Fully Upgradable, Hardware-Balanced, Future-Proof DAC
Schiit Audio's Gungnir offers the company's highly effective Adapticlock™ clock regeneration system in a fully upgradable, hardware-balanced DAC. The Gungnir has 32-bit D/A converters and an advanced fully discrete analog output stage with hardware summing for single-ended output. Like the Schiit Audio Bifrost DAC, Gungnir also offers one of the most advanced asynchronous USB 2.0 input sections available. The USB, SPDIF BNC, and RCA coax inputs as well as the Toslink optical input all offer 24/192 capability.
What's All This About Adapticlock?
So, what's all this about Adapticlock? Well, you probably know about jitter. And you probably know one of the best ways to kill it is with high-precision, voltage-controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) reclocking. Now, that's all well and good, but what happens when you have a source that won't allow the VCXOs to lock? You know, like a satellite receiver or some computers? The VCXOs unlock, and jitter flows right through the system.
In Gungnir, if the VCXOs won't lock, it shifts the entire reclocking network to VCOs. This allows Gungnir to lock to virtually any input and still provide a low-jitter regenerated master clock. The result is higher-quality clocks, despite the source.
End-Game Performance With Hardware Balancing
Gungnir uses two AKM4399 32-bit D/A converters for real hardware balancing. Each phase of the output is separately generated, rather than being converted from a single DAC.
Advanced Discrete Analog Section with Hardware Summing
After the DAC, Gungnir uses fully discrete, JFET-input output stages for current gain and filtering. Following that, discrete, JFET-based summing stages convert the balanced signal to single-ended outputs, so that Gungnir can offer both balanced and single-ended output.
Fully Upgradable, Future-Proof DAC
Worried about rapidly-changing USB input technology? Concerned about future advances in D/A conversion? Gungnir's modular design uses separate, USB Input and DAC/Analog cards. When USB technology changes, we can simply drop in a new, better USB Input Card. When meaningful upgrades to D/A converters come out, we can drop in a new DAC/Analog Card. The result? A virtually future-proof DAC that won't end up in the dumpster.
Advanced Bit-perfect Clock Management
Like Bifrost, Gungnir does not use asynchronous sample rate conversion to simplify clock management. All data is passed through, bit-perfect, to the D/A converter, preserving all the original music samples, whether it's 16/44.1 or 24/192.
USB 2.0, 24/192, Async, Completely Buzzword Compliant
Gungnir's USB input is one of the most advanced implementations available today, featuring a high-speed USB 2.0 interface (not 1.1) and asynchronous data transfer to 24/192, based on the C-Media CM6631 USB receiver. No drivers are required for Macs, and Windows drivers are downloadable for Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP.
Don't Need USB? Cool.
Order Gungnir without the USB 2.0 Input Card and save some money! Add it in for $150 if you need it later.