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The Schiit Asgard 2 is the next generation of one of the most popular headphone amps in the world, boasting higher performance and convenience features such as switchable gain and preamp outputs. It's a versatile control center for your desktop system, ideal for most headphones from IEMs to orthos, and with pre outs for powered desktop speakers.
Schiit used what they have learned in Mjolnir to significantly improve Asgard 2s performance. A high-voltage, cascoded JFET gain stage feeds a high-current Class A MOSFET output section. The 80V rails on the gain stage allows to reduce distortions, while retaining Asgard's no-overall-feedback design. Well, except in the gain of 1 mode, which does use feedback but also allows us to lower the noise floor for sensitive IEMs.
Schiit's Asgard 2 offers two gain settings. The gain of 1.5 is perfect for high-sensitivity IEMs, while the gain of 6 is ideal for most other headphones, up to and including many orthodynamics. In addition, the preamp outputs can easily be connected to powered speakers, for a complete desktop system.
Schiit Asgard 2 is covered by a limited UK warranty that covers parts and labour for three years. That's 3 years. Yes Three. Compare that to the competition. Please note this doesn't mean free upgrades!
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.1db, 2Hz-500KHz, -3dB
Maximum Power, 32 ohms: 1.0W RMS per channel
Maximum Power, 50 ohms: 1.0W RMS per channel
Maximum Power, 300 ohms: 380mW RMS per channel
Maximum Power, 600 ohms: 190mW RMS per channel
THD: Less than 0.008%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 1V RMS, gain = 6 mode (worst case)
IMD: Less than 0.010%, CCIR at 1V RMS, gain = 6 mode (worst case)
SNR: Greater than 100db, unweighted, referenced to 1V RMS, in gain mode = 1
Crosstalk: -65dB, 20 Hz-20KHz
Output Impedance: Less than 2 ohms
Gain: 6 (15.6db) or 1.5 (3.5db), selectable via rear switch
Topology: Fully discrete, single-ended Class A with single voltage gain stage, no feedback in gain = 6 mode, 12db feedback in gain - 1.5 mode
Protection: standard muting relay for delayed turn on and fast turn off
Power Supply: Internal power transformer with over 20,000f of filter capacitance
Power Consumption: 30W
Size: 23 x 17.5 x6 cm
Weight: 2.3 kgs
*All measurements made on a Stanford Research SR1 or SR1+ Audio Analyser
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