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Schiit Bifrost

Schiit Bifrost is the world's most affordable upgradable Dac

The Schiit 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 input sections available, as well as SPDIF coaxial and optical inputs, all with 24/192 capability.

Now, if you're new to this whole DAC game, the only thing you might have gotten out of that sentence was "affordable" and "upgradable." That's fine. Schiit wanted Bifrost to be affordable, because you shouldn't have to take out a second mortgage to get fantastic sound, and it's upgradable, because, well...times change.

Fully Upgradable: The Future-Proof DAC

Worried about rapidly-changing USB input technology? Concerned about future advances in D/A conversion? Schiit Bifrost's modular design uses separate, USB Input and DAC/Analog cards. When USB technology changes, we can simply drop in a new, better USB Input Card. When meaningful upgrades to D/A converters come out, we can drop in a new DAC/Analog Card. The result? A virtually future-proof DAC that won't end up in the dumpster.

AKM4490 D/A Converter and Discrete Analog Section

Even without considering upgradability, Bifrost offers incredible value. Featuring the 32 bit AKM Verita AK4490 D/A converter, used in DACs costing many times more than the Bifrost. Also consider that our analog section is a fully discrete, low noise JFET design just like multi-thousand-dollar "statement" DACs.

Advanced Bitperfect Clock Management

Most DACs in this price range is sacrifice every single one of your original music samples to get their magic "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.

USB 2.0, 24/192, Async, Completely Buzzword Compliant

Have high-res music? No problem. Schiit's Bifrost offers a full range of inputs: Coaxial and optical SPDIF, as well as USB. Bifrost's USB is one of the most advanced implementations available today, featuring a high-speed USB 2.0 interface (not 1.1) and asynchronous data transfer to 24/192, based on the C-Media CM6631 USB receiver.

No drivers are required for Macs, and Windows drivers are downloadable for Windows 7, Vista, and XP, etc (Click Here)

Schiit Bifrost is covered by a limited warranty that covers parts and labour for three years. That 3 years. Yes. THREE Compare that to the competition. Please note this doesn't mean free upgrades for three years!

Not Suitable for Linux Systems

Windows Drivers and Setup

Inputs: Coaxial SPDIF, Optical SPDIF, USB

Input Capability: Up to 24 / 192 for all inputs

Input Receiver, SPDIF: AK4113

Input Receiver, USB: C-Media CM6631A with electromagnetic and electrostatic isolation

D/A Conversion IC: AKM Verita AK4490

Analog Stages: Fully discrete, direct coupled throughout

Output: Dual RCA single ended

Output Impedance: 75 ohms

Frequency Response, Analog Stage: 20 hz - 20 Khz, +/-0.1dB

Maximum Output: 2.0V RMS 

THD: Less than 0.003%, 20 hz - 20 Khz

SNR:  >108dB

Power Supply:  5 stages of regulation, including separate supplies for critical digital and analogue sections.

Upgradability: Separate, modular USB Input Card and DAC / Analogue Card are snap-in replaceable.

Power Consumption: 15W

Size: 23 x 17.5 x 6 cm

Weight: 2.3 Kg

*All measurements made on a Stanford Research SR1 or SR1+ Audio Analyser

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