Schiit Jotunheim Review / Preview - Head-Fi TV

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by jude, Aug 26, 2016.
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  1. jude Administrator
    NOTE:  If you can't see the embedded video above, please CLICK HERE to see the video.
    In this episode of Head-Fi TV, we get a first look at the new Schiit Audio Jotunheim, which Schiit is calling a configurable balanced headphone amp and preamp--or even a "configurable desktop center"--but that most of us will probably end up calling something else.

    Products mentioned and/or shown in the video:

    1. Schiit Audio Jotunheim configurable balanced headphone amp and preamp
    2. Schiit Audio Fulla portable USB DAC/amp
    3. Schiit Audio Magni 2 amplifier
    4. Schiit Audio Modi 2 DAC
    5. Schiit Audio Bifrost DAC
    6. Ultrasone Tribute 7 over-ear headphone
    7. HiFiMAN HE-6 over-ear headphone
    8. beyerdynamic T1 2nd Generation over-ear headphone
    9. Sennheiser HD 800 over-ear headphone
    10. Sennheiser HD 800S over-ear headphone
    11. Schiit Audio Ragnarok desktop amplifier
    12. Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC
    13. Westone ES60 Custom custom in-ear monitor
    14. Jerry Harvey Audio Siren Series Roxanne custom in-ear monitor
    15. Noble Audio Kaiser 10 custom in-ear monitor
    16. beyerdynamic + Astell&Kern AK T8iE universal-fit in-ear monitor
    17. Sennheiser IE 800 universal-fit in-ear monitor
    18. FitEar MH334 custom in-ear monitor
    19. HiFiMAN HE1000 planar magnetic, over-ear headphone
    20. Focal Elear over-ear headphone
    21. Focal Utopia over-ear headphone
    22. MrSpeakers ETHER Flow open, over-ear headphone
    23. ETHER C Flow closed, over-ear headphone
    24. Audeze LCD-4 open, planar magnetic over-ear headphone
    25. ENIGMAcoustics Dharma D-1000 electrostatic over-ear headphone
    26. beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO over-ear headphone
    27. HiFiMAN Edition X over-ear headphone
    28. AudioQuest NightHawk over-ear headphone
    29. Mitchell & Johnson ME2 hybrid electrostatic electrodynamic over-ear headphone
    30. Schiit Audio Mjolnir 2 desktop tube amplifier
    31. Schiit Audio Gungnir desktop DAC
    32. Fostex TH900mk2 over-ear headphone


    Schiit Audio Jotunheim - Head-Fi TV produced by Joseph Cwik and Jude Mansilla


  2. TMoney
    Great video, Jude. Thanks for sharing.
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  3. cyclops214
    Wow can't believe you released this a day early before the official announcement.
  4. Rexr3
    Great video !
    I might need to get one of these now.
  5. kurochin
    I've been waiting for something like this ever since I first discovered Schiit. As a FitEar owner (MH335DW), colour me extremely interested. One question though, Jude;
    You mention lowest possible gain is with single ended input and output, but with the DAC module being balanced input, I wonder if you tested your FitEar MH334 with the Jotunheim running as an amp alone, or with the DAC module converting bits as well?
  6. zabzaf
    Nice review! Can't wait to hear it. Thanks Jude.
  7. krumley7882
    Schiit Yes!!!
  8. jude Administrator
    @kurochin, that's with the built-in DAC.
    By the way, here's the gain breakdown (based on input-output configurations):
    1. SE in, SE out, low gain  2
    2. SE in, SE out, high gain  4.7
    3. SE in, balanced out, low gain 2.1
    4. SE in, balanced out, high gain 7.4
    5. balanced in, SE out, low gain  1.1
    6. balanced in, SE out, high gain  3.75
    7. balanced in, balanced out, low gain 2.2
    8. balanced in, balanced out, high gain 7.5
    Again, both the DAC module and phono module are fully balanced, so either would constituted balanced-in.
  9. GrouchoMarx1933
    Does the USB on the optional DAC use the gen 2 or gen 3 implementation? I would hope for gen 3 since the USB is the only input.
  10. Shogster
    I really should have waited before jumping on a new amp/dac. And i just ordered a Magni.. damn it.
  11. jude Administrator
    I've been in Denmark the past week for the AES Headphone Technology conference (which was awesome, by the way), so I'll have to check when I get home.
    Perhaps someone from Schiit can chime in sooner.
  12. CaveManta
    My mom noticed the Jotunheim as I was watching the video, and she asked, "What's that box-looking thing?" XP
  13. krumley7882

    if she only knew!!!!!
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  14. akg fanboy
    Not as game changing as I was hyping but still a very much necessary product line from schiit. Not many amp/dac combos for $400 let alone with the capability of driving the he-6, I think schiit may have produced the best amp/dac combo in this price range.
  15. CaveManta
    I tried to explain it to her, but it was just impossible. All I could think of was, "It's just a headphone..amplifier..thing." She must think I'm crazy.
    My brother-in-law jokingly asked about the stack of Schiit, "What's with the stack of xboxes?"
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