Edited by themarkness - 8/25/13 at 10:33am
i had a modi, i found it got better after 20-30 hours, the hardness i heard soften significantly
I haven't heard any difference with the Modi from day one until now. I think i've had it for 2-3 months. The Modi has stayed but I replaced the Magni with an E17 (not as my main amp).
I've been loving the Modi from day one. If you're not impressed with the Modi you won't be impressed with the ODAC either. I couldn't really hear much difference between the two at all.
ODAC might have been like .00001% clearer sounding but maybe it was my imagination or maybe the Modi sounded warmer. Who knows. I actually think the Modi is better than the ODAC.
Both are very good of course.
I don't have a lot of experience with computer DACs, but I found the Modi better sounding than the ODAC and HRT MSII. I'll give the Bifrost a try sometime since I like the Modi so much.
i have a bifrost at the top of my list, if i can sell an explorer and msii+ lol
I yes I did and it did improve the sound quite a lot actually, but I got the Modi for my LD MkIII and that is where is is living now. I still like the EF2a dac and all though that is kind of a mute point now as my wife stole my EF2a and it now sits next to her computer instead of mine <g>
My Schiit Magni (and possibly Modi as well... not sure if my GF is trying to confuse me, surprise me, or what.) is supposed to be arriving today, and I'll get it from my GF tomorrow :D
My stuff from quables also came in, so I started to make my interconnects.
Its a 4 strand braid of solid silver.
My soldering still sucks cause I dont do it often.
And sigh, some of the PTFE sleeving got shaved because the barrel of the connector is too small, so i had to gently force it on.
Anyway, here's one done:
I have a Modi. Operationally, it's nothing short of perfect. Zero glitches, zero noise, zero issues all-around. Sound-wise, as auditioned in my main system (not headphone driven), the Modi made music sound opaque, homogeneous, dynamically limited, It exhibited a distinct lack of real bass and a propensity to make the lowert registers appear a (subjective) half octave higher in the spectrum - Nick Cave sounded like Elton John. Brrrr...
This being said, on my desktop system fronted by a pair of AA A5+ streaming Spotify at 320kbps, the Modi's issues effective disappear. Frankly, I have no complaints about the sound in this application. YMMV
I am considering buying the modi to team it up with a asgard 2.
But like everything in life, its so hard to chose.
Especially when you cant listen to it before you buy it. :/
Yes i know you could return it. But i dont want to be that guy you know.
The problem with the Modi and also it's main benefit is the price. Sure you might want to compare it to something else, but who else makes a dac at any where near that price that would have a chance at sounding that good, the list is very short.
Thank you for the advice.
I will be ordering a Modi as soon as possible.