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post #16 of 49

Pianist,

 

nice write-up ! As DB says, every component in your rig is important to squeeze the extra SQ. In my own experience, I use a Macbook Air but I decided not to even worry about using the internal card. I use the Schiit Bifrost Uber and connect the laptop through USB. These days, USB implementations on DACs, especially the Uber, are very good. If, after careful testing, it looks like you may need to upgrade your DAC, I would unhesitatingly recommend the Bifrost Uber with the USB. This is only my opinion of course. I think the Vali can get you far but I hesitate to recommend it for orthos (if you want to go that route). For most dynamic HPs, Vali is plenty.

post #17 of 49

I have never used Winamp so I can't say anything about it, but there is some setup involved both in windows and in your player to get the best performance from an outboard dac of any kind. I am lazy I just setup Foobar to optimize 24/96 files and live with it when I am playing regular redbook files, even though I know I am not getting the best I could possibly get, it is good enough. If you really think your soundcard is as good as the Modi I would have to say, either you have a pretty good sound card, or a bad dac, or something in your setup is messed up. My modi is way better than my soundcard but that is my Modi on my system, making that information pretty much useless to you. Maybe you can borrow another dac to compare to both the Modi and your soundcard and see how that goes?

post #18 of 49
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UPDATE: After a few days of comparison .... biggest sound improvement I hear when I compare my HD598 with PC sound card VS HD600 Modi/Vali. Truly big difference. If I can get same amount of improvement by getting a better amp or better DOC ... just point me to the direction :-)

post #19 of 49
There are very diminishing returns as you go up in quality of DACs/headphone amps. Upgrading from the Modi/Vali to a better DAC/headphone amp would not give you the same kind of upgrade as from your sound card.
post #20 of 49
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

There are very diminishing returns as you go up in quality of DACs/headphone amps. Upgrading from the Modi/Vali to a better DAC/headphone amp would not give you the same kind of upgrade as from your sound card.

 

Even if I go double on DAC and double on Amp? :-)

post #21 of 49
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Even if I go double on DAC and double on Amp? :-)
Don't even think about it. Improvement is never linear.
post #22 of 49
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Even if I go double on DAC and double on Amp? :-)

You probably have to go double just to get any improvement.

The purpose of a DAC is to accurately convert digital to analog. I would argue that the Modi is probably pretty close to doing that.
post #23 of 49
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You probably have to go double just to get any improvement.

The purpose of a DAC is to accurately convert digital to analog. I would argue that the Modi is probably pretty close to doing that.


I thought so too...until I got my Uber Bifrost.

post #24 of 49
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You probably have to go double just to get any improvement.

The purpose of a DAC is to accurately convert digital to analog. I would argue that the Modi is probably pretty close to doing that.


agree but wouldn't the main area for improvement be in the power supply , and analog stage, ?

dacs with the same digital chips can, and often to, sound different

there are very audible differences in the modi and the bifrost, and bifrost and the bifrost uber(though sound difference is not as much here)

post #25 of 49
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maybe I am deaf or I just like to feel big improvement if I spend double, but sound difference I achieved with $250 + better headphones (HD600 vs HD598) is great. Are you saying that upgrading to Bifrost will have same impact?

post #26 of 49
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ultimately I am thinking if upgrading to Asgard 2 AMP over Vali will have significant improvement that anyone can hear without paying a very clear attention to sound 

post #27 of 49
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Originally Posted by Pianist718 View Post

maybe I am deaf or I just like to feel big improvement if I spend double, but sound difference I achieved with $250 + better headphones (HD600 vs HD598) is great. Are you saying that upgrading to Bifrost will have same impact?
Only the listener, buyer can make the decision if the any upgrade is"worth" any certain dollar amount
I thought it a worthwhile upgrade
post #28 of 49
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Only the listener, buyer can make the decision if the any upgrade is"worth" any certain dollar amount
I thought it a worthwhile upgrade

 

just looked through your inventory of very impressive headphones LCD, RS1i, GS100i ... very cool.

I compared Grados 225 to many other headphones ... there was something about Grados that I liked and hated for other kinds of music. Electric guitar on Grados 225 was amazing. It didn;'t do so well on the Sennheiser HD598 ... so, out of all 9 diff headphones I tried, Grados are the ones that I'd maybe buy as a second pair for a very different sound compared to HD598 or HD600.

 

P.S. Is your Schiit Vali enough to handle LCD and grados?

post #29 of 49
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just looked through your inventory of very impressive headphones LCD, RS1i, GS100i ... very cool.
I compared Grados 225 to many other headphones ... there was something about Grados that I liked and hated for other kinds of music. Electric guitar on Grados 225 was amazing. It didn;'t do so well on the Sennheiser HD598 ... so, out of all 9 diff headphones I tried, Grados are the ones that I'd maybe buy as a second pair for a very different sound compared to HD598 or HD600.

P.S. Is your Schiit Vali enough to handle LCD and grados?
I haven't updated my gear list, I don't have the vali anymore, I have a lyr, but the vali sounds great with both, I've owned it a few times, and may again one day
post #30 of 49
Pianist, I just realized you have the Sierra-1s in your signature. Cool. That, or the Sierra-2, are my next upgrade for my desktop setup smily_headphones1.gif
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