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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. caenlenfromOCN
    I really like my Asgard 3 so far. It lacks a little in female vocals, Asgard 2 has better female vocals, it reaches the highs better without being 'nails on chalkboard', but Asgard 3 doesn't even attempt it, just dulls them slightly. Not sure if I will refund or not yet. The knob is quite cheap on the Asgard 3 too. Asgard 2 knob feels very very high end, very smooth rotation on it and good accurate gain in sound too. Asgard 3 knob you have to turn it a full inch before you notice any increase actual sound, bit annoying. (My headphones are the HD58X, so 150ohms... not that hard to drive...)
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  2. vibin247
    I received my Asgard 3 earlier today and have been listening to my 'phones pretty much for a few hours and so far so good. What an amp! Details are crisp and the highs aren't too bright for my liking. My Valhalla 2 is definitely warmer in the bass region, which makes for more relaxed listening sessions, but the Asgard 3 brings a level of fun in music I haven't felt in quite some time. When you have a variety of headphones of different impedances, it's great that the Asgard 3 can drive them with confidence. I'm definitely keeping this amp for my desktop use, and I'll setup the Valhalla 2 in my living room.
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  3. Mani ATH 87
    Weird, I don't get the impression at all that the volume knob is cheap. I think it feels just as nice as the Asgard 2.
  4. caenlenfromOCN
    Not cheap in it's smoothness, just cheap in it's looks. It's dull, where as the Asgard 2 knob is very shiny. Oddly enough that is exactly how I descrive Asgard 3 sound signature too, it's nice, but it's dull. Very neutral to the point of it feeling like there is almost a veil over the music.
  5. wushuliu
    And yet someone else said they are "right up to the line of" ruthlessly revealing.

    In fact that almost sounds like a description of the HD650. The Asgard 3 is the HD650 of head amps.

    Ain't nuthin' wrong with that!
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2019
  6. caenlenfromOCN
    Nothing wrong with it indeed, people enjoy different sound signatures. I just prefer the Asgard 2, better female vocals, sound-stage, and the energy is more fun overall. Though I am still selling my Asgard 2 eventually in the coming weeks, alongside refunding the Asgard 3.
  7. wushuliu
    Yeah, I have a Project Sunrise III that excels in those attributes. Same with my HD599s. The Asgard I intend to keep as an excellent affordable reference head amp along with the HD6XX/650s.
  8. Baten
    Which amp you going for, then?
  9. XERO1
    I'm afraid you misremembered what I said.
    In my mini-review of the Asgard 3, I compared it to the Jotenheim, and I said that the Jotenheim sounded 'ruthlessly revealing' to me.
    To my ears, the Asgard 3 comes right up to the line of 'ruthlessly revealing' territory but does not cross over into it, whereas amps like the Jotenheim and the THX AAA 789 are squarely in the 'ruthlessly revealing' category.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2019
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  10. Mani ATH 87
    I completely and 100% disagree that the Asgard 3 makes anything sound "veiled". To me it's the complete opposite, I actually find the Asgard 3 bright sounding and detailed. This is coming from someone who's used the Asgard 2 almost exclusively for the past 2+ years. In my opinion the A2 is warmer and less revealing then the A3 by a noticable margin.

    As for the volume knob, I like the A3 version, but I guess aesthetics are subjective.
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  11. XERO1
    Actually, I could see someone happily owning both of them.
    When they wanted to listen to an amp with a little rose-colored tint (that can also double as a small space heater), they turn on the Asgard 2.
    When they want to hear deep into the recording or maybe listen for subtle differences between different masterings of their favorite recordings, the Asgard 3 would be perfect.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2019
  12. wushuliu
    I wonder which one pairs better with the Sol turntable that just debuted on Schiit's website? : )
  13. starence
    Ohh, Schiit is charging sales tax now, didn't expect that. Anyway, should have my Asgard 3 in a few days!
  14. senorx12562
    Apparently, I like "ruthlessly revealing." Who knew?
  15. XERO1
    Actually, a bright-ish sounding amp can pair very well with a dark- ish sounding headphone.

    It’s all about finding what sounds good to you.
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