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post #1306 of 2478

So, my Asgard2 just got here and I happened to read the manual just now. Don't tell anyone. This is just between me and you guys.

 

Anyway, I just read this from the FAQ: "Can I stand it on end so it takes up less desk space? You bet! We’ve provided the feet separately so you can do 
exactly that."

 

Maybe everyone else knew that, but I sure didn't. So there's another option to optimize desk space. What's strange is you would think the Bifrost could do that too, but I don't see anything in the instructions (yes, I read that too, shh) saying you could. It makes sense why their tube solutions can't, of course.

post #1307 of 2478
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post
 

So, my Asgard2 just got here and I happened to read the manual just now. Don't tell anyone. This is just between me and you guys.

 

Anyway, I just read this from the FAQ: "Can I stand it on end so it takes up less desk space? You bet! We’ve provided the feet separately so you can do 
exactly that."

 

Maybe everyone else knew that, but I sure didn't. So there's another option to optimize desk space. What's strange is you would think the Bifrost could do that too, but I don't see anything in the instructions (yes, I read that too, shh) saying you could. It makes sense why their tube solutions can't, of course.

I'm no expert but since neither the Asgard 2 nor the Bifrost have moving parts (besides the knob), I would assume they will work no matter how you orient them. I'm afraid to put my Asgard 2 on it's side though, since one of the exhaust vents would be partially blocked. It probably wouldn't overheat, but I'm still afraid to try it.

post #1308 of 2478
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Originally Posted by gefski View Post


On the cheap at most home centers, black rubber stoppers, put a felt pad on the bottom, gives over 1 inch.

Thanks! I'll look into that.
post #1309 of 2478
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Originally Posted by DangerToast View Post
 

I'm no expert but since neither the Asgard 2 nor the Bifrost have moving parts (besides the knob), I would assume they will work no matter how you orient them. I'm afraid to put my Asgard 2 on it's side though, since one of the exhaust vents would be partially blocked. It probably wouldn't overheat, but I'm still afraid to try it.

 

Schiit recommends to put it on side, so the volume pot is on top. This is where the hottest vents are - MOSFET.

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Schiit recommends to put it on side, so the volume pot is on top. This is where the hottest vents are - MOSFET.

Ah! Thanks for clearing that up! I wonder what their rationale is for putting the hottest vents near the knob, I would think you would put them away from where the user actually touches the amp. Not that I'm complaining - I love my Asgard 2 and it doesn't get too hot imo.

post #1311 of 2478
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Originally Posted by DangerToast View Post
 

Ah! Thanks for clearing that up! I wonder what their rationale is for putting the hottest vents near the knob, I would think you would put them away from where the user actually touches the amp. Not that I'm complaining - I love my Asgard 2 and it doesn't get too hot imo.

 

Volume knob has to be close to output circuits (to keep the signal path as short as possible)... and since the latter are MOSFETs operating in pure class A - it's a bit toasty.

They also put the transformer to another side of the box to isolate it from the signal paths. And it's not getting hot, so you shouldn't worry about covering those vents.

Plus the whole chassis acts as a large heat sink.

post #1312 of 2478

How do you guys feel about this thing being paired with an HD 800?

post #1313 of 2478
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Originally Posted by madwolfa View Post
 

 

Schiit recommends to put it on side, so the volume pot is on top. This is where the hottest vents are - MOSFET.

It also serves as a hand warmer in the winter. A heated knob, other companies would make us pay more for that.

post #1314 of 2478
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Originally Posted by madwolfa View Post
 

 

Volume knob has to be close to output circuits (to keep the signal path as short as possible)... and since the latter are MOSFETs operating in pure class A - it's a bit toasty.

They also put the transformer to another side of the box to isolate it from the signal paths. And it's not getting hot, so you shouldn't worry about covering those vents.

Plus the whole chassis acts as a large heat sink.

Yep, that is correct.  As you can see from the 1st picture below, the MOSFETs are on the far right of the PCB (when it's right-side up) and they do get quite hot.  They are thermally connected to the chassis (A.K.A. heat sink) using a thermal pad which you can see in the 2nd picture.  So, definitely makes sense to keep the the side closer to the volume knob on top if you stand it on it's side.

 


Edited by blasjw - 2/20/14 at 3:36pm
post #1315 of 2478
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Originally Posted by StanD View Post
 

It also serves as a hand warmer in the winter. A heated knob, other companies would make us pay more for that.

Being a northern Head-Fier I find it to be a great standard feature.  :biggrin:

post #1316 of 2478

Alright, so some initial impressions from the last couple hours of listening and some comparisons with Lyr.

 

HD 600: I think I may like the Asgard 2 over the Lyr when paired with the HD 600. Not entirely sure yet, but that's the way it's going so far. Some people are saying it's warmer with the Asgard 2 pairing, but I don't really hear that here. What I do here is more detail and accuracy over the Lyr as well as tightness in the lows.

 

HD 700: No doubt about it. The Lyr pairs better with the HD 700 over the Asgard 2. The Lyr smooths out the frequency of the HD 700 vs the Asgard 2 which over accentuates the details to a point where they sound somewhat distorted. It's not bad at all, but it's obvious the Lyr has been synergy with the HD 700.

 

K702 AE: I've got the same impressions as the HD 700 here. The warmer Lyr is just a better pairing with the K702 AE vs the Asgard 2 for all of the same reasons.

 

Overall, I'm happy. It'd be ridiculous to think any single amp will work well with everything. Anything that makes the HD 600 sound better is alright in my book. I'll also be able to use preamps now to power my external monitors without having to burn tubes. More impressions to come as time goes by.

post #1317 of 2478
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Alright, so some initial impressions from the last couple hours of listening and some comparisons with Lyr.

 

Have you had a chance to try Asgard with HD800?

post #1318 of 2478
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Have you had a chance to try Asgard with HD800?

Nope. Not until tomorrow when I actually have it in hand.

post #1319 of 2478
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post
 

Nope. Not until tomorrow when I actually have it in hand.

 

That would be interesting. I heard some reports that it's not powerful enough for HD800... I sense BS, though, as it has the same impedance as HD600... much lower sensitivity, though.

post #1320 of 2478

Quick question about temperature on the Asgard 2. I know it gets hot. I'm not worried about the heat. It's been on for a couple hours now and it seems to have maintained the same temperature after warming up. That is, it's fairly hot to the touch. My question is this. Does the temperature fluctuate based on use, volume levels, etc.. or does it always maintain this hot temperature. Again, I'm not worried about the operating temperature as much as I'm just asking if it fluctuates.

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