Originally Posted by CharlesC
I was just trying to be helpful which, I thought, was the point of the forum.
I get it now; the way you wrote I thought you meant you were asking him and planning to do that yourself. Could have explained that by expounding already past "I don't."
In any case, he can't use it that way - what he meant basically was whether the X3 would be enough as a DAC for the Vali, or if the Modi would perform much better. No clear answer there as it's really best to listen through the equipment - I've had a few surprises when I compared the PCM2702 USB DAC (which most amps use only as a USB receiver) built into my amp to some CDPs from $349 to $2000, so a portable player isn't necessarily automatically handicapped compared to one powered by USB 5v, and especially not one that outputs close to the PCM standard 2volts.
Edited by ProtegeManiac - 7/24/14 at 11:56pm