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    Re: Schiit Yggdrasil DAC on order

    Dan - congratulations on the new DAC! I think you made the right call by revising your order to the sliver finish. The sliver looks sharp. I echo others on this thread in that I am very eager to hear your comments on performance. It seems that Ladder DACs are the way to go these days, based on some first hand experience I have with the MSB Reference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audioguru1 View Post
    Dan - congratulations on the new DAC! I think you made the right call by revising your order to the sliver finish. The sliver looks sharp. I echo others on this thread in that I am very eager to hear your comments on performance. It seems that Ladder DACs are the way to go these days, based on some first hand experience I have with the MSB Reference.
    Audioguru1.......Thank you. I agree with you about the silver anodized finish versus the black matte painted finish. If the black Yggdrasil had been available in a black anodized finish instead of painted, I probably would have opted for it, bit now that the silver Yggy is in the rack I am pleased as punch. With 240 hours on it since I energized it, the Yggdrasil is opening up beautifully. It is quite easy to let two or three hours slip right by while listening to it.
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    Congrats on the Yggy. A friend has had one since they came out in a SOTA room and it is an incredible DAC. I grabbed one in February after having a GungnirDS and MB and could not be happier. I have yet to hear a better DAC and considering the cost vs. some of the others I have heard, it is a no brainer, at least for me. BTW, I have quite a few DSD files and they sound great converted to 176.4 for playback, so the fact that it does not support native DSD playback, isn’t an issue for me. I have NO interest in MQA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JWhip View Post
    Congrats on the Yggy. A friend has had one since they came out in a SOTA room and it is an incredible DAC. I grabbed one in February after having a GungnirDS and MB and could not be happier. I have yet to hear a better DAC and considering the cost vs. some of the others I have heard, it is a no brainer, at least for me. BTW, I have quite a few DSD files and they sound great converted to 176.4 for playback, so the fact that it does not support native DSD playback, isn’t an issue for me. I have NO interest in MQA.
    JWhip.......My choice for DSD is held to SACD. That is what I use to listen to music recorded in DSD format. There is not enough music that interests me recorded in SACD or in download DSD format, so SACD discs work for me in my Esoteric K-01X. I'm not fond of loading up my N10 or N100H hard drives with huge DSD files, either, nor paying the inflated prices for DSD downloads. If I find a recording I want on SACD, I buy it. That is the extent of DSD for me. As for MQA, I have a minuscule interest in it, but not enough to invest in any equipment or software at this stage of its infancy.
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    LIVING ROOM - McIntosh C2300, MC452, MR85, Magnum Dynalab 205 Signal Sleuth, Sonos Connect, Simaudio MOON Neo 260D-T, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, Aurender N100H, Sony DAT 60ES, Nakamichi BX-300, Micro Seiki DD40 w/m505A tonearm, Ortofon Cadenza Blue, PS Audio P10, Furutech Flux 50, Stillpoints Ultra Mini, PMC EB1i, JL Audio f113

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    Re: Schiit Yggdrasil DAC on order

    Turns out the Yggy is an extreme high-resolution performer, from plain Redbook CD. This may be the last DAC you'll ever need, Dan. I had already heard in another, superb and very expensive, system that the Yggy excels in separation of musical lines, instruments and instrument groups, which is the most impressive in large-scale orchestral music. Climaxes build and build, harmonically complex layer upon harmonically complex layer, and the Yggy just keeps on going undisturbed, without any congestion whatsoever.

    Now I can add another aspect to the story. Timbral resolution is top class, and can easily compete with the very expensive top vinyl that I have heard in other people's systems. Since a few days I have Reference 3A Reflector monitors (their top model), which are an extreme exercise in suppression of cabinet resonances that can blur detail. With the sensational Octave R320 amp (with KT150 tubes) on loan from my dealer in the chain (soon to be bought, or the Octave monoblocks), I discovered uncanny resolution on solo violin, perhaps the most difficult instrument to reproduce in terms of micro-detail on sustained notes and of transients. I could not believe the enormous similarity to live violin sound, even though of course the ultimate live realism is still not quite reached. I just did not think this was possible from a stereo system, and certainly not from plain Redbook CD! The speed, accuracy, transparency, sheer amount of micro-detail, and the naturalness of the extremely complex transients between notes that are due to the bowing of the violin, and as reproduced by the Yggy through that amp and speakers, have to be heard to be believed. This now firmly establishes the CD medium as an extreme high-resolution medium for me. The recording that blew me away was a 1980 analog Philips recording of Gidon Kremer playing Bach Partitas and sonatas, and released 1990 on CD. Thus not even from a particularly 'audiophile' label, and not with the newest AD conversion technology.

    And that from a $ 2,300 DAC? Robert Harley is right when he says in his review that the Yggy is one of the greatest bargains in the history of high-end audio.

    Add to this the impeccable rhythmic drive of the Yggy -- among the best I have even heard from any source, analog or digital -- and the great bass, and obviously you're all set. I agree with Joe Whip, I have yet to hear a better DAC.

    The Yggy is really worth the highest resolution system. I checked that violin recording with Quicksilver Silver 88 monoblocks (also with KT150 tubes) inserted in my system, but while the amps are really very good and in their own right gave an impressive rendition of the violin, the shocking level of resolution heard with the Octave amp in the system was just gone.

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    Re: Schiit Yggdrasil DAC on order

    never really explored anything higher than CD quality -- but am now curious about what percentage of the hi-res market is PCM vs DSD... given the yggy only decodes PCM?

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    Re: Schiit Yggdrasil DAC on order

    Al M. - Thanks for adding your thoughts! Would you please share what you're using as your CD transport and via which input on the Yggy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by audio.bill View Post
    Al M. - Thanks for adding your thoughts! Would you please share what you're using as your CD transport and via which input on the Yggy?
    You're welcome, Bill. I have a Simaudio Moon 260 DT CD transport, transmitting signal to the Yggy through an MIT SL Matrix Plus digital XLR interconnect ((AES/EBU interface).

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    Re: Schiit Yggdrasil DAC on order

    Schiit just formally announced Yggy analog-2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmance View Post
    Schiit just formally announced Yggy analog-2.
    Follow us on this thread http://www.audioshark.org/general-au...406-page8.html
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