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Choosing Amps & Preamps

Systems for Driving Speakers

New to the world of speaker amps and preamps? Unsure what you need? Confused by the options to integrate with home theater? Don't panic. We'll help explain:


SagaS and Saga+, from $299 and $399.  Choose Saga S for an affordable solid state preamp, and Saga+ for an affordable tube preamp. Both offer a perfectly balanced 64-step relay volume and passive output option, as well as a remote control.

Choose Saga for:

Most preamp bang for the buck (maybe on the planet)
Use with a single Vidar or Aegir for a versatile, inexpensive system
Integration with home theater via true bypass capability

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Freya S and Freya+, from $599 and $949. Here are two end-game preamps, without the mortgage-worthy price. Both offer perfectly balanced 128-step relay volume, balanced inputs and outputs, and remote control. Freya S uses our proprietary Nexus™ fully differential solid state gain stage, while Freya+ offers a true 4-tube differential gain stage as well as passive and differential buffer modes. 

Choose Freya for:

Ultimate flexibility in terms of inputs, outputs, and modes
Use with 2 Vidars or Aegir in mono configuration for higher power output
Integration with home theater via true bypass capability

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Vidar, from $699. Here's the one amp you need–capable of driving virtually any pair of speakers out there with power and authority, and without the "Class D" and "switching supply" compromises you usually see at this price. 

Choose Vidar for:

Exceptional power and control
Complete safety with intelligent protection
Ability to run in mono at 400W into 8 ohms

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Aegir, from $799. Depending on your point of view, this is either a lower-power Vidar at a higher price, or a higher-quality, power-limited amp using our unique Continuity™ constant-transconductance output stage. Both views are valid. 

Choose Aegir for:

Excellent sonics with efficient speakers 
Complete safety with intelligent protection
Ability to run in mono at 80W into 8 ohms

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Saga+ and Vidar, from $1098. In our opinion, this is where everyone should start. Combine Saga+ and Vidar, and you have an amazingly capable, transparent, no-compromise system for just over a grand. Add any of our DACs for a complete "stack."

Choose Saga+ and Vidar for:

An affordable, no-compromise, remote-control speaker-driving system
The highest value to performance ratio
Perfect match to Bifrost or Bifrost Multibit in size


Freya+ and 2 Vidars, from $2347. Now you're getting into serious capability, with Freya+ and 2 Vidars run in mono, for 400W per channel. This system is serious overkill, but sometimes there's no dose like an overdose!

Choose Freya+ and 2 Vidars for:

Exceptional power, headroom, and flexibility
The highest performance speaker-driving system from Schiit
Perfect match to Gungnir Multibit in size, Yggdrasil in width


Ragnarok, from $1499. Want to simplify your life? Ragnarok 2 combines both preamp and amp into a single box—and you can even order it with a built-in phono preamp and DAC for all of your sources. It's the one box you need to do pretty much anything.

Choose Ragnarok 2 for:

Single-box simplicity for all your sources
Balanced and single-ended inputs and outputs
Speaker and headphone driving capability

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Home Theater Integration, $0. Okay, all you "home theater bypass" guys. All of our preamps offer true home theater bypass. Just plug in your processor's front channels to any input, select Passive mode, and turn the volume all the way up. Presto! 1:1 home theater bypass, with only a relay in the signal path.