Schiit Audio Jotunheim headphone amp/preamp

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Schiit Audio Jotunheim

If all of the foregoing makes it sound as if I am describing an extremely expensive top-tier headphone amplifier giving of its best that’s because the Jotunheim comes tantalizingly close to providing that level of performance, but for less than £400. It’s £100 DAC module is also so good that I think one would do well to order it, too, even if only to use it as a back-up for an even better DAC (e.g., Schiit Audio’s Modi Multibit DAC, which sells for a still quite manageable £249).

In sum, the Schiit Jotunheim offers heavyweight performance in a middleweight-sized chassis for a bantamweight price. If that’s not an irresistible combination of virtues, I don’t know what would be. Try one, soon!

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Type: Solid-state, fully balanced headphone amplifier/preamp

Analogue Inputs: One pair single-ended RCAs, one pair balanced XLRs

Analogue Outputs: One pair single-ended RCAs, one pair balanced XLRs; two headphone outputs – one balanced 4-pin CLR, one single-ended 6.35mm jack

Other: Internal I/O module port (blanked off with plate as standard)

Dimensions (H×W×D): 15.24 × 30.48 × 22.86cm

Weight: 2.27 Kg

Price: £385

Optional USB DAC module

Type: Fully balanced, solid state USB DAC based on dual AK4490 DAC devices

Inputs: USB Type B

Outputs: Stereo analogue output to Jotunheim’s internal I/O module

Formats: PCM at resolutions up to 24/192

Price: £100

Optional phono stage module

Type: solid state moving magnet phono stage

Inputs: one stereo phono input via RCA jacks

Outputs: Stereo analogue output to Jotunheim’s internal I/O module

Input impedance: 47kΩ

Input capacitance: 100pF

Price: £100

Manufacturer: Schiit Audio

Tel: (323) 230-0079

URL: www.schiit.com

UK Distributor: Schiit Europe

Tel: +44 (0) 1494 956558

URL: www.schiit.eu.com

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