With all the laptops and smartphones taking up the news in the topic of electronics, it’s rare we hear about anything new in the realm of music and digital audio connectivity. As a device-user, a smartphone-needing, smart thermostat-wanting, and smart home-desiring human being, I rarely think about changing anything about my music collection. I have about 1,000 LPs, and a semi-good record player I bought off eBay years back. Other than that, I listen to NPR while driving, and have some CDs on our bookshelf I can load onto my phone or old MP3 player if I want. Enough about me, I know plenty of folks who stream tunes on their TV’s, play music by speaking commands to Amazon’s Echo, and plenty of other fancy methods.
Believe it or not, there’s even cooler options out there for digital music lovers. Schiit, the funnest name in audio engineering, got started in 2010, when according to the company website, two audio industry veterans got into A/V, audiophile D/A converters, power amplifiers, and tons of headphone “stuff”, as a serious business. The company has now announced a digital converter called the Schiit Bifrost Multibit. Small enough to discretely sit atop of your desk or shelf, Biforst is a dense little thing, measuring a mere 9 x 6.75 x 2.25 inches, made completely out of metal, and weighing 5 pounds.
On the device are three inputs for the audio connectivity of your choice. These include an optical, coax, and USB (for computers, CD, Blu-ray, and gaming consoles), plus the option of stereo RCA outputs for receivers, amplifiers, and powered speakers (Cnet). See, having a Bifrost Multibit basically means you can enjoy your favorite tunes the way music-listening has been steered away from. Do you know how much an MP3 takes away from the original sound of a track? It’s unfortunate we have become stuck in a world with so much music to choose from, from, but with less-than-true quality once it’s gone through the compression of becoming digital. Perhaps the Bifrost Multibit can make it good again. Nothing too technical is required, just enjoy what Schiit claims to be dynamically beautiful and powerful sound. However, the better the digital converter, the more details you will experience.
This isn’t a product for most millennials (excuse me for being a stereotype, but many kids these days thrive off radio and Spotify), but for the music-loving, obsessing and overall hobbyist. I could definitely see myself wanting something like this in the years to come, especially after realizing just because you can get something from the internet doesn’t mean the file is as fancy as its accessibility. Thus, attentive listeners, LP enthusiasts, and the like will find this device from Schiit worth a shot, and want to choose from it’s lovely list of converters. Customers will have to invest $599 in the Bifrost Multibit, which by the way, comes with a five year warranty and 15-day, money-back guarantee!
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