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Schiit Freya+ Pre-amp Review

Rate this preamp:

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 93 47.2%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 61 31.0%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther

    Votes: 27 13.7%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 16 8.1%

  • Total voters
    197

MaxBuck

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I'm not against or for tubes. Everything under the sun as they say. I have even been looking at some Conrad Johnson pre's. I just want to do enough due diligence to give myself a good chance at doing something right with my hard earned money that I won't just plain regret..
What's your objective? If it's high fidelity you'll avoid tubes. If it's "sound you like" you may or may not want tubes.

In the latter case it's impossible to predict whether a particular purchase will be "the right thing" because it's based on nonobjective factors.
 

oldtexasdog

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Well what sounds good to me I have found is fat mids (second harmonics?) sparkling highs and tight bass. I seem to like hard to drive speakers with a lot of amperage and headroom. Not for loud volume but for presence.
 

Rottmannash

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I have the Freya+ and typically run it passive but also via the tube buffer- it all sounds good. I have calibrated via DiracLive (for HT) using the passive buffer, as the Freya+ is used as a pass thru from the AVR. When using for stereo listening I like the tube buffer. Even though it's less pristine there's something about it... The great thing about the Freya+ is the option for 3 different buffers. That's why I bought it and don't regret the purchase.
 

egellings

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Tube can do well in preamplifiers, but they have a harder time in power amplifiers.
 

Newsbuff

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Just my 2 cents. Freya S superior to Freya+..Balderdash! I’ve had both. Running with Aegir and distortion at any reasonable level is nonsense. Does sound better with Sylvania tubes to my ears but in any case those that might be considering a tube preamp..plus more, Schiit has a pretty reasonable try or return policy.
 
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I’m very pleased with my Freya + but I am listening to Magnepan LRS+ powered by the Peachtree Gan. 400 and it is the bee knees for my ears. I’m 58 but I just got my hearing tested ( wife said I could not hear her) so I am now in the doghouse for not listening. Anyway I’m glad to report that the Freya + is doing well in my system.
 

milosz

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Yeah, me too - I can hear but I just don't listen.... I also have an eye problem: I just can't see paying attention....
 

Bobo77

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I got itchy with mine after a happy year of use with NOS Tubes…..
Mine is now a Franken-Freya+
 

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