The Schiit Audio Folkvangr Headphone Amplifier Uses 10 Tubes and Only 250 Will Be Offered

Timing is everything. The Schiit Audio Folkvangr Headphone Amplifier staying launched when power fees are at an all-time superior and substitution tubes are not precisely cheap, is the ultimate display screen of chutzpah.

We like it. A good deal. Go bold or go household.

The $1,800 Folkvangr is the most high-priced Schiit headphone amplifier so far and an appealing go by a brand that has created its identify giving significant-end factors that are incredibly reasonably priced and produced in The us.

Schiit Audio Folkvangr Tube Headphone Amplifier Front Black
The Schiit Audio Folkvangr will come in black or silver

We assume very little fewer from Jason Stoddard and Mike Moffat and contemporary off our review of the Schiit Audio Ragnarok 2 Integrated Amplifier that has 1 of the most effective inside headphone amplifiers of any integrated amplifier presently readily available, the Folkvangr appears to be even much more intriguing.

The Schiit Folkvangr utilizes 10 tubes and that’s likely to raise some eyebrows at a time when provide chain troubles exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have created tube rolling particularly problematic and high priced.

The past time I experienced to be concerned about 10 tubes was back again in 2001 when I owned the Emotive Audio Sira Pre-Amplifier which used 18 tubes and as excellent as that ingredient was — the tube scenario was less than best.

Jason Stoddard has often been really humorous and his announcement of the $1,800 USD Schiit Audio Folkvangr will make us want to try out it even additional.

So, how do you demonstrate a 10-tube headphone amp that, receives tremendous sizzling, steps terribly, connects your headphones specifically to the tubes, and is launching at a time when tubes, nicely, are however kinda smelly to get ahold of? In brief: you really do not.”Jason Stoddard, Schiit Audio

Schiit Audio Folkvangr Tube Headphone Amplifier Silver Front Right

The initially DC-coupled, output transformerless (OTL) and output capacitorless (OCL) headphone amp, the Folkvangr also consists of an 8X impedance multiplier to boost flexibility with low-impedance headphones. The tube burning Folkvangr is constrained to a 250-piece operate.

“Folkvangr is totally bonkers,” Jason Stoddard, Schiit’s co-founder and head of analog development, said. “There’s no other way to place it. There is no motive for a 10-tube amp that dissipates 100 watts at idle, to generate only about a watt or so at its best. It actions extremely terribly, and it’s not what we’d use for any form of IEM. But it is the answer to a concern which is bugged me for years–what do tubes seriously seem like–and, at the very least to me, it appears really very good.”

Schiit Audio Folkvangr Tube Headphone Amplifier Silver Top Angle

Stoddard even more spelled out that he’s always wondered what a direct-coupled tube amp would seem like, so, a couple years in the past, spurred on by their surplus inventory of 6N1P and 6N6P tubes, he resolved to style one particular. Structure iteration led to what he viewed as a wonderful-sounding amp, so he began the procedure of putting it into creation.

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“We didn’t intend this to be a minimal-edition amp at to start with,” Jason Stoddard admitted. “But tubes have come to be much more costly and significantly harder to get. So, to keep traditional styles like Valhalla 2 in generation, we made the decision to restrict the selection of Folkvangrs we would make.”

Schiit Audio Folkvangr Tube Headphone Amplifier Rear

Stoddard also spelled out he didn’t anticipate Folkvangr to be a major seller in any circumstance, since it is a very very hot-working, impractical amplifier that doesn’t place out an specifically significant amount of electricity.

For all those who are interested in Schiit’s all-out tube headphone amp, Folkvangr works by using a complete of 10 tubes–two matched 6N1Ps for input and voltage acquire, and eight 6N6Ps for output. 8 independent DC servos maintain the output tubes at a minimal amount of offset, and an analog-computer-design and style safety system screens and mutes the output in case of any tube mishaps.

At idle, the 10 tubes run 7.2A of heater existing and 100mA of standing bias.

In addition to the tubes, Folkvangr offers a switchable impedance multiplier—an electronic circuit that operates similar to a transformer. Stoddard emphasizes this is “not a buffer, it’s output is in parallel with the tube stage, and has the identical distortion profile.”

Schiit Audio Folkvangr Tube Headphone Amplifier Front Black with Headphones

The impedance multiplier makes 32 ohm headphones seem like 256 ohm headphones to the amp, which is a much much better load for tubes. The impedance multiplier is also fully switchable out of the circuit, so owners can opt for to use only tubes.

The Folkvangr also attributes an outsized, 400VA transformer and discrete-controlled substantial-voltage rails at +/-100V and +200V. Coupled with over 10,000uF of filter capacitance (indeed, on a tube amp), the headphone amplifier is surely overkill.

Schiit Audio Folkvangr Tube Headphone Amplifier Internal

Potential buyers could also notice the new-design, new-form-issue chassis style and design, which offers optimum tube publicity for most effective warmth dissipation.

Like all Schiit products and solutions, Folkvangr is produced in the USA—specifically, developed and and created in California. The wide majority of the whole expense of the item, like chassis and Computer boards, go to US-centered providers production in the Usa.

Folkvangr is out there to purchase now at Schiit.com for $1799.

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