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How much gain does Freya have? 
 
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So, is anyone planning to purchase the Jot DAC module and build their own stand-alone balanced output DAC?
 
Would it be as easy as I visualize? 
 
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  So, is anyone planning to purchase the Jot DAC module and build their own stand-alone balanced output DAC?
 
Would it be as easy as I visualize? 

Easy?  You jest.
 
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Not really.
OK.  Do you know the required voltages and current?  The pin out on the edge connector?  Will Schiit even sell you the DAC card as a stand-alone?  Would any of that be cheaper than simply buying a completed product from Schiit?
 
But hey, if it floats your boat then go for it.
 
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  OK.  Do you know the required voltages and current?  The pin out on the edge connector?  Will Schiit even sell you the DAC card as a stand-alone?  Would any of that be cheaper than simply buying a completed product from Schiit?
 
But hey, if it floats your boat then go for it.
 
DIY in your mind:
 
1. Buy bare PCB for $20 plus $100 in parts.
2. Assemble.
3. Get $1000 in performance for $120!
 
DIY in the real world:
 
1. Buy bare PCB for $20 plus $100 in parts.
2. Realize that you ordered the wrong parts, pay return shipping plus new parts, add $50.
3. Realize that hey, while you're at it, might as well upgrade some parts, add $250.
4. Get a good soldering iron, silver solder, flux, solder sucker, board cleaner, third hands, board cleaner, add $200.
5. Realize you need a dremel for a board mod that someone recommended on a DIY forum, purchase dremel, drill bits, grinding wheels, cutters, and add hot air rework station, nice Fluke meter, on-sale oscilloscope, and variac, add $1000.
6. Begin assembly. Realize you still have some wrong parts, so might as well get better ones, plus drawers to organize your parts, plus some more parts for A/B testing later, add $250.
7. Power on. Despite variac, the board smokes. Troubleshoot and buy more parts, plus another Fluke meter to measure current, plus a current-limited lab power supply, plus a function generator so you can visually tell if the circuit is working early in the game, plus a Flir One to see what's getting hot. Add $1,000.
8. Power on, it works. Spend a week swapping parts and listening. Oops, shorted something, board go boom. Spend an evening troubleshooting and replacing parts. Can't find it. Realize you need a 6.5 digit 4-wire bench meter...
 
And so on...
 
(Now, before I get eviscerated by the DIY crowd, I have to reiterate I have the utmost respect for DIY...and the lessons you learn while making your own stuff is invaluable. It just can't be thought of as cheap or easy, either in terms of budget or time. If you love it, do it. Just go in, eyes open.)
 
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DIY in your mind:
 
1. Buy bare PCB for $20 plus $100 in parts.
2. Assemble.
3. Get $1000 in performance for $120!
 
DIY in the real world:
 
1. Buy bare PCB for $20 plus $100 in parts.
2. Realize that you ordered the wrong parts, pay return shipping plus new parts, add $50.
3. Realize that hey, while you're at it, might as well upgrade some parts, add $250.
4. Get a good soldering iron, silver solder, flux, solder sucker, board cleaner, third hands, board cleaner, add $200.
5. Realize you need a dremel for a board mod that someone recommended on a DIY forum, purchase dremel, drill bits, grinding wheels, cutters, and add hot air rework station, nice Fluke meter, on-sale oscilloscope, and variac, add $1000.
6. Begin assembly. Realize you still have some wrong parts, so might as well get better ones, plus drawers to organize your parts, plus some more parts for A/B testing later, add $250.
7. Power on. Despite variac, the board smokes. Troubleshoot and buy more parts, plus another Fluke meter to measure current, plus a current-limited lab power supply, plus a function generator so you can visually tell if the circuit is working early in the game, plus a Flir One to see what's getting hot. Add $1,000.
8. Power on, it works. Spend a week swapping parts and listening. Oops, shorted something, board go boom. Spend an evening troubleshooting and replacing parts. Can't find it. Realize you need a 6.5 digit 4-wire bench meter...
 
And so on...
 
(Now, before I get eviscerated by the DIY crowd, I have to reiterate I have the utmost respect for DIY...and the lessons you learn while making your own stuff is invaluable. It just can't be thought of as cheap or easy, either in terms of budget or time. If you love it, do it. Just go in, eyes open.)
 
Haha, that sounds exactly like whenever I try and DIY anything... Probably why now I just buy Schiit instead :p 
 
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Jason,


If it is ok to ask, how are you guys doing on Freya? Or are you too busy assembling Saga to worry about it. No pressure, just curious
 
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Jason,


If it is ok to ask, how are you guys doing on Freya? Or are you too busy assembling Saga to worry about it. No pressure, just curious

Fair question.
 
Somewhat ironic answer: Freya (and one other product soon to be announced) is pushed back a week or so in order to keep Magni, Modi, and Jotunheim in stock. Sorry, but we can't go out of stock on core products in order to prioritize new releases.
 
However, we're not far out now. If you want one for Christmas, I'm sure we're still good.
 
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