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Schiit Audio Asgard 3

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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 the first Schiit product.) Asgard 3 features the 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? Choose an internal DAC module to create an all-in-one system:

    • ES9028 DAC. Choose the ES9028 module with Unison USB™ for a world-class delta-sigma DAC for $100.
    • True Multibit Unison USB™ DAC. Or choose our own True Multibit technology, with AD5547 DAC and proprietary DSP-based digital filter, as well as our own Unison USB interface, for $200.

    Choose the ES9028 module with Unison USB™ for a world-class delta-sigma DAC for $100 more. Plus, this unique modular design means Asgard 3 won’t be dumpster-fodder when technology changes—just swap a card!

    Designed and Built in California

    The vast majority of the total production cost of Asgard 3—chassis, boards, transformers, assembly, etc—goes to US companies manufacturing in the US. The chassis are made minutes from our facility. PCBs are done just over the hill from Schiit Audio, or done in NorCal. Transformers are also made in California. You get the picture.

  • 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

    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

    APx555 Report for Asgard 3

    Optional ES9028 DAC:
    USB Input Receiver: Schiit Unison USB™
    D/A Conversion IC: ESS ES9028
    Analog Output: differential I/V conversion based on LME49724, switchable summed SE mode
    Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz, +/-0.1dB
    THD: <0.0008%, 20Hz-20KHz
    IMD: <0.0008%, CCIR
    S/N: >112dB, referenced to 2V RMS, unweighted

    United States / Mexico / Taiwan
    USA Plug (Type B) 115V
    Australia / New Zealand / China Australian Plug (Type I) 230V
    UK / Singapore / Malaysia / Hong Kong UK Plug (Type G) 230V
    Europe / India / Korea / Russia / Thailand / Indonesia EU Plug (Type C) 230V
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    Asgard Owner's Manual x 1
    • Power Cord x 1