The Schiit Asgard Headphone Amp

Schiit Asgard Headphone Amp

I recently had the opportunity to borrow a Schiit Asgard for a few weeks, and I wanted to just briefly put down my thoughts.

Schiit has a sense of humor about their name. They aren’t shy about playing into it in their marketing materials and manuals.

The amp is a relatively slim profile, solid aluminum enclosure with an RCA input in the rear for your DAC or CD player and a 1/4″ headphone output on the front. Do not cover the vent on the top because it needs the air flow. While this amp WILL get extremely hot to the touch — even the volume knob after a bit gets quite hot — the makers assure that it will continue to operate just fine. It’s all part of the design.

And what a design they have, too. For a mere $250 asking price, this amp has some serious output. I’m used to the RudiStor RPX-33 ($1300+) which is a very capable dualmono headphone amp (and preamp) and it’s actually quite difficult for me to really tell them apart. They both belt out gobs of detail and big, lush soundstage. They’re both extremely capable head amps, no doubt, but when you look at the price, it’s not hard to see that Schiit really has something here.

I would highly recommend this amp for anyone trying to drive the more demanding headphones such as the Sennheiser HD6x0 and Audeze LCD-2. It drove these headphones wonderfully for me.

And thanks again goes to Jude for letting me borrow his amp.

Saturday, November 20th, 2010 Audio, Reviews

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