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DAC: Steinberg UR22 vs Schiit Modi

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hello all,

I need a XLR microphone amp (UR22) but I also need a (for its price) good DAC (for HD600). My question: can I use the UR22 as a DAC or is it not good enough and the Modi would be a better choice? I'd like to use the UR22 because it has DAW specific functionality for the microphone, but I do not want hold back the HD600 capabilities.

post #2 of 5

I would also like to know the difference in quality between a dedicated DAC (like the Schiit Modi) versus an audio interface (like the Steinberg UR22). I currently own the UR22 and it is able to drive my DT880 250ohm headphones, but I am wondering if an additional investment in the Modi/Magni combo is worth it.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

I ordered the Modi now (+ Crack as amp), but I may still need an XLR input for microphone. If I get one I'll do a comparison and reply here.

But again, if someone has an DAC: ODAC or Modi and DAW: UR22 or 2i2 (or similar) and can compare them and post if a dedicated DAC is worth it, would be nice.

post #4 of 5

If the UR22 will drive the HD600, and it looks like it will according to clouden, then no, you don't need a dedicated DAC.

 

The conversion as carried out by any halfway competent audio interface will sound at least as good. If not better.

 

How can I be so sure?

 

One of my interfaces is a 4 year old MOTU Ultralite. It offers 10 channels in and 14 channels out. So when I first got it I looped the audio up to 5 times and recorded the result. That's ADC>DAC>ADC>DAC>ADC>DAC>ADC>DAC. I'm not going to claim no one can tell the difference between the original and iteration 5 (to avoid a fight) but it must be extremely difficult. I couldn't. Not by ear alone.

 

Fortunately some kind soul on gearslutz did the same and posted his test files. So you can also test yourself.

 

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/low-end-theory/564195-how-bad-motu-828-mkii-audio-conversion-lets-find-out.html

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the info. Good to know these DAWs would be enough.

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