which stack do you think would go better with m-100's? coming straight out of a new (retina) MBP.
*Comparison and Review* Magni/Modi vs O2/ODAC - Page 29
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I'm heading off to a mini-meet today and the Magni will probably be there. I can test the M-100 there and report back here if my opinion differs.
As for DACs, the Modi looks nicer, but the ODAC is really small an compact. I have the ODAC because I can easily slip it in my backpack to local meets and have easy access to it at school. It makes no sense for me to carry around an external desktop hard drive-sized DAC.
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that would be amazing, that you so much! as for dacs, I dont mind about portability.. it's going to stay on my desk at work forever.
But from the given information for each amp and M-100, I find the O2 at 1.0x gain with the M-100 is plenty loud for me. Similar reasons have been stated for more sensitive earphones; the Magni, although good, might be too loud for that type of headphone.
The real question is, would mixing-and-matching the DACs with the amps produce better / worse results? Since there are two components at play here in each combo, it could always be the possibility that one combo has a better DAC and the other a better amp, thus nullifying the differences.
same issue here. I use my ATH-m50's as well as a pair of ATH-AD700x's so, according to TMRaven, it would be better to purchase the O2 over the Magni. However, I am wondering if pairing the O2 with the Modi produce better/worse results? If the result is better because of TMRaven's reason to but the O2, I would prefer to pair the O2 with the Modi because I have a small budget (<$250).
On a different thread I read that the Vali is a small step up from the Magni but I don't know how it pairs with the Modi. Personally, if I were to choose from the two, I would choose the Vali for its tube sound. I would have bought the Vali for my first headphone amp but instead I bought the PA2V2 by Gary Ali because it is portable. I have yet to choose between the Magni and the O2 for use at home. My apologies for losing the mentioned thread and not being able to link it here.