Bifrost 24/192 DAC
Why We Like It
Puns can certainly abound here, but there is no joking when it comes to the performance of Schiit Audio. We also simply can't say enough about how they operate their business - as fellow audio enthusiasts we feel it's the breath of fresh air that the industry needs! Plus, their products are built like a tank and made here in the US.
Bifrost is the DAC that changed the game in affordable digital audio—bringing full upgradability to the most inexpensive platform in the world, and introducing concepts like bit-perfect clock management and modular USB architecture. Now, Bifrost changes the game once again with the all-new Bifrost and Bifrost Multibit.
Bifrost: Excellent Performance With All-New AKM DAC
Choose Bifrost, and you get a great DAC at an amazing price. Featuring the 32-bit AKM Verita® AK4490 D/A converter and a fully discrete stage for summing, current gain and filtering, Bifrost bests all previous delta-sigma Bifrosts—including the acclaimed Bifrost Uber—for a lower price.
Bifrost Multibit: The Most Affordable Schiit Multibit DAC
Choose Bifrost Multibit, you get Schiit’s proprietary closed-form, time- and frequency-domain optimized DSP-based digital filter like Yggdrasil and Gungnir Multibit, coupled to a precision Analog Devices AD5547CRUZ digital to analog converter—a D/A never before used in any other audio product. The result? Ultimate sonic performance in a desktop-friendly form factor.
Future-Proof, Not Dumpster Fodder
With Bifrost, you’re choosing a DAC that won’t become obsolete when technology changes. Unlike all other DACs anywhere near its price point, Bifrost is fully modular and upgradable—making it virtually future-proof, rather than dumpster fodder.
Advanced Clock Management, USB Input Standard
Bifrost uses a sophisticated master clock management system to deliver bit-perfect data to the DAC—unlike many DACs that use asynchronous sample rate conversion (ASRC), which destroys the original samples. And, with our acclaimed Gen 2 USB input now standard, you’re ready for computer, tablet, and even phone-based sources.
ID/A Conversion IC: AKM Verita® AK4490
Analog Stage: Fully discrete, DC coupled
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz, +/-0.1dB, 2Hz-100KHz, -1dB
Maximum Output: 2.0V RMS
THD: <0.003%, 20Hz-20KHz, at max output
IMD: <0.004%, CCIR
S/N: >108dB, referenced to 2V RMS
D/A Conversion IC: Analog Devices AD5547CRUZ
Digital Filter: proprietary Schiit bitperfect closed-form digital filter implemented on Analog Devices SHARC DSP processor
Analog Stage: precision I/V converter and output buffer based on AD8512
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz, +/-0.1dB, 2Hz-150KHz, -1dB
Maximum Output: 2.0V RMS
THD: <0.005%, 20Hz-20KHz, at max output
IMD: <0.008%, CCIR
S/N: >109dB, referenced to 2V RMS
Inputs: Coaxial SPDIF, Optical SPDIF, USB
Input Capability: up to 24/192 for all inputs, including 24/176.4
Input Receiver, SPDIF: AK4113, USB: C-Media CM6631A
Output: RCA (single-ended)
Output Impedance: 75 ohms
Power supply: 5 stages of regulation, including separate supplies for critical digital and analog sections.
Upgradability: Separate, modular USB Input Card and DAC/Analog Card are snap-in replaceable.
Power Consumption: 12W
Size: 9 x 6.75 x 2.25”
Weight: 5 lbs
Bifrost is covered by a limited warranty that covers parts and labor for five years. That’s 5 years. Yes. FIVE. Compare that to the competition. Please note this doesn't mean free upgrades for five years!