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Thanks Leveler. I went ahead and ordered the Modi. After reading the reviews that have been posted so far, sounds like it offers by far the best bang for the buck. Had considered the Bifrost, but for my system (A5+ speakers running MOG and occasional Pandora) would probably be overkill.
I read somewhere that a guy couldn't make out the difference between the Modi and the D1. So yeah, the Modi is a pretty sweet deal.
post #32 of 61
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I read somewhere that a guy couldn't make out the difference between the Modi and the D1. So yeah, the Modi is a pretty sweet deal.


There's a thread where a guy could barely tell the difference between the Modi and Bifrost. Of course one's mileage may vary, depending on a lot of factors.

post #33 of 61
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The modi seems to be impressing then!

post #34 of 61
Anyone compare this to the maverick audio tube magic d1?
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I was hoping to get my hands on it but have not been able to. If i do i will compare for you!

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I was hoping to get my hands on it but have not been able to. If i do i will compare for you!

I'm also looking forward biggrin.gif

post #37 of 61
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Audioengine D1 DAC Review

 

Introduction:

 

When I am at home I will listen to my music on the computer. This is for a few simple reasons, it has loads of memory and all my music is on there, it is mainly in low compression FLAC and I will be on my computer for whatever I am doing. The earphones I will be using will differ, right now I am using my Heir Audio 4.Ai but I always swap and change. My computer is an iMac from mid 2010 and one thing that always annoys me is that whatever programme I use to listen to music with, be it iTunes or VLC player, it never sounds nearly as good as one of my sources, even with a good amp you can tell it could be better. The reason for this is quite simple and that is that my iMac does not have a good enough sound card or internal DAC. A DAC is something that transfers the 0s and 1s into the music that we hear and love, from analogue to digital. 

isnt it the other way around?

post #38 of 61
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wow i can not believe i made a mistake that bad

post #39 of 61
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wow i can not believe i made a mistake that bad
ahaha its alright everyone does it:)
post #40 of 61

Just got mine today. Looking forward to making that smooth analog into streams of 1s and 0s. : ) I'm going to burn it in before making a critical listen, like the guide says. My plan is to use it for 24/96 16/44.1 from the Airport express, and use it on my 2 channel stereo, but I will be checking how the USB solution sounds, as well.

 

Modi was out of stock and lacks the optical input I need for my CD player....

 

I'll post my impressions of this little guy later.

 

Edit: Unfortunately Airplay won't allow 24/96 to be fed out of the AEX optical jack. So I am using the USB from Mac and it sounds terrific. The clicking on and off of the toslink was driving me batty.


Edited by ravager - 2/26/13 at 10:06pm
post #41 of 61

After reading a few positive reviews I ordered one from Amazon. As I enjoy my bass, I am expecting to enjoy this little guy. As I am not looking for a reference quality DAC but rather a fun one I believe this will work out nicely. I will add my impressions later in the week.

 

I plan on using the DAC into a Matrix Mstage with 627 opamps in class a bias. Should sound sweet and dark. Hopefully it makes my computer sound less sterile.

post #42 of 61
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Originally Posted by etys rule View Post

After reading a few positive reviews I ordered one from Amazon. As I enjoy my bass, I am expecting to enjoy this little guy. As I am not looking for a reference quality DAC but rather a fun one I believe this will work out nicely. I will add my impressions later in the week.

 

I plan on using the DAC into a Matrix Mstage with 627 opamps in class a bias. Should sound sweet and dark. Hopefully it makes my computer sound less sterile.

It definitely will sound less sterile. The D1 is not neutral and seems to add a little bit of warmth. I'm even satisfied with the headphone output, but I am using low impedance cans and IEMs. I think it sounds pretty terrific through my NAD amp with the Grados as well.

post #43 of 61
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It definitely will sound less sterile. The D1 is not neutral and seems to add a little bit of warmth. I'm even satisfied with the headphone output, but I am using low impedance cans and IEMs. I think it sounds pretty terrific through my NAD amp with the Grados as well.

 



Yes. I am loving it right now.  Everything I run through it sounds that much better. Too bad this little guy gets no love on Head-fi. It figures as I loved the Slim Transporter and from what I've read, they share the same DAC. An AKM something or other. Nice and warm.

post #44 of 61

Picked one up the other week. Been happily using it with my PC -> USB -> D1 -> Marantz PM6004 -> Polk RTi70 and have noticed a cleaner sound than direct from PC. 

 

I am now in the market for a pair of headphones to test out the amp of the unit. I am so far impressed and am enjoying this


Edited by hardness - 3/28/13 at 9:02pm
post #45 of 61
Another satisfied owner of the D1 here. Owned it for several months already and is surprised sometimes how close in sound quality it is compare to my Bel Canto DAC1. I personally thinks that if the source material is not exactly audiophile quality this d1 might be all you need.
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