Schiit got started when two audio industry veterans decided it was time to shake things up a bit. The two audiophiles are Jason Stoddard, formerly of Sumo, and Mike Moffat, formerly of Theta. Together, they have designed dozens of audio and A/V products, from the Andromeda III to the Cobalt 307 to the DS Pre and Angstrom 200.
So What Makes Your Products Special?
Mike Moffat separately aligns each molecule of every JFET, using a special Absolute Zero containment suit…er, well, no. What makes them special are three things:
Simple, Discrete Circuit Topologies
Almost everything we make uses simple, discrete design on the analog side, and innovative bitperfect management systems on the digital side to avoid asynchronous ample rate conversion. We use Class A designs where practical and single gain stages when possible. We typically don’t use op-amps, integrated or discrete (well, except as DC servos, and in Modi.)
Designed For the Real World
The real world is a complex place. That’s why we design both with advanced instrumentation (specifically, two Stanford Research SR1 audio analyzers, one kitted out with their ultra-low-jitter reference and analysis tools) as well as listening tests with a wide variety of today’s popular headphones (and, on the DAC side, high-power amplifiers from a respected audio manufacturer and a highly resolving planar loudspeaker system.)
Built to Last—But Sensibly Priced
All of our products are overbuilt. They’re intended to be something you can pass down to your children. That’s why we back them with a full 5-year warranty. But, at the same time, our stuff is affordable, because we’ve taken great pains to make it easy to manufacture—so easy, we can make Schiit in the USA for prices similar to Chinese products.