Schiit Audio Ragnarok 2 integrated amplifier Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Analog sources: Kuzma Stabi R turntable & Kuzma 4Point 11" tonearm; Hana ML MC phono cartridge, Thorens TD 124 turntable & Jelco 350S tonearm; Denon DL-103 MC cartridge.
Digital sources: BorderPatrol DAC SE, Tascam CD-200iL CD player, Asus laptop running Tidal.
Preamplification: Auditorium 23 SUT, Bob's Devices Sky SUT, Shindo Allegro.
Power amplifiers: Shindo Haut-Brion.
Integrated amplifiers: Schiit Audio Ragnarok.
Loudspeakers: DeVore Fidelity Orangutan O/93, Klipsch Forte III.
Headphones: Master & Dynamic MH40.
Cables: Digital: Mytek (USB). Interconnect: Shindo Laboratory, Triode Wire Labs Spirit II. Speaker: Auditorium 23. AC: manufacturers' own.
Accessories: IsoTek EVO3 Aquarius line conditioner, Salamander five-tier rack; IKEA Aptitlig bamboo chopping boards (under preamp, power amps); Mapleshade maple platform (15" × 12" × 2", under turntable), mahogany blocks (2" × 2" × 0.5"); 3"-thick studio-treatment foam damping (ceiling, walls).
Listening room: 12' L × 10' W × 12' H, system set up along long wall; suspended wood floor, 6"-thick walls (plaster over 2×4), wood-beamed ceiling.—Ken Micallef

Schiit Audio
22508 Market Street
Newhall, CA 91321
(323) 230-0079

PeterG's picture

Great review! I'm a big fan of Schiit DACs, and I have no doubt the Rag 2 is a fine piece of gear. But when you say a $2K integrated reproduces Ella better than any amp you've had in house, it really begs the question of what other amps you've had in house. Please advise on some of the amps Rag 2 edged out. Thanks

invaderzim's picture

and a big factor is if he's played that on all the amps because his past reviews have covered some pretty impressive amps:

Is it a common album he uses when reviewing? Making it: "the best ice cream I've ever had" or is it an album he hasn't used much in the past when reviewing making it: "the best ice cream I've ever had while wearing purple"

Ortofan's picture

... more "solid, generous sound" than the Parasound's Halo Hint 6?

Would like to see a comparison with the similarly priced Denon PMA-1600NE, which also has a built-in DAC and phono pre-amp.
The PMA-1600NE won a comparison test conducted by Hi-Fi Choice.

Alex_San's picture

I wonder why you switched from Forte 3 to DeVore? Was the pairing with the Klipsch lacking somehow?

tonykaz's picture

It still has it's On/Off Switch deep in the back, which seems to be a stubborn obsession of it's designer. ( and a stubborn obsession of mine to complain about )

I've owned a handful of Schiit products. I don't see them as a hair shirt Audiophile outfit but their designs sound good and are reliable. ( they re-sell on eBay for 80% of retail )

These Schiit guys have been around for a looooooong time, ( almost as long as PS Audio ). They've always delivered super high performance gear evidenced by Mr.Micallef jumping to be the "First" to have this one for review.

Mr.MIcallef's review didn't mention the the best thing about this Amplifier : it's made by an Outstanding Audio Company that stands behind it's products and it's customers.

Second Best thing: Price

Tony in Iowa

ps. how about a daring review of a complete Schiit based Audio System?

RockMan85's picture

I am concerned about the comments the author made about the bass. I am primarily a hard rock, metal & electronica kind of person. Bass is my life, while Steve Guttenberg said he loved this amp for rock, I am concerned about the bass sounding wussy. Especially since I have 4 ohm speakers, which would mean an even lower damping factor (40) for this amp. Anyone have any direct experience?

hemingway's picture

Hey Ken or users of the Rag2, this is somewhat implied in the review since it looks like you used the Rag phono stage with your SUT for all vinyl evaluation. But, can you add a few words about your thoughts on the abilities of the phono with external SUT as compared with one of your reference phono stage(s)? Your review comments on the DAC capability as opposed to external DAC. What about a similar phono evaluation?