In case your in a cave, or in a deep coal mine...Schitt has put up two new chapters in Jason Stoddards online, ongoing story about his company and product development.
Here is the link in case you might want the first hand "skinny":https://www.head-fi.org/threads/schiit-happened-the-story-of-the-worlds-most-improbable-start-up.701900/page-3313#post-15152470
Their is a new ASGARD, its the ASGARD3. Its a continuity amp (tm), and not a Class A amp anymore. Asgard 2 was six and a hlaf years old and the new shift here is indeed "exciting" to me. The engineering story is a nice read if you like that kind of stuff (and I do)...
Here is the ASGARD3 specs:
- 3.5W Continuity with 500mW Class A bias vs 1W Class A—3.5x the power output
- Ability to take one optional input card, vs “just an amp.”
- Ability to be a 3.5W, $299 DAC/amp with 4490 card, vs no card
-Gain switch on front, vs on back
- Input switch on front, vs no input
- 48VA transformer, vs 36VA
- $199 vs $249 price (amp only)
...and it can be:
- A $299, 3.5W DAC/amp with the addition of the AK4490 card
- A $399, 3.5W True Multibit DAC/amp with the addition of the Multibit card
- Upgraded when new cards become available
It also looks like there might be a close out sale on the ASGARD 2 Class A amp as well?
The other "BIG" announcement IMO is the BIFROST that I have and love, is going end of life with its latest USB GEN 5 upgrade. Over and done pretty much, except you will be able to order their Schitt properitary Unison (tm) USB interface in Jan 2020 timeframe. The new Asgard 3 has this standard already. So the NEW BIFROST 3 will have this and more stuff.
They are waiting for Microsoft to go end of life for Windows 7, the new Unison USB will not support W7. So they are waiting for Jan 2020 so they wont have this issue to deal with is my understanding.
BIFROST 3 is Autonomy (tm) as well as ASGARD#...which means any future updates/upgrades you will be able to install and update at home! The I/O cards are removeable PCI type slot cards, unscrew pull out old , insert ne, screw back in, and possibly insert a small micro SD card in a slot in the back to upgrade any firmware changes all automatically! No more sending it back to the mothership and wait a few weeks! Thats Autonomy (TM).
The BIFROST 3 with the new UNISON USB has also added Balanced output and a remote control!
It also has single ended output as well. The remote will control input select, mute and phase invert.
The DAC has been upgraded from the 16 but AD 5547 to the 18 bit AD 5781 ARUZ D/A.
They improved the power supply as well with more stages of local regulation for better low noise perfromance.
The articles go into their design philosophy and reasoning behind the changes etc..
Just wanted you all to know!!