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Ha, yes. One bonus story, from my pre-college years.

 

 

That's equally as good written as spoken. I'm just glad the only thing that turns red on my soldering iron is the 3 digit LED display and power switch, or the indicator light on the other station.

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Damn.. All that stuff I didn't really understand about bias and amp classes.. Bet the Lyr is good wink.gif

 

I only vaguely understand it and I get into trouble with @FrankCooter (and probably other people think I'm an idiot) whenever I try and point out to someone that you can't just figure out headphones and amps with simple calculations and gross over generalisations and start talking out my ass... I'm really glad Jason posted something about this. I don't think that many people realise the depth of effort and considerations that go into product designs.

 

I also think that, like listening to music is so much more enjoyable when you know about the band or people performing, knowing about what went into a product and what the designer was thinking makes ownership of it more special, even if it is mass produced.

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As someone who's done tons of soldering on everything from 0000-gauge mains to sub-miniature surface-mount components, I must say thank you to Jason for the burning man story.  I will never again complain about the soldering iron scars on my forearms.  :)

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Hey guys, I'm going to be late on this installment--looks like this evening. Too much stuff to do!

Must be having a product design meeting on the new reverse switch. :D

 

Schiit happens, bro.

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<disclaimer>

This post is intended to be funny. Or silly. Anything not funny or silly, should be construed as if it were actually funny. Or silly.

</disclaimer>

 

>> What’s A Product Roadmap?

 

For any of you still using Windows XP, you need to know what that is... because Micro$oft is about to stop supporting it.

 

>> What products you intend to sell. If you did two headphone amps and then, say, decided to make a deep-fryer, this may not be the best strategy.

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger started out as an amazing body builder, became an actor (before he could speak English), then became a Politician. Go figure.

 

>> How long do you think your products will be competitive?

 

Software is easier to upgrade than Hardware. Curiously, some software companies want you to pay to fix what you already own.

 

>> Multiplying output by 4X would result in a small hot-plate or grille—not something that could be safely used.

 

Have you seen the recipes for using your Coffee Maker as a cooking device? There's an un-tapped market there for Hot Audio Gear.

 

>> Here’s a hint on how to spot real Class A amps: they are big, hot and heavy. Period. Anything else, and “Class A” is probably just a slogan.

 

I'm big, hot, and heavy. Does that mean I'm Class A? Just asking.

 

>> This is why you’ll see us employing non-complementary output stages where possible.

 

Is that why my amplifier is screaming insults at me?

 

>> And, to make it more complicated, some of the best sliding-bias arrangements are tied up in Nelson Pass’ patents, which of course we can’t infringe on.

 

Two words: Patents Expire. Did you know the US Patent office has a downloadable patent expiration calculator?

 

>> On Power Ratings. Okay, please let me vent about this one thing. Power. Ratings. Are. Done. In. RMS. Per. Channel.

>> You do not (a) rate at peak power, (b) add power output together for both channels, (c) use an artificially low load impedance to make the output look higher.

 

Absolutely agree. This is one of those things I think ought to be regulated. Obfuscation is not the customer's friend.

 

>> Maybe I should re-rate our stuff at 16 ohms—then you can brag to your friends about your 2.5W Magni or 10W Lyr. Bottom line: it’s still the same amp.

 

Don't. Your customers are smart enough to know better. Thank you.

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Jason, what do you think of cables and sound quality?

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Jason, what do you think of cables and sound quality?

I hope you realize what you are doing right now...

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Jason, what do you think of cables and sound quality?

 

i think this might explain it well enough 

 

Quote: from the Schiit website
 
PYST cables are made from only the finest 6-nines Unobtanium™ alloy, molecularly assembled in our Alternate Universe™ reality-distortion tesseract field , using a secret geometry reverse-engineered from crashed UFOs, painstakingly smuggled out of Area 51 by deep-cover operatives. Performance is further enhanced by the use of a QuantConnect™ quantum-entangled pair of transmission interfaces, held at absolute zero by our exclusive Stasis Field™ technology. The cables are then wrapped in NanoAeroCap™, a nanotechnology-enabled aerogel anti-capacitance insulation system, featuring Fractal Interleaved Geometry™ to create negative inductance for maximum audio transmission quality.
 
Or, er, well . . . again, no. These are nice, high-quality cables, with solid, reliable connectors. That’s it. Hope you like them!
 
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Jason, what do you think of cables and sound quality?

I hope you realize what you are doing right now...

Indeed, but it's a sencere question ;)

 

Really, I rarely see cables debates explode these days, seems to me people have grown smarter?

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Indeed, but it's a sencere question wink.gif

Really, I rarely see cables debates explode these days, seems to me people have grown smarter?
I seem to remember some heated debates about cables recently. There are definitely cable fanatics in these parts and always will be I imagine.
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Jason, what do you think of cables and sound quality?

It's probably not a good idea to put Jason on the spot to give an answer that will upset some customers or even give a vague answer as not to upset anyone. Besides, you wouldn't want to put the $500 per USB cable vendors out of business, would you?  ;) 


Edited by StanD - 3/27/14 at 6:18am
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It would be a pretty simple answer, I do recall Jason stating they use the Schiit out of monoprice cables. Which as far as I'm concerned is the best value/quality cables I could find that I can have delivered to my door in two days for very cheap.

For example, I recently bought a Toslink to mini-Toslink 3ft monoprice cable off of Amazon with next-day shipping for literally $8.99.
Edited by CJs06 - 3/27/14 at 6:54am
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 For example, I recently bought a Toslink to mini-Toslink 3ft monoprice cable off of Amazon with next-day shipping for literally $8.99.

....and, even if you never use it, it's still a bargain.

Heck, you may even be able to tell the difference between it and the:-

 

"PYST cables are made from only the finest 6-nines Unobtanium™ alloy, molecularly assembled in our Alternate Universe™ reality-distortion tesseract field , using a secret geometry reverse-engineered from crashed UFOs, painstakingly smuggled out of Area 51 by deep-cover operatives. Performance is further enhanced by the use of a QuantConnect™ quantum-entangled pair of transmission interfaces, held at absolute zero by our exclusive Stasis Field™ technology. The cables are then wrapped in NanoAeroCap™, a nanotechnology-enabled aerogel anti-capacitance insulation system, featuring Fractal Interleaved Geometry™ to create negative inductance for maximum audio transmission quality."

 

..... that Jason uses and recommends.

 

Personally, I like mine cryo treated with and basted in dark matter tau neutrinos with a thin veneer of quantum foam mixed with a special proprietary blend of custom anti-quarks.

The connectors are bonded to the cable exclusively with Higg's boson to give the sonic performance the correct weight.

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Thanks for the continued posts, Jason!  Enjoyed it as always.  The soldering iron drop shall be recorded in audio legend.

As far as cables, all I'll say is I like and respect Blue Jeans Cable and their products.  If you want to have something that is technically sound as well as sturdy and reliable, for a price that you won't have to justify in a court of law to your spouse, I'd check it out.  They don't blow any smoke.  Though Monoprice can certainly get it done too.  There is a review of their speaker cable over at the Wirecutter.  Turns out it's solid!

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Personally, I like mine cryo treated with and basted in dark matter tau neutrinos with a thin veneer of quantum foam mixed with a special proprietary blend of custom anti-quarks.
The connectors are bonded to the cable exclusively with Higg's boson to give the sonic performance the correct weight.
A bargain indeed!

I tried to keep a straight face until I saw quantum foam, then I loled :P
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