Schiit just unveiled their newest DAC/amp offering: the Schiit Fulla 2, an evolution over the Fulla and a product directly aimed at those looking for a compact desktop system able to power both headphones and powered monitor speakers. It also has a volume knob!
The new Schiit Fulla 2 looks like a shrunken Magni 2 with a volume knob on top. It is a completely different product when compared to the Fulla: the latter is a dongle-sized DAC/amp (much like the Zorloo ZuperDAC) aimed at being portable and convenient to enhance the audio quality of portable devices (e.g. notebook), while the new Fulla 2 is more of a traditional desktop device, which includes both headphones and powered monitors support.
It is equipped with a AKM AK4490 DAC with a TI OPA1662-based filter stage. Amplification is managed by a TI LMH6643 chip per channel (2 in total). The Schiit Fulla 2 is able to manage music from 16/44.1 to 24/96.
These are the available ports on the Schiit Fulla 2:
- a 6.3 mm headphone output;
- a 3.5 mm fixed DAC output (bypassing the internal amp);
- a 3.5 mm variable DAC output (to be used in conjunction with powered monitors or with an amp without volume control);
- a 3.5 mm stereo analog input (to use the Fulla 2 as an amp);
- micro-USB port to deliver power (5V, 500mA);
- micro-USB port to connect to the computer or mobile device
This may seem as a better alternative to the Modi 2 + Magni 2 stack for those who want a simple setup to upgrade their listening with little expense. Please mind, though, that the Fulla 2 is not able to deliver the same power, so for high-impedance headphones and other specific cases the Fulla 2 could not be the best option.
The new Schiit Fulla 2 costs 99$, which is half the price of the basic Modi 2 + Magni 2 stack and 24$ more than the Fiio E10K. You can look at the in-depth specs and/or buy your own on Schiit’s site.