Ahem

Discussion in 'Hardware Lounge' started by DYohn, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. DYohn

    DYohn Well-Known Member Donor

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    I don't normally post effusive accolades about audio gear, but when i do it's because it is to me something really special. I use Schiit DACs and in my headphone system, it's a Gungnir Multibit DAC driving a Mjolnir 2 amplifier to my Mr. Speakers Ether C headphones. I really like the sound of this rig, driven via USB directly from my music server. Recently Schiit released what they are calling their Gen 5 USB board, claiming that it "solves" all audio issues that plague USB audio. My Gungnir is upgradable to Gen 5, but I was both skeptical and unwilling to part with it for a couple weeks for the upgrade. Then Schiit released a product called Eitr, which is a USB to S/PDIF converter using their Gen 5 technology. OK, I thought, I'll try this.

    This is perhaps the biggest upgrade I've ever experienced in a digital USB-based audio system. The difference in running USB from my server to Eitr then S/PDIF to Gungnir was one of those "holy crap" moments. Much lower noise floor, much better clarity and apparent frequency response, better dynamic range, better everything. It sounds like I bought a new set of headphones. Either the USB input on the Gungnir sucks, or the Eitr is worth 100 times it's $179 price point.

    Highly recommended if you use USB audio and your DAC can accept S/PDIF input. I am bowled over.

    Schiit Audio, Headphone amps and DACs made in USA.
     
  2. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

    Wow, that's awesome to hear, and especially given your skeptical nature, pretty damn impressive. Glad you like it and thank you for sharing!
     
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  3. Rick C

    Rick C Active Member

    They have interesting stuff with an interesting name. A few months ago I checked out the Schiitr since it is nearby. Enjoy the new rig.

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  4. RJ

    RJ Member

    I'll have to look into this. I'm just starting to get into headphone listening. I'm currently using a JDS Labs Objective headphone amp.

    Glad you're digging the new setup!
     
  5. claud

    claud Well-Known Member Donor

    Sounds good, David. So, do you install it to USB output from source ? (PC, CDP Etc?} then Coax digital/S/PDIF to your DAC ?
     
  6. DYohn

    DYohn Well-Known Member Donor

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    Exactly.
     

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