Jason Stoddard of Schiit Audio has announced that the previous AK4490-based DAC cards available in the Asgard, Jotunheim and Lyr will be replaced with a new card, based around the ES9028 DAC chip.
What is more, these cards will come with Schiit Audio’s Unison USB implementation and will have a USB-C socket instead of the previous full-size USB-B socket.
The module can be switched between balanced and single-ended output, depending on the product it is installed into.
From the post:
The ES9028 is used in current-out mode with differential I/V conversion via the LME49724, for true balanced input to the Jotunheim, plus switchable summing to for undiminished performance when used in single-ended products.
As before, the ES9028 DAC card costs $150 on its own and requires installation by someone qualified with electronics, or is $100 if purchased with a product in which it can be installed.