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post #976 of 1589

Yes, +1 to what AiDee and grokit said. I found the Gungnir review very encouraging actually. I actually regret having to sell mine, but I did so for reasons not related to the sound. Like Purrin said, the Gungnir gets the major things right, which is much more than can be said about lots of gear I've heard since I got into this hobby.

 

Actually, when he found out I sold my Gungnir and "upgraded" to a DAC that retails for over twice as much, he said "WTF, you sold your Gungnir for that POS?" 

post #977 of 1589

What DAC do you have now?

post #978 of 1589

I also agree with the above, very much so. I have a bit of regret selling Gungnir as well, but have decided

to upgrade my DAC.

 

Gungnir didn't do much wrong and closely competes with everything double its price range. IMO.

post #979 of 1589
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but the Gungnir holds its own when put up against more expensive units.

Except when it doesn't, or even against cheaper units. wink_face.gif

How about an example of a less expensive DAC that you think out-performs the Gungnirpopcorn.gif


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post #980 of 1589
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How about an example of a less expensive DAC that you think out-performs the Gungnirpopcorn.gif

Why does it really matter? It's all subjective. He's leaning towards the Concero btw.

post #981 of 1589

Nothing really matters in threads like this, but I would like to know what his subjective criteria was for making that statement.

post #982 of 1589
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Nothing really matters in threads like this, but I would like to know what his subjective criteria was for making that statement.

Gotcha. 

post #983 of 1589
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What DAC do you have now?

 

I got a Mytek 192 and X-Sabre incoming. I'll likely try that Concero with DSD capabilities whenever that comes out as well. I just needed something with a smaller footprint that I could fit onto my desk. 

 

To be fair, the jury is still out on the Mytek. I'll probably post comparative impressions once it gets here, but it's a shame I won't have them side-by-side. I didn't expect the Gungnir to sell as fast as it did. 

post #984 of 1589
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I got a Mytek 192 and X-Sabre incoming.

 

 

This is the comparison i've been waiting for..   Lets get it on..

 

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post #985 of 1589
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Why does it really matter? It's all subjective. He's leaning towards the Concero btw.

Speaking of, I already have a Concero but I'm considering getting a Gungnir and using the Concero as a USB/SPDIF converter to the Gungnir.  I've read that individually, the Concero and Gungnir as DACs are comparable in overall performance but I'm wondering if combining them in this fashion would yield a reasonable gain, albeit somewhat diminishing?  

 

The Concero on it's own sounds decent but is essentially a high end converter /w custom FPGA attached to the "DAC on chip" ES9023.  Even the analog output is integrated into the DAC chip.  I imagine there has to be some reasonable improvement by adding the Gungnir to it.  The ES9023 can't be "that" good.  

 

I'd be using with HD800 and my SA-31 amp btw.  I was considering trying another amp like the Soloist, but I'm not sure there would be much improvement if any for the money, at least without hearing one in my setup first.  

post #986 of 1589
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I got a Mytek 192 and X-Sabre incoming. I'll likely try that Concero with DSD capabilities whenever that comes out as well. I just needed something with a smaller footprint that I could fit onto my desk. 

 

To be fair, the jury is still out on the Mytek. I'll probably post comparative impressions once it gets here, but it's a shame I won't have them side-by-side. I didn't expect the Gungnir to sell as fast as it did. 

That's definitely a shame. A comparison with the three would be nice. Actually more so the Matrix dac than the Mytek for me at least.

post #987 of 1589

How is the Gungnir compared to the Bifrost? I will be using the DAC with the Woo Audio WA6-SE as an amp, the LCD-2s and DT-880s as my headphones.

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How is the Gungnir compared to the Bifrost? I will be using the DAC with the Woo Audio WA6-SE as an amp, the LCD-2s and DT-880s as my headphones.

it was a pretty big upgrade for me. i noticed it right away but it took a little time to blow me over. gungnir needs over 100 hrs of play to start sounding like itself. you'll be able to hear deeper into the music, and the stage is considerably wider. also you'll see that the bass production between the two is no contest. it's a really nice change that was well worth it's cost to me. but please note that it may not hit you right away, like on the first song you play. spend a decent amount of time with it before making any judgments. i didn't and i ate some crow.

post #989 of 1589
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it was a pretty big upgrade for me. i noticed it right away but it took a little time to blow me over. gungnir needs over 100 hrs of play to start sounding like itself. you'll be able to hear deeper into the music, and the stage is considerably wider. also you'll see that the bass production between the two is no contest. it's a really nice change that was well worth it's cost to me. but please note that it may not hit you right away, like on the first song you play. spend a decent amount of time with it before making any judgments. i didn't and i ate some crow.

 

I agree completely on the differences - but maybe because I did not have so many hours on the Bifrost when the Gungnir arrived I noticed the differences *immediately*  I still have both DACs.  The Bifrost is for my "Backpack iPod" (Macbook, BiFrost, Twisted Pear Ventus, Etymotic ER4 or Sennheiser HD800) the other for my Media room: Macbook, Gungnir, Wyrd4sound STI-1000, Philharmonic Audio 3.

 

Has anyone heard the new Meridian?  (USB powered 24/192 DAC+amp)

http://www.meridian-audio.com/en/collections/products/explorer-1000/4/

That would make a "Backpack iPod" exquisitely portable and no more requirement for AC mains power - for 2-3 hrs anyway.

 

Cheers!

Frank

post #990 of 1589

i just got my mjolnir on Friday, just burning it in haven't done any serious listening yet.

but wondering if I should try out the Gungnir.  Would the Gungnir be a big upgrade over a Havana (unbalaned version)?

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