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Review and Measurements of Schiit Yggdrasil V2 DAC


Active Member
Feb 22, 2018
Really? I'm looking for a good one with comparative amplifier measurements.
If you mean speaker amps, I can't help you. The sites I had in mind mainly deal with headphones, headphone amps, and DACs.


Patreon Donor
May 19, 2019
Cologne, Germany
Another disputed measurement was the degradation of THD+N in Gen 2 analog board of Schiit Yggdrasil when measuring unbalanced RCA connections. Here is the original measurement in my previous review of Schiit Yggdrasil:

We see that sharp rise in distortion as frequencies get lower.

Here are the measurements I just made but with 90 kHz bandwidth so that the THD+N is correct to 20 kHz:

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As we see in the pink measurement, the same problem is absolutely there in the unit I am testing which is the latest with Analog board 2. There is a regression in performance here which Schiit needs to investigate.

BTW, here are Jude's measurements of the same:

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I tested two different Schiit Yggdrasils with A2 boards and I get a different results than his. Conclusion?
This review is incredibly insightful. It amazes me how some manufacturers bullshit earnest audio enthusiasts and the general listening public with brand names, big boxes, big sticker prices, and "bullshit baffles brains" fancy websites and marketing talk. It's really a lesson in avoiding making purchase decisions based on proxies for actual sound quality and technical performance.

I get why the review of the Yggdrasil is so contentious; it basically exposes the fact that a lot of people got conned out of a lot of money.

Thanks @amirm for the work you're doing; this is genuinely contributing to people having a better experience when listening to their favorite music or content. I also think that this kind of transparency is great for the audio industry as a whole, as it will force manufacturers to focus on technical performance and innovation.
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