Schiit Audio Ragnarok
Schiit Audio Ragnarok is a new amplifier fully suited to driving everything from highly efficient IEMs to speakers. It also has a fully integrated amp and preamp functionality, making it uniquely suitable to be a universal amplifier for all needs. An advanced microprocessor control system manages all aspects of Ragnarok's operation, ensuring superior flexibility, stability, and safety.
"Ragnarok is the reimagination of the integrated amplifier, based on our extensive experience with headphones" - said Jason Stoddard, Schiit's Co-Founder. "Most amplifiers use a separate, inexpensive stage to drive headphones. With Ragnarok, the balanced headphone outputs are exactly the same as the main speaker outputs, delivering up to 100 W into 4 ohms, or 15 W into 32 ohms."
But power is only the start of the Ragnarok story. Where other integrated amplifiers use a potentiometer for volume control, Ragnarok uses a 64-step relay-switched attenuator. It also offers 3 different gain levels (20, 5, and 1) to provide flexibility for highly efficient headphones or more difficult-to-drive speakers. It also breaks with tradition on the output stage, which is a DC-coupled circlotron-style topology that offers simplicity and linearity. Finally, an advanced 16-bit microcontroller monitors and controls all aspect of Ragnarok's operation, including bias, DC offset and protection. This dynamic control allows Ragnarok to dispense with DC servos and coupling capacitors, and enables it to offer rock-solid operational levels that don't drift over time.
Ragnarok offers 3 single-ended and 2 balanced inputs, balanced and single-ended preamp outputs, in addition to balanced speaker outputs and both balanced and single-ended headphone outputs, for ultimate flexibility. Like all Schiit products, Ragnarok is made in the USA, with the vast majority of its total production cost going to companies manufacturing in the USA, and local assembly, testing, and support through Schiit's offices. Ragnarok is available for order immediately, with an estimated shipping time of 2-3 weeks with the price of $1699. Photos by Schiit Audio.