Schiit's First Phono Preamp - The $129 "Mani"

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  1. anede001

    anede001 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    Schiit recently announced at T.H.E. Show Newport, a $129 phono preamp for MM and MC cartridges, with selections for gain and loading. It also features a fully passive RIAA network and a linear ultra low noise power supply.

    Anybody see/hear this thing in action? Initial thoughts/impressions?

    At least for entry level setups, this appears to be a slam dunk if it performs well.
     
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  2. I stopped by the Schiit table at THE Show and all they had was the DAC's and the headphone amps, that I could see anyway.
     
  3. deadcoldfish

    deadcoldfish Forum Resident

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    it was shown somewhere then:

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  4. It's a great time for budget(ish) audio, that's for sure.
     
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  5. Ok, That would have been behind where the employees were standing. The tables facing the area where the main displays were are about 10 feet to the left of this picture. Wonder why they didn't push this out in front?
     
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  6. deadcoldfish

    deadcoldfish Forum Resident

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    Not releasing till August, so it may not be "done", for a live display.
     
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  7. Russell Weston

    Russell Weston Forum Resident

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    they were definitely running it at the show. they had the turntable running through it the entire show, they just weren't really talking it up all that much, they were mostly concentrating on the new Valhalla 2 and Lyr 2, as well as the wonderful-sounding Ragnarok. and they had the turntable playing through the latter.
     
  8. kfringe

    kfringe Well-Known Member

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    Because Mike Moffat brought his records from home. Honestly, there were a number of guys who asked about it who also needed to be shown how to queue up a record. Keeping that deck behind the booth was a very good idea.

    It was feeding an input on their Ragnarok setup, though, so demos were pretty easy to come by.
     
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  9. Didn't even notice! Those rows of computer - amp - headphones, over and over, got me tired fast. So I moved on.
     
  10. I blerted out "where is the headphone amp with the submini tube?" The first guy behind the display table looked at me like :confused:. :laugh:
     
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  11. kfringe

    kfringe Well-Known Member

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    Now you're just sounding like a cranky old guy!
     
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  12. I lived 35 years without a cell phone or a home computer. ;)
     
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  13. tyler928

    tyler928 Forum Resident

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    Thanks for mentioning this. I've been holding off on ordering a Valhalla, but now that the Valhalla 2 is in stock on the website, I might have to pull the trigger.

    EDIT: Just did.
     
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  14. RonW

    RonW Forum Resident

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    What is a Ragrock guys?
     
  15. Russell Weston

    Russell Weston Forum Resident

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    It's much more versatile than the old version. And it's worth mentioning that the new Lyr 2 is stocked with NOS GE tubes rather than new jj's like the previous version
     
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  16. Russell Weston

    Russell Weston Forum Resident

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    Ragnarock is the statement amplifier from Schiit. $1699.00 shipping this month. It runs speakers and headphones, and works as a preamp for powered speakers. It sounds VERY good.
     
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  17. RonW

    RonW Forum Resident

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    Wow thanks. I didn't know...
    Well it's obvious I didn't know but now I do I guess.
     
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  18. missan

    missan Forum Resident

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    Ragnarök, where the name of the amp comes from, is the end of the world as we know it. From ancient Northern mythology. It includes the death of Tor, Oden, Freja and a lot of others.
     
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  19. RonW

    RonW Forum Resident

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    Didn't that already happen?
     
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  20. missan

    missan Forum Resident

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    When?
     
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  21. Ntotrar

    Ntotrar Supper's ready

    In Norse mythology, Ragnarök is a series of future events, including a great battle foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures (including the gods Odin, Thor, Týr, Freyr, Heimdallr, andLoki), the occurrence of various natural disasters, and the subsequent submersion of the world in water. Afterward, the world will resurface anew and fertile, the surviving and returning gods will meet, and the world will be repopulated by two human survivors.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragnarök
     
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  22. RonW

    RonW Forum Resident

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    At some point it must have...
     
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  23. Ntotrar

    Ntotrar Supper's ready

    I have owned Schiit and I thought it was good. I sold my Schiit to finance more Apple and Rega (And Sansui)...

    Someday I will own more Schiit...
     
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  24. Metralla

    Metralla Joined Jan 13, 2002

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    Very cool - this manufacturer is working a lot of magic at jolly decent prices. All power to them.
     
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  25. missan

    missan Forum Resident

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    It´s more likely that it will happen. ;) These things are of course easy to predict, even in mythology, as it is bound to happen.
     
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