Schiit Fulla 1 (Mini Review)

Schiit Fulla 1 (Mini Review)

I like to think of myself as an Audiophile with common sense. Meaning, I really love music, and I seek out the best audio equipment that I can afford, but I'm not going to be spending my money on insanely overpriced cables or granite turntable blocks anytime soon. That being said, my current day-to-day headphone amp is the awesome Apogee Groove. I honestly didn't expect this little AMP/DAC to come close to the sound quality of the Groove. I had initially picked it up as a backup unit only. However, after extensive use, I'm happy to report that this little guy rocks! Does it match the sound quality of the Groove? No. But it comes closer than any other headphone amp I've tried!

I have to admit that the first time I tried the Fulla I was a bit disappointed. The midrange seemed muffled and recessed to me. This was a far cry from the crystal clear midrange of the Groove. I suspected that the sound signature might change after a decent burn in period. I (like many others) believe that AMP/DACs require a certain period of burn in time before the true potential of the device can be heard. I connected the amp to my computer, started iTunes, and ran between 10-20 hours of music through it. The result? An amp that had opened up quite a bit and was beginning to really shine. The recessed midrange was gone and was replaced with something very close to that of the Apogee Groove. I'm truly shocked by how good this little amp is. I wasn't expecting this kind of quality at all. No, for those wondering, it won't replace the Groove by any stretch of the imagination, but it has proven itself to be a very worthy addition to my audio gear.

Bottom line: Folks, this is the real deal. You are not going to find anything at this price point that sounds better than Schiit's Fulla amp.

Pros


  • Excellent sound overall (after burn in).
  • A real potentiometer!
  • Uses the AK4396 DAC.
  • Made from machined aluminum.
  • Made in the United States.

Cons


  • Sharp edges.
  • Comes with a short USB cable.
  • USB interface is older Mini-USB type.

Product Link: Schiit

– Patrick


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