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post #481 of 592

Does the USB and optical version's of the modi sound alike? I starting to not like the sound signature of the NFB15.32 and want something that a more Neutral and transparent, Plus I don't need the amp section of my NFB15.32 any more.

post #482 of 592
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Originally Posted by genclaymore View Post
 

Does the USB and optical version's of the modi sound alike? I starting to not like the sound signature of the NFB15.32 and want something that a more Neutral and transparent, Plus I don't need the amp section of my NFB15.32 any more.


Interestingly, I returned my Opti-Modi because it didn't sound different enough from my SB Omni sound card.  I was considering the 15.32 in hopes that the DAC would be noticeably better.  Now I have second thoughts...

post #483 of 592
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Originally Posted by Stillhart View Post


Interestingly, I returned my Opti-Modi because it didn't sound different enough from my SB Omni sound card.  I was considering the 15.32 in hopes that the DAC would be noticeably better.  Now I have second thoughts...

Apparently the sabre sac chip in the 11.32 is more neutral and transparent then the 15.32 dac chip, I'm considering one at the moment
post #484 of 592
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Originally Posted by TeskR View Post


Apparently the sabre sac chip in the 11.32 is more neutral and transparent then the 15.32 dac chip, I'm considering one at the moment


It's $100 more than the 15.32 tho...

post #485 of 592

Today I had opportunity to do quick and limited A/B comparison between  my friend's Schiit Modi and mine Audioquest Dragonfly 1.0 (bought early 2014). Quick story short: for me both are in the same league, but sound different.

 

Test equipment:

Sennheiser HD650

Little Dot MkIV

Mac Mini + Vox music player playing ALAC files (44.1k/16bit)

 

Test tracks:

Anita Lipnicka & John Porter:

 - Bones of love

 - Baggar's song

 

I didn't have enough time to try different music or setups.

 

Dragonfly is a little bit warmer with slightly fuller, more forward mids. Modi, in comparison seems to be more neutral in mids, but it has slightly (tiny bit) more bass impact. Highs are very comparable. I didn't notice any difference in sound stage for my test tracks.

 

I'd need to try more music to decide which one I like more. For those two tracks, it is almost a tie, I slightly lean towards Modi, due to more neutral sound. I feel that Dragon fly would have the edge with heavier music.

 

Overall, Dragonfly's portability makes it much better deal for me right now. I've never heard Dragonfly 1.2, so I don't know how Modi would stack against updated version.

post #486 of 592

Is Schiit Modi + Magni one of the best combinations for 200$ ?

post #487 of 592
It's a great little combo that's well built and sounds nice.
post #488 of 592
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Originally Posted by paranoid3000 View Post
 

Is Schiit Modi + Magni one of the best combinations for 200$ ?

 

Depends on your cans, but yes, in general it's one of the better combos around its price range.

post #489 of 592

hello....

 

so, im going to buy my first dac/amp ever. i've never use a dac/amp before. i've read schiit websites, but im still confused about modi usb / optical.

i've read the faqs but i still don't understand it.

 

does anybody mind describing to me the difference between usb / optical modi...? How do i know which one i will need...?

 

cheers

 

rovopio... :d

post #490 of 592
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Originally Posted by rovopio View Post
 

hello....

 

so, im going to buy my first dac/amp ever. i've never use a dac/amp before. i've read schiit websites, but im still confused about modi usb / optical.

i've read the faqs but i still don't understand it.

 

does anybody mind describing to me the difference between usb / optical modi...? How do i know which one i will need...?

 

cheers

 

rovopio... :d

 

The USB version only supports a USB input from a computer/tablet.

 

The optical version only supports TOSLINK optical input from a CD/DVD/BR player (or in rare cases, a computer).

 

The one you'll need depends on what you are hooking up to it.

post #491 of 592
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Originally Posted by hsubox View Post
 

 

The USB version only supports a USB input from a computer/tablet.

 

The optical version only supports TOSLINK optical input from a CD/DVD/BR player (or in rare cases, a computer).

 

The one you'll need depends on what you are hooking up to it.

 

im going to hook it to my pc / laptop.

idk what optical input means or look because i dont have BR player and i never see one (never see an optical dac i mean). i have an old dvd player but idk which one is optical...

post #492 of 592
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Originally Posted by rovopio View Post
 

 

im going to hook it to my pc / laptop.

idk what optical input means or look because i dont have BR player and i never see one (never see an optical dac i mean). i have an old dvd player but idk which one is optical...

 

You'll probably want the USB, then. Just realize you won't be able to use it with the old DVD player. The optical connection looks like a little square with a circle in it. On the CD player side, it usually has a little door that swings up covering it.

 


Edited by hsubox - 5/24/14 at 4:17am
post #493 of 592

alrighty...so i understand from reviews that schiit modi magni comes with very minimal extras...

i've never used dac / amp in person before. so i barely know nothing about dac / amp. the only thing i know abt it is that for budget SS amp, magni + modi is one of the best bet.

 

so... if i buy schiit modi + magni combo, what else should i buy to make the schiit magni + modi combo works...?

 

i know that i have to buy a USB A => B cable.. but other than that what else...?

 

cheers...

post #494 of 592
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Originally Posted by rovopio View Post
 

alrighty...so i understand from reviews that schiit modi magni comes with very minimal extras...

i've never used dac / amp in person before. so i barely know nothing about dac / amp. the only thing i know abt it is that for budget SS amp, magni + modi is one of the best bet.

 

so... if i buy schiit modi + magni combo, what else should i buy to make the schiit magni + modi combo works...?

 

i know that i have to buy a USB A => B cable.. but other than that what else...?

 

cheers...


You will need a Dual RCA to Dual RCA cable to go from the Modi to the Magni and also a 3.5mm to 1/4inch adaptor if your HPs dont terminate with 1/4 inch.

post #495 of 592
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Originally Posted by rovopio View Post
 

alrighty...so i understand from reviews that schiit modi magni comes with very minimal extras...

i've never used dac / amp in person before. so i barely know nothing about dac / amp. the only thing i know abt it is that for budget SS amp, magni + modi is one of the best bet.

 

so... if i buy schiit modi + magni combo, what else should i buy to make the schiit magni + modi combo works...?

 

i know that i have to buy a USB A => B cable.. but other than that what else...?

 

cheers...

 

A pair of headphones really help. And some interconnects between the two.

 

(sorry really couldn't help it :D )

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