I think you made the right choice on thr amp/dac combo. For the cost,they area fantastic duo.
I did a quick little side by side comparison / test
MacBook Pro retina
Amara HiFi software
1969 AMPEREX ORANGE GLOBE TUBE 6DJ8 ECC88 TUBE DIMPLE GETTER
Sennheiser HD650 70 hours use
Paul Simon Graceland.
A) Schiit Bifrost
Optical SPDIF to the MacBook Pro 96kHz
B) Cambridge Digital DacMagic Plus
USB2 to the MacBook Pro 192kHz
Bottom Line. I found the Bifrost to be much "sweeter" than the DM+. It was much easier, pleasant to listen to. Thats the best way I can describe it. I was very surprised.
The DM+ is for my room system. I don't know if the comparison would be noticeable in a room environment. I'm going to keep things status quo for right now and put the DM+ back into the room system. It's using the balanced XLR's to the pre-amp. I can't imagine it would make that much of a difference.
I am very happy with my kit as it stands.
I am so glad you like that Schiit. They really are a great tandem. Now you have to try the better Schiit.!!
I was so close to buying the Mol and Gun, but I am going to wait to see what the (statement) gear is, as I am still very satisfied with the Lyr/Bifrost.
The guy next office to me just brought his odac/o2 combo in. I have heard alot of hype about them, but that's all it is. The Schiit kills it. Only listening through his phones though. (HD598).
HAHAHAHAHA! Somewhere, Julian Hirsch is rolling in his grave. LOL i agree, listening is what should matter the most. many love the sound of tube amps despite higher levels of distortion and lower S/N ratios. specs don't tell you how a unit sounds. two units could have virtually identical specs, yet one sounds clinical and the other lush.
i'd still like to see some more reviews here of the bitfrost, especially talking about sound quality with comparisons to other gear. i was looking into the 2x priced yulong D-18, but keep getting put off by it's descriptions of excessive warmth & forgiving, and after comparing the more detailed and treble extended sound of my panasonic class D receiver's internal DAC over the thicker and warmer sound of my sony DVD player, i'm leaning towards a more detailed and clinical sound which is what the bitfrost seems to sound like at a nice price too.
if anyone could comment a little more about the bitfrost's sound, especially against japanese consumer gear, as in how much of an improvement it makes, i'd appreciate it. even $300 is a big investment to me as i paid less for my energy RC-10s on closeout. i'm looking for a reasonable amount ease, transparency and imaging without grain at a reasonable price. at the moment, i'm liking the bitfrost based on the very few reviews i've read so far. i'm surprised there aren't a dozen reviews for it here.
The XLR outputs on my DM+ went sketchy on me. not even 90 days old.
It was in my room system. I sent it in for a replacement.
I hooked up my Bifrost in it's place. Magnificent. A Lot Richer.
So when it arrives I'm going to sell it for another Schiit.
Now.... Bifrost or Lyr?
I am using the Asgard with HD598 and I love the combination. The Asgard provides the low end punch the Senns need. My source is a high-end Denon universal player with SACDs and DVD-As or CDs. My question is this: the DAC in the Denon is rated pretty well - would I notice much difference if I inserted a Bifrost in the signal path? Other's experiences with Denons would be appreciated. Thanks much. Great thread on a great product!