- Feb 27, 2008
I'm comparing the rig pictured to my experience with Gen5/Gumby/A2. No experience with the other products you mentioned, sorry.
The Modi MB has very decent instrument definition / clarity, out of the box.
That was my goal with this purchase (for my son-in-law). He will love it (compared to an iPod).
Since USB will be the source for this rig, I went with an Eitr as well ... it greatly improves the stability of the overall rig IMO.
On my Gumby rig, I had went to optical with the old Gen2 USB, which sucked.
When I got the Gen5 USB, I went back to USB. It beats optical SQ. YMMV.
Oh yeah I noticed toslink optical sounded veiled, the coax output is noticeably better. I heard the Gen5 usb is greatly improved over the previous gens. But following the theory of garbage-in-garbage-out. I'm skeptical of how much improvement there can be if both sending and receiving interfaces are not of equal quality and spec. I also didn't want to deal with drivers and differences in USB cables as well additional noises from the USB controllers. So I went straight Coax which is design specifically for audio transmission.