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Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

Discussion in 'Jason Stoddard' started by jason stoddard, Jan 23, 2014.
  1. FLTWS
    The more I listen to the Ragnarok (with Yggdrasil) the more I like how it performs with headphones even compared to my other amps with expensive tube substitutes. I have never heard it with 2 channel using its own built in amp or used as a preamp only. Only thing I would ask for in an upgrade would be a volume control with more steps for finer adjustments.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2018
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  2. sam6550a
    Probably not much better unless you added VU meters, a black case, and variable intensity/variable color LEDs.
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  3. Pietro Cozzi Tinin
    That's a moot point since one will never use it.
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  4. Ableza
    You want the switch on the front? Just turn it 180 degrees.
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  5. Ragnar-BY
    Jason, what do you think "audiophile grade" power strips with all those noise-filters and fancy technologies?

    I was reading a review about a "low impedance noise-dissipation system" (which is actually an $1000 power strip O_O ), and the biggest surprise for me was that this thing is a "budget" version of a $7000+ power strip (I don`t know even what to say about this O_O ). While I think that such products are mostly orientated on rich and impressionable people, I know that sometimes power lines could bring a noise to amplifiers. I used to have a background hiss in my head-fi system, which disappeared, after I plugged my amp in a separate power strip. I think this was a problem with a ground line in my house (I live in a big old building with a lot of apartments in it), so the noise of switching PSUs in other electronics was not leaking to the ground, or it was a ground loop, or both. I also had an experience with car stereo, where I used to have a noise from alternator, which was solved by putting a capacitor after the alternator output. Sorry, If my explanation sounds somewhat stupid :) I have more or less basic knowledge about electricity and electronics, but my English is not good enough.

    Anyway, there are a lot of people in audiophile world, who believes that power lines could affect the sound quality. You have did a great job explaining "they don`t make good parts anymore" bias. It might be very interesting to read about "power cords matter" in future chapters.

    P.S. Or maybe we could even see a Schiit power strip some day. I like your PYST cables idea (bought myself a USB recently). When we have an ultra-cheap Chinese cables from one side, and ultra-expensive silver-cryo-i-don`t know what else-cables from the other side, PYST looks very reasonable. PYST is guaranteed not to screw anything, but it does not try to fool customers with cryo-threatening, mono-crystalls and other pseudo-science.
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  6. Letmebefrank
    When I first got my Jotunheim I had a nasty loud hum going on that was probably mitigated before by my previous amps (magni 2 / Vali 2) having wall warts. I took the Jotunheim to a socket on its own breaker with nothing else on it to confirm it was not the Jot itself.

    After some reading on the interballs I ended up buying a Furman PST-8D power strip to replace the super overpriced Monster unit I had before, plugged everything into it (computer, monitors, speaker amp, dac, Jot, etc..) and the hum was gone. The Jot was now so quiet that I could max the volume pot with the music paused and it was dead silent.

    Anyway, not sure if that answers your question but that is my experience with power conditioners.
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  7. Ragnar-BY
    Thankfully, I don`t have any problems now. Just curious to hear about Jason`s opinion and/or experience. Some of previous chapters were very interesting from a tech side. I like to learn new things about how everything works.

    Anyway, thank you for info. I would never expect Monster power strips could be bad at that price. Unfortunately, Furman don`t make their power strips for europlugs.
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  8. Letmebefrank
    Thankfully I bought any monster products when I worked at best buy at 5% above cost, for example a $150 power strip for $20, or a $120 hdmi for $10.
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  9. Pietro Cozzi Tinin
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2018
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  10. Ragnar-BY
    Well, now this prices explain a lot :thumbsup:
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  11. Snowpuppy77
    I was and am in the same situation as you. I was using a Bimby and an Asgard 2 and wanted to upgrade my headphone amp for my HD800S. After much research I determined that the Ragnarok would be the best headphone amp. I figured even if I only used it as a headphone amp it would be worth it for my HD800S and perhaps some planars I may get in the future. Also the Ranarok has more inputs than most headphone amps so I can switch between LPs and Digital. I solved the remote control issue by having it next to my listening chair. I then decided to hook up an old pair of Paradigm Studio 100 V.2 to them by running 28' of Kimber speaker cable. The 28' speaker cables cost close to $400. And was it ever worth it! The Ragnarok trounces my NAD preamp and amp I was using in terms of tonal quality and still manages to drive these speakers as clean and loud as I can stand. So if your speakers are a good match in terms of power then the Ragnarok is truly an excellent integrated amp. To me the Ragnarok is a real pleasure to use. However as you can see something is missing:

    Though the Bimby does sound great with the Ragnarok I am really looking forward to getting a Yggy and some nice balanced cables. I think the time to get a new Yggy has arrived.
  12. Ableza
    Ragnarok remote volume control:
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  13. JohnnyCanuck
    Love all the blue lights!

  14. OldRoadToad
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2018
  15. valiant66
    Probably worse. Jason has stated the main reason for switch on the back is to help keep power supply as isolated as possible.
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