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Schiit Freya S vs Freya + in Solid State Mode

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Hey everyone! Looking to see if (ideally) anyone has experience with both of these, if not one or the other, so that I can gather some feedback on how the solid state modes perform on each. The Freya S features Schiit's Nexus gain stage whereas the Freya + is a JFET-based gain stage.

Also, is it safe to assume that the passive modes are identical?

Looking to pair one of these versions with some Dynaudio LYD-48 monitors.
 

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If you are looking for subjective comments, SBAF has a ton comparing the two as well as different operating modes. From an objective view, both preamps measure very clean and the differences are inaudible. If you want a tubey sounding preamp, shop elsewhere.

For the record, I own a Freya S, had a Freya, and use an original Saga in my desktop system. Once level matched, I hear no difference between the passive and tube mode in the Saga.
 
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Although I‘ve never heard either (I did own a saga though) , I doubt there would be any audible difference. The nexus stage, as far as I understand it, makes the the gain from both balanced I/O and single ended I/O the same.

So if your switching in between the two in your system I would get the S.
 
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The S is what Schiit recommended as well but then I found out that they've discontinued the S so I was hoping that they weren't just trying to push it.
 

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The Freya S is still being made, the Saga S has been dropped. My information could be wrong. I would not spend the extra on the + unless either 1) you really want tubes, or 2) you like the look (they do look really cool).
 
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Trying to get a definitive answer as to whether the buffer stages in each are the same - I thought I read that they were different.

Also wondering if I'm not just better off sending Coax out of my PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter to the RME DAC and using the latter as a preamp for all three sources (PC/CD/LP). Is the extra A/D/D/A conversion worse than introducing another component into the signal chain?
 
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Trying to get a definitive answer as to whether the buffer stages in each are the same - I thought I read that they were different.

Also wondering if I'm not just better off sending Coax out of my PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter to the RME DAC and using the latter as a preamp for all three sources (PC/CD/LP). Is the extra A/D/D/A conversion worse than introducing another component into the signal chain?
They are different.. Technically different, but fundamentally the same. My guess is that they sound the same. The tubes of the Freya + would sound different of course.

If you already have all the equipment and just need a coax cable why not just try that? Unless you really want to keep the turntable all analog, you don’t really need the Freya.
 
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They are different.. Technically different, but fundamentally the same. My guess is that they sound the same. The tubes of the Freya + would sound different of course.

If you already have all the equipment and just need a coax cable why not just try that? Unless you really want to keep the turntable all analog, you don’t really need the Freya.
I think I am going to experiment with that for a bit before making a decision on a Freya.
 

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