Originally Posted by vkalia
Ok guys - so I got my LCD2s on Saturday. I'll buy the HE-500s at some point, and for amplification, I have decided to go with a solid state/hybrid rig for now, and go for a SET option later.
Have narrowed it down to the Audio-GD SA-31 and the Schiit Lyr, both of which get really good reviews. As far as I see it:
- SA-31: really low noise floor (which i like), pure Class A design
- Lyr: Supposed to be a blend of tube and SS sound per 6moons (it is a hybrid after all) - however, NOT Pure Class A beyond 100mA or something like that
Any thoughts on how these 2 compare?
Just keep one thing in mind. Labor is cheaper in China, and that has a effect on the product.
Example A: (Schiit)
Let's assume it costs $100 or so for the labor of the employee(s) who built the unit. Less money MAY go into the unit.
Example B: (Audio-GD)
Let's assume it costs $50> or less for the labor of employee(s) who built the unit. More money MIGHT go into the unit.
Furthermore Audio-GD is known for having Amps/DAC's that are worth 3 times as much as the price tag, and would probably cost more if made in USA.
But at the same time Schiit is providing jobs to us fellow Americans, and I have owned several of there gear in the past.
Honestly if money is no issue, go for Mjolnir, if value is the concern, then its hard to beat Audio-GD's price to performance ratio.
The Bifrost was great, but NFB-10ES2 has more micro detail(s), a smoother tone, less "warm", has more "speed" for rock music (I listen to rock), and tighter and more rolled off bass. The Bifrost is a good DAC, but IMO should be priced at $200-$250 (and could if it was made in China lol). The Audio-GD gear is so great for the value. I cannot stress enough that I'd have a Mjolnir if it wasn't for the price, because IMO from what I heard it should be a $500> or less unit.
Well if you want to chat more, PM me.
Edited by vampire5003 - 9/7/13 at 8:40pm