Schiit's Gungnir midrange multibit DAC delivers most of what we love most about the Yggdrasil DAC in a more compact, more affordable package. Like the Yggdrasil it's free of the digital artifacts and creates an expressive, detailed and harmonious musical experience free of digital artifacts. The sound is simultaneously exceptionally detailed yet utterly relaxed with no sense of strain or edge to the music so it's easy to listen for hours on end without fatigue.
It does not have the ultimate transparency of the Yggdrasil, but the family resemblance in clarity, dynamics, tone and texture runs deep. It pairs perfectly with the Mjolnir 2, but also has the resolution and technical prowess to pair with the Cavalli Audio gear, which says a lot.
The Gungnir Multibit is available only in silver finish. All Schiit Audio products are for sale to US addresses only.
D/A Conversion IC: Analog Devices AD5781BRUZ x 4 (2 per channel, hardware balanced configuration)
Digital Filter: proprietary Schiit bitperfect closed-form digital filter implemented on Analog Devices SHARC DSP processor
Analog Stages: Fully discrete JFET buffers for balanced output and discrete JFET summing stages for single-ended output, direct coupled throughout
Frequency Response, Analog Stage: 20Hz-20Khz, +/-0.1dB, 1Hz-200KHz, -1dB
Maximum Output: 4.0V RMS (balanced), 2.0V RMS (single-ended)
THD: Less than 0.005%, 20Hz-20KHz, at full output
IMD: <0.004%, CCIR
SNR: > 115dB, referenced to 2V RMS
Inputs: Coaxial RCA SPDIF, BNC SPDIF, Optical SPDIF, USB
Input Capability: up to 24/192 for all inputs
Input Receiver, SPDIF: AKM 4113
Input Receiver, USB: C-Media CM6631A
Output: One pair XLR balanced and two pairs RCA single-ended
Output Impedance: 75 ohms
Clock Management: Bitperfect clock management at all native sample rates via Adapticlock analysis and VCXO/VCO regeneration, plus asynchronous USB Gen 2 module
Power supply: two transformers (one for digital supplies, one for analog supplies) with 8 stages of regulation, including separate local supplies for critical digital and analog sections.
Upgradability: Separate, modular USB Input Card and DAC/Analog Cards are snap-in replaceable.