it really is on sort loan from the user that has waiting literally months for their review! The Saga costs USD $349 from Schiit direct with stock shipping plus tube. The tube given this device had been the Russian 68HC which will be their clone of 6N8S (dural triode).
The commercial design is typical of Schiit item but as always, with a new switch apparatus and appears:
For reasons too embarrassing to spell out, I’d to open the machine and here, we noticed the analog amount control (which gets changed into electronic), had a good notch on it. I happened to be pleased these people were making use of such as that could prevent the amount control becoming loose, simply to understand the set screw continues on the circular part of the shaft, perhaps perhaps not flat!
Anyhow, returning to the switches, the are microprocessor controlled and feel good. Click on the input one from the left and you also turn between five various RCA inputs. The switch on just the right chooses whether or not the Saga is really a easy pass-through with volume control, or via a hybrid that is active state production stage pre-amplifier. The gain both in instances is zero meaning whatever voltage you devote, is really what you can get away.
The quantity control is an attenuator that is stepped a small number of relays and resistors. Similar group of relays are accustomed to find the right input.
Let us enter into dimensions and determine just just how each mode executes.
Dimensions This being fully a pipe amplifier, we thought I measure I measure its performance in active mode since it driven on to observe how it changes:
While you see, performance is quite stable. There clearly was an extremely small enhancement in one channel as much as about one minute but from then on, there’s no huge difference also only at that magnification. This is an excellent thing while you wouldn’t like to age the pipes more than you need to.
I’m often saturated in complaints about fables audiophiles believe it. In this instance, the above busted certainly one of my personal fables that pipe items need significant heat up to get at stable performance. @SIY had told me personally otherwise but needless to say, I didn’t pay attention.
With that out of the means, let us have a look at our typical dashboard. To actually judge the performance associated with the Schiit Saga in passive mode, we thought we show the indigenous performance associated with sound Precision APx555 on it’s own before routing the production through the Saga:
We come across the tiniest quantity of distortion at 2 kHz (degree at -150 dB) and mains sound (degree at -145 dB).
There is some sound around our primary sign dress. I am able to eliminate of that utilizing the digital (DAC) mode associated with APx555 generator then again distortion increases. Anyhow, we now have a SINAD of 122 dB only at that 2 volt production.
Routing the sign through Schiit Saga at maximum amount in passive mode we have:
There is certainly some mains leakage that could be because of ground loop or leakage for the power supply for the active phase in Saga. In either case, that is excellent performance with simply 2 to 3 dB of loss in comparison to APx555.
I became securing to my chair anticipate massive fall in performance once I started up the pipe:
Wow, this might be extremely respectable! I’ve calculated Schiit DACs with far reduced performance. The offending distortion could be the 2nd harmonic at nearly -98 dB which sets the SINAD/THD+N. There are power associated spikes however they are at -108 dB and lower so do not come right into play.
Overall, this really is one good showing so far!
Let’s measure regularity reaction at maximum amount:
The pass-through mode (in blue) is ruler flat, showing the superlative performance associated with the APx555.
We went the active phase two methods: 1) with standard 100k Ohm input impedance associated with the analyzer (green) and 2) 600 Ohm load of this analyzer. We come across that there’s some droop with 100k Ohm load beginning at 50 Hz and increasing to 2 dB at 10 Hz. This shows a capacitor production phase which may obviously have increasingly higher impedance as frequencies decrease. Switching to 600 Ohm load emphasizes this and magnifies the issue significantly and artificially, providing us 16 dB of droop by 20 Hz.
The 600 Ohm impedance is basically the inverted form of our output impedance bend but let us run the complete dimension to obtain the certain values:
Searching most of the option to the proper, the minimum impedance is 183 ohm. During the entry level of 20 Hz, impedance climbs to 3,130 ohm. Utilising the typical 10:1 guideline, your energy amplifier input impedance ought to be at the very least Ohm that is 30k to regularity dependent/EQ modifications. Place more just, by using reduced input impedance energy amplifier after Saga in active mode, your frequencies that are low 500 Hz or more will attenuate. This might accentuate all of those other range you may like, or perhaps not.
The passive mode has its very own dilemmas right here. Up to now on function the volume has been kept by me at maximum as to help keep the attenuator resistors off the beaten track. As soon as you turn along the amount, you’ll be placing amount that is varying of in the production course and therefore, increase impedance. This can be a production impedance bend in passive mode with amount around 20percent:
The cursor has reached 144 Hz showing an impedance of 2,760 ohm. It is as opposed to simply 21 ohm impedance at maximum amount showing the 20 ohm production impedance of this APx555 analyzer.
Plotting several points on the quantity control gets us this:
So fundamentally, any amount degree significantly less than 50% will probably boost the impedance significantly. Luckily the attenuation isn’t frequency dependent so that the effect just isn’t there as there clearly was with pipe phase. But then turning down the volume may change the frequency response if the input impedance of the power amp changes with frequency and is less than 30k Ohm. Perfection in distortion and sound has this cost.
Conclusions i have to state, we create a fondness with this small pre-amp. We have no clue why it myself as I would never use. It simply appears like a neat mixture of features in quite a low priced package. If you’re hunting for its features consequently they are mindful of disadvantages with regards to its varying production impedance, I quickly do not visit a explanation not to get and play with it. Make use of it as a nicely implemented sound switcher for instance because of the amount control for fine tuning of maximum level.