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Review: Schiit Vidar

By | December 4th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Schiit Vidar

Schiit Audio Vidar Power Amplifier Review

Schiit Audio pretty much always pushed the idea of separates fairly hard into their product lines. While smaller, budget aspirations like the $99 Fulla headphone amp/dac have always been around, much more online buzz (and most likely sales) have revolved around the buzz-worthy Schiit-stack of $99 separates, standalone ladder dacs and tube-based gear the Southern California company manufactures.

So it only made sense that designer Jason Stoddard would eventually end up back within the thralls of the loudspeaker world after a stint with amplifier company Sumo some years ago.… Read the full article

Schiit Audio Teases An Amplifier Named Aegir – RMAF 2018

By | October 17th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Like other some other audio show appearances, Schiit Audio pulled up residence in both the headphone area and in a two channel room at RMAF this year. The company recently broke party lines and returned to their roots with the release of a full-fledged loudspeaker pres and a mono/stereo power amp separates. Still hot off the R & D bench, the Vidar amps ($699) push 400 watts of Class AB in mono mode, and make a great pairing with the Schiit’s balanced tube pre Freya, also priced at $699.… Read the full article

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Schiit Vidar/Saga: an affordable care act for your loudspeakers

By | November 10th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Vidar – “Veedar” – lovechild, son of Odin, second in strength only to Thor and the mythological Norseman lending his name to Schiit’s Audio’s first power amplifier. Not for headphones but for loudspeakers. The company’s Stateside direct sell model means pricing is super sharp: US$699. (DAR’s product launch week preview can be read here).

Everything that ships from the Schiit warehouse in Valencia, CA is made completely in the USA and is backed by a five year warranty. That’s twice potent.… Read the full article

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Schiit Launches A New Power Amplifier – The Vidar

By | July 17th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

The long awaited power amplifier by Schiit is ready for prime time. The new amp holds on to much of Schiit’s straightforward aesthetics and is now officially up for sale for $699. Designer Jason Stoddard is calling the new Vidar a “no-excuses” proposition.

“No Class D. No switching supplies. No coupling caps. No DC servos. We’re talking a fully discrete, fully complementary, dual-mono-back-to-the-transformer, power-doubling-into-4-ohms, stereo-or-mono, intelligent microprocessor-managed power amp. Think 100W RMS x 2 into 8 ohms, 200W RMS x 2 into 4, and 400W into 8 ohms mono.”

The class AB amplifier is an interesting proposition given a market where class D topology tends to be the leaning option at this price point.… Read the full article

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Schiit ready $699 ‘No Excuses’ Vidar power amplifier

By | July 17th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Product announcements are like buses. You wait all day for one and then two show up at once. DAR’s post on Schiit Audio’s new Eitr/Gen 5 USB had already gone live when a second press release arrived from Jason Stoddard.

So here we go…again.

The Californian company are today formally announcing a new power amplifier, Vidar (pronounced “Vee-Dar”), that we first caught sight (and sound) of at RMAF 2016 last October.

This time though it is without their customary nod-and-a-wink that Schiit refer to Vidar as their ‘No Excuses’ amplifier:

“No Class D.Read the full article

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Schiit Audio’s Vidar and Other 2 Channel Musings

By | May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Schiit Audio has been teasing out its new 2 channel gear for a few months now. The latest addition to the family at AXPONA was a new stereo or mono configurable amplifier called Vidar ($699). The new amp joins the ranks of two pres Saga ($349) and Freya ($699), and was on display with Salk Streamplayer ($1,695) and Schiit’s own Yggdrasil DAC ($2,299).

The speaker of choice was the Salk Song3-A ($3,695 in standard finishes). The combination offered plenty of dynamic range and tonal color across the spectrum without sounding dry or threadbare.… Read the full article

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Saga, Freya, Vidar: three fresh pieces of Schiit from RMAF 2016

By | October 20th, 2016|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

After six years kicking the headphone world in the seat of the pants, high-end audio’s equivalent of the Rebel Alliance are moving into two-channel territory.

At RMAF 2016, that meant two separate demo spaces: Mike Moffat fronted the company’s range of DACs and headphone amplifiers at Schiit’s now familiar CanJam spot.

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Meanwhile, Jason Stoddard could be found up in the tower on level 2 – the same floor as the affordable demo rooms. How appropriate. Stoddard formally describes the preview of his three new ‘two channel’ pieces as a logical extension of Schiit’s scope.

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