I haven't heard it either, but if Schitt is doing their 'Schiit', I expect it to be a very good piece of equipment at its' price point.
I say this after having owned a Modi Multibit, Bifrost Multibit, and a Gungy (non Multibit). Each model up improved upon the former.\
I am also a "value focused" audiophile. Is that PC enough for you? Within the last few weeks I invested in the Mani and was very impressed. Enough to invest in the Modi 2 Multibit DAC shortly after. That may be the best $400 I've invested in my system. I realize that doesn't answer your question, but hopefully their performance extends to the Vidar. They do have a 15 day return policy. In fact I'm considering upgrading the Modi to the Bifrost Multibit.
They were showing one last year and were claiming to have it out by now. Weren't they saying November of last year? There's only two possible reasons it's not out. Either they're having issues producing it, or they're having issues finishing development on it. I'm going to lean in the direction of development issues.
They are available now looks like.
I have one in the trunk of my car. Will listen to it over the weekend and post impressions.
looking forward to your impressions.
I'll ask at the California Audio Show this weekend, they're only there through Saturday (and mostly headphone stuff). I've also been looking at getting some monoblocks to free up some room in my rack.
I live close to Schiit’s brick and mortar store here in Southern California. I’ve not heard the Vidar, but the salesman there said it sounds identical to the speaker taps 60W output from the back of the (more expensive) Ragnarok headphone amp. I’ve heard the Ragnarok through the Salk SongTower speakers they have in the store, and it was pretty good. Nothing extraordinary, but a clean solid state sound. I thought the soundstage was somewhat small, but that could be the limitations of the speakers or the room acoustics?
On Head Fi threads, the Vidar seems to have pleased the crowd. Because it's an Internet Direct brand, not too many have tried it around here. But any amp that can double it's wattage at 4 ohms has my attention. Early returns are good, one owner compared it to his mega bucks Yamaha 2100 integrated, and preferred the Freya/Vidar combo.
I would love to hear a system based around a Vidar and a $50 Schiit Sys as the pre.
Just got two running as mono's driving Magneplan 1.7i. Even without LF crossover'd to subs, the Vidar's really shine with power and grace. Not sure the sonics will improve with more run-ins but I'm very impressed with the Vidar's as they are, less than 2 days out of the boxes. Yes, indeed they do give much more expensive amps a run for the money.
I'm thinking of purchasing one. I believe you have to have a preamp with TRUE balanced outputs to run as monoblocks correct?
That's right, aberyclark.
At the risk of pointing out the obvious, the Schiit Freya would appear to be a perfect match for Vidar given the balanced design of this preamp.
As per the Schiit website, this is an impressive list of “key features” for a $699 mono block amplifier.
- Power supply to output stage is dual mono—and this is where it matters. Modulation on one supply won’t affect the other.
- Massive overkill power supply topology—separate regulated HV rails to voltage gain and driver stages (not stacked, so no modulation with P/S load).
- No caps in the signal path, no DC servo in the signal path, nothing but music in the signal path.
- Current feedback topology is amazingly fast (-3dB above 1MHz before input filter) and measures well, especially for such a simple stage.
- Linear supply, not switching supply, no high-frequency noise to deal with.
- Class AB output stage, not D. Again, no noise or noise-shaping applied.
- 3 pairs of outputs per channel—1.5x more than typical for this power output.
- Rated power output doubles into 4 ohms.
- Microprocessor oversees all important aspects of amplifier operation: current, DC offset, temperature.
- Protection system uses a “least invasive methodology”—no active devices in signal path, no current limiting, no crowbars—just resistors and relays.
- No fan, just a massive amount of heatsinking.
the salesman there said it sounds identical to the speaker taps 60W output from the back of the (more expensive) Ragnarok headphone amp.
I doubt this, as, I believe, much of the development delays had to do with the new topology (not using the same one in the Rag) and the best way to dissipate heat and meet chassis size/cost goals. I'm looking forward to a chance to hear this amp.
A new owner on Audiokarma started a thread with a Vidar review, comparing it to an Emotiva A-300. The Vidar was superior in every way according to the owner.http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/amateur-review-of-schiit-vidar-power-amps-in-single-a...
I'm gonna wait for a real review of this thing before I form an opinion. I was uncomfortable with how the Ragnorok managed bias. I have a friend that heard one and liked it. I have another friend who's got major concerns about the reliability of their gear.
It is their first stand alone speaker amp after all, I’m following owner comments to get an idea too. What I like about Schiit is the head guys are actual amp and dac designers that eat and breathe this stuff. The Five year warranty also helps, but hopefully by the time I’m ready to buy it’ll have a more established track record.
The Bifrost Multibit I bought is pretty amazing though.