It’s been too long since I wrote a Schiit review. I say that because this California based company specializes in high-performance audio components that sell for real-world prices. Take this one, the Jotunheim stereo preamplifier/headphone amp, sold with your choice of a built-in, 192-kHz/24-bit high-resolution digital converter, or a moving-magnet phono preamp for buyers using turntables. My sample had the converter, and right away it sounded spectacular playing headphones ranging from my all the way up to the .
Jotunheim shares a similar design aesthetic with the other Schiit products. The all-metal chassis measures a trim 9x6x2 inches (229x152x51mm), and it has a built-in power supply, so it doesn’t use an external wall wart. Connectivity options aren’t plentiful, though the Jotunheim has balanced stereo analog XLR inputs and outputs, along with stereo RCA ins and outs. The optional moving-magnet phono input for turntables has stereo RCA inputs, or you can order the optional USB input, but you can’t have phono and the USB options in the Jotunheim. The work-around to that problem is easy enough: You could just buy an outboard phono preamp like the Schiit Mani or a Schiit Modi digital converter to use with the Jotunheim.
Build quality of this made in the US component is very decent, and Jotunheim is sold with a five-year warranty. There’s one hitch: It doesn’t come with a remote control, and that might be a deal breaker for some potential buyers.
The front panel has a three position input selector switch, and a low/high gain switch so you can use the Jotunheim with in-ear or full-size headphones, plus two headphone jacks, a 6.3mm and a…