Schiit URD CD Transport SOON?

A non-working model of the long rumored Schiit URD CD Transport has started showing at hifi shows. The device was shown in the Schiit Booth at T.H.E Show in California a week or so ago.

Here’s the article:

New photo from the T.H.E. Show display:

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I received an Urd and have been having problems with the transport recognizing disks. About half of the time it will work properly then I have to reset it by unplugging. I tried a Moon Audio Silver Dragon USB C to B cable (which works fine from another source directly into the DAC) but I kept getting the broken USB icon on the transport. I used an AES/EBU to connect and it does sound very good. I have a Jays CDT2 Mark 3 which does sound better but not superior, I would say that the Schiit is about 85% of the Jays. My DAC is a Denafrips Terminator II 12th.

which does sound better but not superior

Humm, isn't something that is better by definition superior to the other thing? Seems like it to me.


I received an URD on 7/24.  No problems reading CD disks (or CDRs).  It did not sound too great right out of the box, but now that I have 35 hours of break in, it is starting to sound really good.  I suspect that it will get better still by the 100 hour mark.  I have so far been using the SPDIF coaxial output exclusively, feeding a Denefrips Pontus II 12th.

My experience with the break in issue does not surprise me; similar things have happened with other components of various manufacture.  It will be interesting to see just how good the URD gets when it is fully broken in.  If it comes within 90% or better of the Jays Audio unit, I would say it is a bargain.  I will post further when I reach 100 hours.



Break-in for a digital signal is something I can’t comprehend 100% I suppose it’s real so no direct argument here. But, 1’s and 0’s going to an already broken in DAC? 


The parts/boards (even wires if it has any) need break in to sound their best