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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. tafens
    While I can hear differences between my DACs, amps, tubes, and headphones, I haven’t tried to hear differences between cables, and I think I would find it difficult to do so. But I acknowledge that some people can hear differences, and perhaps, in some cases, even with ease.

    If one can hear a difference, should it be measurable? Yes it should.
    Our ears, in a way, are also instruments measuring the sound and gives the measurement to the brain for interpretation. If the ears can measure it, must be possible to measure by other means.

    So, if it’s measurable, can we measure it? Now this is the tough one. We should be able to, but only if we are measuring the right thing, and with enough resolution. The problem is that we could be looking at the wrong thing, or not measure it accurately enough, or maybe the tech to measure it just isn’t available yet.

    What I’m trying to say is that I think it’s a bit more complicated than just throwing a frequency plot or some other measurement in someone’s face saying “I can’t see it, so you can’t hear it”.
     
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  2. ScubaMan2017
    Congratulations on the new gear, @HifiRED ! My gut tells me that other than "using" more electrical power (kW-h), no issues on the electronics. There are some users who swear the solid-state electronics sound better after being on for hours at a time. Me? I can't tell the difference. I have 2 tube headphone amplifiers that I turn off after 1-2h of inactivity (I want my vacuum tubes to last a long time before seeking out replacements).

    I notice Schiit gear's very forgiving with USB cables and length. I have Schiit's USB-to-SPIDIF converter/reclocker (EITR). Honestly, I can't detect a difference in sound quality. I run an ~1.5-2 metre USB cable from my Chromebook to my listening nook w/o any degraditation issues. For me? The only time I had gross pops, pings, and dropouts was before I upgraded my source (my Lenovo T400 was an ugly-ad-hoc streamer). Acer Chromebook 13? Happy, happy. :)
     
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  5. gwitzel
    Thank you, your point with the OTL amp in the future is very good. We also have a Crack amp here, so it makes sense to buy a compatible version of the 880.

    The DT880 600 ohm has arrived in the meantime, and it is indeed a very nice headphone. Much nicer for my taste than the 770. The A3 has not arrived yet. Right now I am running them with the Brocksieper Earmax and a basic Modi, a very nice setup.

    I am curious about the Lyr 3, but this amp is a bit over budged right now.
     
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  6. ColdsnapBry
    Is high gain the way to go with my Asgard 3 paired with a HD 6XX? I can sort of cap out the volume on low gain.
     
  7. Odin412
    Yes I would go with high gain on that headphone.
     
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  8. KukoCL
    Yes, you should use high gain for high impedance headphones like the HD6XX which is 300ohm.
     
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  9. ScubaMan2017
    Pshh... 300 ohm. Go Beyerdynamic 600 ohm cans! :ksc75smile:
    Lyr's an interesting creature. I'll be curious to see the long-term fate of the Lyr X.x, Johentheim, and Asgard x.
     
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  11. PioBeer
    Anyone try Modhouse Argon MK3's with Asgard 3? Those are notoriously hard to drive.
     
  12. Anouk Contributor
    Hi everyone, still combing through this tread. Looking to assemble a rig to buy in january for home use with the aeon flow 2 closed and hopefully a schiit product with their new unison dac card. Hard to choose through between all the models. Currently wavering between lyr 3 and asgard 3.
    I would like to use the amps rca outputs with my powered speakers that have their own volume control. Is it correct that the outputs ARE controlled by the volume pot on the asgard 3 and that they are not controlled on the lyr 3?
    Thanks in advance,
    Greetings, Anouk,
     
  13. jnak00
    Every Schiit amp I've owned (Magni 2 Uber, Vali 2, Asgard 3) has controlled the preamp outs with the volume pot. I would be surprised if the Lyr 3 didn't. You could email Schiit and ask them
     
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  14. Ichos
    In the Lyr 3 the RCA outputs are volume controlled , it's a preamp.
     
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  15. Anouk Contributor
    Thanks for the clarification about the volume pot. Nice that the products are soc onfigurabnle. I could go the bifrost2 +amp only route and connect my powered speakers to the dac. I realize now.
    Still the choice betweenthe asgard 3 lyr 3 or even the jotunheim is hard.
    Any further advice would be appreciated.
    Greetings, Anouk,
     
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