Less Is Really More - Schiit's New Yggdrasil DAC - Less Is More

So, over the past week I have been auditioning the new Schiit Yggdrasil Less Is More Variant DAC.  In my opinion it is a significant step up from the analog 2 version of the original yggy and should be on everyone’s list to audition if you in the market for a new dac. So what makes this DAC so special ?.  First, music originates from a deep space black background and has a smooth liquidity that is just incredible to hear.  I have never heard a black ground like this.  There is a clarity that gives the effect of lifting a thin veil off my speakers.  The highs are refined but not harsh whatsoever and you can listen to this dac hours on end and never get fatigued...something I can't say about other schiit dacs I have owned in the past.  Some reviewers have said that this version rolls off the highs, but to me  everything sounds just right.  All the music is there and seems natural.  It's just that the highs never get fatiguing...perhaps this is due to the roll off effect that others have talked about.  To me, this dac sounds very evenly balanced throughout the frequency spectrum with nothing emphasized more than others.  The Timbre on this dac is the most realistic I have heard...bar none.  Piano, snare drums and cymbals just sound so real.  The bass is very detailed with great texture.  It may not have as much bass slam or bloom as the original yggy or an ESS Sabre dac but this definitely has more detail and texture.  The separation of instruments, depth and layering is incredibly realistic as well.  During complex passages I have never detected any congestion whatsoever.   Schiit dacs have a reputation for long warmup times but this less is more version only took about a day to come alive and I have not detected any other changes since.  Like all schiit dacs, you still need to leave this unit on 24/7.  If you are in the market or considering a change you should put this on your list to audition.  Schiit hit a home run with this DAC in my opinion and mine will be staying.  Note, I have no affiliation with Schiit nor am I a reviewer...just posting my experiences which are based on listening in my system.  YMMV.


@jjss49 "does the lim yggy still have that relay click when sensing a different sample rate of music sent to it?  i was forever hoping mike and co would address that..."

Yes, it does. I actually kinda like it as it's a audible clue that the sample rate changed.

I agree with the OP's assessment of the LiM Yggy. Within 2 weeks of having it I knew I would not be DAC shopping again for quite some time. I guess it's possible it wouldn't be a good match for a more rolled-off speaker or system, Idk. But to me, it's blissful. It's just so natural and comfortable to listen to for hours on end.

@shooter41 10-4. I’m happy with my upgrade from the Yggdrasil GS (Garage Sale) which included the newer analog cards as well as the LiM chip. It surprised me that all this DAC controversy focused on a single 8-pin chip while the analog boards took up all most all of the real estate. With the upgrade, I found the sound stage much more cohesive and imaging that made more sense. There wasn’t a sound which strayed off the stage as before, more relaxing, I could trust it more.  

Yeah...Bifrost 2 upgrade for 300 bucks with 4 converters to make it balanced and mo betta...you pop it in and use a mini card to set it up.


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My Mytek Brooklyn smoked it. 

Ahh yes. The ole "smoked it" comment. Mostly used by teenagers and millennial boys who drive Honda Civics with fart can mufflers.