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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. JohnnyCanuck
    I'll look forward to that story, Jason. Is this transformer a laminated EI type similar to Vidar's? Also, will The Ragnorak 2 be using light pipes or is it sticking with the old LEDs?

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  2. Jason Stoddard
    Bingo. One slip and you're gonna have 4 very large 1/4-20 screw heads sliding across your Yggdrasil. When one comes in for upgrade with a bunch of deep shiny gouges on the top, I'll know immediately what happened.
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  3. Jason Stoddard
    Yep, EI. We tried a couple of custom toroid designs, but in the end, we liked the EI design enough to go the shielding/potting route.

    And yep, it uses light pipes.
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  5. mp29k
    Features aside (the extra flexibility vs. multiple boxes is apparent just reading features on your site), which do you believe will sound better. I.e. is the topology of Vidar better than the Nexus topology sound quality wise (either 60 WPC or 100 WPC will drive my efficient speakers extremely well at 98 db efficient), and is the slimmed down multibit card for the rag 2 a sonic compromise over the one in Bifrost? Number of boxes doesn't bother me, sound quality is paramount. I assume the three separate components will sound better, but since Nexus is new, I thought maybe you had am impression on sound quality comparison,
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  6. Ableza
    Sounds like a great design. A shielded Xfrmr makes design layout simpler that's for sure! I was thinking of noise on the low-level side, which Vidar has far less of I'm certain. But if I'm reading your PCB layout correctly it looks like the AC run will be away from the line level circuits. Nice work.
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  7. audio philestine
    OMG, the Schiit almost hit the fan!
  8. dmckean44
    I bet a chapter about all the boards you guys have created over the years for internal use could be interesting.
  9. flargosa
    The Ragnarok 1 sounds great already. Can’t wait to read comparisons with the new Rag 2. I hope the input lights are labeled. It makes it much easier selecting inputs.
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  10. Rattle
    Saga-Vidar-Mimby is so great sounding but I still lust after Rag2 now... thanks a lot guys...
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  11. Mike-WI

    Argh. Keep Rag1 (stacked and fits nicely) vs. Rag2 and move things around to not stack. Dilemmas.

    Agree. I am not using the potential of the Rag1 for near-field speakers. But it is great. No complaints -- other than the ones Jason outlined (remote, speaker/headphone selector, etc).
  12. mp29k
    I am looking at a very similar system, but Bimby vs. Mimby. Couple questions, do you use Eitr with your setup, and what speakers do you use? I will be driving high efficiency, Tekton Lore speakers.
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  13. Rattle
    Feeding mimby via coax, never used the USB on it. Oppo 103 for all files and discs as transport.
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  14. sam6550a
    Welcome to the world of "low tech product engineering". Throughout my career, I encountered many job applicants that wanted to design the "next generation high performance computer", and very, very few that were interested in making a product producible or manufacturable. It seems that Asia values this skill more than the US engineering community does. Sad.
  15. ashirin
    If you have no interest in going balanced and you don't need a headphone amp, I feel like you're losing a lot of what you're paying for with Ragnarok. Given that you have very efficient speakers, I would probably wait for Aegir and pair that with Bifrost Multibit and Saga. You'd get what I think will be the best sounding speaker amp of the three (assuming it has enough power for your needs), a better DAC than what's built into Ragnarok (and with more inputs), and the ability to try different tubes or run in passive mode with Saga. At ~$1800, it would also be about the same price as Ragnarok 2; We don't know the exact pricing on that yet, but I'm assuming Ragnarok 2 with both cards installed will be more expensive than the current model which was $1700.

    If you would use it with headphones though, that does change things.

    Correction: I originally stated the price of Ragnarok as $2400 (I was thinking about Yggdrasil). Thanks @Mike-WI for correcting me.
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