Schiit Bifrost Owner`s Manual

Schiit Bifrost Owner`s Manual
ITEM
OWNER’S MANUAL
FOR
DESCRIPTION
fully upgradable digital to analog converter
MODEL NO
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In norse legenD, Bifrost is the flaming rainbow
bridge connecting the land of the gods
(asgard) to the earth (Midgard).
Yes, rainbows, ha ha.
Tell that to Odin and see what he thinks.
I don’t think you’ll be laughing at him.
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RANDOM NUMBER
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welcome to bifrost!
IN THE BOX
Well, technically Bifrost is more a conduit than a destination.
But let’s get past that. In Norse mythology, Bifrost is the bridge
that connects the land of the gods to the common world—that is,
where you and I live. Which side is which for the Schiit Bifrost?
We’ll let you speculate on that.
ONE
Bifrost DAC
ONE
Power cord
FOUR
Stick-on feet
safety instructions
The following is required by the roughly 9,542 government agencies and regulations we have to comply with.
If you have some common sense, they should seem pretty straightforward. In any case, read these instructions before proceeding farther, follow all instructions, and heed all warnings. Or else!
1. If you don’t know how to install audio devices, get a qualified professional to help.
2. Never use this device near water, and clean only with a dry cloth.
3. Assure adequate ventilation, do not block any ventilation openings, or place near heat sources.
4. Use only the supplied power cord or suitable replacement. Route cords away from traffic areas and protect them from being
pinched. Unplug the cord from the outlet if the apparatus is unused for a long period of time.
5. To prevent electric shock, do not use the plug with an extension cord, receptacle, or outlet unless blades can be fully inserted.
6. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Service is required when the device has been damaged, including cord or
plug damage, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the device, the device has been exposed to rain or moisture,
does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS DEVICE TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
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GETTING STARTED
UPGRADES
1. Connect Bifrost to your source and your
amp or preamp. You’ll need a set of RCA-to-RCA
cables to connect the Bifrost’s outputs to your
amp or preamp, and the appropriate digital cable
or cables (coaxial, Toslink, or USB) to connect
your sources.
Bifrost is upgradable via modular D-A/Analog
and USB Input Cards. Please contact us for any
card purchases and additions. All cards must
be added or changed by authorized service
personnel.
2. If you are using USB and have a Windows
computer, download the USB drivers from
schiit.com/drivers and install them. Instructions
for installing the drivers are provided on the
website. The driver package will install the
correct drivers for Windows XP, Vista, or 7.
3. If you are using a computer source, ensure
it is set to output to the Bifrost. Sometimes PCs
and Macs get confused and want to use internal
speakers, or your powered USB headset, or
whatever. Make sure you’ve selected “Schiit USB
Interface” for USB, or external SPDIF output.
USB Card Addition. For customers who do
not have the USB Card, and want to add it, you
can purchase the card and installation from us.
Contact info@schiit.com to order your USB
card addition.
Analog and USB Upgrades. We’ll announce
selected upgrades when there have been
significant changes in technology—or, in other
words, we won’t be starting a D/A chip-of-themonth club. If you’d like to be the first
to know about upgrades as they become
available, go to your customer account on
schiit.com and allow us to send you email.
4. Select your source using the button on the
front panel. And enjoy your music!
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upgradable
discrete
24/192
32 bit D/A
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230VAC 12W
no user serviceable
parts inside
FRONT PANEL
5
2
3
4
1
1 Input Select. Press
the button to cycle
through Coaxial,
Optical, and USB inputs.
2 USB Input LED.
When this is lit, the USB
input is selected. If you
don’t have a USB card,
you won’t be able to
select this input (it’ll be
skipped.) If you install a
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USB Card later,
the Bifrost’s GigaComputer Brain™ will
automatically detect the
card and allow you to
select the input. Bifrost
is so smart, it might be
able to beat up your old
TI calculator.
3 Optical Input LED.
When this is lit,
the optical input is
selected. Pretty
simple, huh?
4 Coax Input LED.
When this is lit,
the coaxial input is
selected. You probably
already knew this.
5 How Come These
Holes Don’t Go
Through?
Hey, you try getting
FCC-friendly radiated
noise on a DAC that
has vents in the cover.
Go ahead, try. But hey,
they look cool, right?
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BACK PANEL
IN
caution: risk of electric
shock— do not open.
OUT
4
upgradable
discrete
24/192
32 bit D/A
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230VAC 12W
no user serviceable
parts inside
1
1 RCA Outputs.
Connect these to your
preamp, headphone
amplifier, or integrated
amplifier. Not too
tough, huh?
2 Coaxial Input.
Connect your coaxial
output source with . . .
wait for it . . . a coaxial
cable! Very exciting.
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3 Optical Input. Use a
standard Toslink cable
to connect to the optical input. If you’re using
an Apple computer,
you’ll need a Toslink
with a 1/8” (3.5mm)
plug on one side, and
a standard Toslink on
the other.
4 USB Input. Or not.
If you don’t have the
USB card installed, this
input will be covered. If
you do, use a standard
USB A-B cable to
connect.
5 Power Switch. Up
is on. Down is off. It
doesn’t go sideways.
6 AC Input. Plug the
power cord in here.
Plug the other end into
a wall outlet of the
correct voltage. Trying
to run a 115V unit on
230V will result in a
blown fuse, no music,
and a void warranty.
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FAQ
SPECS
My Windows computer doesn’t see the Bifrost via USB?
You’ll need to download the drivers for Bifrost. Go to
schiit.com/drivers and enter your serial number to download them.
Sampling Rates: up to
24/192 for all inputs; all
modes except 176.4 for USB
How do I install the Windows USB drivers?
Follow the instructions at schiit.com/drivers.
Analog Stage: fully
discrete, JFET differential
I installed the USB drivers, but Windows still doesn’t
see the Bifrost—what’s up?
Microsoft. Microsoft is up. The ways of Microsoft are varied and
fickle. Email us and we’ll see if we can help.
Output Impedance: 75 ohms
I don’t get any sound from Bifrost! That’s really zen-like,
but it’s not what I was expecting.
Are your sources on? Check those first. If you’re using a computer
source, ensure that your computer’s sound output is set to go to
the Bifrost via SPDIF or USB.
Can I leave Bifrost on all the time?
Sure, if you want to. It won’t hurt anything.
It doesn’t turn on, what do I do?
Plug it in to a different AC socket. Ensure you are not currently in a
blackout. Then email us if it still doesn’t turn on.
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Frequency Response:
2Hz-100KHz, -1dB
Maximum Output: 2.0VRMS
THD: <0.006%, 20Hz-20KHz
S/N: >105dB
Upgradability: Modular USB
Input Card and DAC/Analog
Card
Power Consumption: 12W
Size: 9 x 6.75 x 2.25”
Weight: 5 lbs
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5-year limited warranty
Schiit Audio warrants to the original purchaser that the product shall be free from defects in material and workmanship
for five (5) years from the date of purchase. If a defect covered by this warranty occurs during this warranty period, Schiit
Audio will repair the defective product, free of charge. Date of purchase will be based on customer-submitted receipts,
otherwise date of manufacturing will be used to determine warranty period. Please note this warranty does not extend to
provide free upgrades for the warranty period.
If you believe you need warranty service, CONTACT US first. There may be a simple solution to your problem. Schiit
Audio products sent back to us without a RETURN AUTHORIZATION (RA) will be returned to the sender without repair. To
contact us and obtain an RA, call (323) 230-0079 or email support@schiit.com. We will respond quickly to either phone
or email messages.
WARRANTY LIMITATIONS
THIS WARRANTY SHALL NOT APPLY IF THIS PRODUCT: (a) IS MODIFIED OR TAMPERED WITH; (b) IS DAMAGED BY
NEGLIGENCE, ACCIDENT, UNREASONABLE USE, COFFEE, OR BY OTHER CAUSES UNRELATED TO DEFECTIVE MATERIALS
OR WORKMANSHIP; OR (c) HAS HAD THE SERIAL NUMBER ALTERED, DEFACED OR REMOVED.
ANY APPLICABLE IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE HEREBY LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE WARRANTY PERIOD (5 YEARS). IN NO EVENT
SHALL SCHIIT AUDIO BE LIABLE FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE BREACH OF
ANY IMPLIED OR EXPRESS WARRANTIES. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED
WARRANTY LASTS OR EXCLUSION OF CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY
NOT APPLY TO YOU.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may also have other rights which vary from state to state or province to
province.
Contact us at: Schiit Audio, 22508 Market Street, Newhall CA 91321 USA, (323) 230-0079, info@schiit.com
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ITEM
NOTES
OWNER’S MANUAL BACK COVER
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment
generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance
with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user’s authority to operated the
equipment under FCC rules.
Application for Council Directives 72/23/EEC, 89/336 EEC
Conformity declared for EN60065, EN55022 Class B, EN50082-1
it happens.
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