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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. ToTo Man
    You wouldn't survive in Scotland then! Even in the height of our summers the average temperature inside our house rarely exceeds 19C unless the central heating is put on to assist, and in the winters we struggle to reach 19C even with the heating turned on! (We live in a 120 year old house with high ceilings etc). As it happens, I can't stand central heating, it blocks my sinuses. So I make do with the passive heat I get from my amps, plasma TV, computers, etc and sit with a blanket over my legs! :thermometer_face:
  2. Jones Bob
    Might help to wear pants instead of a kilt. :o2smile:
  3. Ragnar-BY
    Interesting question. I guess, now Ragnarok is at the price point where you can still hear benefits of more expensive amp. Higher you go - smaller the benefits. I never had a chance to demo $5k+ audio gear in my system, but I also never was interested in it. In that territory you would never know you are paying for sound, for chassis, or for possibility to boast about how expensive your gear is. It would be really interesting to hear from Jason what he could put in an amp for $5000.
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  4. AudioBear
    I know I asked the question but it is to Schiit's credit that they would more likely ask how they could get Ragnarok performance for less than the current price. From the outside looking in it's hard to tell how much of the cost of a $5000 amp is as you say performance enhancement and how much is chassis. Being able to boast is important too. And then there's the high markup issue. Ragnarok sold at retail might be a $5000 amp. Buying direct from Schiit keeps prices low. For some this disqualifies Schiit because in their minds the price isn't high enough for the gear to be any good. There are numerous examples in marketing of raising the price to increase sales actually working.
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  5. Jason Stoddard
    I'm not designing any $5000 amps, so that's that.

    I mean, if I wanted to do a 250/500W amp that also operated as a 1K monoblock, you're talking $1500.

    If I wanted to do an insane 100/200W Class A amp with choke-input power supply, you might be pushing $2500.

    In terms of an integrated amp, you're at the mercy of packaging. Ragnarok is at its thermal limits. It doesn't have space for a big choke for a choke-input power supply. Adding heatsinks subtracts space for inputs or other components. Adding fans pisses people off (unless they are usually off, and only used in a panic situation.)

    Can I make a better Ragnarok, a Ragnarok 2? You bet. We've learned a lot. But I can't speculate on when it'll happen, sorry.
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  6. Pietro Cozzi Tinin
    You two come with that CD transport first.
    First things first.
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  8. dmckean44
    That sounds awesome until I start thinking about how impractical something like that would be in my house.
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  9. RCBinTN
    I've heard the Yggy along with two amps: Rag and WA5.
    Both were good, in their own way.
    The Rag didn't lay down to the WA5. It was right there.
    And the WA5 is at least 2x more expensive.
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  10. Jason Stoddard
    Yeah, you're looking at 800-1000W continuous dissipation, in all reality. It's a space heater.
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  11. Rowethren
    Considering my PC on full tilt benchmarking is a total of ~750W from the wall and that heats up my room pretty fast then yep that definitely sounds like a space heater haha...
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  12. astromo
    That's the sort of thing I like to hear and that's one of the things that impresses me with the Schiit philosophy. Appeals to my inner-Engineer and the old line, "An Engineer is someone who can do for 10 cents what any other person can do for a dollar."

    Make it work and make it cost effective. Oh, and I agree, please don't go near fans.
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  13. Pandahead
    Bring on the amps! They will sell big in Scotland. Here in Florida it means cranking down the AC. See, not a problem.

    But first Loki Maxi aka Sonar and a resurrected electrostatic head phone amp. Hopefully the amp will start shipping end of February. I can't be the only one thinking this......
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  14. sam6550a
    I suggest that you consider trying a Tascam [Teac Pro] CD-200 CD transport. It incorporates a new Teac CD drive that is designed for CD audio and is very robust, has minimal "nice to have" features, has a good, legible display, and a remote. Other important features include a coax SPDIF output, a linear power supply, sturdy chassis, and a AKM 4384ET D to A in case you ever want to use the analog output. Although it has a MSRP of USD300, I picked mine up for USD215, including domestic [US] shipping. At this price point, you can discard it if you do not like it, but my unit, feeding a Gumby, gives me better performance than my Denon, Rotel, Sony, or Yamaha units. Check it out, doc.
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  15. ToTo Man

    Indeed they will!
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