Choosing a DAC

Digital Sources

Okay, so you want a DAC. And we have a wide range to choose from—from the tiny Modi series to the giant Yggdrasil. All are equally at home in a headphone-based system or a speaker-based system. Let's boil it down by model:


Modi 3 and Modi Multibit, $99/$249. Modi 3 is the three-input, do-all DAC that may be all the DAC you ever need—for a 2-figure price tag. There's also Modi Multibit, featuring our unique true Multibit architecture and DSP-based digital filter. 

Choose Modi for:

Most bang for the buck
Easy setup and great flexibility
Lowest cost Multibit option


Bifrost and Bifrost Multibit, $399/599. Where Modi is about bang for the buck, Bifrost is a complete platform—an upgradable platform that you can use for many, many years in the future. And, Bifrost is available as either a delta-sigma or multibit DAC, for even more flexibility.

Choose Bifrost for:

Exceptional performance and flexibility
Multiple inputs: optical, coaxial, and USB
Assurance of upgradability in the future


Gungnir and Gungnir Multibit, $849/1249. Available in both Gungnir Multibit and standard Gungnir configurations. Gungnir Multibit offers the same digital filter and similar DACs as Yggdrasil, while both models have Adapticlock regeneration, the most sophisticated clock regeneration scheme in the industry. 

Choose Gungnir for:

Excellent performance in both balanced and single-ended systems
Multiple inputs: optical, coaxial, BNC, and USB
Assurance of upgradability in the future


Yggdrasil, $2399. Yggdrasil is a complete re-thinking of what an "end game" DAC should be. As a true multi-bit DAC with a unique digital filter algorithm using D/A converters not used in any other product, it is truly like nothing else out there. It is designed to provide optimal performance for the vast majority of music you already own, without the need for repurchasing everything in exotic formats. Like all of our DACs, Yggdrasil is completely modular and upgradable to meet future needs.

Choose Yggdrasil for:

Ultimate performance in both balanced and single-ended systems
Multiple inputs: USB, AES/EBU, optical, coaxial, and BNC
Assurance of upgradability in the future