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Schiit Asgard 3 - Impressions Thread

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by XERO1, Aug 28, 2019.
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  1. Alcophone
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  2. Mad Lust Envy Contributor
    The A3 with a dac card have optical input?

    I have the mini M&M 3 Schiit stack, and wouldn't mind going with just an A3 with internal 4490 dac as long as it also has an optical input. I don't see pics anywhere though.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2019
  3. Mani ATH 87
    There's no optical input on the A3, USB only.
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  4. Mani ATH 87
    Here's the back with the installed Multibit DAC.

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  5. Mad Lust Envy Contributor
    Crud. I'm still waiting on a Schiit DAC/Amp with everything I need. The A3 would've been it. Maybe next time.

    I need an optical input so I can send my gaming virtual surround sound from a gaming device to the Schiit's dac, and the USB input would be for non-gaming needs.

    The mini stack of course has all I need, but I really just want one unit with everything, and would've liked the extra power the A3 has over the Magni 3.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2019
  6. rascalion
    There’s always the Ragnarok 2

    Edit; never mind. I thought it had optical in fully loaded.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2019
  7. volly
    Simply beautiful!
  8. Clemmaster
    It was supposed to... :frowning2:
  9. greenarrow
    Have a M&M3 Schiit combo. If I buy the Asgard 3, do I need any expansion card. I'm using PC USB connection as my source. Secondly, the M&M3 combo can works with the Asgard 3?
    A novice audiophile here :smile_phones: . Have a pair of DT880 Pro and ATH-M50x.
  10. genck
    This is something that would either replace the Magni if you chose no module or replace both if you bought the Asgard 3 with a card(the DAC). If you want to try it I'd say just buy the A3 with no card and put it in place of the Magni to compare.
  11. greenarrow
    My few days old Magni developed problem when using with the DT880 Pro and ATH-M50x :triportsad:. The volume coming out from the Magni is very soft on the H setting. Needs to turn up the volume to nearly 3/4 to hear reasonable level of audio. This applied also to the ATH-M50x on the L setting. This really let me down on their claim of 'assembled in the USA' product. My FX-Audio DAC-X6 from China works without any problem on my headphones. Schiit will replace the faulty one when I do a RMA exchange. This is very troublesome from me as I'm from Singapore and there is no local agent here.

    Have to consider if I want to buy the Asgard 3.
  12. Mad Lust Envy Contributor
    Make sure that if you're listening on PC that your software volume or program volumes aren't accidentally turned down. Don't know how many times people complained about low volume with dac/amps only to find their music program or whatever were on minimal volume. It is more common than you think.
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  13. greenarrow
    Usually I have the volume at half using using PC as source. At this setting, my volume setting on the Magni 3 is at 3/4 to achieve a reasonable listeing level. Is this normal?

    This is not happening when I use a FX-Audio DAC-X6.
  14. Mani ATH 87
    Ideally you want the source volume at 100% (PC) and then control the volume to the level you prefer on the amp.
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  15. caenlenfromOCN
    Do what Mani said above... 100% on Windows... I have never heard of anyone going below 80% on Windows... your DAC suffers if you go below 80%. Just do 100% to your DAC, and magni should not go above noon on high gain for most cans... unless its like some 600 ohm monsters from beyerdynamic.
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