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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. XERO1
    One thing I can pretty confidently say about the Asgard 3 is that if you are hearing any kind of obvious distortions, either the distortions are on the recording itself or your headphones are being overdriven by the amp.
  2. wushuliu
    That's not what I meant regarding distortion, but it's neither here nor there and I don't want to derail the thread.

    I do see Asgard 3 is listed as having lower SNR and Crosstalk than either the Jotunheim or Lyr 2, which combined with the typical benefits of Class A, would support your observations.
  3. XERO1
    Ah, my mistake.

    I'm not too big of a 'numbers' guy. I just call 'em like I hear 'em. :gs1000smile:
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2019
  4. rets34
    Ordered mine no DAC after looking into the Unison that you were talking about, can't wait for the new amp and can't wait to upgrade it. :)
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  5. Mani ATH 87
    Schiit said that the unison DAC modules won't be available for quite some time. The unison stand alone DAC is available in the Bifrost 2 now and will be available by the end of the year in their other models (not sure about Modi). I think I remember Jason saying the unison cards to update might not be available for another year or so.
  6. Mani ATH 87
    Thanks for the review - I agree that the Asgard does a pretty good job of not coloring the sound.

    It seems to pair well with the Focal Clear as the Clear also doesn't color the sound much, maybe a touch of brightness.

    Nice thing about having a neutrals sounding combo is that it sounds pretty good with everything.
  7. Alcophone
    Hm, that is a good point. Sounds like Unison cards are at least a year away. Bummer!
  8. tafens
    In the Schiit Happened thread Jason said that Unison cards will be available for all other upgradeable DACs (so not Modi) in January.

    This is due to Unison only supporting UAC2, and Microsoft will drop support for Windows 7 (that does not) in January.
  9. kman1211
    Just got my Asgard 3 Multibit in black today. Will listen to it when I get home.
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  10. alota
    someone knows if the multibit dac card is compatible with android? thank you
  11. Baten
    the multibit card just uses the cmedia controller, afaik yeah it is
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  12. kman1211
    First impressions is smooth, articulate, and clean with my T1.2’s.

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  13. wushuliu
    My early impressions with DIY Soekris DAC feeding HD6XXs: Definitely a nice low noise floor/black background. You can hear greater reverb trails in songs e.g. Hotel California (Tidal Master). Strong dynamics. Vocals are gripping, you can hear lips parting and breaths. Kind of smooth, but not really. There's a touch of 'solid state' to what I hear so far - a little bit of hardness. As Xero1 said it rides a fine line. Some of this is mitigated by using low gain in my case, with volume cranked all the way, so I might need to do some gain adjusment with the Soekris for best results.

    Only hesitation is there is what I gather to be some of the Schiit 'house sound' i.e. slight forward/peakiness in mids. This is only my second Schiit purchase. Previous was a Modi Multibit which also had a similar presentation. Not quite my preference. Maybe the Asgard will mellow a bit in that regard. For people who like that though, this is an awesome sounding amp so far...
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2019
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  14. kman1211
    Honestly I found many Schiit amps including the Magni 3 to have an almost raspy somewhat abrasive sound to them. I immediately realized the Asgard 3 doesn't have this issue. The Lyr 3 and so far the Asgard 3 are the only Schiit amps i've heard I truly like the treble on. The Lyr 2, Valhalla 2, and the Magni's were all slightly abrasive to my ears, not the case with the Asgard 3 or the Lyr 3. I haven't heard the higher end Schiit amps such as the Mjolnir 1/2 and the Ragnarok 1/2. Nor have I heard the Jot.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2019
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  15. wushuliu
    The Asgard is right on the edge of that for me. Just a wee bit raspy and forward for my tastes. But otherwise excellent. I'm sure most people will love it.
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