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Aklegal

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How TF did I not know that @ceetee was selling JAR600s? Nov 20, 2023

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    1. Aklegal
      Aklegal
      How TF did I not know that @ceetee was selling JAR600s?
      1. purr1n
        purr1n
        Very limited run, semi-silent release
        Nov 20, 2023
      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        It passed me too. I barely knew about it from the Nitsch instagram account
        Nov 20, 2023
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    2. Aklegal
      Aklegal
      I'm sure most people know that ZMF has lots of B-Stock headphones right now. Picked up an Autuer Classic for $200 off.
    3. Aklegal
      Aklegal
      Maybe I am not a tube guy. Decware Taboo didn't quite do it for me. Sold the Woo WA 6se on Sunday. Waiting on the Nitsch DSHA-3FN
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      3. Aklegal
        Aklegal
        @rhythmdevils I don't doubt anything you have said. Both the WA6SE and the Zen Taboo would often sound like magic but also sometimes weirdly pedestrian - so a lack of consistency. That and my never-ending tube nervosa pushes me toward SS. I don't think I will ever cross into the realm of $4k+ tube amps. I didn't realize you were looking for a WA6SE trade - I would have figured something out for you.
        Jan 9, 2023
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Try a SW51+ to hear tubes with a more SS feel to them.
        Jan 9, 2023
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      5. penguins
        penguins
        Only SS amp I've heard before that I was actually wowed by and not just "this is good" was $50k+ vs several tube amps over $1k have wowed me before.
        Jan 10, 2023
    4. Aklegal
      Aklegal
      NOS mode on the Yggdrasil + does not sound like any other NOS dac I have heard. It just sounds like a slightly worse version of the A2.
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      3. Aklegal
        Aklegal
        Correct. I expected to hear speaker soundstage issues in NOS mode but I hear none. Bass is a little worse (softer less detailed), the midrange sounds a little more congested (I think). The differences are super small. I might give comparing the two another shot but frankly I am bored with it.
        Dec 7, 2022
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      4. ilikebananafudge_
        ilikebananafudge_
        Are you upsampling with HQ Player or some such?
        Dec 7, 2022
      5. Aklegal
        Aklegal
        I have the trial version of HQ Player. I haven't really gone through what seems to be hundreds of filters and options but did get it working. I am going to give HQ player a shot but I'm not that motivated. I did 4x SOX upsample from Jriver but I still prefer the Yggdrasil in OS mode.
        Dec 8, 2022
    5. Aklegal
      Aklegal
      Yggdrasil GS --> Magni Piety --> HD 650 KISS. I'm not sure if I need anything more...
      1. Cryptowolf, atomicbob, Soups and 18 others like this.
      2. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        Been running Yggdrasil A2 > Piety > JAR600 and I'm pretty happy.
        Nov 30, 2022
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      3. Aklegal
        Aklegal
        I'm going to use the A2 tonight. I expect to prefer it given my preference for the A2 with headphones and the GS with speakers.
        Dec 1, 2022
    6. Aklegal
      Aklegal
      Magni Piety is here! I have not had much luck with Schiit headphone amps. Based on the reviews I have read, the Piety might change this.
    7. Aklegal
      Aklegal
      Yggdrasil+ has landed. I'm going to listen exclusively in NOS mode for two weeks just to confirm that I hate NOS.
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      3. Woland
        Woland
        NOS isn't the sound of the Yggdrasil. It's the sound of what happens after the Yggdrasil when it has to deal with an incomplete stepwise signal. Might sound fantastic, might sound terrible depending on your chain. Nothing to do with the Yggdrasil. Turn NOS off, and the chain after the Yggdrasil has an easier time with a more processed signal.
        Nov 28, 2022
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        "drive it exclusively below 2000 RPM for 2 weeks"

        It works for record decks.
        Nov 29, 2022
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      5. mitochondrium
        mitochondrium
        Nov 29, 2022
    8. Aklegal
      Aklegal
      I just compulsively purchased the Yggdrasil+ upgrade for my Yggdrasil OG. I have a problem. But hey we are all family here right?
      1. Cryptowolf, Vtory, Merrick and 2 others like this.
    9. Aklegal
      Aklegal
      I revised my Yggdrasil GS vs OG thoughts in the GS thread if anyone cares. I prefer OG on headphones by a wide margin, but GS with speakers still
    10. Aklegal
      Aklegal
      Got a Yggdrasil GS from @Slade01 today. Thought the Yggdrasil A2 would regulate it to my headphone rig but I DON'T KNOW, this is a close one.
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      2. Kolozub
        Kolozub
        Could you compare a2 vs GS on your speakers? I would like to know more about imaging and soundstage . i almost bought GS this week.
        Oct 14, 2022
      3. Aklegal
        Aklegal
        I am going to find the GS thread and post my thoughts there. I find the GS to be superior in both my speaker and headphone rigs. Maybe Schiit can refine the first run analog board circuit for a new flavor; Same is Better or Old is Better.
        Oct 15, 2022
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      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        GS can be a better match synergistically than A2 for sure. It's the case with my system, so I'd agree with @purr1n. I'm slightly curious how GS compares to Gungnir A2, but not curious enough to audition or buy it.
        Oct 15, 2022
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    11. Aklegal
      Aklegal
      Got my Yggdrasil back yesterday. I chickened out and stayed with A2 boards instead of going LIM. I forgot just how great this thing sounds.
      1. atomicbob, Justin S, zottel and 7 others like this.
      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        I had a similar home-coming a couple weeks ago. I sent my MIL in for a self inflicted RMA. When I got it back it really struck me how good it is.
        Sep 28, 2022
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        This Mother-in-Law talk on SBAF does my head in.
        Sep 28, 2022
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    12. Aklegal
      Aklegal
      Hopefully, Schiit only needs to swap out the DSP board or the Motherboard. If the analog boards are bad, I might be side-grading to a LIM.
      1. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        It might have taken out a transformer. That is my guess.
        Aug 15, 2022
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    13. Aklegal
      Aklegal
      The same storm that took out my beloved plasma also got my Yggdrasil A2. No sound despite it recognizing digital input. I'm left with an LKS 004
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      2. Aklegal
        Aklegal
        Insurance may cover, but I don't want to risk a higher premium. The TV was 12 years old. The Yggdrasil at the most might be $700 to fix. The deductible will make it not worth it.
        Aug 15, 2022
      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        That's insurance in a nutshell isn't it? Unless you have a major claim, it's not worth the collateral damage.

        Hope the Yggdrasil comes back cheaper than anticipated...
        Aug 15, 2022
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      4. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        Which model SurgeX? I'm amazed things got fried at the other end of a pricey brand like that. Overpriced trash clearly
        Aug 15, 2022
    14. Aklegal
      Aklegal
      I think the Denafrips Hestia answers the following question: What would a preamp with the personality of a NOS Dac sound like?
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      3. rlow
        rlow
        By the way, was the Hestia a new unit?
        Sep 17, 2020
      4. Aklegal
        Aklegal
        It is brand new. I just put some very brief remarks up. I am going to give this some time though since it is brand new and so far only has about 4-5 hours on it.
        Sep 18, 2020
      5. rlow
        rlow
        Yep, good idea. I found Freya+ also changed a fair bit (luckily for the better), although some of that is likely the tubes as well. Of course some break in is actually “between the ears” too ;-)
        Sep 18, 2020
    15. Aklegal
      Aklegal
      Sent my Freya S back for a replacement due to a noisey Nexus stage and mistakenly got delivered a Freya+ today.
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      2. monacelli
        monacelli
        Sounds like it may be too much gain. In X4 mode, Freya S adds 12 dB of gain to your chain. If your stereo amp has high gain, and/or you have sensitive speakers, this can easily result in loud audible hiss. For example, when I run Freya S in X4 mode into Vali 2 on high gain, I get the kind of hiss you describe. Flip Vali 2 into low gain, no hiss. Just a heads up in case your replacement unit doesn't fix it.
        Aug 14, 2020
      3. Aklegal
        Aklegal
        No, it wasn't gain. Nexus 4X is 12 db gain and so is tube mode on the Freya+. The Freya+ is extremely quiet in my system. My headphone amp has 14db gain in preamp mode and again I have to put my ear to the tweeter to hear hiss. What the defective S put out was more like broadband white noise. Clearly audible through even my midrange drivers.
        Aug 14, 2020
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      4. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Aug 15, 2020
    16. Aklegal
      Aklegal
      Currently trying out a Freya S...
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      2. Gazny
        Gazny
        Seem nice for a set and forget option, what was your experience ?
        Aug 8, 2020
      3. Aklegal
        Aklegal
        I have had it for about a week. Unfortunately my unit has some issue with the Nexus stage - lots and lots of noisey hiss. Schiit has agreed to replace it so I am awaiting instructions...
        Aug 9, 2020
      4. Aklegal
        Aklegal
        Since the Nexus stage is a no go at the moment I have spent a ton of time with the passive mode. It is outstanding. I have 97db speakers and my amp's input sentivity isn't quite 2V so the balanced out from my Yggdrasil is more than enough to drive two of the Freya's RCA out pairs - one to my main amp and the other to stereo subwoofer amps.
        Aug 9, 2020
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    Gender:
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    Birthday:
    Mar 3, 1978 (Age: 45)
    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    equipment
    *current
    Amps and Preamps:
    Shanling A3000 integrated amp
    Marsh A400s
    Wyred 4 Sound STP SE
    Wyred 4 Sound mPre
    Wyred 4 Sound SX500 monos
    Audio GD Master 3
    Audio GD Master 1
    Digital Amplifier Company Cherry Maraschino Monos
    Hegel H200
    Hegel H360
    Schiit Aegir
    Denafrips Hestia
    Folsom EC7293 *
    Neurochrome Modulus 186*
    Custom Dual Chassis Preamp - custom Khozmo Ladder volume control; Neurochrome Universal output buffers; AMB sigma 22 and 11 power supply.*

    Headphones:
    AKG K-701
    AKG Q-701*
    AKG K-7xx
    AKG K-340
    AKG K-501
    Audeze LCD2 Classic*
    Audio Technica ATH-AD 700
    Audio Technica ATH-AD 2000
    Beyerdynamic DT-880
    Goldring DR 150
    Focal Elex
    Fostex Purpleheart th-x00
    Senn HD 555
    Senn HD 580
    Senn HD 58X*
    Senn HD 600
    Senn HD 650*
    Senn HD 700
    Grado SR 125
    Grado SR 80

    Headphone amps:
    Little Dot MKIII
    Little Dot MKII
    AMB M cubed
    Woo Audio WA6
    Woo Audio WA6 SE
    Audio GD C-2
    Audio GD Master 9*
    Nitsch Piety*
    Schiit Jotunheim
    Schiit Lyr 3
    Schiit Magni

    Sources:
    Decware Zen CD Player
    Monarchy NM24
    Stello DA 220 MKII
    Stello CDT 200
    Lite Audio CD 21
    Lite Audio CD 22
    LKS MAH-DA 004 Dac
    Wyred 4 Sound Dac 1
    Rednet D16
    Audio GD Dac 19
    Audio GD NFB 1ES
    Audio GD Master 7 + DacLadder I2S
    Schiit Yggdrasil A1 & A2*
    Schiit Yggdrasil GS*
    Schiit Modius

    Speakers:
    Tyler Accoustics Linbrook Signature
    Tyler Accoustics Decade D2
    Volent Chorale CL-2
    GR Research N2X
    GR Research V-2
    GR Research Super V
    GR Research NX-Ottica Monitors
    GR Research Super 7*

    Signature

    ZMF Auteur Classic; Senn HD650 kiss; AKG Q701
    Schiit Mjolnir 3; Audio GD Master 9
    Yggdrasil OG; Yggdrasil GS
    Pi2AES --> JRiver