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The Schiit Saga S is an upgraded version of the Saga that houses a discrete JFET buffer stage instead of the tube stage. It's a 100% solid-state. You can control either in a passive mode wherein you use it with a remote-controlled passive preamp which is apt for various systems. Switch it to JFET buffer mode if you want to drive long cables.
The Saga S comes with relay-switch for clear volume and to offer perfect channel matching and low distortion. It has a volume knob for added efficiency. In the remote control mode, the potentiometer adheres to the remote setting. For a reliable remote-control system to integrate your digital gear with the rest of the system, you can stack Saga S and any other Schiit DACs.
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20Hz-20Khz, -0.2db, 3Hz-400KHz, -3dB|
|THD||<0.001%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 1V RMS|
|IMD||<0.001%, CCIR (active stage)|
|SNR||>110db, A-weighted, referenced to 1V RMS|
|MAXIMUM OUTPUT||>>5V RMS|
|OUTPUT IMPEDANCE||75 ohms|
|OUTPUT IMPEDANCE||varies, maximum 4.8 kohms|
|BOTH PASSIVE OR ACTIVE STAGE:|
|GAIN||Approximately 1 (0dB) through either passive or active stage|
|INPUT IMPEDANCE||10 kohms|
|INPUTS||5 RCA pairs, selectable via front switch or remote|
|INPUTS||5 RCA pairs, selectable via front switch or remote|
|OUTPUTS||2 RCA pairs, selectable via front switch or remote|
|BUFFER STAGE||Discrete two-JFET buffer with DC offset correction|
|VOLUME CONTROL||relay-switched stepped attenuator with discrete thin-film resistors , 64 1dB steps|
|POWER SUPPLY||One 24VA transformer with regulated +/-18V rails, plus 5VDC for microprocessor|
|POWER CONSUMPTION||15W typical|
|SIZE||9"W x6"D x 2"H, plus additional 1.25" H for tube|
Schiit - Saga S
Just one thing, really: Saga S is solid-state. That is, it doesn’t have a tube in it. Instead of a tube, it uses a discrete JFET buffer stage. Saga S is for people who don’t want to deal with tubes.
If you’re using a power amp without volume control, you’ll need a preamp. The preamp allows you to control volume, switch inputs, etc.
Lots of things. But let’s start where you probably aren’t expecting us to: in the philosophy. Yes, philosophy. Because in the past 20 years or so, audio gear has gone into full gold-plated Bentley/60’ private yacht/$120MM beach estate mode. As in, prices are completely and utterly insane. Go ahead. Look around for a remote passive preamp, and check the prices. And then start looking at preamps that use a sophisticated, perfectly-matched relay-switched stepped attenuator instead of a volume pot or cheap volume-control chip, and we’ll excuse you so you can go scream at the injustice of the world. And then there’s Saga S, at $299.
By making a ton of them at a time, by using automated surface-mount assembly, and through smart design that doesn’t need a ton of hand-work to solder and route wiring. And by selling direct. No magic.
Passive preamps are great if you have short cable runs and high-impedance inputs to your power amp. On the other hand, active preamps give you the ability to run longer cables and drive low-impedance inputs on some power amps. Saga S is both. Switch it to passive mode to bypass the JFET buffer, or switch it to active mode to use the tube buffer. It’s up to you.
Yeah. It’s cool. Unlike a potentiometer, it gives you perfect channel matching down to the lowest level of the volume knob. And, the knob on the front of the preamp acts just like a normal volume knob—it stops at the bottom and top of its travel. No endlessly spinning encoders here. Just the same easy-to-use knob you’re used to, coupled with sophisticated microprocessor control.
Then you need Freya S, Saga S’s big sister.
Saga is a seeress, or a goddess associated with wisdom. Once you get off the beaten path in Norse mythology, it starts getting a bit murky like this. But we do think you’ll find Saga+ a wise choice in a system needing a preamp.
Don't sweat it, this Schiit Saga S comes with a 5 year warranty from Schiit that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.
Read more about Schiit's warranty in India.
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The story of Schiit Audio begins with two veteran audiophiles Jason Stoddard, formerly of Sumo, and Mike Moffat, formerly of Theta coming together to shake things up a bit. Both of them have extensive experience in developing lots of audio and A/V products including the Andromeda III, Cobalt 307, DS Pre and Angstrom 200. From power amplifiers, I/V conversion stages, D/A converters, relay-switched stepped attenuator volume controls in preamps to developing the first DTS home theatre surround processor on the market, Schiit Audio has developed a lot of audio products over the years.
Headphones are the need of the hour everyone who likes music uses a headphone. Therefore Schiit Audio moved to develop personal audio equipment while continuing to design a speaker-based system which includes the industry-leading preamps, amps and DACs. So right now Schiit Audio has a plethora of audio products ranging from personal audio to speaker-based systems. Schiit designs affordable audio products that bring happiness in your lives.
Unlike ordinary DACs that use delta-sigma, NOS (new old stock) D/A chips, multibit chips, high-cost R2R ladders, Schiit uses unique DSP-based closed-form digital filter which improves the sonic performance of the multibit DAC. Therefore the Schiit's multibit technology brings all of it together using the current-production, medical/military grade D/A converters.
Schiit has opted for an innovative approach for the analog side as well. Even the most affordable Schiit headphone amplifier is a miniature, fully discrete, DC coupled, current-feedback power amplifier. Schiit is credited for introducing Continuity output stage to solve the issue of transconductance droop which was common in Class AB amplifier design. Schiit has also developed balanced topologies like Nexus in Ragnarok 2 and a perfect combination of tube and solid-state with Coherence in Lyr 3.
All the Schiit products are designed for solidity and durability. Even the smallest of the products are made of aluminium and steel while the larger products are made of high-end C core transformers, power supply filtering and low-noise control. All the products have to go through severe testing procedures including the latest APx555 audio analyzer and Avermetrics analyzers. Every product from Asgard and up goes through burn-in to address the issues faced during the initial period of usage. Schiit takes care of all the service and support requirements so that you can concentrate on great sound.
Schiit believes that local control of all the aspects of production improves the delivering of the product. Therefore all the Schiit products are designed and made in the USA and most of the cost of the components are going to the US-based companies. Assembled in the USA means that Schiit's chassis guys are from San Fernando Valley, Schiit transformers are made in California, Schiit boards come from the east coast of the USA and all the designing, assembling and testing of Schiit products happen in Valencia, California.
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