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Okay. Let’s blow up this high-end nonsense. Here’s your ultra-high-end amplifier, without the ultra-high-end price. Welcome to the revolution.

No-Excuses Amp, No-Brainer Price

Schiit Vidar is nothing less than a no-excuses, exotic-topology, Class-AB, linear-supply, microprocessor-controlled, power-doubling, dual-mono-ish, intelligently-managed, drives-almost-anything power amp. No Class D, no switching supplies, no fans, no compromises, nothing in the signal path but music—for a three-figure price tag.

Small Size, Big Power

Don’t let the compact size fool you—pick up the Schiit Vidar to get a real feeling for the beefy 600VA transformer inside. Vidar may be small, but it’s also a powerhouse, delivering 100W per channel into 8 ohms, doubling to 200W per channel into 4 ohms.

Stereo or Mono Flexibility

Combine the Schiit Vidar with a single-ended preamp like Saga for a complete system with insane, no-compromise performance—for just a little over a grand. Or, run two Schiit Vidar's from a preamp with balanced outputs (like our Freya) for true mono block performance and 400 watts per channel into 8 ohms.

Intelligent Oversight and Protection

The Schiit Vidar, has a microprocessor that oversees all important aspects of amplifier operation, from DC offset to over-current and over-temperature faults. This provides stable, safe operation without invasive current-limiting, fuses, or active devices in the power supply path. In English, Vidar makes sure it’s operating optimally at all times—and protects itself when it needs to, so you can be assured of excellent performance for a long, long time.

Made in USA. Really.

By “made in USA,” we mean made in USA. 

5-Year Warranty 

Schiit Vidar is covered by a 5-year limited warranty that covers parts and labour.

Power Output:

Stereo, 8 Ohms: 100W RMS per channel

Stereo, 4 Ohms: 200W RMS per channel

Mono, 8 ohms: 400W RMS

Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.1db, 3Hz-500KHz, -3dB

THD: Less than 0.01%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 100W RMS into 8 ohms

IMD: Less than 0.01%, CCIR, at 100W RMS into 8 ohms

SNR: Greater than 125db, A-weighted, referenced to full output

Damping Factor: Greater than 100 into 8 ohms, 20-20kHz

Gain: 22 (27dB)

Input Impedance: 22k ohms SE, 44k ohms balanced

Crosstalk: Greater than 95dB, 20-20kHz

Inputs: L/R RCA jacks for stereo input, single XLR for mono input

Topology: Fully complementary, all-BJT, current feedback, no coupling capacitors or DC servos

Oversight: microprocessor-controlled monitoring and management of critical operational points, including DC offset, with with relay shut-down for overcurrent, thermal, and other faults

Power Supply: 600VA transformer with dual mono main rails, plus boosted, regulated supply to input, voltage gain and driver stages, plus separate, isolated and regulated rails for microprocessor management.

Power Consumption: 700W maximum

Size: 22.86 x 330.2 x 9.84 cm

Weight: 13.61 Kgs

*All measurements made on a Stanford Research SR1+ Audio Analyzer

So now you think you can do speaker power amps, huh?

Okay, I guess it’s news to you that Schiit have been doing a speaker amp for a couple of years now. It’s called Ragnarok. But that’s an integrated amp that does everything from IEMs to speakers. Vidar is simply Schiit's first dedicated speaker amp. Plus, they do have a history with speaker amps, back in the dim dark days when there was still some affordable high-end audio.

Colour me still unimpressed. There are a lot of amps out there.

Yes, there are. But unless you have a wallet that takes a palanquin to carry, you’ve probably noticed that most high-end amps are very, very expensive. When you start using the word “affordable” next to “speaker amplifier,” the choices get really thin, really fast, especially when you also the words “really good,” before those three words. Especially when you understand that “affordable” doesn’t mean, “up to £5K,” in any sane universe.

So what’s so special about this “Vidar” amp, besides the fact it’s cheap?

The big deal is that this is a no-compromises design, at a price where there are usually a lot of compromises. The Schiit Vidar uses a dual-mono-to-the-transformer design for the main output power supply (the most important place to use it). It has an exotic, high-speed, fully complementary, all-BJT current-feedback topology (no Class D or switching supplies here), and it has no coupling capacitors or DC servos in the signal path thanks to a sophisticated microprocessor oversight system, which also protects the amp—transparently, without fuses or active devices in the signal path—from common fault conditions.

Or, to put it in “key features” speak:

Power supply to output stage is dual mono—and this is where it matters. Modulation on one supply won’t affect the other.

Massive overkill power supply topology—separate regulated HV rails to voltage gain and driver stages (not stacked, so no modulation with P/S load).

No caps in the signal path, no DC servo in the signal path, nothing but music in the signal path.

Current feedback topology is amazingly fast (-3dB above 1MHz before input filter) and measures well, especially for such a simple stage.

Linear supply, not switching supply, no high-frequency noise to deal with.

Class AB output stage, not D. Again, no noise or noise-shaping applied.

3 pairs of outputs per channel—1.5x more than typical for this power output.

Rated power output doubles into 4 ohms.

Microprocessor oversees all important aspects of amplifier operation: current, DC offset, temperature.

Protection system uses a “least invasive methodology”—no active devices in signal path, no current limiting, no crowbars—just resistors and relays.

No fan, just a massive amount of heatsinking.

Hey, this amp is small for what it is, isn’t it?

Yes, it is. Schiit have worked hard to make the chassis simple and small, so they can do a no-compromises design at a reasonable cost. They have used the heatsinks as part of the chassis to simplify its design, so they can put the money in the transformer, output devices, and power supply, rather than in large, flashy cosmetics.

But this amp is kinda small…

Yes. Its rated power doubles into 4 ohms, which is something you don’t see very often. It has serious power reserves, with a 600VA transformer and 40,000uF of filter capacitance—20,000 for each channel. It’s perfectly happy driving difficult loads like Magneplanars. Unless you have some seriously insanely inefficient speakers and like ear-bleeding volume, this amp will do you just fine.

But what if I have insanely inefficient speakers and I wish to suffer hearing loss in the future?

Then use two of them as monoblocks. Of course, to do that, you’ll need a preamp with a real balanced output, like Freya. Plug a single balanced output into Vidar, and it turns it into a 400W/8 ohm mono amp.

Wait. How does the monoblock mode work?

It’s not a mode. It’s just the natural result of driving each channel with one half of a truly balanced signal. That’s why you need a preamp with balanced outputs. And that means REAL balanced outputs, not just XLR connectors.

Well, it still runs pretty warm even into 8 ohms.

Yes, it does. It’s got a decent amount of bias on it. No worries—we have internal thermal sensors that the microprocessor monitors. They’ll turn off the amp if it gets too hot.

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