Designed & Made
in the USA
5 Years of
Dual AKM AK4439
Connect With Coaxial RCA
BNC SPDIF,Optical SPDIF & USB
AN EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE
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.
CHOOSE BETWEEN DELTA-SIGMA OR SCHIIT'S TRUE MULTI-BIT ARCHITECTURE
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||20 Hz-20 kHz, +/-0.1dB, 1Hz-100KHz, -1dB|
|MAXIMUM OUTPUT||4.0V RMS (balanced)
2.0V RMS (single-ended)
|THD||Less than 0.002%, 20 Hz-20 kHz, at full output|
|SNR||> 112dB, referenced to 2V RMS|
|D/A CONVERSION IC||Analog Devices AD5781BRUZ x 4 (2 per channel, hardware balanced configuration)|
|DIGITAL FILTERS||proprietary Schiit bitperfect closed-form digital filter implemented on Analog Devices SHARC DSP processor|
|ANALOG STAGES||Fully discrete JFET buffers for balanced output and discrete JFET summing stages for single-ended output, direct coupled throughout|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE, ANALOG STAGE||20 Hz-20 kHz, +/-0.1dB, 1Hz-200KHz, -1dB|
|MAXIMUM OUTPUT||4.0V RMS (balanced), 2.0V RMS (single-ended)|
|THD||Less than 0.005%, 20 Hz-20 kHz, at full output|
|SNR||> 115dB, 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||Schiit Unison USB™, based on Microchip PIC32 microprocessor|
|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|
|POWER SUPPLY||two transformers (one for digital supplies, one for analog supplies) with 8 stages of regulation, including separate local supplies for critical digital and analog sections|
|UPGRADABILITY||Separate, modular USB Input Card and DAC/Analog Cards are snap-in replaceable|
|SIZE||16 x 8.75” x 2.25”|
|BOX CONTENTS||1. Schiit Gungnir|
|2. Power cord|
|GENERIC NAME||Digital Audio Converter|
|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 - Gungnir comes with a 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 only after 3 years of ownership that i have come to appreciate what a superb sounding DAC this is - one of the best out there. The things that absolutely stand out is the expansive soundstage, natural, lively and detailed sound and thunderous bass. Drawbacks: size/weight and that it needs atleast a couple of hours to sound good (a full day to reach it's true potential). On higher end setups the DAC absolutely matters. Has good synergy with Violectric V550/590. Note: at this level everything matters: power, cables, RF/EMI, OS/software capabilites/configuration. Do not expect to get great sound unless you are willing to research, experiment and figure things out.
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