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I only have a Modi2uber dac, would the LCX + SDAC be a better option vs just the LCX amp? Also have a CTH on the way. :)
I have not heard the Modi 2U yet but having owned various schiit dac I think it will out perform the sdac, especially if you use the optical in of the Modi 2U. When I tried the sdac I was unimpressed with the detail it provided. I would consider it a very basic dac provided for portable use.
 
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I have not heard the Modi 2U yet but having owned various schiit dac I think it will out perform the sdac, especially if you use the optical in of the Modi 2U. When I tried the sdac I was unimpressed with the detail it provided. I would consider it a very basic dac provided for portable use.
So no need to upgrade? Thanks! More I can put towards a first set of planers.
 
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So no need to upgrade? Thanks! More I can put towards a first set of planers.
I believe the Modi 2U and LCX would be just fine. If your budget allows it then a Mimby would be the next step up unless you want to get a balance dac to go fully balance into the LCX but that's a whole different ball park though.
 
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I'd also agree, you're Schiit dac would be much better get the LCX..
 
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My Schiit Bimby feeds my LCX very well. To my ears.
 
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I just ordered the LCX without the dac on massdrop today! Thanks
Good choice! After doing some A-B testing (USB) between my Modi2Uber and the onboard SDAC, I'd say I very much prefer the Schiit DAC over the SDAC. This is the case with both the LCX and the CTH. The best way for me to explain the difference is by saying the SDAC is more sterile (or even lifeless at times). As others have said, the Modi2Uber gives you more connectivity options. Once I switched the Uber back to SPDIF, the difference was much larger in favor of the Uber. I think you'll be very happy with your Modi2Uber, CTH and LCX combo.
 
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Well here are a few pics of the PCB out of my LCX, it's very easy to get apart just remember this probably voided my warranty, for me I don't care if this amp goes south it goes to the landfill. I've been listening with my AFO's and this amp has such a nice sq about it really enjoyable..

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Seeing this makes me want to open mine up and heatsink a few things.
 
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And done.. looks like my unit failed QC and had to be hand soldered on the mosfet right above the blue cap in the second pic. Can't complain too much, I got the amp second hand for very cheap and it sounds wonderful. These sinks should help keep it cooler though and I had many laying around anyways.

Also, I noticed a little bump in sound quality.. Just kidding :D

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And done.. looks like my unit failed QC and had to be hand soldered on the mosfet right above the blue cap in the second pic. Can't complain too much, I got the amp second hand for very cheap and it sounds wonderful. These sinks should help keep it cooler though and I had many laying around anyways.

Also, I noticed a little bump in sound quality.. Just kidding :D

Nice! What heat sinks are those (part numbers)? What adhesive did you use?
 
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These were heatsinks left over from an Accellero IV graphics card heatsink upgrade I did. On Amazon you can find a plastic bin of little heatsinks of various size for cheap. Just use double sided adhesive tape like so:
https://www.amazon.com/thickness-Ni...8&keywords=double+sided+adhesive+thermal+tape
Sinks:
https://www.amazon.com/Easycargo-De...1534868896&sr=8-10&keywords=gpu+ram+heatsinks
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https://www.amazon.com/Cosmos-Coppe...=1534868966&sr=1-5&keywords=gpu+ram+heatsinks

To sink the bottom Mosfets you'd need the top KIT as there is 5mm of room available down there. I have mine snugged lightly against the bottom of the case so it is indeed helping transfer a little heat.
 
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These were heatsinks left over from an Accellero IV graphics card heatsink upgrade I did. On Amazon you can find a plastic bin of little heatsinks of various size for cheap. Just use double sided adhesive tape like so:
https://www.amazon.com/thickness-Ni...8&keywords=double+sided+adhesive+thermal+tape
Sinks:
https://www.amazon.com/Easycargo-De...1534868896&sr=8-10&keywords=gpu+ram+heatsinks
OR
https://www.amazon.com/Cosmos-Coppe...=1534868966&sr=1-5&keywords=gpu+ram+heatsinks

To sink the bottom Mosfets you'd need the top KIT as there is 5mm of room available down there. I have mine snugged lightly against the bottom of the case so it is indeed helping transfer a little heat.
That is very helpful, thank you!
 
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And done.. looks like my unit failed QC and had to be hand soldered on the mosfet right above the blue cap in the second pic. Can't complain too much, I got the amp second hand for very cheap and it sounds wonderful. These sinks should help keep it cooler though and I had many laying around anyways.

Also, I noticed a little bump in sound quality.. Just kidding :D
Very cool I'll check out those links thanks dude..
 
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