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Got my Yggdrasil back yesterday. I chickened out and stayed with A2 boards instead of going LIM. I forgot just how great this thing sounds. Sep 27, 2022 at 9:21 AM

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    1. Aklegal
      Got my Yggdrasil back yesterday. I chickened out and stayed with A2 boards instead of going LIM. I forgot just how great this thing sounds.
      1. atomicbob, Justin S, zottel and 7 others like this.
      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        I had a similar home-coming a couple weeks ago. I sent my MIL in for a self inflicted RMA. When I got it back it really struck me how good it is.
        Sep 28, 2022 at 10:49 AM
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        This Mother-in-Law talk on SBAF does my head in.
        Sep 28, 2022 at 11:20 AM
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    2. Aklegal
      Hopefully, Schiit only needs to swap out the DSP board or the Motherboard. If the analog boards are bad, I might be side-grading to a LIM.
      1. Azimuth
        It might have taken out a transformer. That is my guess.
        Aug 15, 2022
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    3. Aklegal
      The same storm that took out my beloved plasma also got my Yggdrasil A2. No sound despite it recognizing digital input. I'm left with an LKS 004
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      2. Aklegal
        Insurance may cover, but I don't want to risk a higher premium. The TV was 12 years old. The Yggdrasil at the most might be $700 to fix. The deductible will make it not worth it.
        Aug 15, 2022
      3. Qildail
        That's insurance in a nutshell isn't it? Unless you have a major claim, it's not worth the collateral damage.

        Hope the Yggdrasil comes back cheaper than anticipated...
        Aug 15, 2022
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      4. roshambo123
        Which model SurgeX? I'm amazed things got fried at the other end of a pricey brand like that. Overpriced trash clearly
        Aug 15, 2022
    4. Aklegal
      I think the Denafrips Hestia answers the following question: What would a preamp with the personality of a NOS Dac sound like?
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      3. rlow
        By the way, was the Hestia a new unit?
        Sep 17, 2020
      4. Aklegal
        It is brand new. I just put some very brief remarks up. I am going to give this some time though since it is brand new and so far only has about 4-5 hours on it.
        Sep 18, 2020
      5. rlow
        Yep, good idea. I found Freya+ also changed a fair bit (luckily for the better), although some of that is likely the tubes as well. Of course some break in is actually “between the ears” too ;-)
        Sep 18, 2020
    5. Aklegal
      Sent my Freya S back for a replacement due to a noisey Nexus stage and mistakenly got delivered a Freya+ today.
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      2. monacelli
        Sounds like it may be too much gain. In X4 mode, Freya S adds 12 dB of gain to your chain. If your stereo amp has high gain, and/or you have sensitive speakers, this can easily result in loud audible hiss. For example, when I run Freya S in X4 mode into Vali 2 on high gain, I get the kind of hiss you describe. Flip Vali 2 into low gain, no hiss. Just a heads up in case your replacement unit doesn't fix it.
        Aug 14, 2020
      3. Aklegal
        No, it wasn't gain. Nexus 4X is 12 db gain and so is tube mode on the Freya+. The Freya+ is extremely quiet in my system. My headphone amp has 14db gain in preamp mode and again I have to put my ear to the tweeter to hear hiss. What the defective S put out was more like broadband white noise. Clearly audible through even my midrange drivers.
        Aug 14, 2020
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        Aug 15, 2020
    6. Aklegal
      Currently trying out a Freya S...
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      2. Gazny
        Seem nice for a set and forget option, what was your experience ?
        Aug 8, 2020
      3. Aklegal
        I have had it for about a week. Unfortunately my unit has some issue with the Nexus stage - lots and lots of noisey hiss. Schiit has agreed to replace it so I am awaiting instructions...
        Aug 9, 2020
      4. Aklegal
        Since the Nexus stage is a no go at the moment I have spent a ton of time with the passive mode. It is outstanding. I have 97db speakers and my amp's input sentivity isn't quite 2V so the balanced out from my Yggdrasil is more than enough to drive two of the Freya's RCA out pairs - one to my main amp and the other to stereo subwoofer amps.
        Aug 9, 2020
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    Mar 3, 1978 (Age: 44)
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