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Offline chuotcon15

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DAC for Mainline
« on: July 27, 2019, 03:25:42 AM »
Hello everyone,
I am looking for a good DAC to pair with my Mainline, but I can't find any DAC on Bottlehead or any topic discussing about it. Anyone please recommends one for me? my budget is about $2k. Thanks a lot.

Offline bernieclub

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Re: DAC for Mainline
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2019, 04:12:25 AM »
I love my BH DAC but no longer available.   I also have a Schitt Gungnir with multi-bit upgrade...just as good, but different.   Lot's of drive and silky texture.
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Re: DAC for Mainline
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2019, 07:59:51 AM »
+1 on the Gungnir Multibit, I use it with my Mainline.  But the Bifrost Multibit is 90% of the Gungnir at half the price (to my ears).
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Re: DAC for Mainline
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2019, 09:08:21 AM »
I enjoy the Bifrost in my office system. My big system has a Mitek Liberty.
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Offline chuotcon15

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Re: DAC for Mainline
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2019, 03:06:37 PM »
Thanks for all your suggestion. My currently DAC is the Bifrost Multibit. Is is worth to upgrade to Gungnir Multibit?

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Re: DAC for Mainline
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2019, 03:21:17 PM »
What is your music player source (CD player, computer, phone)? Streaming and/or burned files? 


cheers, Derek
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Re: DAC for Mainline
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2019, 03:25:57 PM »
What is your music player source (CD player, computer, phone)? Streaming and/or burned files? 


cheers, Derek

Computer, most files are WAV and Flac.

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Re: DAC for Mainline
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2019, 03:36:28 PM »
If you've got a $2k budget the Schiit Yggy is in that range but a bit high.  I've compared it to the Gungnir Milti and the Bifrost Multi.  It's better than both and I wouldn't trade mine in for less but the Gungnir is very very close.
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Re: DAC for Mainline
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2019, 03:42:45 PM »
I don't have the Gungnir, but I do have the Bifrost and the Yggdrasil. Yggy was a big step up from Bifrost. But it is huge and not very desktop friendly, unless you have a really large desk.  I recall reading reviews on Head-fi comparing Yggdrasil and Gungnir and some people preferred Gungnir. 


Just a thought: with the money saved on a Gungnir, you could build or buy a dedicated music server/pc w/ linear power supply. I've found that music players and their power supplies -- i.e., everything that comes before the DAC -- have a plainly noticeable impact on sound quality.


cheers,  Derek
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Re: DAC for Mainline
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2019, 03:07:28 AM »
Been using a Schitt Bifrost MB and IMO its not worth the upgrade to Gungnir.....I havent listened to the Yggy but this is where I would go next if I ever get that "itch"...

Alex

Note there is a guy going by "atomicbob" that is one of the very few independent engineers with years of analyzing stuff with the high end test gear that is very much enamoured over the performance of the Bifrost MB. He has tested all the Schitt dacs and even though the numbers indicate slightly better specs the higher up the line you go...he has stated several times that the Bifrost is uncannily good damm the specs!   
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