Schiit Vidar 2

Sir Victor the 2nd – It's Schiit's new $849 Vidar 2 stereo/mono amp, a current-feedback class A/B direct-coupled design of 100/200wpc into 8/4Ω whose power quadruples when driven by a true balanced signal. 6 x 15A bipolar transistors per channel make it so. Bandwidth without input filter is 1MHz; and still 500kHz with it. A 32-bit microprocessor oversees safety housekeeping, a standby switch throttles power draw down to 1-2W. The power supply is linear and heatsinking is purely via metal fins, no fan. The silver finish gets $50 more than black. Voltage gain is a standard 26dB.