Question purely relating to the amp section of the new Schiit Ragnarok. I am currently using a BasX A300, does the Ragnarok do something differently than the A300, why does it cost so much more? Is it really doing something more sophisticated or is it just markup?
Another thing I am curious about is they both appear to be the same size, why can the A300 put out more watts?
Think of the Ragnarok as a headphone amp that can also drive speakers.... I personally would not spend all that money just to drive speakers. For that price I would much rather buy a pair of Emotiva PA-1 monoblocks which I consider superior to the A-300.
Transport: Sony UBP-X700 UHD-Blu ray player spdif PC using Musiland Digital Times WASAPI via BNC connection - DAC: DC-1->XLR XPA-1 , RCA->Basx A-100 CD: Denon DCD 600 PCM 61 DAC. RCA Amp: XPA-1 gen 2 using XLR connections. Speakers: Axiom Audio m80 V3, Sennheisser HD700 headphones. two pairs 12 guage each bi-wire speaker cables per monoblock Headphone amp: Basx A-100 (INCREDIBLE VALUE!!)
Ragnarok is an integrated amp, which means it has a high-quality preamp built into it, and like mentioned above is a very powerful head amp that can also drive loudspeakers. It is completely different from "just an amp" like an A300 or a pair of PA-1s. The Ragnarok 2 can also be outfitted with an on-board DAC and phono preamp and employs unique amplifier design that many think makes it sound very different from standard amplifiers. I own an original Ragnarok and I think it was well worth the money; Ragnarok 2 is a step up for less money from Ragnarok 1.
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Post by knucklehead on Feb 24, 2020 18:01:57 GMT -5
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