Today Schiit Audio announced a couple new product and an upgrade to existing products. The first email from Schiit's Jason Stoddard, was about the new Gen 5 USB upgrade and a similar box called the Eitr. More about those in a bit.
Jason's second email is what made me really stop and think. I actually said "Holy Shit?" When I read the message. Schiit Audio now has a front to back "no-excuses" lineup. What I mean is this, the company launched it's top of the line Yggdrasil DAC a while ago, and has its Freya top of the line / no-excuses Preamp. Now, Schiit has Vidar, a no-excuses, top of the line power amplifier.
It's now possible to have an entire Schiit Audio system, not just an audio system, but a no-excuses, built for sound quality, system for $3,697 or $4,396 if using the amps as mono blocks. Seriously, that's less than the sales tax on many of our audio systems.
I have an email into both Jason and Mike at Schiit, requesting review units of the Freya and Vidar (monos). Last time I wanted a Yggdrasil for review I was put at the end of the line, behind paying customers (what a great company. seriously). I'm not sure when, or actually if, I'll be able to get these for review. but, I'll do my best to get them asap.
Here's a link to the forum discussion about Vidar - link
Here's a link to the forym discussion about the USB upgrades and Eitr - link
Here are more details about the announcements today and a link to my Yggdrasil review from November 2015.
USB Gen 5 and Eitr Announcement:
In today’s morass of USB decrapifiers, recombobulators, and other clean-upperers, it’s easy to get jaded. USB input? What a pain in the butt. And maybe not the best choice for sound.
Introducing the new Schiit Gen 5 USB input—the USB so good that even Mike Moffat admitted it sounded great. With galvanic isolation (uniquely, via transformers), self-power via the DAC, and precision crystal local clocking for both the 44.1k and 48k sample rate multiples, it’s the highest performance USB input we’ve ever offered, by a large margin.
Sounds expensive? Nope. Come on, you guys know us. USB Gen 5 is the same price as the outgoing Gen 2. It’s standard on all our DACs. And, of course, everyone who already has an upgradable Schiit DAC can move up to Gen 5 for $150—with installation!
The Gen 5 USB input, the Gen 5 upgrade, and Eitr are all available now at Schiit.com
All the best,
Vidar Amp Announcement:
Yeah, I know, you’re probably thinking, “Didn’t I already get an email from Schiit today?” In short, yep. But here’s another big announcement: Vidar is here.
Vidar is our true no-excuses power amplifier—for $699.
Yes, I said, “No excuses.” No Class D. No switching supplies. No coupling caps. No DC servos. We’re talking a fully discrete, fully complementary, dual-mono-back-to-the-
Sounds like we left a zero off the price tag? Nope. Welcome to the value revolution. Vidar is available for purchase now at schiit.com.
Product Page: http://schiit.com/products/
Press Release: http://schiit.com/
All the best,