Can anyone compare to a Schiit Asgard 3 w/ multibit DAC?

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whodiini
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Nov 25, 2020
So I bought a Asgard 3 with the built in dac which is not multibit. Then I bought a very similar amp, the smsl and the mono price thx. The Asgard is richer sounding but noisier. Thx was cleaner and I eventually sold the Asgard 3 for the thx. Less noise is less listening fatigue. I was just comparing the amps. There are smaller differences between the thx amps. The mono price is the best built. The mass drop is next followed by the smsl.
dj_toast
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May 4, 2020
Not really fair to compare because, well, one has a DAC because of the modular nature of the product and the other does not. However, as far as the amplification stage is concerned, do you want an all-in-one solution with single ended inputs or a balanced option? What are you attempting to drive? Are you just using this as a desktop setup for headphones or are you looking to add additional peripherals? These are some of the questions you should ask yourself, the answer should be readily apparent after.
zraven
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May 4, 2020
Thanks for the reply. I know its not exactly an apples to apples comparison, and I’m new to the audio world... Currently using my MacBook -> Schitt Asgard 3 -> Audeze LCDi3. Not balanced, just a 3.5mm jack. I realize I’d need to pair with a DAC as well. I guess my question was more “how does the 789 w/ a recommended DAC compare to the Asgard 3 multibit.