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Bifrost Uber Digital Analog Convertor

by Schiit

Price: $429.00 & FREE Shipping. Details
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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, as well as SPDIF coaxial and optical inputs, all with 24/192 capability.
  • Bifrost Uber: Even More Impressive Performance with the Bifrost Uber option, you get a discrete analog stage based on the more advanced Gungnir DAC, with a sophisticated topology that improves sonic and measured performance, and a DC servo to eliminate capacitors in the signal path. Not that the base Bifrost is any slouch-it's frequently been compared to DACs that cost 3-8x as much.
  • 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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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Schiit
  • Model: SCH-04UB

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 2.2 x 6 inches ; 5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00DV3U38W
  • Item model number: SCH-04UB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 10, 2013
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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 (optional), 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 Bifrost uses 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 their 192kHz 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. Specifications* Inputs: Coaxial SPDIF, Optical SPDIF, USB (optional) 
Input Capability: up to 24/192 for all inputs
Input Receiver, SPDIF: Crystal Semiconductor CS8416
 Input Receiver, USB: C-Media CM6631A D/A Conversion IC: AKM4399 
Analog Summing, Filtering: Fully Discrete, JFET differential topology Output: RCA (single-ended) 
Output Impedance: 75 ohms

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Build quality wise Schiit products feel solid.
Matthew Holt
I really think that to get a dac that sounds significantly better than this you'd have to spend at least two times as much, if not three.
Zack Horne
The Bifrost dac makes music and movies sound better.
David Lougher

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Postal Grunt on March 2, 2014
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There are quite a few choices available for people who want an entry level DAC. Unfortunately, you won't find many bricks and mortar stores to compare models. You're usually left with reading equipment reviews in magazines or online. There were three reasons that I chose the Bifrost Uber. First, its construction makes it possible to upgrade when better processors or USB inputs become available. Second, it comes with a five year warranty rather than the common one year warranty for most electronics. Finally, the best reason to enjoy this purchase is that the Bifrost is made in the USA and sells at a very competitive price.

The Bifrost has improved the sound reproduction of my system which was already pretty good, by a great deal. The soundstage, the audible illusion of a stage between the speakers, has grown bigger, wider, and deeper. Bass reproduction is faster and more taut. Percussive instruments have a much faster and better defined attack making it easier to follow multiple percussion instruments simultaneously. Vocal harmonies are another example of how this DAC opens up the the sound. if you need a better image, then listen to the sound of applause, people clapping hands. With an ordinary CD player, clapping sounds more like a "splat" than applause. The Bifrost gives shape to the sound. It's a very convincing demonstration.

There are two things that may upset the most finicky purchaser. The input selection LEDs on the front panel is bright. If you indulge in listening in a room with the lights off, the LED will look like a child's nightlight. The second aspect is that the Bifrost has a relay set inside that clicks when the DAC is changing input sample rates or when the digital input stream from your source is interrupted.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Holt on October 13, 2013
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I had already purchased a Schiit Valhalla to go with my HD 650s (a decent combination) and decided to get the matching Bifrost.

Build quality wise Schiit products feel solid. They are decently well packaged and the uberfrost worked right away. I used toshlink connection straight from my mobo (ASrock z77 extreme4 (Realtek ALC898)) to the bifrost then into the valhalla and HD650s.

The stacked setup is very visually appealing. However I found that stacking the valhalla ontop of the bifrost causes the valhalla's high heat to permeate into the bifrost. I doubt this to be a problem but in my paranoia I now have them both sitting side by side.

The sound quality with the uber upgrade was surprisingly good. I honestly was not expecting it. IMO the quality of the uberfrost per $ is well worth it and I honestly thought the valhalla might be holding it back a bit.

Incidentally, the bifrost clicked, a lot. I've narrowed it down to the way my motherboard sends the optical signal: it turns the signal on and off, thus triggering the muting relay. The clicking made everyday pc use a nightmare. It is supposed to be completely harmless but the next day my bifrost was dead. I was surprised that after only one day it kicked the bucket but schiit support was excellent, I sent the bifrost back and in less than a week I had a replacement. Top marks there.

Unfortunately the new bifrost continues to click, however I found that if you have a constant signal (i.e. play a song at 0 volume) it will prevent the constant clicking (I use WMP set to 0 and foobar2000). This is a horrible fix, and while I feel my motherboard is partly to blame, I also believe the uberfrost should have some solution to this problem as I suspect I am not alone. I have the replacement working for a few weeks now.

Overall I would say 4.5/5, its only real problem would be the clicking which can be minimized.
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Wow, makes all the difference in the sound quality!

Connected from my optical output of my Apple TV to my 40+ year old Sony integrated amp.

I love listening tool this system with this excellent Schitt DAC :o)
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bala Sivakumar on March 22, 2014
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I'm somewhat of a DAC junkie - I go through a ton of DACs, experimenting with different sound signatures (adding headphone amps, headphones and tube rolling in the mix). I've have the HRT MusicStreamer II, JDS Labs ODAC, Uber Musik Tiny Tube, Emotiva XDA-2, Aune T1, Meridian Explorer, M2Tech HiFace 384/32, Lindemann 24/192 USB DACs and borrowed a bunch to sample. The Schiit brand has intrigued me for a while and I was eager to hear the BiFrost Uber (since I figured I had to hear something better than their low end models to have a fair comparison).

What I did not realize was this particular model didn't come with USB input - only SPDIF and Toslink. I have a Mac Mini that I use in my HTPC (with JRiver Media Center) with GoldenEar Triton twos. I used the Mini-Toslink out from my mini to connect to the DAC (for comparison, I used all the other DACs only via USB - except the Lindemann which is also connected to my Apple TV via TosLink). Not having USB inputs for this price is a little ridiculous in my opinion. However, I was impressed with the build quality and heft of this unit - it is built like a tank and is heavy.

Coming to the sound, I don't think it is worth the hype. I certainly didn't think it was worth $400+.
Of the (USB) DACs I have tried, I like my Lindemann the best. I find this DAC very similar to the ODAC in sound signature (wide soundstage and neutral - almost clinical). Perhaps I just prefer coloring, a warmer touch to sound, but I can't understand why something that sounds ...well.. dry is highly regarded. I will admit to preferring the hint of romance that British manufacturers like Arcam and Meridian.
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5-Year Warranty? Bifrost is covered by a limited warranty that covers parts and labor for five years. That's 5 years. Yes. FIVE. Compare that to the competition. Please note this doesn't mean free upgrades for five years!