Schiit Gungnir

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Gungnir offers the world’s most advanced Adapticlock™ clock regeneration system in a fully upgradable, hardware-balanced DAC with 32-bit D/A converters, advanced fully discrete analog output stage, with hardware summing for single-ended output. Like Bifrost, it also offers one of the most advanced asynchronous USB 2.0 input sections available. The USB, SPDIF BNC and RCA coax inputs, and Toslink optical input all offer 24/192 capability.

So, what’s all this about Adapticlock? Well, you probably know about jitter. And you probably know one of the best ways to kill it is with high-precision, voltage-controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) reclocking. Now, that’s all well and good, but what happens when you have a source that won’t allow the VCXOs to lock? You know, like a satellite receiver or some computers? In other cases, you’re toast. The VCXOs unlock, and jitter flows right through the system.

In Gungnir, if the VCXOs won’t lock, it shifts the entire reclocking network to VCOs. This allows us to lock to virtually any input, and still provide a low-jitter regenerated master clock. The result is higher-quality clocks, despite the source.

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Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: takes my digital files/CD's from being a way to save overuse on my vinyl to perhaps junking my analog set-up
Cons: Can't have it in noir - big deal
The lead review hit the nail on the head.  The music breathes, the singers expand, move, breathe and fade away, the details and the gestalt both exist and neither compromises the other.  I've thrown thousands of tracks at it.  Tonight it was Joe Jackson, Cowboy Junkies, Prokofiev, Durutti Column, Poco, Diana Krall, Minimal Compact, etc...  I'm convinced, they all sound like music, unlike the past when maybe some Doug Sax mastered tracks would be decent, and the rest would have me turning down the volume and taking off the headphones in agony.   Heard some big buck Krell and ARC DAC's in the past and this unit is better than any of them.  I just got it in September, so it's the new version w/ mbit.
I leave it on all the time, it's better warm as noted by others.  Some people complain about the size and looks, I kind of like the low tech DIY look although it's clearly anti-rack mount.
To me it's a champion of anti audio nervosa engineering.  Buy it, enjoy it, ignore reviews/salesmen/friends that try and get you to upgrade it later on.  Looks like a 15+ year piece to me.
Other pieces: Pass X-150, Pass P, Ragnarok, Sony SACD/CD player, foobar, Triangle Celius 202's, ProAc Tablette's, Senn HD-600 w/ bal cable; analog; VPI Mk IV, Souther, Shelter 501 Mk 3, Pass Ono, Music Hall 7.1, AT 33EV
Update:  In the process of selling my vinyl collection on discogs, and putting my analog equipment up on ebay.  No regrets. 
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100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Good resolution, clean sound
Cons: I would prefer smaller physical size, but I understand that discrete components need room in the case
I tried both Bifrost Multibit and Gungnir Multibit with HiFi Man HE-1000 connected via WA7. There was a clear difference between the two. There was no Yggy available to compare but the difference I heard convinced me it was time to stop looking and I grabbed a Gungnir. No regrets, happy with the sound.
Short and up to the point. This is exactly why I went for the gungnir too and never looked at any other DACs. 


Member of the Trade: Acorn Audio
Pros: Great separation and soundstage. Amazing detail and bass control. Oozes confident audio.
Cons: Switching bitrate in WASAPI makes it click and sometimes mute the audio. Large.

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