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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:

Syn, $399. Choose Syn if you want a universal remote-controlled preamp and DAC combo...that also provides surround and headphone outputs, as well as microphone input. It's a do-all device that only needs powered speakers (or amps and speakers) to create a full system.

Choose Syn for:

Easy, universal surround
A great-sounding remote-controlled DAC/preamp
Extending gaming off your desktop

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Saga S 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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Kara and Freya+, from $699. Both are end-game preamps, without the mortgage-worthy price. Both offer perfectly balanced 128-step relay volume, balanced inputs and outputs, and remote control. Kara 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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Rekkr, $149. Want great sound on your desktop? Rekkr is a tiny speaker amp that delivers hiss-free, Class AB performance. You can even run them in mono for two palm-sized monoblocks!

Choose Rekkr for:

Desktop speaker systems
Ability to run in mono 

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Gjallarhorn, $299. Want great sound on your desktop, or in a nearfield system, or even in a small room? Gjallarhorn is a great way to do that, without taking up a lot of space. 

Choose Gjallarhorn for:

Desktop, nearfield, and small room systems
Continuity S™ performance
Ability to run in mono from balanced sources

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Vidar 2, from $799. 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 2 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 2, from $899. Depending on your point of view, this is either a lower-power Vidar 2, 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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Tyr, from $1599. This is our all-out, totally-nuts, Nexus and Continuity™ choke-input monoblock power amplifier. At 50 lbs each, and 2 required for stereo, Tyr is the top of our amp line.

Choose Tyr for:

Ultimate sonic performance for virtually any speaker
High power, 200W into 8 ohms and 350W into 4 ohms
Complete safety with intelligent protection

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Saga+ and Vidar 2, from $1298. 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 2 in size

Freya+ and 2 Vidar 2s, from $2497. 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
Super high power for your speakers 
Perfect match to Gungnir 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. Saga and Freya 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.