Schiit Aegir Power Amp Impressions

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  1. SnowPuppy

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    Agree may be a better option and I am seriously considering it. Ragnarok 2 with the pivot point gain stage may work better as a preamp as well. So perhaps get a Ragnarok 2 now and then wait until more power Schiit continuity mono blocks come out with the 4 figure price tag.
     
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    I'm kind of a purist and believe that no preamp is the best preamp. The vast majority of sources will work with Aegir with a simple cheap pot.

    As far as Rag, I wouldn't do it. In fact Rag by itself might sound better than Rag + Aegir for decently efficient speakers. Don't need an extra voltage gain and output stage in the way.

    If you need a preamp, get a preamp.
     
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    Yep. Even using a passive, this is how much useless range I have on the passive Goldpoint SA1X w. my OBs:

    Blue, useful; Orange, useless
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    Appreciate the insight. Truth is the Ragnarok 1 sounds terrific with my speakers. I even put an NAD amp in with about triple the wattage and the benefits of power did not come through like another pair of box speakers I have. And the Ragnarok 1 sounds significantly more refined than the more powerful amp. More dimensional and less flat with better tone and still has great powerful bass. Because I do not have anything better to spend money on for fun I may try the Ragnarok 2. It may or may not be a better match for my system. May be worth risking the cost to send back just to see.
     
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    I currently have Aegir monoblocks on loan from @purr1n.

    The Aegirs are something that I considered purchasing, to run from the tube preamp section of my BAT VK3000SE integrated. My criteria was they had to sound better than the power amplifier section of the BAT, which is 150W of AB Class solid state. I'm using PranaFidelity Bhava speakers, which are 89.5db efficient.

    Coming from the BAT to the Aegirs, I'm immediately hit by a bump in the upper mids. Everything within that frequency range (vocals, strings, horns, etc) sound more present and up front in the mix. At first I thought the Aegirs were more resolving, but the upper mid increase is quite possibly causing those song elements shine, helping to create an illusion of uber-detail. That said bump may actually cause ear fatigue (in a system like mine) for long listening periods. I would describe the overall sound of the Aegirs as fairly lean, yet exciting. Marv's description of them being similar to the M-22 isn't far off. The BAT by comparison is a little more relaxed, yet harder hitting in the bass due to the additional wattage. Other than that, they share a lot of similarities.

    All said, I'm impressed with the Aegir monoblocks. They're good value and easily rank with some of the top-tier amplifier offerings on the market today. Your mileage will vary depending on what you're hooking this Schiit up with. I thought they sounded excellent with Marv's JBL speakers, a little better than the standalone BAT. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to others.

    I personally will bypass purchasing the Aegirs, as it would feel like a side-grade (which is a compliment to Schitt, as the BAT is an expensive amp). Tomorrow I'll be giving them back, and possibly use them to power @E_Schaaf's modified HE6 headphones at Canjam μ.

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    I wonder if Aegir is supposed to be left on all the time or at least should be left in standby mode for best sound?

    And is this different from Vidar, because Vidar is class AB?
     
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    There’s a standby button on the front of Aegir for a reason. It will still probably take 15-30 mins or something to warm up out of standby, but you don’t want to leave it on all the time unless you want to waste power and heat your room. Yes it runs hotter than Vidar.
     
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    I shut down my Aegirs. Just takes 5 minutes from totally cold.
     
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