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Bifrost Digital Analog Convertor

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  • Fully Upgradable DAC
  • AKM4399 D/A Converter and Discrete Analog Section
  • Advanced 24/192 Bitperfect Clock Management

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Schiit
  • Model: SCH-04

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 2.2 x 6 inches ; 5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B006YWRW36
  • Item model number: SCH-04
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 17, 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 (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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High quality build and feel to the product.
Bogie Bill
Inclusion of the Bifrost DAC gave a very noticable improvement in the "depth" of the sound.
G. Guillot
This was he cheapest best investment i have made.
howlin at the moon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By G. Guillot on April 8, 2012
I recently upgraded my tube system with the Bifrost DAC. There was a distinct improvement in sound quality and overall resolution. My source is a Sonos ZP90 playing FLAC files that I personally ripped from my CD collection to guarantee the highest quality source. I then feed that through the Bifrost and then on through a completely refurbished and modified Dynaco PAS3X tube preamp, which then feeds refurbished vintage Magnavox tube amplifiers in a bi-amped configuration.
Inclusion of the Bifrost DAC gave a very noticable improvement in the "depth" of the sound. While not necessarily hitting any higher or lower frequencies than before, the resolution at which the system played these frequencies is much improved. Also, detail is much more present. In older jazz recordings, I can hear the various and subtle noises the musicians made while they were on stage - instruments bumping the mic stand, musicians shuffling around, etc. Contrary to detracting from the music, it makes for a more realistic sound stage.
Build quality of this unit is outstanding. Part of my selection choice was the fact that it was made in the USA. Upon arrival, I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the materials used and the "heft" of the unit. The warranty from the manufacturer is outstanding, and the ability to upgrade the DAC's interface in the future is a great feature. I opted for the non-USB version, since the Sonos supports both SPDIF and Coaxial digital inputs.
Despite the tongue-in-cheek name, the Schiit Bifrost seems to be an excellent product and proof that made-in-the-USA does not have to mean expensive.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By S.Zimm on September 15, 2012
The world is full of great sounding DACs, but some clearly rise above the rest. I own or have owned the HRT Streamer II, Streamer Pro, Peachtree iNova and the Benchmark Dac1 Pre. To say that one DAC sounds any better than another is all up to personal taste, but it is easy to hear differences between each of them. The Schiit Bifrost was the first DAC under $1,000 that I was willing to keep in my system. I've had trouble keeping a favorite DAC in my system, partially because I like to stream from MOG, play FLAC rips and HiRes files over my squeezbox touch. Additionally, my music tastes are quite comprehensive and eclectic. I can listen to a track of Bernstein conducting NY and then switch to Bon Iver or JayZ. Asking one device to make all of these different streams and recordings sound "better" is quite the task. The HRTs are extraordinary at making mp3 files sound much, much better, but when they get to HiRes files, they don't do as much as the higher end DACs. On the other hand, the iNova and Dac1 flourish with different types of music. Choral recordings from Eric Whitacre or the LA Chorale sound amazing with the iNova and less so with the Benchmark. The Benchmark is just killer with modern jazz recordings in my main system. I can't have 3 different DACs in my system, so I use the iNova in my main system, the HRT Pro where I play a lot of MP3s and the Benchmark with the warmer Legacy speakers.

While auditioning the system, I listened to it in three systems. I spent most of my time with #1 -SB Touch, Musical Fidelity A5 Integrated Amp, Totem Forrests. #2: Computer, HRT pro, NAD Integrated Amp, Monitor Audio RS6. #3: CDP, Benchmark Dac1, McIntosh Amp, Legacy Focus.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C.V. May TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 3, 2013
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WHY YOU NEED A DIGITAL-to-ANALOG-CONVERTER (DAC)
For pure, high quality, hi-fi digital audio you absolutely need an outboard way to purify and process the 1's and O's coming from your computer, OR from your CD player, or even your DVD player, or TV, especially so if you are a Home Theater buff. There is no way around it, you need a quality Digital-to-Analog-Converter, DAC for short, aka a digital processor. This Schiit Audio DAC, this "entry-level audiophile" Bifrost model, is the sweetest of the sweet spots in non-portable DAC's so far. And, NO, you will NOT find this at Best Buy, but of course you suspected that, right?

If you did not already know, every electronic audio component must have a way to translate recorded sound, digital, into reproduced, artificial sound...analog sound. This means that every CD player, every DVD player, every TV, and every COMPUTER must have an operational internal DAC or no sound could be produced. Are these internal, on-board DAC's any good? RARELY. Most are barely adequate.

THE TRUTH ABOUT CD PLAYERS AND DACS

High end audiophile quality COMPONENTS start at about a grand and skyrocket upward from there. Why? because they are using costly, top shelf quality internal DAC's. This is dumb. And it is very expensive to convert sound this way. Why? Because for way less money you can feed ALL your audio components through a SINGLE quality DAC for a fraction of the price instead of buying components each with their own, often lesser quality DAC's, or if better, adding cost way above what is required.
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Seller Warranty Description
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!