I guess we’ll see if I can adjust/finish editing the original piece before I leave, then I’ll do that … if not, I’ll probably do what I described above.
Bifrost 2 looks like a big steep from the previous Bifrost with not a huge increase in price!!
I tried the Lyr3 HA with the MB module last year. Loved the amp, but the module didn’t do it justice. Sent it back. Ended up with a HA only Mjolnir2.
B2 is a game changer for DACs under $1000. Not only modular but Unison USB finally in production! I’ll probably buy one because I have been longing to check out the new USB and the card for my Yggdrasil won’t be available until January. Also Eitr and Wyrd are being discontinued so if you need one buy before current stock runs out.
Bifrost 2 certainly has potential - just the fact that it offers balanced output and the new USB interface bodes quite well.
The last iteration of the original Bifrost MB (what was sometimes referred to as the “A2” revision, details/existence of which have never been officially confirmed to my knowledge) had already closed a good chunk of the gap between the original Gungnir MB (pre-“A2” rumor-version). And, finally, clearly distinguished Bifrost MB from Modi MB - as the early models were so close it was very hard to tell them apart.
For people that don’t care about USB, and that are single-ended only, I think there are going to be some very good deals on the more recent generation of Bifrost MB (from around October of last year, maybe earlier).
That the new one has more in common with a current-generation (“A2”) Gungnir MB for $699 (or $599 if you’ve ever bought a Bifrost or a Bifrost upgrade from Schiit in the past) is very impressive and intriguing … can’t wait to hear how close it gets.
I’ll have to wait until October regardless, but my experience with Schiit’s DACs has been that it’ll likely be worth the wait.
Proper, dedicated threads in a bit … but for now … to quote the diminutive star of the last season-appropriate movie I watched …
“They’re here …”
And in seasonally-appropriate colors too!
Yes that’s the the no-longer mythical* “Jotunheim R” on top there, the amp-formerly-known-as “Weldenhiem” … a direct-drive amplifier for the RAAL-requisite SR1a. Which means no need for a speaker amp, no speaker cables, and no interface box …
And since it can take the same cards as Jotunheim/Lyr 3/Ragnarok 2/Asgard 3, if you want to, you can use it as a literal one-box solution for driving the SR1a (and as a pre-amp for speakers etc.), with an integral DAC or phono stage.
But it’s shown here with the new Bifrost 2 DAC … which I’ve been looking forward to getting some time with ever since it was announced.
Anyway, more once I’ve done some listening (again, in appropriate threads).
*But not quite released - this is a “production qualifier”, the last step in validation etc. before things move to formal production. Production qualifiers are units that are fully production-intent … which means that unless issues were found, this is exactly what would go into production, right down to the iconography.
@Torq - I purchased a Bifrost 2. I told a friend that in many regards, mostly in tone, it is a mini-Yggy A2. It’s missing the ultimate resolution and staging Yggy has, but not by much. He scoffed at that. What’s your thoughts?
It’s too early to say, since I’ve only listened for a couple of hours, and only in combination with the Jotunheim R. I’ll need to pair up the Bifrost 2 with my reference amplifier and do some dedicated listening there to be able to make any comments on the nature of Bifrost 2 itself.
It’s an impressive little stack though … regardless of where what parts of what I am hearing are coming from.
Damn, @ProfFalkin you are also liking the Bifrost 2! … … I might have to jump on this sooner than later than…need to consolidate more gear to make room.
It’s taken over for the Gumby a2 in my office workspace. Better sonic synergy with the 3F + Auteur.
ZDS + Verite being run from Gumby now. Once I see what Schiit does to the Yggy in January/February, it will probably replace the Gumby. Might try to buy someone’s used Yggy A2 if Schiit does what I think they are going to do.
In another vein …
The little dedicated Bifrost 2 listening I’ve done so far … pretty much puts the nail in the coffin of my long-delayed, “All up Schiit multi-bit DAC comparison”. Not that there would have been much in the way of surprises in it, at least for anyone that’s been paying attention - but either way most of it would be rather moot at this point.
Thank you. I’m glad to have read your initial thoughts.
I’ll have to let my friend read it as proof that I’m not completely deaf. Haha
Here is a suggested product from Avery Labels (5796) for Desktop components that use bright white indicator lights, e.g., Schiit, Meridian Prime, etc. These are 1/4” Diameter translucent stickers. They can be applied and unapplied from the components and they do well to tame the bright white lights on your gear, especially if you enjoy “in the dark of night” listening. You can double them up if you want the light brightness further reduced. The green and red worked the best for me. About $7.
There’s also a product specifically designed for this application, called “Light Dims”.
Each set has a bunch of different sizes and shapes, they’re available in both silver (particularly good for classic Schiit products) and black, different strengths (including totally opaque), cut-to-size and even customized sheets.
Inexpensive too … less than the generic labels.
Thanks, I’ll check those out as well.
Edit: Just ordered some. Very inexpensive. Might be able to use the colorful ones (Avery) in conjunction with the silver ones too.
Nice. Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers from NPR’s lamented Car Talk show used to recommend black electrical tape. I’ve used “rubylith” and “amberlith” which are old-school graphic arts films used when doing manual color separations. Both are available in tape form too.
did anyone recognize the new gaming style red/black Schiit HEL? - I like the look
Ordered! Was waiting on this for a bit now!