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Get a truly hardware-balanced DAC with a dual 32-bit AKM AK4399 D/A chipset, followed by an entirely discrete, JFET-input stage for current gain and filtering. With the Schiit Gungnir, enjoy a rock-solid and glitch-free connectivity thanks to the Adapticlock™ system. It analyses the quality of the incoming signal and routes it to either a VCXO or VCO-based clock regeneration system, depending on which is the best at the moment. This gives you exceptional jitter performance without any changes in the sample rate or bit depth of the original music.
You get to pick between two options — an affordable Delta-Sigma option that offers excellent performance at a moderate price. The second is Schitt's very own True Multi-Bit Architecture which includes the same proprietary DSP-based digital filter, discrete JFET buffers and summers that are also used in the Yggdrasil. 4 precision Analog Devices AD5781BRUZ DACs for true hardware balancing and 19 effective bits of resolution are also present. Both variants use Schiit's Unison USB that includes a PIC32 microprocessor, complete electrostatic & electromagnetic isolation as well as precision local clocks. This ensures a lower power draw and better performance.
|D/A CONVERSION IC||AKM AK4399 x 2 (4 total channels, hardware balanced configuration)|
|ANALOG STAGES||All fully discrete, JFET-input topology, DC coupled, summed for single-ended output|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE, ANALOG STAGE||20Hz-20Khz, +/-0.1dB
|MAXIMUM OUTPUT||4.0V RMS (balanced), 2.0V RMS (single-ended)|
|THD||Less than 0.002%, 20Hz-20KHz, at full output|
|IMD||< 0.002%, CCIR|
|SNR||> 112dB, referenced to 2V RMS|
|INPUTS||Coaxial RCA SPDIF, BNC SPDIF, Optical SPDIF, USB|
|INPUT CAPABILITY||up to 24/192 for all inputs|
|INPUT RECEIVER, SPDIF||AKM 4113|
|INPUT RECEIVER, USB||C-Media CM6631A|
|OUTPUT||One pair XLR balanced and two pairs RCA single-ended|
|OUTPUT IMPEDANCE||75 ohms|
|CLOCK MANAGEMENT||Bitperfect clock management at all native sample rates via Adapticlock analysis and VCXO/VCO regeneration|
|BOX CONTENTS||Schiit - Gungnir|
In the case of Gungnir Multibit, yes.
It actually only costs $1.83 to make an Yggdrasil and $1.24 to make a Gungnir Multibit, so we’re laughing all the way to the bank!
Of course we are. You didn’t think we could be serious for long, did you?
Easy. It’s a simpler DAC. The power supply has no choke-input, shunt-regulated stage like in Yggdrasil, the chassis and construction more streamlined, we’re using more surface-mount parts in the analog section, and (most importantly), we’re using 18-bit AD5781BRUZ D/A converters, rather than the mind-blowingly expensive AD5791s we use in Yggdrasil. However, the completely insane, closed-form, DSP-based, 18,000-tap filter remains in Gungnir Uber.
You tell us. We think it sounds very, very fine. But we aren’t you.
Come on, guys, you know we don’t speculate on comparisons to other gear. Have a listen and buy what you like.
Okay. We see where this is going. Let’s end it here. Both Gungnir and Gungnir Multibit offer formidable performance for the price. Gungnir has been lauded by the press and industry pundits as one of the finest-sounding DACs at its price and is frequently compared to products that cost much more than it does. Gungnir Multibit brings class-leading Yggdrasil multibit performance to a more affordable price point.
Yes. Both have true hardware balancing and summed single-ended outputs. They also have our exclusive Adapticlock™ clock regeneration system.
Nontechnically, it’s a way to decrapify the inputs, no matter how craptastic they are. If they are not very crappy, they get maximum decrapification, but even if they’re crappy, they get some decrapification.
Just a little. Technically, Adapticlock is the industry’s most advanced jitter-reducing reclocking system. It automatically switches between VCXO and VCO reclocking, depending on the quality of your source. High-quality sources run on the VCXOs, for best jitter performance. Lower-quality sources that deviate from the range of the VCXOs are routed automatically to the VCOs, and an LED on the front panel comes on. We call this the “buy better gear” light.
High-quality: good CD transports, good DVD/Blu-Ray players, good music servers, most computers. Low-quality: Airport Expresses, satellite receivers, old CD/DVD players.
Unison USB is our own proprietary USB input, not based on C-Media or XMOS or any other off-the-shelf USB receiver out there. Instead, we spent a couple of person-years developing our own code for a standard Microchip PIC32 microprocessor, which allowed us to create a higher-performing USB input than anything else on the market.
Not Unison USB. Even Mike Moffat, the famous “friends don’t let friends use USB” guy, prefers Unison to SPDIF.
Unison USB is special because it was developed for a single purpose: to provide the highest performance input for PCM digital, period. It doesn’t have ten thousand un-used functions, nor is it trying to optimize for five different unicorn formats that will probably be gone tomorrow. It also uses very high-quality local clocks and offers complete electrostatic and electromagnetic isolation from the source. It also provides lower power draw and complete UAC2 compatibility.
Actually, the question should be “What platforms support your Unison USB input?” since our Unison USB input is 100% UAC2 compliant (that is, USB Audio Class 2, the accepted standard for USB audio transmission.) So, here you go:
Yes, it can! See the Upgrades section of the site. You can also upgrade to Unison USB if you'd like.
Yep! They’re completely modular. Both the DAC/Analog modules and the USB input module are swappable, when we announce meaningful upgrades.
Cool. Then get Gungnir and save $400. Or keep using the delta-sigma DAC in your phone and save tons more!
Don't sweat it, this Schiit Gungnir 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.
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It's sublime. Not much else to say!
Is the Gungnir multibit worth the dough? In a word: yes.
Note: it doesn't support support DSD, MQA or any other fancy high res input. Also keep in mind that it needs to run or be on for 'minimum' 24 hours before it sounds right and and about 48 hours to sound it's best. So ideally you would want to keep it on 24/7. (i don't know why this is so but trust me it's true. I read about this online and now i can confirm this from my own experience). If warm up time is an issue then you can consider the Chord Cutest or Hugo2.
My setup: Laptop(usb) / Fiio X7 mk2(coax) --> Gumby --> Jotunheim --> Lcd-x / Beyer T5p mk2
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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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