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post #1171 of 2131
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Originally Posted by willmax View Post

 

Magni&Modi stack for $323 AUD last time I checked.

+$50 for the power source

http://www.addictedtoaudio.com.au/Schiit-Audio-Magni-AC-Adapter-AUS-specification

Does the US version ship with one, or is it extra from Schiit too?

 

If it sounds good to you, and suits your cans- i still think its cheap and a good deal. I havent heard it, but going by looks and build quality alone, its very nice. Its only when you compare it to the US price that you would complain, without that comparison to be made youd never shake a stick at a $300-$400 desktop stack made in the US. 

 

Im guessing import taxes (quite a sum added to any international purchase over $999), freight, GST, etc must factor quite a bit of the rest.

 

Im also guessing that at the US direct retail of $99 each/$198 combined, there isnt much room for profit at all!!! Considering the casings alone, chips, etc,and the  fact its built in the USA?... cant imagine the wholesale price is more than $5-$20 cheaper, dont think these can be built for $50 each even if they were made in China. 

 

Anyways, all speculation. Still wanting to hear one though, Im dubious an (intended) $99 amp or $99 DAC in casings this good can sound nice, no offense to anyone intended, its a natural reaction i think.


Edited by mrbigsby - 2/5/13 at 3:07am
post #1172 of 2131
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Originally Posted by mrbigsby View Post

+$50 for the power source

http://www.addictedtoaudio.com.au/Schiit-Audio-Magni-AC-Adapter-AUS-specification

 

If it sounds good to you, and suits your cans- i still think its cheap and a good deal. I havent heard it, but going by looks and build quality alone, its very nice.


The AC will be included with the stack at that price, but at $50 AUD a pop that has to be really good shiit

post #1173 of 2131
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Originally Posted by Jason36 View Post

I have a Magni amplifier and looking to connect my modded iPod to this via an LOD to RCA cable and with my HD650 connected to the Magni.

Does anybody know whether the volume is likely to be an issue....would I be able to turn the Magni up to say 9.00 0'clock (my usual listening position) and for it to be a reasonable listening level?

Just wondering whether I may need to us attenuators to level the power and loudness?

Jason

 

That would probably be fine.

 

Obviously can't make any guarantees since your reasonable volume might be much higher or lower than mine, but yes I would expect you to have a usable volume range with that setup.

post #1174 of 2131

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Originally Posted by mrbigsby View Post
...  Im also guessing that at the US direct retail of $99 each/$198 combined, there isnt much room for profit at all!!! Considering the casings alone, chips, etc,and the  fact its built in the USA?... cant imagine the wholesale price is more than $5-$20 cheaper, dont think these can be built for $50 each even if they were made in China. ...

 

Here's Schiit's explanation from their website:  http://schiit.com/schiit-faq/about-magni/

 

" Holy crap, a $99 made in USA fully discrete amp! How the hell did you pull that one off?
We made a deal with Satan. No, not really. There’s no black magic or soul-selling involved. Smart design and large quantity manufacturing are really what we’re talking about. Magni uses a fully custom chassis, yes, but it’s made entirely of steel, which reduces price. Surface-mount design means the assembly is almost entirely robotic. And we make, well, a ton of them at a time."

post #1175 of 2131

Wow respectable. Gotta hear one. Thanks for the info mate.

post #1176 of 2131

I noticed that I couldn't plug a USB cable all the way into my Modi.

Schiit said "That's how it works"

 

As much as I love Schiit products,  I don't think this is acceptable.

 I've never owned any product that didn't accept a standard cable.

 

 

post #1177 of 2131

quite the nitpick of a problem, mine doesn't do this either but I doubt quality changes

post #1178 of 2131
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Originally Posted by Iamnothim View Post

I noticed that I couldn't plug a USB cable all the way into my Modi.

Schiit said "That's how it works"

 

As much as I love Schiit products,  I don't think this is acceptable.

 I've never owned any product that didn't accept a standard cable.

 

 

 

I've never owned a single USB Type B product which DIDN'T have the cable stick out some. I thought that's how they were always designed, to stick out a little. All other connections have always sat flush (Type A, mini-a, micro-a, micro-b, mini-b).


Edit: Just went some old devices I had laying around, and yup, they all stick out like that no matter what device (multiple printers, some docking stations).


Edited by BrokeStudent - 2/5/13 at 8:06pm
post #1179 of 2131
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Originally Posted by Iamnothim View Post

I noticed that I couldn't plug a USB cable all the way into my Modi.

Schiit said "That's how it works"

 

As much as I love Schiit products,  I don't think this is acceptable.

 I've never owned any product that didn't accept a standard cable.

At least with the Modi it is in the back where you can't see it, unlike the Dragonfly ...

post #1180 of 2131
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Originally Posted by Iamnothim View Post

I noticed that I couldn't plug a USB cable all the way into my Modi.

Schiit said "That's how it works"

 

As much as I love Schiit products,  I don't think this is acceptable.

 I've never owned any product that didn't accept a standard cable.

 

This is the case for every single USB B plug that I have ever used. The plug has never gone in without some metal sticking out. How can you suggest it's the Modi and not, say, a particularly long male end on your plug?

post #1181 of 2131
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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

This is the case for every single USB B plug that I have ever used. The plug has never gone in without some metal sticking out. How can you suggest it's the Modi and not, say, a particularly long male end on your plug?

Doesn't happen with my scanner

Dosen't happen with my Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus.

I'll think of more.

 

 

**CORRECTION**

 

My DacMagic plus looks the same way.

The plug was hidden by other outlets...


Edited by Iamnothim - 2/5/13 at 8:31pm
post #1182 of 2131
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Originally Posted by Iamnothim View Post

Doesn't happen with my scanner

Dosen't happen with my Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus.

I'll think of more.

 

 

**CORRECTION**

 

My DacMagic plus looks the same way.

The plug was hidden by other outlets...

The point is that this is a characteristic of these plugs by nature, and I sincerely doubt the Modi's actual female port have any difference whatsoever from most other ports. Are you using the same cord to test on those other things?

 

There shouldn't be anything even remotely "unacceptable" about this.

post #1183 of 2131
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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

The point is that this is a characteristic of these plugs by nature, and I sincerely doubt the Modi's actual female port have any difference whatsoever from most other ports. Are you using the same cord to test on those other things?

 

There shouldn't be anything even remotely "unacceptable" about this.

Standard USB cable.  Connections are all the way in.

I find it unacceptable for an electronic device to have exposed contacts.

Let alone audio equipment that might be affected by EMI.

 

There are plenty of standard USB sockets from electronics mfg. that could be used where this wouldn't happen.

A cable should go completely into the socket. Period.  Like your AC plug.

Might have to root around for a USB cable that goes all the way in, but that's hard because I don't have the specifications for the USB socket on the Modi.

 

It's sloppy.

post #1184 of 2131
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Originally Posted by Iamnothim View Post

Standard USB cable.  Connections are all the way in.

I find it unacceptable for an electronic device to have exposed contacts.

Let alone audio equipment that might be affected by EMI.

 

There are plenty of standard USB sockets from electronics mfg. that could be used where this wouldn't happen.

A cable should go completely into the socket. Period.  Like your AC plug.

Might have to root around for a USB cable that goes all the way in, but that's hard because I don't have the specifications for the USB socket on the Modi.

 

It's sloppy.

Right so let's just go check this universal standard that all USB cord manufacturers agreed on ... oh wait .. wait .. there is none. The usable portion of your USB cord is working and functional. 

post #1185 of 2131
There is a standard for Everything electrical.  EIA, IEEE, and USB.org, although it's probably in EIA if I read more.

 

 

 

 

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