Originally Posted by Surfaced
I received my Schiit Stack 4 days ago.
This is both my first DAC and first amp. I am not impressed.
I did some A/B tests between the M/M and my MacBook Pro. I could hardly tell a difference.
Feeling quite put-off because I've been hyped to believe a DAC/amp combo would be a revelation.
Granted I am only using Vsonic GR06 IEMs right now. My Denon AH-D2000 is being repaired by PanurgyOEM currently. But the GR06 has kept me reasonably satisfied while the Denons have been out of commission for the past year.
Maybe my D2000 will make me hear the difference?
Anyone else with IEMs not terribly impressed?
If it's within the return period, send them back for a refund. I'm not aware of anyone here who would "hype" you to believe anything. None of the regular members have any reason to convince you to buy anything.
The whole purpose of this website is to help people make intelligent purchasing decisions. Sure, there is hype here and there. But in my personal experience, the opinions of the people on this website are far more accurate than the opinions of people who, say, rate their purchases on Amazon.com. The first set of cans I bought ended up being crap, but they looked just awesome if you believe the 400+ reviews on Amazon.
Opinions are also totally subjective, and based upon the experience of the reviewer. Someone who has been in the hobby a long time, is perhaps a musician, or maybe owns a whole crapton of gear, probably can be relied upon more than others. But even those opinions are subjective. Some people like bassy cans, some prefer accuracy. Some people like solid state, others like tubes. Some people like IEM's, others prefer closed back full sized cans. Are any of those choices inherently "better" than others? No. It's a matter of preference.
The Magni and Modi are the bottom end of the scale in terms of audio quality. They are what some of us call "Budget-Fi" gear. They are quite good (in my opinion), but there exists better gear. You just need to pay for it.
Perhaps you really can't hear a difference, for whatever reason (that is possible). If so, consider yourself blessed. Return your gear and be happy with your Mac and your IEM's.
I would recommend attending a local meet if possible. You can get a much better feel for what exists in that way.