Asgard 3 is a highly powerful, highly affordable, modular headphone amp and preamp that gives you a complete, single-box solution for all your desktop needs. It’s a re-thinking of the headphone amp that started it all (for Schiit, anyway—the original Asgard, introduced in June 2010, was our first product.) Asgard 3 features our unique Continuity™ topology that extends the benefits of Class A output, and accepts all the same modules as Jotunheim and Lyr 3.
The Strong, Silent Type
Asgard 3’s all-new Continuity output stage delivers 3.5W into 32 ohms—a whopping 3.5X more than any previous Asgard—while also running 500mW of Class A bias. What this means is you have tons of power for virtually any headphone—and, since full power is delivered to the ¼” jack, you don’t need balanced headphone cables to take advantage of it. At the same time, Asgard 3’s low noise floor means you are ready for the most sensitive IEMs.
A Complete Desktop Control Center
Select from the internal card or rear-panel analog input, and pick high or low gain with convenient front switches. Connect the preamp output to your powered monitors for a complete desktop system—or use it as a front end to your speaker power amplifier. Asgard 3 provides all the flexibility you need.
Customize to Your Specific Needs
Want more than an amp, without a bunch of boxes on your desk? Select from two different DAC modules, or no module at all to tailor Asgard 3 exactly to your needs. Plus, this unique modular design means Asgard 3 won’t be dumpster-fodder when technology changes—just swap a card!
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.1db, 2Hz-400KHz, -3dB
Maximum Power, 16 ohms: 5W RMS per channel
Maximum Power, 32 ohms: 3.5W RMS per channel
Maximum Power, 50 ohms: 2.5W RMS per channel
Maximum Power, 300 ohms: 600mW RMS per channel
Maximum Power, 600 ohms: 300mW RMS per channel
THD: Less than 0.002%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 1V RMS, high gain mode (worst case)
IMD: Less than 0.002%, CCIF at 1V RMS, high gain mode (worst case)
SNR: More than 115db, unweighted, referenced to 1V RMS, in low gain mode
Crosstalk: Less than -82dB, 20Hz-20KHz, 300 ohm load
Output Impedance: Less than 0.2 ohms in high or low gain mode
Input Impedance: 22K ohms
Gain: High = 6 (15.6dB) or Low = 1 (0dB), via rear switch
Topology: Fully discrete, current feedback with Continuity™ constant-transconductance output stage and stacked power supply rails
Protection: Standard muting relay for delayed turn-on and fast turn-off
Power Supply: Internal 48VA power transformer with 4 separate power supply rails and over 20,000uf of filter capacitance
Power Consumption: 30W
Size: 9 x 6 x 2″
Weight: 5 lbs