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post #406 of 1535
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Originally Posted by judmarc View Post


 I've still got my Bifrost, so there's my answer.  Would be a good thing if Jason and Mike figured out what was going on and how to stop it, though.

+1

Some answers would be good!
post #407 of 1535
Compared the Gungnir and Audiolab MDAC at Dallas meet today. I and a few others tried it both balanced and unbalanced and the result was a unanimous win by the Gungnir though the differences were slight. The MDAC is ~$900, the Gungnir $750.
post #408 of 1535
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

Compared the Gungnir and Audiolab MDAC at Dallas meet today. I and a few others tried it both balanced and unbalanced and the result was a unanimous win by the Gungnir though the differences were slight. The MDAC is ~$900, the Gungnir $750.

Mostly due to the cost to import. The Gungnir is considerably more expensive than the M-DAC in Europe.
post #409 of 1535
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

Compared the Gungnir and Audiolab MDAC at Dallas meet today. I and a few others tried it both balanced and unbalanced and the result was a unanimous win by the Gungnir though the differences were slight. The MDAC is ~$900, the Gungnir $750.

 

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. cool.gif


Edited by olor1n - 10/15/12 at 3:05am
post #410 of 1535

HeadphoneAddict posted this Gungnir/Mjolnir impression from RMAF, for those still on the fence about these components -

 

 

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Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post

Impressions Part 2 - Day Three RMAF 2012

[...]

 

(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.

 

[...]


Edited by olor1n - 10/15/12 at 3:32am
post #411 of 1535
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

Compared the Gungnir and Audiolab MDAC at Dallas meet today. I and a few others tried it both balanced and unbalanced and the result was a unanimous win by the Gungnir though the differences were slight. The MDAC is ~$900, the Gungnir $750.

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!

post #412 of 1535

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?

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Originally Posted by .Sup View Post

anyone tried USB with camera connection kit / ipad?

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Originally Posted by mackat View Post

Someone on Computer Audiophile, everyone else (including Jason) says it doesn't work.

 I use my IPAD & CCK USB to the GUNGIR all the time--Absolutely no problems!!!

 

Jack

post #414 of 1535
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Originally Posted by olor1n View Post

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. cool.gif
I don't need a subpar amp and remote or a display. I tried all the filters and none of them sounded as good as the Gungnir.
post #415 of 1535
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Originally Posted by Blurpapa View Post

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!
Most agreed the highs were somewhat smeared on the MDAC and that detail overall was just not as good. People were also complaining about the volume knob not responding correctly to input. It's a digital volume control so the knob is there mostly for show and it was working oddly for sure. Turn it slightly and it jumps up in volume, turn it a lot and nothing happens, etc. Typical digital volume from a knob.
post #416 of 1535
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post


I don't need a subpar amp and remote or a display. I tried all the filters and none of them sounded as good as the Gungnir.

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.

post #417 of 1535
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

Most agreed the highs were somewhat smeared on the MDAC and that detail overall was just not as good. People were also complaining about the volume knob not responding correctly to input. It's a digital volume control so the knob is there mostly for show and it was working oddly for sure. Turn it slightly and it jumps up in volume, turn it a lot and nothing happens, etc. Typical digital volume from a knob.

Thanks for taking the time to reply Maxvla!
post #418 of 1535
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Originally Posted by jackiedh View Post

Originally Posted by .Sup go_quote.gif


anyone tried USB with camera connection kit / ipad?
 I use my IPAD & CCK USB to the GUNGIR all the time--Absolutely no problems!!!

Jack
Thanks for this info Jack!
post #419 of 1535
Also at the Dallas meet yesterday, everyone who compared the Gungnir with the Bifrost said the Gungnir was a clear upgrade even when using unbalanced output.
post #420 of 1535
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

Also at the Dallas meet yesterday, everyone who compared the Gungnir with the Bifrost said the Gungnir was a clear upgrade even when using unbalanced output.

One would hope so...

 

Mighty tempted by this DAC

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