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    Default Schiit Power amps: Vidar

    It seemed an obvious missing product in their line up - so I'm not surprised to see the Schiit have released a power amp: Vidar



    I'm curious as to how it sounds.
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    I'd like to know what "dual mono-ish" means.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    I'd like to know what "dual mono-ish" means.
    This is in the FAQ: " Vidar uses a dual-mono-to-the-transformer design for the main output power supply (the most important place to use it)."
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    Presumably a transformer with a single core assembly but discrete windings per channel, in as well as out? I suspected that might be what they were getting at.
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    Most likely to be a transformer with a single primary winding (fed from the mains) with two separate secondary windings (one for each channel).

    Quad use a similar transformer in their 405 design, but curiously there the two secondary windings are wired in parallel to feed a single bridge rectifier and single power supply for both channels.
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    Well that makes two of my amps "dual mono-ish". Single transformer with single primary and dual secondaries feeding rectifiers for each channel.
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    True 'dual mono' would be two amplifiers that are completely separate and only share the mains input cable/ connector (and perhaps the on/off switch and fuse), but share the same enclosure.
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    This looks interesting, could be a giant killer. Must say I'm tempted to try one once they land over here.

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    Power Consumption: 700W maximum that seems a lot. Funny that Shiit wouldn't go class-D with all the experience they have with DAC's.

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    Theta (the 'donor of design brains' for Schiit) did some damned good stuff back in the day, overshadowed here in the UK because it wasn't Krell or ARC. I do hope Schiit don't abandon their cheap goodies as they establish themselves further up-market.

    http://www.schiit.com/products/vidar

    Looks to be all transformer. the Stereophile review on the integrated shows how they might have been able to do this...

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