worse bass extension.  The Mjolnir I found clearly more energetic, and though not tonally tilted up it was more fatiguing in comparison.  Interesting.

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