Reviews for Ragnarok
"The Schiit Audio Ragnarok is neutral and dazzlingly revealing of the music you feed it. It's capable of lifting veils you may not have known were there, and scaring away the discordant sounds of bad pairings with a few headphones that have earned reputations for being very challenging mates. When it does these things--when it allows the great headphones to be great--it's capable of helping convey some pretty heady high-end Summit-Fi sound.
"One of my favorite headphone amplifiers of all time is the Headamp GSX MK2. It is still my reference solid-state amplifier and can drive almost any headphone to its full potential. The sound is almost perfect: neutral and grain-free with a tiny hint of warmth and enough speed and dynamics to avoid any congestion. The Schiit Ragnarok which was just recently released, is very, very good and is near identical in sound to the GSX; in fact, I myself was unable to tell them apart in a side-by-side blind test comparison! Careful listening told me that the Ragnarok had a more punchy and authoritative bass and the GSX had a more refined high end, but the differences were so small it might have just been my mind playing tricks on me.
The Ragnarok costs only $1700, which is over $1000 less than the GSX and performs much better than any other solid-state I’ve heard at this price; and it can drive speakers too! For me, this is a no brainer.
Schiit Audio has finally created a high-end statement amp that like many of their other products, is practical, affordable, and offers tremendous value for the money. The Schiit Ragnarok receives my highest recommendation for Product of the Year.
First-ever "Audiophiliac Component of the Year" for Ragnarok
"Magnepans aren't known for their bass prowess, but teamed with the Ragnarok the .7's low-end was magnificent. Even so, the .7 still isn't a rock-and-roller's dream speaker, but bass oomph was ahead of what I've heard from the .7 speakers with reasonably priced amps."
"Paired with my KEF LS50 bookshelf speakers again the Ragnarok kicked butt, the speakers really came alive with this amp, dynamics and bass slam were hugely impressive for a small speaker. I also had great results with my Zu Druid V speakers, and it's with those speakers I totally rocked out with the Ragnarok. Bass punch, truly visceral dynamics, combined with a sweet midrange tonality were the fruits of this amp/speaker combo."
"My high-end headphones from Abyss, Audeze, Hifiman, MrSpeakers and Sennheiser can all be fitted with balanced cables with XLR plugs, so I was eager to hear how the Ragnarok would sound with them, and yes sir, the amp's transparency was exceptional. Throw the hardest to drive headphones at the Ragnarok, and it'll take them all in stride."
"It would be worth the price if it were just a headphone amp, but it also does an exceptional job with speakers."
"The Schiit Audio Ragnarok plus KEF LS50s ($1299) is the most enjoyable stereo system I've used in the 21st century."
"Even if the Ragnarok were only a headphone amp or only a loudspeaker amp, it would be worth more than $1700."
"Most important, it's the first amplifier of my experience that plays earth and sky, mind and body, brown eyes and blue, speakers and headphones, with equal narcotic intensity. It likes every type of music."