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Wyrd USB Decrapifier Launches

06/25/2014

Cures USB Dropouts, Noise, and Other Problems
 
June 24, 2014, Valencia, CA. Today, Schiit Audio announced the immediate availability of its new Wyrd USB Isolator, or, more colloquially, the Wyrd USB Decrapifier. Wyrd isolates USB-input DACs from power supply noise from computer USB sources, eliminating strange noises, dropouts, and power management problems with USB audio interfaces. 
 
“If you’re having trouble with your USB-input DAC from a computer source, Wyrd may be the perfect answer,” said Jason Stoddard, Schiit’s Co-Founder. 
 
Schiit has measured USB power supply noise up to 400mV p-p on computer USB outputs. Wyrd replaces this “dirty” power with clean power from a linear supply with ultra-low-noise (2.5uV) voltage regulators—more than 100,000x less than what comes out of some USB ports. It also repeats the USB signal with a low-jitter, 20ppm crystal oscillator, with its own local low-noise power supply for higher performance.
 
“Some of our early listeners also claim that Wyrd improves sonic performance, as well,” Jason continued. “But we’re not going to say this. Bottom line, it’s a great way to solve some irritating USB audio interface problems. That’s it.”
 
Like all Schiit products, Wyrd is made in the USA, with the vast majority of its total production cost going to companies manufacturing in the USA, and local assembly, testing, and support through Schiit’s Valencia, CA offices. 
 
Wyrd (pronounced “weird,”) is available now on the schiit.com website for $99. 
 
About Schiit Audio
Founded in June 2010 by audio industry “old dogs” Jason Stoddard and Mike Moffat, Schiit Audio has a simple, if somewhat insane, mission: to bring superior performance, design, and quality to audio products at near-Chinese prices, while manufacturing in the USA.
 
Jason Stoddard was the former engineering lead at Sumo, designing power amps that included Polaris II, Polaris III, Andromeda III, Ulysses, Ulysses II, The Ten, The Five, as well as preamplifiers including Athena II, Diana, and Artemis, and Sumo’s first digital line: Axiom and Theorem.
 
Mike Moffat was the founder of Theta, Theta Digital, and Angstrom, and his audio history covers an impressive list of firsts, including the first standalone DAC, the Theta DSPre, the first use of digital signal processing and bit-perfect digital filter algorithms, the first DTS surround processor, and more.