- Jun 24, 2012
I agree that the upgrade cost is a personal decision. I can't afford the thing at the present time so will also be waiting. For others it's a no brainer and they ordered right away. The price, however, is whatever Schiit deems appropriate whether you or I think it's worth the money. For the old Bifrost the AKM 2018 price was $399 and the Multibit version was $600. The multibit upgrade was $250 and the Gen 5 upgrade was $150 making a complete update $400, same as the base price. Compared to buying it complete to begin with is the Multibit/Gen 5 upgrade worth $800? To many people it was. To others, who are still using the old AKM version, not so much. The Bifrost 2 at $700 in 2020 dollars reflects the inflation that occurred between the old Bifrost's release price and the next revision. That's $800 in todays money. Explains why they just increased the price.A very interesting cost analysis.
What I see is my Bifrost purchase of 2/19/21, for $771.55 (including shipping and state tax), will become a ~$1,200 DAC with the upgrade.
Worth it? I don't know. I'll listen to the golden ears comments, and decide.
For a price of $200, I'd have an order in.
Can GoldenSound or another reviewer, other than the CheapAudioMan, get a review out by the end of the year?
I find it interesting that the wait time for the card started out 2-3 weeks and is now, the maybe never, 4-6 weeks. Possibly Christmas along with the new Modi Multibit.
Edit: The Firmware is up for download and adds NOS to the Bifrost. It works for me.