Originally Posted by freitz
Would the combo be better then the built in DAC in the X-fi Titanium HD? Is the Modi converter better then the Ti-HD?
What would be the benefit of a better external DAC? Would I notice improvement of the sound quality?
A DAC has one purpose, to covert digital to analog. In theory all DACs should sound the same but obviously they don't. I can rarely tell a change in sound when switching from DAC to DAC but I'm sure there is a lot of the time.
Would you hear a change in SQ when using the Titanium HD or the Modi? I can't comment on that because I've never used the Titanium. Only you will be able to answer that question if you were to get the Modi. A lot of info you get from other members here is really subjective most of the time.
External DACs are generally better than the DACs on internal sound cards but that also isn't always true. There is no correct answer. If I was you I would grab the combo and do some A/B tests to see if you hear an increase in SQ. Schiit does have a return policy.