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In Reply to: RE: Schiit BiFrost with Multibit posted by PAR on July 20, 2017 at 10:58:51
Yes, it also surprised me. The space for the usb input is there, but covered by what looks like an authentic factory seal (look). Odd. There's another one for sale including USB; costs some $50 more...
I do listen to a lot of Hi-Res flacs, but for that I use a digital player -the Fiio X5. This is why I don't think I'll be needing an USB input for a while.
I think that is just a swing gate that opens up when you go to insert a USB cable. Looks like mine.
Yes, all the Bitfrost have the same chassis, and as far as I know all came with usb. But for some reason this one doesn't include the usb input -behind that seal there's just a hole. I guess the usb board broke down and they just covered it with an official-looking sticker... In any case, not a good sign. I can always get a second hand but complete unit for $380. But that's over 140 bucks over the price of the Dac-It. Hence my doubt...
I've found a couple of head to head comparisons between the two, and the opinions are pretty much coincidental: everybody agrees the Dac-It sounds much better than the standard version of the Bitfrost, but the upgraded Bitfrost (the one I'm looking at) gets a slight upper hand (often described as "warmer sound"). What to do?!
What makes it worse is that I live in Argentina -where a second hand price for any of these would be around u$1000 (not kidding) and it's virtually impossible to have it shipped from abroad. I'm going to USA for some days, so I need to do a thorough homework beforehand.
When the Bifrost first came out USB was optional.
That's it then. So I gather the USB was an optional "upgrade". That would explain that it still came with the button and hole.
Well, not sure where you are going in the US, but Schiit is in Valencia, CA 91355 if that is of interest. Once in a while they have B-Stock (blemishes or returns). Maybe contact them directly and see if they can be super nice. Sorry to hear that products are so expensive in your country. Wishing your Country the best.
Oh well, DACs are not exactly our biggest problems over here.
What about these Teacs (the UD-301 and UD-305)? They do DSD, are monoaural and have tons of configurations... Anyone heard them?
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