Alright everyone the radio silence around rag sol and aegir has become deafening. I wasn’t at the meetup but I spent basically all day Saturday with the equipment. I’ve owned or listened to pretty much the entire schiit line but I’ve got my ears not yours so take this all with a grain o salt. But for gods sake people need to hear about these things! Generally speaking I was super impressed with rag2 aegir and sol, if they fit into your system I’d say you won’t be disappointed. I’ll give a little background of what I use/have used for references long the way, for what it’s worth. Rag2 is awesome. But lemme start with a warning, it’s huge. Anyone who has a vidar should have a general feel for its depth and it’s width is consistent with the yggy/rag chassis of old. It looks great though wow. The remote is absolutely wonderful as you probably imagine. It does run surprisingly cool too. Also the interface is much more intuitive, no more switching to low gain the turning up the volume to figure out where it’s sending sound. The speaker sound is solid. Sources were Mani from sol and balanced coming from yggy. It had no problem loading up the schittrs listening room with the ls50s they’ve got in there with power to spare. I have heard both the passive (through vidar) and active ls50s and can report rag2 easily beats the actives, my ability to evaluate relative to vidar with the passive was limited by the room, but they’re likely in a similar ballpark. Mono aegirs through Freya sounded better to me (no surprises there). That is not me saying rag2 sounds bad. Just less good at 2 channel than a more expensive dedicated 2 channel setup by the same manufacturer. But for what it is, an amp for sensitive headphones or speakers rag2 is super impressive. Unless we were directly A/B’ing rag2 sounded great. It kept us totally happy for hours. The room at the schittr is awful (sorry schiit the schittr is great but I gotta be honest) so I won’t say much more about speakers. Now for headphones. I listened with a pair of meze empyreans and Sennheiser HD800 with only yggy as source. Simply put it was stunning. Now my main point of reference is mjolnir/Gumby but I’ve heard rag1/yggy (not a2) too. I generally can’t stand HD800, just too harsh for me. But I gotta say other than Valhalla I’ve never heard them sound better than on rag2. I was worried going in about the mezes, they’re efficient and supposedly the noise floor is a little higher than rag1 or mjolnir (which does occasionally give me some noise). I had no problems with the mezes. In fact the middle gain setting ended up being perfect for them and it was the best headphone sound I’ve heard to date. The volume nob is awesome and the motorized function with remote is great . I’ve found the circlotron amps can sound kinda harsh sometimes (mjolnir to a lesser degree with the tubes) and rag2 doesn’t do that. The mezes soundstage opened up more than ever and the sound was so natural and easy to listen to with detail. It’s what I call sneaky detail. It’s not harsh and trebly detail in your face. It’s easy to listen to but as you pay attention you realize how much is there. This is the ideal sound for me. On a different note my friend tried IEMs and said he heard noise. Hearing at least good speaker performance and exceptional headphone performance had me sold. Schiit please release rag2 you’re ruining my life making me wait. I’m writing this instead of going to work I will hold you accountable when I get fired. Some additional notes for the people considering the fully loaded version. I really wanted to love this feature but after using it I’ll likely save the money and go with standard. We tried the phono card instead of mani. Noise reduced some but was still definitely there. We didn’t bother with the cheap ass balanced card. I know it from lyr3 and couldn’t bring myself to switch away from yggy even in the name of knowledge. Overall I gotta say I think schiit slightly missed the target on the cards. Anyone who wants to buy a $1600 amp and listen to a ~$100 dac has a different line of reasoning than me. Or maybe a vinyl fanatic would be stoked on it so they can reinforce their opinion that vinyl is the greatest sound known to humans. Or maybe if you transport your system occasionally and don’t wanna deal with moving your dac it’ll be a good thing to have in a pinch. If I’m honest now writing this I wish I gave it a shot to know for sure. But I’ve compared midbi with the card on my lyr and found midbi superior so I can only imagine how things would go against yggy. That’s my only nit cause I’m bitter a gungnir card isn’t in rag2 but it’s cool I don’t expect schiit to break the laws of physics for the somewhat niche higher end part of their line that I want. Also I keep in mind the cards are early in their development so there’s plenty of room for improvement. I personally would love the option for just phono. Overall rag2 might be the most impressive amplifier I’ve ever heard, all things considered and if they don’t release it soon I might go crazy. Don’t expect it to be the best speaker amp in the world but if you want a truly exceptional headphone amp that does a great job with speakers (aka a better Ragnarok) you will be happy. This is getting long so I’ll post now and continue with aegir and sol. Hope this helps everyone I’m not a pro audio reviewer just tellin it as a heard it.