Schiit Freya + and S Impressions - Stream of Consciousness

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  1. Samac

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    I had a deHavilland UltraVerve, a 6SN7 tube pre. I really enjoyed it and would get it again if I ever went back to tubes.

    I enjoy the Freya S as much as the UltraVerve and I actually like the volume control better on the Freya S, which is outstanding.

    Cheers,

    Scott

     
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    Hi.
    Have also Freya S.
    Now I connected my Freya with RCA input from Bifrost Multibit,and use output XLR for power amp.
    But have idea,connect Freya to XLR input with Rca (Bifrost Multibit)->Xlr (Freya) cable,and use also XLR Freyas output.
    This connection will be better? Or will be no difference.
    Thanks.
     
  3. rlow

    rlow A happy woofer

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    The Nexus stage in Freya S is optimized to go from single ended to balanced (and vice versa). You don’t need to convert it to XLR first.

    Also, like the banner says on the top of the pages, please read this: https://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/what-is-sbaf-10-articles-for-behavior.5555/

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    Just want to double-check a use case for the Freya S. I believe @Ntbm3 is already using it this way.

    I want to feed a Gungnir Multibit (XLR) into the Freya S, then the two Freya S RCA outs into my headphone amp and my 2ch pre (both of which only take RCA in's). If I'm reading previous posts correctly, there should be little sound degradation running the Gungnir Multibit into the Freya first. And I can avoid using the SE outs on the Gungnir Multibit, which I've been finding lacking (a little mushy) lately.

    All of this sound correct?

    Also, I believe I'll want to take the Freya's volume potentiometer out of the equation by putting in on max, correct? Or is it better to figure out unity gain on the other two amps and control with the Freya volume?

    Apologies for a potentially tedious question. I hope to atone/contribute soon with a big DAC comparison. Thanks, as always.
     
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    yotacowboy McRibs Kind of Guy

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    using 1x gain, it should be at unity at max volume and should take the volume control out of the game. however, the whole point of the discrete resistor stepped attenuator VC is to be as transparent as possible. I'd prefer to control volume in your setup using Freya, not using the pot in whatever headphone amp you've got.
     
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    I use a Freya S like that. Gungnir MB into Freya S into both my speaker amp and my headphone amp, both of which use RCA in.

    I use 4x gain with the speakers and 1x with my headamp, although I'm still on the fence about the latter as 4x definitely has a sound to it, some it is an improvement some of it a drawback for my tastes. 1x also has some but significantly less so, which is why I haven't figured out my feelings about it yet vs connecting it from the gungnir directly. The power amp doesn't have a volume pot but the headamp does, I keep the headamp's at a high position (not max because I can hear some background hiss) and use the Freya's stepped attenuator as main volume control.

    That said, if you feel the gungnir is too mushy, I believe you'll be pleased with the 4x mode in the Freya.
     
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    I have a question but I think it's too specific :s, will the Freya S do a better job converting the balanced signal to a single ended one compared to the Yggdrasil A2? because afaik the latter does not output SE directly, it uses a conversion.
     
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  8. Taverius

    Taverius Smells like sausages

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    I haven't AB'd vs my Jensen Isomax trafos, but it seems pretty good.

    It will have a sound though - transformers have one, so nexus conversion certainly does too.
     
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