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Bifrost USB Digital Analog Convertor

by Schiit
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  • Bifrost is the world's most affordable fully upgradable DAC, featuring 32-bit D/A conversion, a fully discrete analog section, and a sophisticated bit-perfect clock management system, together with one of the most advanced asynchronous USB 2.0 inputs available, as well as SPDIF coaxial and optical inputs, all with 24/192 capability.
  • Fully Upgradable: The Future-Proof DAC
 Worried about rapidly-changing USB input technology? Concerned about future advances in D/A conversion? Bifrost's modular design uses separate, USB Input and DAC/Analog cards. The result? A virtually future-proof DAC that won't end up in the dumpster.
  • AKM4399 D/A Converter and Discrete Analog Section
 Even without considering upgradability, Bifrost offers incredible value. Consider its AKM4399 32 bit D/A converter, one of the highest performance DACs in the world. Also consider that our both Bifrost and Bifrost Uber use a fully discrete, low noise JFET analog section-just like multi-thousand-dollar DACs.
  • Advanced Bitperfect Clock Management
 Most DACs in this price range is sacrifice every single one of your original music samples to get their192kHz spec. Every input is routed through a sample rate converter and upsampled to 24/192. Bifrost dispenses with the sample rate converter and uses a sophisticated master clock management system to deliver bit-perfect data to the DAC, preserving all the original samples--whether it's 16/44.1 or 24/192.
  • USB 2.0, 24/192, Async, Completely Buzzword Compliant
 Have high-res music? No problem. Bifrost offers a full range of inputs: Coaxial and optical SPDIF, as well as USB. Bifrost's USB features a high-speed Gen 2 USB 2.0 interface and asynchronous data transfer to 24/192, including 24/176. No drivers are required for Macs and popular Linux distros like Ubuntu, and Windows drivers are downloadable for Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP.

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Bifrost USB Digital Analog Convertor + PYST RCA Cables (6 inches) + PYST USB Cable (1 Meter) A-Male to B-Male Cable
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0074SG3RK
  • Item model number: SCH-04U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,627 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 30, 2012
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Product Description

Bifrost is the world's most affordable fully upgradable DAC, featuring 32-bit D/A conversion, a fully discrete analog section, and a sophisticated bit-perfect clock management system, together with one of the most advanced asynchronous USB 2.0 inputs available, as well as SPDIF coaxial and optical inputs, all with 24/192 capability. And now, we've made our first major upgrades available for Bifrost: the new Gen 2 USB input board, offering 24/176 playback and improved USB performance, and the new Bifrost Uber, using the more advanced discrete analog output stage from Gungnir. The Gen 2 USB board ships with every new Bifrost or Gungnir ordered with USB. Fully Upgradable: The Future-Proof DAC
 Worried about rapidly-changing USB input technology? Concerned about future advances in D/A conversion? Bifrost's modular design uses separate, USB Input and DAC/Analog cards. The result? A virtually future-proof DAC that won't end up in the dumpster. AKM4399 D/A Converter and Discrete Analog Section
 Even without considering upgradability, Bifrost offers incredible value. Consider its AKM4399 32 bit D/A converter, one of the highest performance DACs in the world. Also consider that our both Bifrost and Bifrost Uber use a fully discrete, low noise JFET analog section-just like multi-thousand-dollar DACs. Advanced Bitperfect Clock Management
 Most DACs in this price range is sacrifice every single one of your original music samples to get their192kHz spec. Every input is routed through a sample rate converter and upsampled to 24/192. Bifrost dispenses with the sample rate converter and uses a sophisticated master clock management system to deliver bit-perfect data to the DAC, preserving all the original samples--whether it's 16/44.1 or 24/192.

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It is built solid and sounds great.
joe
There are bells where there were none before and the bass coming out of my JBL sub is so much more defined, crisp and throaty.
prof. DJ
This is just to my ears, no point to argue, as we all hear differently.
DZ

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By joe on October 27, 2012
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I couldn't be happier with this DAC. It is built solid and sounds great. Still breaking it in but it sounds really good with just a few hours threw it. For the money and warranty plus built in the USA it ranks as one of the best purchases I ever made, no Schiit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 18, 2013
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Theres lots to like about this unit, the 3 alternate inputs, the solid construction, its hard core good looks and the fact that its made right here in the USA...(though I am reminded by an engineer friend that it is made from parts sourced outside the US as well).
Nevertheless - its still made in the USA and its something to be proud of.
Oh and did I mention that it sounds pristine ?!

I have mine connected to a Lyr and running Hifiman HE-500 orthodynamics headphones...I couldn't want for a better setup.

Very Highly recommended !
(From someone with OCD like obsession for the best !)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jakuvee on September 1, 2013
There are rave reviews everywhere already so this is just one more voice to support (1) the Schiit approach to HiFi audio products, (2) good things can be manufactured relatively cheaply in the US (doesn't matter that I'm Canadian). Bought with USB2 and Uber analog stage straight from Schiit, hassle free (<$40 customs fee Alberta). Sound is great, surprising levels of details, and simply great musicality without fatigue for many hours in my system with Myriad int. amp, Totem Rainmaker, in a home office space ~9'x15'. I get very different sonic experience out of my main system in the living room with EMM Labs DAC2, Conrad Johnson amps, hybrid floor-standing speakers, etc. But seriously, at this price, the Bifrost delivers honestly what you'd expect of hi-fi: being drawn into the soundscapes of musical performances.

By chance I also tried the SPDIF input, using the Bel Canto uLink to connect to my solid state, Windows 7 VAIO. The uLink-Bifrost combo sounds better than the straight computer-Bifrost connection (Schiit's latest USB2). I won't dwell on this since I just want to keep the system simple. The fact that I can look forward to listening to music in my home office means the guys at Schiit know what they're doing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Can fan on October 26, 2013
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I have had many dacs in my system and none made an immediate difference like this Bitfrost. Spaces between instruments and a WIDE soundstage were noticable on first power up.
What sold me on this:

1. great reviews
2. well priced and pay only what you want (if purchased from Schit Audio directly)
3. modular
4. upgrades available
5. upgrades are reasonably priced
6. made in USA
7. I have purchased many items from Audio Advisor and have great customer service

DACS I have had in my ststem : MF V-DAC, V-DAC MKII, PS Audio DLIII, PS Audio Perfect Wave DAC1 and several others. The only dac I thought was very analog was Perfect Wave, but very $$$.

I have ordered the Uber analog upgrade based on all favorable discussions on the net. I am tempted to get the Loki DSD DAC. Can't wait to see what else Schit Audio comes up with.
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Besides the twelve year old potty humor name of the company, the unit is quite nice in it's sound reproduction. I own both the BiFrost and the Gungnir DACs. They are both very, very neutral sounding and if you are looking to build up a computer based music collection wherein you place all music on computer storage equipment and no longer use CD, SACD, DVD-Audio, or other physical media for playback, this DAC would be a fine integral part of that. The Gungnir DAC does provide better sound reproduction and XLR connections, if you have the additional funds available.
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By michael fierman on February 7, 2014
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I was nervous about how this would integrate with my system as I have a fairly high end set up. Thiel 3.6 speakers, BAT VK-30 pre-amp and Adcom 3802 power amp. The soundstage is huge but well defined and my bass response better than ever yet very tight. no flabbiness. the main thing I was worried about was stridency but the treble is soaring and clear but witout a trace of harshness. Very airy overall. I can't believe this came in a sub $500 machine. I would recommend using the $10 Bitperfect app from the App Store. In fact the guys from Schiit Audio suggested it.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Tom TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 18, 2012
This is a great DAC for the price that is basically plug and play (at least on Mac). The box is a sturdy metal construction and the sound and built quality seems not worse than DAcs costing 5 times as much.

My only complaint (and it's a fairly small one), is that ever time the bitrate changes with what you are playing, there is an audible click inside the box (not through the audio output). I do a lot of video editing in Final Cut Pro and it seems like this DAC is constantly clicking each time I start and stop a clip. It's a bit annoying, but I'm getting used to it.

UPDATE: I switched to the USB input and all the clicks went away. It seems to sound better too.
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