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post #7066 of 17061
Thread Starter 

I haven't heard the modi. I'm going to listen the m/m stack tomorrow night at a friends house, so I'll let you know after that. I can tell you now that the lyr gets NO disservice from the odac. 

post #7067 of 17061
The ODAC is more dimensional and smoother sounding than the Modi to me. The Modi had a slight twinge to the treble. Very subtle differences, just as I have found with all the DACs I have used. I highly doubt the Bifrost would impress me next to the ODAC.
post #7068 of 17061

Got my J$ pads today (thanks Wje, got here much quicker than I expected).  Have had them on my head for 45 minutes and the comfort is 100% improved over the velours. Sound seems to have some of the best qualities of both the velours and the Jerg pads. Mids step forward like the Jergs, bass is slightly more prominent than the Jergs. Top end retains the "almost too much" energy of the pleathers.

All in all they seem to be a near perfect combo of comfort, sound quality, and aesthetics.

post #7069 of 17061
Thread Starter 

Based on my reading, the modi may be the weak link in the small schitt stack. I'll have to hear it for myself tomorrow to be sure. 

post #7070 of 17061
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

Matt,

Very nice.  I like the offerings of Audio Poutine such as the RCA outputs, etc.  While essentially the same as the other oDAC offerings, I just love the RCA connections that much better.

Now, if the rest of you knew what poutine was, you'd probably die - or, your cholesterol numbers would probably jump 100 points just thinking about it.  However, during an extended training trip to Ontario some years back, I was able to enjoy some of that delicous dish.  Nothing beats a nice bowl of french fries, which is then covered in melted white cheese and smothered with gravy.  Yes, that is poutine.  Relatively simple to make.  I think I've just made myself hungry.

Not just any cheese. Authentic poutine has cheese curds. If anyone ever goes to Quebec Canada get one, its where this dish originated!
post #7071 of 17061
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

The ODAC is more dimensional and smoother sounding than the Modi to me. The Modi had a slight twinge to the treble. Very subtle differences, just as I have found with all the DACs I have used. I highly doubt the Bifrost would impress me next to the ODAC.


it wouldnt.  the bifrost is only slightly better, if at all

post #7072 of 17061
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

Matt,

Very nice.  I like the offerings of Audio Poutine such as the RCA outputs, etc.  While essentially the same as the other oDAC offerings, I just love the RCA connections that much better.

Now, if the rest of you knew what poutine was, you'd probably die - or, your cholesterol numbers would probably jump 100 points just thinking about it.  However, during an extended training trip to Ontario some years back, I was able to enjoy some of that delicous dish.  Nothing beats a nice bowl of french fries, which is then covered in melted white cheese and smothered with gravy.  Yes, that is poutine.  Relatively simple to make.  I think I've just made myself hungry.

Not just any cheese. Authentic poutine has cheese curds. If anyone ever goes to Quebec Canada get one, its where this dish originated!
post #7073 of 17061

does my he400 have a driver imbalance problem?

 

as I slowly turn the volume up from 0, I notice the right driver is slightly louder than the left.  I can actually only hear the right driver at first.  then as I turn it up slightly the left driver comes on but the right driver is still a little louder.  By 7:30-8 on the volume knob they sound equal but I cant tell if that's because its the left driver equalizing with the right at that point or if its just too loud for me to discern any imbalance

post #7074 of 17061
Thread Starter 

^^ Anything is possible. And any headphone can have channel imbalance. What are you amping with? Do you have another pair of hp's that you can check to see if you get the same results?

post #7075 of 17061

I was able to get the Fiio D03K DAC with the gold RCA connectors.  Originally, from what I had read, this was the version that should have had the Cirrus chip in it for DAC processing.  However, after removing the covers, the Wolfson chip was present.  I think this might have been one of those produced as they are transferring production from the silver plated connectors to the gold, but the insides are the same.  So, unfortunately, I don't have anything new to report in regards to the sound signature.

 

However, the D03K with the Wolfson chip is a tad more "sparkly" than the Schiit Modi DAC was.  However, nothing is nearly as warm - or, rather close to neutral as the Muse Mini that I have at the moment with the Burr-Brown chip in it.

post #7076 of 17061
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

^^ Anything is possible. And any headphone can have channel imbalance. What are you amping with? Do you have another pair of hp's that you can check to see if you get the same results?


Happens on both of my amps.  same driver. 

post #7077 of 17061
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Originally Posted by mac336 View Post

does my he400 have a driver imbalance problem?

 

as I slowly turn the volume up from 0, I notice the right driver is slightly louder than the left.  I can actually only hear the right driver at first.  then as I turn it up slightly the left driver comes on but the right driver is still a little louder.  By 7:30-8 on the volume knob they sound equal but I cant tell if that's because its the left driver equalizing with the right at that point or if its just too loud for me to discern any imbalance

 

 

That's not your HE-400's imbalance, that's whatever amp you're using's imbalance at lower volumes-- and to be quite frank, almost all of the amps out there have some imbalance at the lowest of volumes.

post #7078 of 17061
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Happens on both of my amps.  same driver. 

 

Are the cable connectors somewhat tight at the cup level?  Also, if you were to bump up the volume level on your amp, but then use the built-in volume control in Foobar for example, do you notice any changes?   What if you slightly pull out the 1/4" jack from your amp a bit, then re-insert it?

post #7079 of 17061
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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post

 

 

That's not your HE-400's imbalance, that's whatever amp you're using's imbalance at lower volumes-- and to be quite frank, almost all of the amps out there have some imbalance at the lowest of volumes.

 

Yup.  This was why I was suggesting that he bump up the volume control on the physical amp, then use the level control within Foobar or similar music utility to have the ultimate control over the level.

post #7080 of 17061

I don't really see how the Modi can be the weak link in the Schiit stack. Or what "weak" actually is supposed to mean in that case, rather.

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