Schiit Audio Freya+ Balanced Stereo Pre-Amplifier

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Freya+ is a refinement of the original Freya, with higher performance, more features, and enhanced ease of use. But it’s still a true no-excuses, balanced, remote-control preamp. Switch between passive, differential buffer, and differential tube gain modes, enjoy the fine control of a 128-step relay-switched stepped attenuator volume control with perfect channel matching, and control it all from the comfort of your favorite chair.

  • Whisper-Silent Tube Stage—With Tube Shutdown
    Now, you can enjoy a tube preamp without the hiss and hum of classic designs. Freya+’s all-new tube stage with new-production 6SN7 tubes, DC heaters and semi-circlotron, noise-cancelling output stage is whisper-silent. Better yet, it turns off when you’re not using it! That’s right, both the tube heater and high voltage rails go away when not in use, so you can preserve lifetime of costly tubes.

    Differential Buffer Stage—Versatile Interface
    Freya+’s buffers aren’t just buffers—they’re differential. That means they convert single-ended signals to balanced, so you can interface more easily throughout your system. In addition, you can use it to convert SE sources to drive mono Vidars and Aegirs.

    Easiest 128-Step Relay-Switched Volume, Ever
    The benefits of a relay-switched stepped attenuator for volume are clear. Compared to a potentiometer, they give you essentially perfect channel matching and near-unmeasurable distortion. However, some preamps with relay-stepped attenuators confuse you with buttons and screens. Not Freya+. Freya+ has a volume knob that works just like a volume knob—just grab and turn. And if you use the remote control, the motorized potentiometer changes to match the remote setting.

    Yes, Remote Control Included
    When you’re talking about gear that doesn’t sit on your desktop (like our headphone amps), you need the convenience of remote control for volume, input switching, output switching, and muting. Freya+ includes a custom remote control, standard.

    Perfect Companion to Our DACs
    Want a remote-controlled system to interface your digital gear with the rest of your system? Stack Freya+ and Gungnir Multibit or Freya+ and Yggdrasil (or any other of our DACs) for a true no-compromise remote-controlled system.

    Designed and Assembled In USA
    By “designed and assembled in USA" this is what we mean: the vast majority of the total production cost of Freya+—chassis, boards, transformers, assembly, etc—goes to US companies manufacturing in the US. Our chassis are made minutes from our facility. Our PCBs are done just over the hill from us, or done in NorCal.

  • Compound Differential Buffer
    Gain: 1 (0dB)
    Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.2db, 3Hz-500KHz, -3dB
    THD: <0.004%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 1V RMS
    IMD: <0.0055%, CCIR
    SNR: >120db, A-weighted, referenced to 2V RMS
    Output Impedance: 75 ohms SE, 600 ohms balanced
    Topology: JFET differential amplifier compound pair with equalized-gm followers

    Tube Gain
    Gain: 4 (12dB)
    Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.2db, 3Hz-200KHz, -3dB
    THD: <0.01%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 1V RMS
    IMD: <0.01%, CCIR
    SNR: >115db, A-weighted, referenced to 2V RMS
    Output Impedance: 75 ohms SE, 600 ohms balanced
    Topology: differential triode input with semi-circlotron follower stage

    Input Impedance: 10K ohms
    Crosstalk: >85dB, 20-20kHz
    Inputs: 2 XLR pairs plus 3 RCA pairs, selectable via front switch or remote
    Outputs: 1 XLR pair plus 2 RCA pairs, selectable via front switch or remote
    Volume Control: relay-switched stepped attenuator with discrete thin-film resistors, 128 0.625dB steps
    Power Supply: One 48VA transformer with regulated 300V rail, plus 24VA transformer with regulated +/-18V rails, plus 6.3VDC tube heaters and regulated 5VDC for microprocessor
    Power Consumption: 40W typical
    Size: 16” x 8” x 2” + tube height (about 2.5" more)
    Weight: 11 lbs