Originally Posted by tdockweiler
Ok, so this is weird then. That's really good to know.
I sent it back today and they should get it on Thursday.
I really hope it's defective because I'm willing to give it another chance. If not than I guess I just don't like it. I'll feel sort of bad if it's 100% OK.
Like I said before..the first few days were good when it wasn't randomly sounding weird. Yet with the same exact setup the other amps were OK.
I must have posted a ton of random stuff on here and then I'd have to go back and remove them because somehow it had fixed itself. Felt like I was thread crapping with all my problems.
LOL I even cleaned my ears out and tried to make sure my HD-650 drivers didn't pop loose.
On day two with the 650 it didn't sound all that dramatically different than my other amp (which is a good thing).
I have a few questions for you to better understand the situation. (I wish I could have responded before you shipped your Schiit back). First and foremost, if there is anything even slightly off, the guys at Schiitnwill take care of you, as they are incredible on the customer service end. I had to troubleshoot my Bifrost a while back, so I feel your frustration. I am hoping I can help clear up if you we're doing anything "wrong" on the PC side.
1) Is your PC overclocked?
2) Did you try different USB ports or just the one close to the Ethernet port?
3) Did your hook up your A2 to a non-digital source? (stereo, cd play, etc)
4) Did you try using different gain settings to see if that changed the sound?
5) What equipment do you currently have at the moment?
6) When your A2 sounded bad, was is in the middle of a sound/listening session? Or was is between songs or switching different headphones?
7) Do you listen to FLAC or other higher quality recordings?
Factors to consider:
My Asgard1 needs 45-60 minutes under load to warmup before it would sound its best. If you listened for a few hours, turned it off, and come back to re-listen... I wouldn't be surprised if you interpreted the sound that way. A cold Schiit sounds lifeless to my ears.
After upgrading, I noticed both more positives and more negatives in recordings. My Schiit stack gave me a sense of clarity and revealed many details that I may have missed otherwise. It also shows me when a recording is at fault. Bad recordings can easily detract from an enjoyable experience.
Playing around with Windows sound settings in the control center can alter the sound dramatically (and not in a good way)! By accidentally setting the sampling rate too high, the sound can sound mechanical and fake. Be sure to use recommended settings or test Wasapi/ASIO to get a true sound without Microsoft's programing interference. I am not suggesting that your problem is your DAC with limited infor, but make sure you can safely rule out that it is not DAC or software related first.
Troubleshooting can be very tiresome, but it's very easy to misjudge components without separating equipment and testing with some sort of control. I hope Schiit can shed some light on your situation, and hope it gets resolved quickly. But in the meantime, don't over think it, be sure to take time to enjoy the music. I noticed I wasn't having fun anymore when I kept A/B 10-15 second clips of songs to try to hear differences between cables or pads or tubes. Try not to second guess yourself or get too caught up with switching out cables every 5 minutes.