Reviews for Asgard

The $199 Schiit Asgard 3
Steve Guttenberg

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Schiit Audio Asgard 3 Headphone Amplifier with AK4490 DAC
Christopher Coke, MMORPG.com
"The effect the Asgard 3 had varied from headphone to headphone, but in general, there’s a few big things that it did apart from simply raising the volume. The dynamic over-ears immediately expanded the soundstage. There was also a clearer separation between instruments. Depending on the headphone, songs could be close and intimate or feel wide and spacious.
 
The frequency response of each headphone almost seemed to tighten, as if the slack were taken out of the speaker. Mids and highs have extra sparkle. Bass notes have more definition and control. It’s more musical and precise, making both music and games much more enjoyable to listen to.
 
As a test, I bypassed the AK4490 DAC and connected my work PC to the Asgard 3. The sound profile instantly changed.  Listening to the Meze 99s, that tight controlled bass suddenly became very fat and overwhelming, as if my HP Elitedesk with just sending ALL OF THE FREQUENCIES at one hundred percent. Even on my much more expensive gaming PC, the AK4490 dramatically improved my audio experience.
 
It’s not all about music, though. This effect of running a good amp even to a mid-level gaming headset is like jumping from an SD to an HD screen. The added sense of space and detail provides a legitimate advantage to your ability to hear enemies before they hear you and an added sense of immersion with that widened soundstage.
 
The combination of the Asgard 3 headphone amp with the AK4490 DAC is enough to elevate any content you’d care to enjoy, whether or not your headphones “need” amplification."
 

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