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post #16 of 19
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this is so weird ... since my DAC (Modi) connected via USB ... if I listen to music and do browsing on PC, it doesn't play smoothly. Pretty much any tasking on PC that may slow it down is reflecting on sound. How is that possible>?

 

I plugged into my new USB3 card.

 

Do you have a USB2 port free? try that. Or if you have connect any USB hub to the USB3 port and then use the modi. This seems to be an issue with (some) DACs for quite some time. Even with the HDP via USB I had this issue, my Modi is connected via a powered USB3 hub and everything is fine (but on a Mac).

 

Cheers,


Edited by Koolpep - 4/6/14 at 12:40am
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by Koolpep View Post

Do you have a USB2 port free? try that. Or if you have connect any USB hub to the USB3 port and then use the modi. This seems to be an issue with (some) DACs for quite some time. Even with the HDP via USB I had this issue, my Modi is connected via a powered USB3 hub and everything is fine (but on a Mac).

Cheers,

Yep, once plugged into USB2.0, problem was gone

Thank you
post #18 of 19
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but was it 3 times better sounding? :-)

 

that's the question ... I am sure that a $1,000 woo amp is going to sound better than $129 Vali .... question is ...by how much? to keep in mind, not soooo trained ears as I've been in this hobby for less than a year and have not heard the best.

Please try to avoid the word 'better'! Instead I suggest that you find out what kind of sound you like best, and ask for more specifically: more bass, treble, balanced frequency spectrum, space, resolved details. Otherwise you will be send around from amp to amp only to find out that 'better' for xyz sounds worse for your ears.

 

Also, what could be 3 times better? If you buy really cheap amps or headphones, there is potential to improve sound so significantly, that is is easy to hear. This is the fun place and you seem to be right there. Enjoy as long as it lasts. 

When you listen to high quality equipment, changes in sound signature will diminish until you may need to listen carefully with well known recordings, to recognize and name the differences between amps. This is the point, where you are discussing personal listening preferences. Again, the word 'better' doesn't apply. The word 'price' most likely applies though.

 

Now, what is a high quality equipment? I guess, this is where prices are outrageously high. But for some listeners it is audio stuff that produces smooth sound without artificially enhanced details, for others it is perfect resolution of all the details, for a third party it is a lot of bass or treble (because it sounds so sparkling) ... or close to live music?

 

So what is close to live music? A crappy and deafening pa system is live, but you don't want sound like that at home - I guess. A string quartet in a small hot humid hall sounds mellow, in a cold, dry, large hall it sounds crispy and clear... - uh, depending on where you sit...

Welcome to a world of confusion. If there were easy answers, would this forum have so many pages?


Edited by mironathetin - 6/10/14 at 5:28am
post #19 of 19

no its definetly not a joke,i had the vali (great bang for the buck) it sounded excellent with my grado 225i,your getting great value and quality. im buying the modi usb to pair with magni ,i think the sound will be tolerable now compared to just the computer,i woudnt even listen to just the  magni and computer.the modi should do the trick.but id like to try the combo with the mad dogs but im saving my money right now.i find the magni is excellent sonically on my nad int. amp and nad cd player,but the vali was better, i dont think anything that schiit makes is a joke compared to other  models out there. and thats no ********.

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