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Which closed around the ear with Schiit Magni + Modi (or Loki for DSD)

post #1 of 17
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I don't understand this fully, but i know there are headphones that have minimal benefit from a DAC or desktop amp, and I probably cannot use a speaker amp for headphones. I know a DAC and an amp would improve the sound, but I do not know to what extent, or if it's worth the extra money for lower end such as Magni + Modi.

 

There are still so many questions that I need to read, but without trying it, it's all just theory, so I've decided that I've gotta start somewhere. To keep things simple, I've decided to just buy the Schiit Magni + Modi combo that keeps popping up throughout my research and just find a headphone that's a good match with them.

 

I am looking for a full size, around the ear, closed headphone to use with my desktop (non-portable)

(possible Loki for DSD is because I don't want my source file to be the weakest link, but I suspect changing Modi to Loki will trigger other changed that cost more than I'm ready for. So please ignore if it's irrelevant)

 

I've tried my friend's Audio Technica M50, and I like it, except it would be more comfortable if the cup is a bit bigger.

 

Really appreciate the helps from the community

Thanks in advance

post #2 of 17

So we can assume your planning on hooking up an external DAC and head amp to a computer?

Did you have a budget? (DAC/Amp/headphones)

post #3 of 17
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Yes,

 

I intend to hook it up to a PC, or a MacBook Pro

The Magni + Modi is about $200

I'm not sure about headphones because

1. If it's too cheap, it probably doesn't even need an amp

2. If it's too high end, the amp probably cannot bring out the headphone's full potential

post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by Milca604 View Post
 

Yes,

 

I intend to hook it up to a PC, or a MacBook Pro

The Magni + Modi is about $200

I'm not sure about headphones because

1. If it's too cheap, it probably doesn't even need an amp

2. If it's too high end, the amp probably cannot bring out the headphone's full potential

 

Hmm... I don't think the Magni + Modi would be the weakest link... I believe the headphone will be your weakest link... I suggest that you go try and audit a pair of cans you like, then look for a amp/DAC setup that will suit you. 

 

But do you have a lot of DSD files? Otherwise, looks to me, the Schiit would be a good setup. What sort of music do you listen to? I am using the iUSB+IDAC with a PanAm, I am happy with it. Although, my Magni+Modi are on the way, thanks to the China Holidays and US Postal service, it's on the way for almost two weeks. I live in Beijing for work purposes, space and privacy are a rare commodity. 

post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by Milca604 View Post
 

Yes,

 

I intend to hook it up to a PC, or a MacBook Pro

The Magni + Modi is about $200

I'm not sure about headphones because

1. If it's too cheap, it probably doesn't even need an amp

2. If it's too high end, the amp probably cannot bring out the headphone's full potential

No matter what headphones you get, you'll want to get an amplifier to drive them at their best.

Headphone wise, the Audio Technica ATH-A900X ($225) are my current favorite closed headphone for music & movies.

Would work fine with the Magni/Modi.

post #6 of 17
I have the Schiit Magni and Modi. Love them. I do not lose much when switching from them to my Woo Fireflies system. I have a set of Shure 840s I use with the Schiit stack and I've got to tell you I really love these headphones. Find my other posts for a fairly detailed commentary I made on them yesterday. I like them better than my Sennheiser HD600s
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by papahommer View Post
 

 

Hmm... I don't think the Magni + Modi would be the weakest link... I believe the headphone will be your weakest link... I suggest that you go try and audit a pair of cans you like, then look for a amp/DAC setup that will suit you. 

 

But do you have a lot of DSD files? Otherwise, looks to me, the Schiit would be a good setup. What sort of music do you listen to? I am using the iUSB+IDAC with a PanAm, I am happy with it. Although, my Magni+Modi are on the way, thanks to the China Holidays and US Postal service, it's on the way for almost two weeks. I live in Beijing for work purposes, space and privacy are a rare commodity. 

Oh, by weakest link, i meant the source such as mp3. I do not have DSD file right now. Just thinking if that should be the way to go if I want to get into Audiophile listening. and unfortunately, I do not understand what you meant by iUSB, IDAC and PanAm. I will need to do more research to figure that out. Thank you for your suggestions

post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

No matter what headphones you get, you'll want to get an amplifier to drive them at their best.

Headphone wise, the Audio Technica ATH-A900X ($225) are my current favorite closed headphone for music & movies.

Would work fine with the Magni/Modi.

Thanks for the clarification. I thought lower end headphones, including ATH-A900X does not require amplifier.

I was actually looking to buy Audio Technica ATH-A900X a month ago, but because I live in Vancovuer (we do not sell Audio Technica stuff in Canada) and when I went down to Seattle, no one was carrying them (or I do not know where to go find one). I ended up not being able to buy one, and is having second thought ever since.

 

Do you know where I would be able to try one on?

or do you just order them?

post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by MT45 View Post

I have the Schiit Magni and Modi. Love them. I do not lose much when switching from them to my Woo Fireflies system. I have a set of Shure 840s I use with the Schiit stack and I've got to tell you I really love these headphones. Find my other posts for a fairly detailed commentary I made on them yesterday. I like them better than my Sennheiser HD600s

Man... the Woo Fireflies looks so sexy it makes me drool. Too much for a beginner like me to afford tho. I will have to stick with Magni+Modi. I've just started reading your post on Shure 840. Thanks

post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Milca604 View Post

Oh, by weakest link, i meant the source such as mp3. I do not have DSD file right now. Just thinking if that should be the way to go if I want to get into Audiophile listening. and unfortunately, I do not understand what you meant by iUSB, IDAC and PanAm. I will need to do more research to figure that out. Thank you for your suggestions

Sorry for the late reply, iUSB and iDAC are products of ifi Audio, these guys also have a range of other products, but I really have not got a chance really try their amp, the iCAN...
post #11 of 17
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Sorry for the late reply, iUSB and iDAC are products of ifi Audio, these guys also have a range of other products, but I really have not got a chance really try their amp, the iCAN...

oh so it's a model not a type of usb

 

thanks!

post #12 of 17

SoundMAGIC HP100 (would benefit the most from the Magni/Modi) or AKG K550

 

The A900x would also work.

post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Milca604 View Post
 

Thanks for the clarification. I thought lower end headphones, including ATH-A900X does not require amplifier.

I was actually looking to buy Audio Technica ATH-A900X a month ago, but because I live in Vancovuer (we do not sell Audio Technica stuff in Canada) and when I went down to Seattle, no one was carrying them (or I do not know where to go find one). I ended up not being able to buy one, and is having second thought ever since.

 

Do you know where I would be able to try one on?

or do you just order them?


Audio Technica ATH-A900X work fine without a headphone amplifier, but a low impedance headphone amplifier would (should) improve audio quality.

Do  not really know where you could go to try on the A900X, but you can always take your time and read up on the A900X and other headphones before ordering one.

 

Also sometimes you can find a good price on a used A900X.

post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sekka View Post
 

SoundMAGIC HP100 (would benefit the most from the Magni/Modi) or AKG K550

 

The A900x would also work.

Thank you!

 

btw I'm just watching breaking bad (your avatar) season 4, it's awesome

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 


Audio Technica ATH-A900X work fine without a headphone amplifier, but a low impedance headphone amplifier would (should) improve audio quality.

Do  not really know where you could go to try on the A900X, but you can always take your time and read up on the A900X and other headphones before ordering one.

 

Also sometimes you can find a good price on a used A900X.

I've talked to a few people, apparently the reason why some people don't like it is because of the top support being too loose.

 

I've already ordered one... Brand new for $180 shipping included. 

thought it's too good of a deal to miss. It's from Japan Amazon, so hopefully they don't let me down.

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