The black is totally understandable, the remote is slighly sad thou since its very lazy-friendly design.
However Im thinking if you spend this much cash on an amp, dedicated would be a better word to describe you rather than lazy.
Being a statement amp means it is meant to be elevated to the lofty status of hi-end equipment.
And we all know that all high end audiophool equipment has some form of pain involved, somewhere, somehow, in some way or other…
And the loftier the greater the pain potential. (soldering iron burns included!)
Sacrifices MUST be made…
Limitations ARE mandatory…
These are just the given signs which just affirms that we are indeed aiming at that rarefied atmosphere.
Take heart, and know that by these signs we all shall achieve that lofty status!
Ok so ya HAVE to know that this MUST be read with tongue firmly affixed to one's cheek, with a wink and nudge, know what I mean, say no more…
seconded. Schiit is a cool company and I'm glad you dig their products enough to want them to make your dream device, but they have a very clear M.O. and sound financial and business reasons to stick with it. If those features are dealbreakers, there are other companies that make excellent products.
My very old NAD receiver had a motorized volume control. It also had an illuminated red dot on the knob so you could see the position easily from the couch. It was a real mechanical pot, not one of those new-fangled, girly-man electronic doo-dads that change the volume in predetermined steps of 0.5 or 1.0 db. Ah, the good old days!
I'm pretty much in the "less is more" camp, and my use case for these products, just like my Mjolnir and Gungnir, will be on a desktop within arm's reach.
For my home system, the only 2 audio devices that have remotes are my Ayre K1xe and Integra DHC 80.3 (replacing an ever-flaky, expensive to upgrade, Theta Casablanca III). Since the Ragnarok is neither purely a preamp or amp, I wouldn't use it for anything other than a headphone amp, but I can understand why people, at this (purported) price point, would want to use it as a preamp + amp, in which case a remote would be warranted.
I think it's an unfortunate grey area, but I intend on picking the set up for use at my desk.
Ditto, except for me it's either buy the uber Gungnir or wait . . . . and wait . . . .
It would be nice if Jason would leak a detail about the Ygg now and then to ease our suffering!
if it doesn't have a 65 inch LED display i'm boycotting...
You know, one of the things I really like about my current DAC is the LCD screen on it. I'm kinda surprised the Ygg doesn't even have a rudimentary one, being the company's statement dac.