Designed & Made
3.5W RMS @ 32Ω
POWERFUL YET SMOOTH CLASS A AMPLIFICATION WITH THE ASGARD 3
Asgard 3 is a high-powered, low-cost modular headphone amp and preamp that provides a single-box solution for all your desktop needs. It's an upgrade to the headphone amp that started it all - the Asgard. The Asgard 3 has its ContinuityTM topology, which extends the benefits of Class A output. Asgard 3 comes in two variants, one with ES9028 Delta-Sigma DAC Module and the other with no add-on card module.
METICULOUSLY DESIGNED AND BUILT IN CALIFORNIA
Asgard 3's build is smooth yet elegant with high-quality metal housing. All Schiit audio products are designed and made in California. The vast majority of Asgard 3's entire production of chassis, boards, transformers, assembly, and so on are done within the USA. The PCBs are made right around the corner or in NorCal. Schiit Transformers are built-in California.
HIGH-QUALITY COMPONENTS DELIVERING POWER-PACKED PERFORMANCE
Asgard 3 is a beast when it comes to performance. The Continuity output stage in the Asgard 3 provides 3.5W into 32 ohms, which is 3.5X more than any older generation of Asgard, while also running 500mW of Class A bias. Agard 3 has plenty of power for almost any headphones, and you don't require balanced headphone cables. Power is sent to the 1/4" socket to get the most demanding headphones to deliver exceptional sound. At the same time, the Asgard 3's low noise floor means you'll be able to power even the most sensitive IEMs.
MODULAR DESIGN FOR EXCEPTIONAL AUDIO PERFORMANCE
Choose either the internal card or the rear-panel analog input, and adjust the gain using the front switches. To experience a complete desktop system, connect the preamp output to your powered monitors or use it as a front end to your speaker power amplifier. Asgard 3 gives you all the freedom you need. As an additional upgrade to the Asgard 3 you can opt for an ES9028 module with Unison USBTM for a world-class delta-sigma DAC. Plus, because of its unique modular design, Asgard 3 will not become obsolete as technology advances— all you need to do is exchange a card!
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20 Hz-20 kHz, -0.1db, 2Hz-400KHz, -3dB|
|MAXIMUM POWER||16 ohms: 5W RMS per channel
32 ohms: 3.5W RMS per channel
50 ohms: 2.5W RMS per channel
300 ohms: 600 mW RMS per channel
600 ohms: 300 mW RMS per channel
|THD||Less than 0.002%, 20 Hz-20 kHz, at 1V RMS, high gain mode (worst case)|
|IMD||Less than 0.002%, CCIF at 1V RMS, high gain mode (worst case)|
|SNR||More than 115db, unweighted, referenced to 1V RMS, in low gain mode|
|CROSSTALK||Less than -82dB, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 300 ohm load|
|OUTPUT IMPEDANCE||Less than 0.2 ohms in high or low gain mode|
|INPUT IMPEDANCE||22K ohms|
|GAIN||High = 6 (15.6dB) or Low = 1 (0dB), via rear switch|
|TOPOLOGY||Fully discrete, current feedback with Continuity™ constant-transconductance output stage and stacked power supply rails|
|PROTECTION||Standard muting relay for delayed turn-on and fast turn-off|
|POWER SUPPLY||Internal 48VA power transformer with 4 separate power supply rails and over 20,000uf of filter capacitance|
|SIZE||9 x 6 x 2"|
|USB INPUT RECEIVER||Schiit Unison USB™|
|D/A CONVERSION IC||ESS ES9028|
|ANALOG OUTPUT||differential I/V conversion based on LME49724, switchable summed SE mode|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20Hz-20KHz, +/-0.1dB|
|IMD: S/N||>112dB, referenced to 2V RMS, unweighted|
|BOX CONTENTS||1. Schiit Asgard 3|
|2. Power cord|
|GENERIC NAME||Headphone Amplifier|
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||USA|
|IMPORTER DETAILS||Importers Name: Ferrari Video
Address: 63/18, 1st Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Chennai - 600020
Contact No: 044-24420733
The Schiit Story
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.
Getting into Designing Headphones
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.
True Multibit DACs and Unique Digital Filter
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.
Innovation in Analog
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.
Designed with High-End Materials for Durability
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.
Handcrafted in the USA
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.
5 Year Warranty
Don't sweat it, this Schiit - Asgard 3 comes with a warranty
from Schiit that covers manufacturing defects.
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