Schiit’s Bifrost is one of their line of upgradeable DACs … and was the 2nd of their products that I originally purchased when I got back into headphone-listening in 2012 (or so). Back then it was offered with an optional USB-input and an AKM 4399 D/S chipset. Today the USB Gen 5 input is standard, it runs an updated analog section and a 4490 series DAC and comes in at the original price.
Since it’s launch it has received the largest number of upgrades of any of Schiit’s upgradeable products (Uber DAC/Analog board, AKM 4490 DAC/Analog board, Multi-bit DAC/Analog board, USB Gen 2 board and USB Gen 5 board).
It is the multi-bit version I am most interested in here, however.
And, for a while, the multi-bit version was rather hard to distinguish from the much less-expensive Modi Multi-bit. There were, for sure, benefits to the Bifrost multi-bi (Bifrost MB), especially with the advent of the USB Gen 5 option, most notably in terms of resolution and clarity, but it was a close run thing.
Having spent a good amount of time with a bang-up-to-date version (October this year) iteration, it is very interesting to hear how things have changed.
So … ahead of a formal review, and comparison to the rest of the Schiit multi-bit line-up, this is the spot to discuss the Bifrost … in both D/S and Multi-Bit forms.