First of all, and before I say anything, this amp is not yet finished. From what I understand, there is still work to do on the overall voicing, and on the microprocessor control which keeps the amp stable by monitoring and changing certain electrical parameters. The guys at Schiit also told me that the Ragnarok was quickly reassembled a few days before the meet in order to make the meet. So if I hear some n00b trying to call me out about how "voicing" an amp during its development is BS, I will go ballistic with a string of expletives in order to get banned from HF.
Close friends who have heard the earlier iteration (at CES or RMAF?) remarked on the treble pecularities but acknowledged the resolving power of the Ragnarok. I have not heard the earlier iteration myself. I do appreciate the Schiit gang from daring to bring the Ragnarok out before it's even finished or 110% stable. And I would like others to keep in mind that the first public appearance of the development Mjolnir at the Village Meet sounded totally cruddy.
On this iteration of the Ragnarok (compared to Mjolnir using Abyss):
- Smooth smooth liquid liquid treble. Really really refined. Like a fine TT arm on the highest quality bearings. The best I've ever heard from a solid-state amp without resorting to elevating the bass or low mids, rolling the treble, or blunting attacks. This is not a laid back purposefully pleasant and forgiving sounding amp (and I don't think it will be given that Schiit's sound tends toward neutral and/or transparent). In terms of tonal color, not too different in the treble from the Mjolnir, but far far smoother. The Mjolnir has a bit of unrefined jumpy rawness to the treble which the Ragnarok does not have at all.
- Bass lacks grunt especially down in the nether sub regions. Compared to the Mjolnir, which is explosive in the bass, especially down low. Jason acknowledged this issue and know they need to work on it.
- Very clean. In comparison, the Mjolnir has a bit of haze over everything, but especially around the high bass and low mids.
Edited by purrin - 2/18/14 at 12:41pm