Originally Posted by jiggahwhat
I'm not too smart with this stuff. So if I just get the Schiit Modi ONLY then I can use something like this to connect a headphone? And this to connect to my computer?
And then let's say I get the Magni. Then I would need to buy this to connect the two?
Now, I know people really fuss over cables. Would I be screwing myself by buying these cheap cables or is there some sort of quality cable that I need to get? Seems expensive to drop whatever those Schiit PYST cables cost.
Keep in mind you're in the Magni headphone amplifier thread. The Modi is no headphone amplifier, it's a digital (coming from your computer) to analogue (coming out of the RCA jacks) converter, short: DAC.
No, a DAC is not made to drive headphones. The RCA out on the Modi is supposed to be connected to the input of an amplifier.
Originally Posted by wes008
Now, on to using just the Modi. Someone will probable have to correct me on this, but I would not recommend driving headphones straight out of the Modi. Because the Modi has a specific amount of voltage and current it's outputting, it will most likely either provide too little power for your headphones (making them sound quiet or crappy) OR provide too much power, making them blaring loud and potentially damaging the drivers. It's the DAC's job to convert the audio to analog, and the amp's job to drive the headphones.
This is just theoretical, but at full volume you'll get loud but very distorted and bass-shy sound with sensitive headphones. The reason is that DACs are not made to drive low-impedance loads like headphones. They usually cannot provide enough current.
Trying to drive headphones with it could do damage to the DAC as well...
Edited by xnor - 1/21/13 at 2:45pm