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In Reply to: RE: Gungnir multibit 5 vs yggy analog 2 posted by GreatSound on March 15, 2021 at 17:52:26
I had the latest revision Gumby, B serial number for about 2.5 years. Back in January I upgraded to the latest Yggy A2 so I have first hand experience with them both.
I bought the Yggy used because the wait for a new one was over a month, so mine was already broke in. I left it plugged in and let it warm up for a few days before listening for any differences between them. Both Gumby and Yggy had identical VH Audio flavor 4 power cables feeding them, and plugged into the same outlet.
When I first went to compare them I didn't hear any difference, I thought oh crap why did I spend the extra $? The house sound between them is very close. After more time and careful listening I heard the differences.
Bass on Yggy is deeper and tighter, Yggy is also more dynamic.
Again on the Yggy more 3D of instruments having more of their own space, more depth.
Blacker background on Yggy.
Narrower soundstage on Yggy? I didn't read anything about that, nor do I recall it being any narrower. I have since sold my Gumby so I can't go back and compare now.
Is the Yggy richer than the Gumby, tough call? To me perhaps ever so slightly.
Is the Yggy a big step up from Gumby? One persons big difference is another persons tiny difference. To me though it is a slight incremental difference, not a night and day revelation. After being able to use both side by side for a few days I was happy enough to sell the Gumby and keep the Yggy. I think the Yggy is truly a great DAC and being of the age that I came from an analog world.
I wrote this in a previous post "I will say to me the biggest compliment I can give the Schiit DAC's is that they are the most like my analog front end."
I am still using and enjoying my Yggy and I have no plans at this time to replace it or attempt to upgrade.
Note that I do not use USB on my system, so all comparisons were done on coax inputs, RCA and BNC.
I'm familiar with the Planar 3 and am considering a Gungnir. Thanks in advance.
At the time I liked the Gumby better as something wasn't right with my TT setup. I just recently got the new ifi iPhono 3 phono pre amp and that is what opened up my Rega to a new level. Since I don't have Gumby anymore but knowing how close it is to Yggy I would say they are close to Rega setup now.
Sounds like the phono pre was the upgrade you needed.
With my CDP when comparing vinyl and CD version newly released albums I didn't have a preference of one format over the other. Depending on the album I might prefer one or the other, sometimes not, so I write it off as differences in production not media. That said overall I prefer listening to vinyl records over CDPs.
Moving to listen to CD rips via a hard drive -> RPi -> DAC improves the sound of digital greatly. Choice of DAC is very important but I think CD transports are the weak link. I'm looking for more improvement when I get around to switching to solid state storage. But still I suspect, though I haven't run the comparisons, that production is still going to be the deciding factor on whether CD or vinyl is preferred if there is a preferred format for any particular album. At this point it's hard for me to state of preference for listening to the harddrive or the TT. They sound different but both are enjoyable. This surely speaks to the fact that though my experience is influenced greatly by the "sound" of a stereo I am not an objectively critical kind of listener - if that makes sense.
The best sounding recordings I own are live downloaded lossless digital recordings played back via the hard drive. The Gungnir interests me because I can start without the multi-bit and upgrade later if I want, and I might have bought one a couple years ago when I purchased the NAD but they aren't available in black.
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