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You have been writing about the insane pricing of quality audio components, and how it is hurting the future of high end audio. Jason at Schiit agrees with you, and they are doing something about it. I am seriously considering buying both the Freya and the Vidar. I would like to see a review from Stereophile, a magazine I respect very much.
Quote by Jason Stoddard of Schiit.
"address the elephant in the room. This one's for audio companies. Hello. The reason you're not seeing sales to younger people is simple: your stuff is too bloody expensive. Period, full stop. The world doesn't need another $1500 DAC/amp. It needs stuff that college students can afford. Oh, and by the way, college students, by and large, aren't into the puffed-shirt hyperbole that your 55-year-old marketing guy wants you to use…and many (and I mean MANY) are used to seeing teardowns of mainstream phones, tablets, and other gear that includes an estimated manufacturing cost. They ARE comparing that to your products. And if they see something that looks like it could be made for $80 selling for $2500, they have every right to be skeptical. We need more affordable products. And, er, reviewers…we need more reviews of them, too-preferably not done with power cords and interconnects that cost 6x more than the products being reviewed. That is a 100% surefire way to be dismissed by the mainstream."
> I am seriously considering buying both the Freya and the Vidar. I would
> like to see a review from Stereophile, a magazine I respect very much.
As we have just reviewed the Schiit Ragnarok, we were going to leave it a
few months before we publish another Schiit review. Otherwise it would be
all Schiit all the time.
Good one, John. You just couldn't resist, could you?
No Schiit for 'a few months'? Hmm
You reviewed one Schiit product eight months ago and your worried about all Schiit all the time? Most people at the forums think Schiit is under represented in your magazine.
I think a balanced, remote controllable preamplifier with 128 steps of attenuation and can run three ways: passive; with a JFET (solid state) buffer or via a quad of 6SN7 tubes, and manufactured in the U.S.A for $699. is major 2 channel break through. It also has great specs.
Why cant they all manufacture the DACs in the USA? And for that matter why not all audio equipments. Let the youngsters start building the speaker cabinets first.
sold direct rather than through dealers.
That said, I think the more interesting piece would be the Yggdrasil.
But then, everyone has their own favorite Schiit.
Then look at page 115 of the February S-phile.
"The passage of my life is measured out in shirts."
- Brian Eno
it's all Schiit all the time now!
But seriously, I've heard the Yggdrasil any number of times at shows as well as at a local 'DAC Shootout', whatever that is supposed to mean...
Yes, every bit as good as the PSAudio Direct Stream and as good or maybe better that my Audio-GD Master 7, but not by much.
I think the sweet spot for DACs is now in the $1000+ range and the Yggdrasil sits comfortably right there. While one can pay more, there's a wall at about $2,000 where things don't get that much better till you are near to $10K and there we're talking about gear that sits in the middle of $100,000+ systems with $20,000 worth of cables and who knows what any of it would sound like all by itself in a 'normal' $10,000 system?
Yggdrasil and a Ragnarok along with a pair of KEF LS50 and a set of HiFiMan HE-1000 V2's and I'd be ready for the 'Assisted Living Center'. :-)
I like the Gungnir Multibit better that the Yggdrasil. In my opinion, the Gungnir is more musical and half the price.
If you already know your Schiit, and it seems you do, then why so hot and bothered about Stereophile reviewing? I know the answer. Just want to see what you say.
and it could well be, then there is no reason you should be interested in what Stereophile thinks about Schiit products, or any others.
There is no way Stereophile can possibly agree that a manufacturers $1,000 DAC sounds better than their $2,000 one.
"O, that way madness lies; let me shun that; No more of that."
It's not that bad. You can still get a 1.25 meter length Nordost's Odin 2 Power Cord for $16,999.99, additional 1.25 meter increments for $4,999.99.
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