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  1. rlow

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

    If you’re thinking of this mostly for for the 2-channel market, you need a motorized pot. I vote for a completely passive, with motorized pot, but make it a really good pot. The goal should be to give folks a way to add the most transparent and simple volume control to your balanced DACs. Want...
  2. rlow

    What a long, strange trip it's been -- (Robert Hunter)

    A good endpoint with USB out will also sound better than going direct from a PC/NUC running Roon ROCK or CORE. I have tried this with my NUC compared to a Sonore Microrendu and a SOTM SMS-200Ultra as well and I prefer both of these endpoints feeding Gen 5 USB on my previous Gumby and now Yggy...
  3. rlow

    What a long, strange trip it's been -- (Robert Hunter)

    Hi Mike (@Baldr), since the new CD transport is intended to ideally use the new Unison USB on the Schiit DACs, this is going to tie up the only USB input on the DAC. Are you planning to add a USB input on the CD transport as well that can be switched in/out (ideally via the remote) so that...
  4. rlow

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

    Very cool, I didn’t even realize they had done this for the 2-channel stuff. It’s going to be critical to be upfront about this wrt Aegir.
  5. rlow

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

    Jason as others have already asked, the question of “is Aegir right for me?” is obviously going to be a common question for many. I assume you plan to address this in the FAQ, or maybe right on the main page, for the product when it’s launched? Realizing it may not be a straight black and white...
  6. rlow

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

    Yes I was at the time, both Multibit. I had an older/early version (with Gen 5 USB upgrade), and a newer one purchased new last year. They definitely sounded a bit different, but whether one was “better” than the other I think is somewhat subjective. There were aspects of each I liked. The are...
  7. rlow

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

    I was curious about the LISSTs and found a used quad that I decided to try out. That’s what I was up to when I took that pic actually. The quad of LISST I found had nice tonality and density, but lost a lot of that tube openness and spaciousness and soundstaging. So I decided to try out a pair...
  8. rlow

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

    Nice setup. I realized late last year that I had built up quite a stack of Schiit myself - was up to 10 units, but now down to 8, mainly because I was comparing A few DACs between a couple of systems (some of which are sold now).
  9. rlow

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

    Gen 5 USB card didn’t require a firmware update however. Also Jason said this earlier:
  10. rlow

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

    Why would they do that? The whole point is to replace Cmedia chip with something better and that doesn’t tie them anymore to Cmedia chips. Once Unison comes, Gen 5 will be dead. Simplifies things from production and inventory perspective too. Plus existing Yggy only has a hole and input switch...
  11. rlow

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

    Yep, just like the current Gen 5 USB card that is in Yggdrasil right now (and Gumby and Bimby), which is this one: https://www.schiit.com/products/gen-5-usb That card in Yggy will simply be swapped with the new one when it’s ready, and then you plug in whatever Win 10 PC or Mac you want - at...
  12. rlow

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

    He means the USB cards in their upgradable DACs (and maybe amp/DACs, but that might come after). Like the Gen 5 USB card.
  13. rlow

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

    I’m surprised you won’t be putting Unison into an updated Eitr, mainly because I’m surprised that it’s not selling well - I had assumed it would have been. It’s an excellent product and one of the best priced USB decrapifiers out there. Wyrd I can understand because it’s getting pretty long in...
  14. rlow

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

    Very, very sad to hear about ORT. The guy had a way with words and a singular wit. He will be missed. Rest in peace. Schiit have already said, no plans for a RPi device or Hat. Doesn’t mean things won’t change in the future, but the Schiit Pi is an internal processing engine only at this point...
  15. rlow

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

    Those were just about the most poorly coded secret puns I’ve seen in a while. Kudos Jason! Looking forward to seeing how hot that thing gets (winter is cold up here in Canada!)
  16. rlow

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

    Ok thanks for the update Pietro, that is very sad news indeed. :cry: I hope that even though he can’t participate here, that he is ok. I would like to wish him the best if you are speaking with him (as I’m sure many others on here would as well.)
  17. rlow

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

    Hey there, I only check in on this thread on occasion, but has anyone heard from @OldRoadToad (aka ORT) recently? I know he was having some health issues, hope he’s alright. I miss his poetic musings, ramblings and take-downs (mainly of Winders :wink:)
  18. rlow

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

    Don't know if this has been posted yet, but Nelson Pass doing a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) today for those interested: https://www.reddit.com/r/diysound/comments/906y74/im_nelson_pass_ama/
  19. rlow

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

    Sounds good. For me, I am thinking of selling Freya and sticking with Saga because I like the sound of it better. And because I only have a single Vidar, it only takes unbalanced inputs anyhow. Plus, I have found that sourcing matched pairs or quads of truly great 6SN7 tubes is difficult and/or...
  20. rlow

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

    Folks I own both Saga and Freya (and Vidar, Gumby and Mimby). Saga is a better preamp if your goal is transparency, with an optional touch of tube flavoring. The only reasons to go for Freya IMO are: 1. You want more tube flavour 2. You need more gain (which you will get from Freya's tube mode...
  21. rlow

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

    I'm a massive Soundgarden fan, so looking forward to BHS for sure. Not really a big Oasis fan,but I like this version! :beerchug:
  22. rlow

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

    Listening to the first track 'Wonderwall' right now. Sounds great!!
  23. rlow

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

    The Wall is a brilliant masterpiece, including the film as well. Dark as hell? Definitely. But still a modern masterpiece. Palpable, powerful emotion in every single track. I love it. Blue Sky gives me chills every time I hear it, as do most of the songs on that album.
  24. rlow

    Schiit Yggdrasil Impressions thread

    Did you see this on the Yggdrasil FAQs page? How about the DACs and analog stage? The DACs we're using—AD5791—were billed as "the industry's first true 20-bit DAC" by Analog Devices when they were introduced in 2010. Note the words "first" and "true." This is not 20-bit as defined for audio...
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