Schiit Vidar Impression Thread - UPDATED WITH REVIEW (CHECK FIRST POST)

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  1. Rotijon

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    OFFICIAL REVIEW POSTED BY @MARVEY HERE

    Lets talk here.

    I recently just sold my amp, so this one is under consideration. Would love the impression of my american counterparts who are likely able to pick it up way before me.

    I have to admit, looking at the 699 pricetag, its hard to believe it really is a no compromise amplifier (except in topology probably).

    I'm probably one of those schmucks that the industry prey on by charging as much as i can bear, which is quite a bit higher since i'm used to that 3-4k for a budget amplifier price range (i buy second hand).
     
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    @zerodeefex is going to buy one and send it to me.
     
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    Need to find out if it bests the JLH with the moths :)
     
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    Just placed my order. Let's hope i'm in the first batch!
     
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    Looking forward to your impressions!
     
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    I ordered two Vidar amps this morning. I already have the tracking numbers and they will arrive tomorrow. My Tekton Design Double Impact speakers arrive tomorrow as well. Perfect timing. My plan is to test one Vidar in stereo mode and two in monoblock mode. The speakers are a 4 ohm design and Vidar is not rated in monoblock mode at 4 ohms. I will try playing at listening levels a bit above what I would consider maximum to see if there are any issues with the amps shutting down.
     
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    After hearing the prototype at Axpona, I've also just ordered!
     
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    I'm interested in any issues with sound quality degradation in mono mode, looking forward to your evaluation.
     
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    winders Compensating for micropenis

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    Why would there be degradation in monoblock mode? If anything, I would expect it to sound better compared to a single amp in stereo mode.
     
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    Because when you bridge a stereo amp to mono, the speaker impedance is halved. The amp then must draw twice as much current to produce 'x' power. If the output stage of the amp isn't designed for that, sound quality can suffer. Caveat-I'm as far from being an EE as a person can possibly be (proof-World's Slowest Crack Build), and I'm guessing that since these amps are designed to be run in mono mode, all is well from Team Schiit. Still, as I said, I'm interested in a subjective evaluation. I have heard bridged amps before that did not sound good relative to their stereo mode...
     
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    But its not a mode, and I don't think its bridged.

    Isn't it just essentially becoming a balanced amp?
     
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    Vidar is designed to be used in monoblock mode. It's not bridged. There are clues here:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Don't have even a notion. My post above was not meant to speculate on the architecture of the Schiit amp, about which I know nothing. Again, I'm fairly certain the boys at Schiit have this covered, but as I said, still interested in an ear test.
     
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    Any questions I may have had are now resolved...
     
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    Taken from schiits site

    "Wait. How does the monoblock mode work?
    It’s not a mode. It’s just the natural result of driving each channel with one half of a truly balanced signal. That’s why you need a preamp with balanced outputs. And that means REAL balanced outputs, not just XLR connectors."
     
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    Thanks man!
     
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    That's what bridging is.
     
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    Very curious about these, not sure they will like the Maggies impedance curve..dB
     
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    Sell the Maggies then :)
     
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    Or not


    And resurrect the behemoth.


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    But VIDAR will be so much easier :cool:

    ..dB
     
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