(Editorial Note: The AVguide.com news desk received word that Jason Stoddard, who describes himself as the "designer of Sumo products in the 90’s that included Andromeda III, Polaris II, Diana, Artemis, Theorem and Axiom," had teamed up with Mike Moffat, formerly of Theta, to found a new company with the unlikely name of Schiit Audio.
Regarding the company name, Jason Stoddard wrote in a recent note to The Absolute Sound editor Robert Harley, “PS: And yes, that is our name, a proud Germanic moniker pronounced Shih-tah . . . er, well, maybe not. But even though the name is playful, the engineering is dead-serious.”
The new firm specializes in the design and USA-based manufacture of high-end headphone amplifiers to be sold at surprisingly affordably prices on a factory direct basis. We present the Schiit Audio press release, below, along with some images of the new products.)
6/1/10—Newhall, CA USA. Schiit Audio introduced its first products today, the Asgard and Valhalla headphone amplifiers. Designed for use with audiophile headphones, Asgard and Valhalla set new standards for performance and aesthetics at their price points.
Asgard is a fully discrete, Class A, single-ended FET headphone amplifier with no overall feedback and a noninverting circuit topology. Its high-current design makes it uniquely suitable for low-impedance headphones. It is priced at $249, direct from the manufacturer.
Valhalla is a fully discrete, Class A, single-ended triode headphone amplifier with no overall feedback and noninverting circuit topology. It provides classic tube sound and can drive headphones with impedances as low as 32 ohms. It is priced at $349 direct from the manufacturer.
“We think we’ve reset the price-performance bar with these products,” said Jason Stoddard of Schiit. “We are designing and manufacturing in the USA, providing innovative circuit topologies which deliver amazing performance, and selling at super-competitive prices.”
Both Asgard and Valhalla are covered by a limited 5 year warranty, with the exception of the Valhalla tubes, which are covered by a 90-day warranty. Replacement tubes are available from the manufacturer for $20 for a pair of matched input tubes and $30 for a pair of matched output tubes.
Asgard and Valhalla are made in the USA, primarily of USA-sourced components. Innovative engineering has allowed Schiit Audio to keep the overall prices of their products similar to those from Chinese companies manufacturing in China.
Schiit Audio is a US-based manufacturer of headphone amplifiers. Founded by Jason Stoddard, formerly of Sumo, and Mike Moffat, formerly of Theta, Schiit is dedicated to providing great-sounding, high-quality products made in the USA for highly competitive prices.
For more information visit: schiit.com