Some answers would be good!
In Australia, the Gungnir with usb is $1039 and the M-DAC is $948. The comparison you've posted actually favours the M-DAC in my estimation, considering it has a built in HP amp, remote, selectable filters, display etc.
Still enjoy the Schiity stack though.
HeadphoneAddict posted this Gungnir/Mjolnir impression from RMAF, for those still on the fence about these components -
(1) I revisited the Schitt Audio Gungnir and Mjolnir with the LCD-3 today, focusing more on the source and amp this time - For $749 each, this balanced DAC and amp combo is almost a no-brainer, even with spending the extra $100 to add the USB DAC. I'm not all about specs as the sound is more important, and as soon as I started listening I forgot about anything but the music. Jason Stoddard had some great music on his Macbook, that revealed the depth and clarity of this gear to demonstrate what seemed to be the full capability of the LCD-3 headphones. Last year after RMAF I posted that I would be buying the LCD-3 over the SR-009, and then a month later ordered the 009, but I never ruled out the LCD-3.
Despite the price, I just can't say that these electronics would be the weak link any chain - headphones are usually the weak link because converting electrical energy into mechanical energy without alteration in the waveform is so tricky. If I didn't own ANY headphone rig already but wanted something that sounded extraordinary, and if I couldn't spend as much money as I have over the past 5 years, I could see this as being my one and only full size headphone rig to jump into from the start. On the other hand, I don't see myself selling my Perfectwave DAC with bridge, KGBH amp, and SR-009 headphones just to get this rig. I'm not sure this would be that much of a downgrade with as much as I enjoyed it, and I'd love to own it some day. What can I say, I'm an addict and even with a top notch rig I enjoy playing with new stuff.
Hi Maxvla! Thanks for this. I am particularly interested in this pair as I own the MDAC, and was wondering if the Gungnir would be an upgrade for my stack. May I have more details on why the Gungnir bests the MDAC pls? Thanks in advance!
Audiolab has always been Schiit like in delivering high value, no nonsense products so its not surprising that the two are neck and neck.
Any impressions from W4S DAC-2 owners?
I use my IPAD & CCK USB to the GUNGIR all the time--Absolutely no problems!!!
You might not, but others might find these features endearing or even useful.
FWIW, in the UK, the Gungnir with USB is £300 ($500ish) more than the M-DAC.
One would hope so...
Mighty tempted by this DAC