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post #736 of 1366
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Originally Posted by Defiant00 View Post

I can confirm that with the Modi set to 16/44.1 I get some hiss when I set computer volume to 5% and Magni volume maxed. When switched to 24/44.1 it's dead silent even at those silly settings.

 

And yes, Modi has slightly more treble than Bifrost. Do keep in mind though that I'm used to Bifrost, so while it sounds more correct to my ears right now I couldn't definitely say which is more accurate (my ears are just used to the Bifrost from the past year of listening).


Thanks for the responses.

I am perfectly happy at 50% system volume and volume at 9.

Anything under 9 and I get slight channel imbalance preferentially to my right ear.

I just wanted to make sure I get the most of the M&M without losing any sound quality.

Other than that this pairing is much better than my E7 I was using before.

 

One last question I have is when I turn on the amp with volume turned off after about 5 sec I get a small thump.

Is this the same problem someone had earlier with USB or is it nothing I need to worry about?

post #737 of 1366
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Originally Posted by Steelbarrage View Post

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One last question I have is when I turn on the amp with volume turned off after about 5 sec I get a small thump.

Is this the same problem someone had earlier with USB or is it nothing I need to worry about?

 

That small thump is the muting relay, and is exactly what it's supposed to do. The amp is muted for about 5 seconds when powered on (and immediately on power off) so that it doesn't damage headphones if they're already plugged in (personally I wait until after the 5 seconds to plug headphones in and unplug them before powering it off, but that's just me being unnecessary cautious in this scenario and is entirely unnecessary).

post #738 of 1366
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Originally Posted by Defiant00 View Post

Windows at least by default set my Modi to 16/44.1. There is no harm always running it in 24 bit mode, and you should not lose any data with 16 bit music if you put your computer volume at 50% or even 25%.

 

The volume level with the HE400 doesn't surprise me, I get the same result with my LCD-2s.

 

Hi,

 

I want to be sure I understand you -- It is o.k. for me to leave the output setting at 24 bit (on a Mac) -- like in this photo -- and that will perfectly good quality for playing 16 bit files?  

 

 

 

... While also being in the right mode to play 24-bit FLAC files, etc. when they come up, (just 10% of my collection) ?

 

Thanks very much for the info.  bigsmile_face.gif

post #739 of 1366
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Originally Posted by solserenade View Post

Hi,

I want to be sure I understand you -- It is o.k. for me to leave the output setting at 24 bit (on a Mac) -- like in this photo -- and that will perfectly good quality for playing 16 bit files?  





... While also being in the right mode to play 24-bit FLAC files, etc. when they come up, (just 10% of my collection) ?

Thanks very much for the info.  bigsmile_face.gif

I would like to know this also.
post #740 of 1366
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Originally Posted by solserenade View Post

 

Hi,

 

I want to be sure I understand you -- It is o.k. for me to leave the output setting at 24 bit (on a Mac) -- like in this photo -- and that will perfectly good quality for playing 16 bit files?  

 

...

 

... While also being in the right mode to play 24-bit FLAC files, etc. when they come up, (just 10% of my collection) ?

 

Thanks very much for the info.  bigsmile_face.gif

 

Yes, always leave it in 24 bit.

 

If your 24 bit files are 24/96 then for truly 'best' quality you will want it set to 96000 Hz instead of 44100 Hz, but always 24 bit :)

post #741 of 1366
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Originally Posted by Defiant00 View Post

 

Yes, always leave it in 24 bit.

 

If your 24 bit files are 24/96 then for truly 'best' quality you will want it set to 96000 Hz instead of 44100 Hz, but always 24 bit :)

 

 

Thanks very much.

 

That first field (Format - Hz) changes automatically depending on the file that is playing, I've noticed.

post #742 of 1366
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Originally Posted by solserenade View Post

Thanks very much.

 

That first field (Format - Hz) changes automatically depending on the file that is playing, I've noticed.

 

Ah, I wish Windows would do that. Then yeah, you're good, just leave it in 24 bit.

post #743 of 1366
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Originally Posted by BBEG View Post

Anyone able to compare this to the FiiO E17? This little stack looks awesome and I'd love to free up my E17 for away-from-home use.

 

Bumpage in case someone's got this Schitt stack and the E17.

post #744 of 1366

I don't have the M&M stack but I can guarantee the Magni has a lot more power than the E17.

post #745 of 1366
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Originally Posted by BBEG View Post

 

Bumpage in case someone's got this Schitt stack and the E17.

If I take the plunge I'll give you a heads up :)

post #746 of 1366

'Perciate it Sir. I'm stuck in the sad spot of needing to pay off things before I can get more things. redface.gif

post #747 of 1366

I know this feeling oh to well lol

post #748 of 1366

this thing is small, good news is that its pretty much a transportable, lol my 1840 is bigger than it

 

 

700

post #749 of 1366

Thank you! It did help!

 

 

Query:

 

Is the Magni for $99 essentially a better "computer soundcard?" I'm a more computer/gaming kind of individual, definitely not an audiophile, so I'm trying to make sure I don't buy or use redundant components. If I were to look at an item like this http://us.store.creative.com/Creative-Sound-Blaster-Z-PCIe-Sound/M/B009ISU33E.htm which is a computer soundcard, then I assume I wouldn't need the Modi (and visa versa)?

 

My rig is currently using on board sound with no additional sound software or hardware. I would be using a Bose QC15 or a Playstation Pulse Headset (note: this connects via USB) WITH microphone (both of those headphones have mics built (Bose via cable and Pulse via hardware). Alternatively, I would have computer speakers also in use. If you need computer specific information regarding my system, I am happy to provide it. I just didn't know what exactly to include.


The Modi would allow me to get cleaner sound from 1. Games 2. YouTube/Netflix.

 

Did I paint a correct picture?

 

Thanks! 

 

 

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Originally Posted by solserenade View Post

 

The Magni is a headphone amp only: RCA inputs (various sources, whatever you want to amplify) and a 1/4" headphone output.

 

The Modi is a DAC (digital-to-analog converter) only. Basically, it's how you get a better quality (music) signal from your computer.

 

They go great together, complement each other, etc. .... but, you don't need both -- each will work without the other. Just depends on what your system requires (I'm a little unclear of your rig).

 

 

Generally, "music quality" is improved by using an outboard DAC such as the Modi, because from what I understand, the actual DAC chip, etc. in a dedicated DAC will be better quality/ be isolated/ quiet, etc. -- as compared with the (cheap?) DAC circuit built-in your PC.

 

Hope that's of some help.


Edited by rebelx - 1/2/13 at 8:45pm
post #750 of 1366

Is the Magni compatible with Australia's power mains? Can I just replace the wallwart with an Australian AC plug?

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