2017 Golden Ear Awards: Robert Harley

Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC $2300 The Yggdrasil DAC is an outlier in so many ways: By a wide margin it’s the most expensive product in the ultra-affordable Schiit Audio line; it eschews the latest 24-bit DAC chips in favor of older 20-bit devices; it unabashedly doesn’t decode DSD or MQA; and it sounds like it should cost $15,000, not $2300. Designed by industry legend Mike Moffat, the Yggy sounds very much like the famous Theta Digital DACs that Moffat designed in the 1980s and 1990s—but better. Like the Theta DACs of yore, the Yggy has a bold, assertive, vibrant, even …