This is an immaculate Freya purchased October 1, 2018, sparingly
used in a non-smoking child free environment. I am the original owner; moved, downsized, granddaughters
took over the music room, and here we are.
Retail $997 (Preamp w/tubes $799 + LISST “Tubes” $198).
No marks, scratches on any surface, it is in excellent
condition and operates perfectly. Comes
with the upgraded remote, Tung-Sol 6SN7 (new) tubes with less than 10 hours on
them ($100), plus a Quad set of the LISST “Tubes”, allowing you to run it as a
solid state ($198):
Responding to customer
needs, Schiit Audio announced the availability of its LISST “solid state tube”
design in octal form, to fit the Saga and Freya preamps directly.
“Octal LISST allows
our customers to convert Saga and Freya into all solid-state preamplifiers,”
said Jason Stoddard, Schiit’s Co-Founder. “So if you don’t want a tube preamp,
you don’t need to settle for one—just choose LISST.”
Cost includes the PayPal fee and FedEx shipping, insured,
signature required, to lower 48. You are probably familiar with Schiit products
– this is one of the best. From their site:
A no-excuses balanced, remote-control
preamp! Switch between passive, active JFET buffer, and tube gain modes, enjoy
the fine control of a 128-step relay-switched stepped attenuator volume control
with perfect channel matching, and control it all from the comfort of your
favorite chair—for many times less than you’d expect to pay.
Run Freya in passive mode for a convenient remote-controlled
passive preamp that’s ideal for many systems. If you need to drive long cables,
you can simply select the JFET buffer stage, or choose the tube gain stage—a
serious gain stage running on 300V rails.
Most preamps—passive or active—use a potentiometer for
volume control. Freya uses a sophisticated microprocessor-controlled
relay-stepped attenuator for perfect channel matching and zero distortion—and
with 128 steps for ultra-precise level control. You can hear it clicking as you
turn the volume up and down.
When you’re talking about gear that doesn’t sit on your
desktop (like our headphone amps), you need the convenience of remote control
for volume, input switching, output switching, and muting. Freya includes a
custom remote control, standard.
It is a very impressive piece. Positive review/comments
abound; here are a few:
"The Schiit Freya is better built than any $1,500 tube
preamp I'm aware of. Schiit has a real knack for making serious audiophile gear
that's also affordable.
“The Schiit Freya stereo preamplifier is without doubt a
superb performer, and its rare flexibility will appeal to audiophiles who want
to get into tube electronics without going overboard."
Now I've had Freya in my system for a couple of months, I
thought I'd share some impressions. In short it has stepped up my 2-channel
setup from "great with compromises" to "no-holds-barred spooky
good, freaks me out most times I listen to it".
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.2db, 3Hz-500KHz, -3dB
THD: <0.001%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 2V RMS
IMD: <0.0015%, CCIR
SNR: >110db, A-weighted, referenced to 1V RMS
Output Impedance: 75 ohms SE, 600 ohms balanced
Topology: Single pair JFET per phase with passive distortion cancellation, DC
Gain: 2.5 (8dB)
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.2db, 3Hz-200KHz,
THD: <0.01%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 2V RMS
IMD: <0.01%, CCIR
SNR: >95db, A-weighted, referenced to 1V RMS
Output Impedance: 210 ohms
Topology: differential input/output, pure triode, with low
Input Impedance: 10K ohms
Crosstalk: >75dB, 20-20kHz
Inputs: 2 XLR pairs plus 3 RCA pairs, selectable via front
switch or remote
Outputs: 1 XLR pair plus 2 RCA pairs, selectable via front
switch or remote
Volume Control: relay-switched stepped attenuator with
discrete thin-film resistors, 128 0.625dB steps
Power Supply: One 48VA transformer with regulated 300V rail,
plus 24VA transformer with regulated +/-20C rails, plus 6.3VAC tube heaters and
regulated 5VDC for microprocessor
Power Consumption: 40W typical
Size: 16” x 8” x 2” + tube height (about 2.5" more)
Weight: 11 lbs
Thanks for looking – welcome to the New Year!