Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by PacoTaco, Oct 12, 2017.
Valhalla 2 hanging in there. Unsung hero?
Chimed in on headfi (JotR / Val2) --> Post #52199
Since the year is almost over, I just wanted to get a sense of what members here are speculating about near-future Schiit products.
I’ve been following the book pretty closely and my best guess is that the transport is coming as some kind of combo product like the amp+card platform of Jot/Lyr3. My reasoning is that since the 2 channel category includes two dedicated amps, a digital source chain will probably be packaged to allow for customisation between Gadget/transport/DAC functionality within the same box, rather than stacking new ones with new releases.
That said, maybe we’re gonna see the Gadget as an installable card? Perhaps the transport is the platform for the cheap DAC prototype Mike mentioned? Or even for a new EQ?
Mongo like amps. Mongo love Class A. Mongo tell Jason build power crazy choo-choo 200W Nexus Continuity amp. Mongo no wait!
And that’s the (non)announcement I need to save up towards the all-in-one, remote controlled source interface+DSP/hardware EQ box I need, not to mention the impedance multiplying, use-tubes-for-everything transducer interface box.
Unsolicited guessing aside, it’d be a damn shame if Sol doesn’t make it through. The idea of a tweakable, near top tier analog source is so compelling that it’d be a strong sell even if it doesn’t meet all the checkboxes for a super high value, ship on order product.
Be careful of what you wish for. Mongo may have to pay $1500 each for such monoblock 200W Nexus Continuity amp. Need big parts, big heatsinks, big transformer, big/many transistors, big chassis.
Not a rumor, but does anyone give a shit about voltage triggers for the Vidar/Aegir amps? This is something I really appreciated on the Parasound amps I've come into contact with.
It's a small quality of life thing, and maybe doesn't make sense for the product, but something I'd be happy to see nonetheless.
Finally, Gadget and Transport...maybe even another Yggdrasil upgrade next year? You guys tease...
My fears have been relieved about the future of Schiit, bring on more weird products even if they don't shake out. Sounds a lot more interesting. Good chapter Jason.
FWIW, if it means anything to you guys at Schiit, I am a very satisfied and happy customer this year. Got back into audio after being out for a few years. Love my Vidars. Getting into two channel this cheap rocks. Rekindled a love for the Valhalla 2. Other Schiit I've bought from you guys has been great quality. Lighning fast shipping and quick email communication too. Cheers for a successful 2020.
LOL. Mongo save pennies. Mongo sell kidney.
But yeah that price looks as expected. Hopefully it happens.
If Schiit can compete with Coda on a ballsy power amp for less money, that's a win IMO. Coda amps rock 3,000 VA power transformers, a minimum of 20 high-bandwidth bipolar output transistors per channel (OnSemi / Motorola ThermalTrak, not Toshiba TO-3), and beefy power supplies.
I sure hope Sol makes it. With the updates made during the beta it has gone from nice but slightly annoying to something I am very happy with.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), the market has evolved since we initially planned Sol. Now, you can get a $180 U-Turn turntable as an affordable starting point, or a $1000 VPI with an aluminum platter--both made in USA. Pro-Ject has a dizzying array of options at all price points. These turntables are take-it-out-and-use-it affairs, and most are more friendly than ours, with dust covers and such.
At the same time, the price of Sol crept up. So we're entering a market that has evolved towards us, and we're not shaking much up anymore. We're not big on getting into markets just for a me-too, so we need to take a long, hard look at things.
Nothing has been decided yet, but since each thing we fix seems to uncover two more issues, we are weighing all the options. We'll see what happens once we get more data this week and next.
Is there any chance that Unison cards will support USB-C? Curious if there’s any extra jitter in dongletown.
USB-C actually has the pins required for usb 2.0, so you can get a USB-C to USB-B cable and it will work fine.
Sorry to hear that. It was a bold choice and I applaud you and your team for it. Is there any chance of going back to the drawing board and scaling back the ambition to something like, say, an AR-XA type suspended table? No one else I'm aware of is doing that right now and suspendeds have their benefits and fanbase (those basic AF XAs still sell for hundreds on ebay).
That's really unfortunate because I was really interested in picking up a Sol from you guys but the money just hasn't been there this year to grab one before they were gone. I definitely understand the position though
It will be back in February.
Yes! That’s awesome.
Is the re-release of Sol going to be impacted by the recent destruction of the lacquer mastering facility in California?
I'm thinking it won't slow production of existing LP's. Lacquers are used in the process of make new records. Once a record is in production they are not used. Most record manufacturers have a decent stock of lacquers on hand. The long term outlook is where things are will get dicey. Please correct me if I am wrong here.
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