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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    buy once, cry once. yeah, i know, easier said than done when it comes to audio. :) its more like buy once, don't like it, buy a better one for 3x the price, don't like it either but learn to live with it because next step is 10x the original item's cost.
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    Schiit Modius discussion - $199 balanced AK4493 DAC

    try making sure the pc driver that handles the optical output (might be part of the motherboard chipset driver) is the most current. likely it's just sending a string of zeros after wakeup, but not sending out valid frames. the E30 might be using a different toslink spdif receiver chip and is...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    for those using a computer or laptop as source (these have very noisy grounds), and powered monitors that can accept a true-balanced XLR input, the Magnius might help reduce background hiss and hum vs using an SE solution. Or, to their neighbor's chagrin, drive dual monoblock Vidars. <<added>>...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    often the updates are installed by the dealer when the cars are in for periodic maintenance (fluids, brakes, new tires, BATTERIES, and oil changes (excepting the above)) but the dealers don't tell you. sorry for "derailing" the thread... now back to cats, coffee, and the Balanced-vs-SE debate :)
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    do you mean Freya S and not Saga S? AFAIK Saga S is singled-ended only, with Freya series supporting both SE and Balanced I/O. With balanced input (from Bifrost 2's XLR outs) Freya S can drive dual Aegir or Vidar monoblocks in all 3 gain modes (passive, 1x Nexus, 4x Nexus). With SE input to...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    reminds me of the basic laws of thermodynamics... "if its hot you drop it"; "if it burns up, stuff is cheap so just buy another one (or quietly sneak it back into Jason's office) " :rolling_eyes:
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    max power depends on the load impedance, the voltage swing capability of the design, and for conventional Class A designs, the standing bias current. the designers of your amp optimized for higher impedance loads (e.g. 300 & 600 ohms) with less output current capability (likely to keep the...
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    Schiit Modius discussion - $199 balanced AK4493 DAC

    does your modius do this if powered from the included wall wart, or just when plugged into the pc?
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    for me, more and newer products (with higher sound quality than those they replaced) in the $99 and $199 price points is good, as it will encourage more people to try out dedicated audio gear, with some eventually looking to upgrade, thereby increasing demand for mid and upper range products...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    some of the components in Freya+ (high-voltage rated electrolytics, the large film-dielectric SMT capacitors, and / or the dale RN resistors if they require tight matching better than the standard 1%) look like they might be long lead-time or custom made to Schiit's specifications. With CRT...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Mjolnir 3 having no tubes to futz with (longer MTBF mean-time-between-failures) and remote volume & input switching. Kind of like Ragnarok 2, but optimized for normal efficiency headphones, and lower pricing.
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    i would expect the sound signature to be more clinical than warm, being op-amp based with high open-loop gain + negative feedback. In contrast, the discrete designs like Asgard & Jotunheim have lower open-loop gain and less or no overall global loop feedback, but generally warmer sound...
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    Schiit Modius discussion - $199 balanced AK4493 DAC

    for those that don't know, over on the main thread, Schiit just announced the Magnius balanced HP amp today, $199. Uses the premium Alps "blue velvet" RK27 volume pot.
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