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Modi USB Digital/Analog Convertor

by Schiit
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  • Modi is the most advanced USB DAC under $100 that is made in the USA.
  • C-Media CM6631 USB 2.0 asynchronous input receiver and 24-bit AKM4396 DAC
  • Modi plugs into virtually any computer-Windows or Mac-and requires no drivers to deliver great sound, up to 24/96 sampling rates
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Modi USB Digital/Analog Convertor + Magni Headphone Amplifier + PYST RCA Cables (6 inches)
Price for all three: $240.00

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3.5 x 1.2 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00CICPN0K
  • Item model number: SCH-08
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 24, 2013
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Product Description

Modi is the most advanced USB DAC under $100 that is made in the USA. With a C-Media CM6631 USB 2.0 asynchronous input receiver and 24-bit AKM4396 DAC coupled to an active filter output stage, Modi is ideal for a computer-centered audio system. USB Powered, No Drivers Modi plugs into virtually any computer-Windows or Mac-and requires no drivers to deliver great sound, up to 24/96 sampling rates. It features asynchronous transfer with individual crystal oscillators for the 44.1 and 48k sampling rates, and uses the USB Audio 1.0 standard over USB 2.0, and is powered by the USB port. 24-Bit AKM4396 DAC Modi uses the 24-bit AKM4396 DAC with switched-capacitor filtering and a high-quality active filter section with excellent line-driving capability. Yeah, we know, engineerese is a disease. What this means is that it uses one of the highest-performance DAC ICs out there, and it will comfortably drive long cables. You can easily hide Modi behind your computer and run long RCAs to your main audio system. Made in USA By "made in USA," we mean made in USA. The vast majority of the total production cost of Modi-chassis, boards, assembly, etc-goes to US companies. Our board house is 20 minutes away from our office in Newhall. Our chassis guys are just over the hill in the Valley.


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Customer Reviews

You get really great sound quality.
distantdark
The Modi is built to work with the Magni, though you can use it with other amps too.
Bob M.
Clear well defined sound stage now with shimmering instruments, just beautiful.
Vaughn Knapp

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Bob M. on May 19, 2013
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I've reviewed this DAC and it's companion product, the Magni Headphone Amplifier on the Magni page, I invite you to read that review as well. Up until very recently, I was kind of oblivious to why I'd need a product like this (and I'm an engineer). I have become convinced that this is an essential piece of equipment that's a vital piece in the chain of reproducing good audio, though it isn't immediately apparent why it's so vital.

Back when we listened to vinyl records or analog tapes, we didn't need DAC's. The music was already in analog format. But today, most music is stored in digital form on your computer or iPod. A Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) is needed to convert the digital form into something your ears can understand. While many products have cheap little DACs built into them (like iPods), they are just barely enough to do the job. As it turns out, they aren't good enough if you want to listen to really good headphones, really good amplifiers, or really good music.

I'll put this simply: If you're going to invest in some good quality audio gear, then you need a good DAC. It's just as important as a good amplifier or good headphones. Fortunately, this DAC is inexpensive (as DAC's go), and it's good enough for the vast majority of music you or I will listen to. You can buy better, but you'll spend a lot more. The Modi is built to work with the Magni, though you can use it with other amps too.

I recommend spending some quality time at Head-fi.org, where you can learn more about headphone audio. Once I decided on buying the Magni, the Modi was an easy choice. And they look awesome together too.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Charles E Sheets Jr. on July 17, 2013
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When I did research on different DACs I kept reading about Schiit Audio. Schiit is a relative newcomer to the world of audiophile quality equipment. Great to see a company who has a sense of humor about their name but takes their products very seriously. I also like the fact their products are made in the USA. That's a rare find.

I originally settled on the Bifrost. I sent an email to the company, explained my needs and asked about the differences between the Bifrost and Modi. I received a fast reply from Jason Stoddard himself, one of the co-founders of Schiit Audio. He explained the USB section is basically the same, however capped at 24/96 for driverless operation. (The detectable difference between 24/96 and 24/192 is debatable. File me under the camp who thinks 192KHz is beyond overkill.) Since I only needed USB, the Modi seemed perfect for my needs, and at a $99 price point, I couldn't lose.

The quality itself is fantastic. The Modi has an all metal construction, and a great look on my desk. Sound quality is unbeatable at this price point. You can buy better sounding DACs, but be prepared to spend 3-4 times the price. I'm using the Modi with my very budget minded setup, iMac USB out > Modi > Topping TP21 > Energy C100s, with good quality interconnects.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Swantkowski on October 14, 2013
This product is my first foray into computer-based audio... That said, I will say that I am a long-time audiophile, and have all tube equipment, including my CD player... So I was up against some formidable equipment to compare this relatively inexpensive DAC to...

Well, I can honestly say that the Modi held its own against my other comparisons... I will add here that anyone evaluating the Modi should give it a generous break-in period of at least 100 hrs. play time... No, I'm not kidding... The unit really opened up after that period of time used...
Trust me here...

I listen to mostly classical music, and I started by streaming some music from Pandora... My computer runs Windows 7, and the computer instantly recognized the Modi, and self-loaded the proper drivers... As I said, after the break-in, the sound was quite sumptuous, and I would say very near CD redbook quality...

The Modi is a dedicated USB asynchronous device... Asynchronous means that the unit takes control of things like clocking and reapportioning computer audio resources in real time...

At any rate, for $99.00, I don't think you can do any better than this unit... I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to use their computer as an audio component for their stereo system... (m.)
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While all the stellar reviews of this DAC are good to read, I thought someone should mention that due to a known system issue, the Modi (like some other USB DACs) is incompatible with many computers using 4th Generation Intel Core (code-named 'Haswell') processors, including the current (mid-late 2013) models of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. The incompatibility problems can exist with systems running either Windows or OS X. While the latest update of OS X Mavericks (10.9.2), released on 25 Feb 2014, successfully resolved audio distortion problems affecting some other USB DACs, the update had no effect on the issues affecting the Modi.

When plugged into the USB port of a current MacBook Pro or MacBook Air laptop, the audio output cycles a random intervals between the Schiit Audio Modi DAC and the default audio output--usually the laptop's internal speakers. Sometimes, the machines may not recognize when the Modi is plugged in, only for the USB audio output to rapidly cycle on and off once the Modi is successfully discovered.

My brand new Modi, which arrived yesterday, didn't work at all with my new (current model) MacBook Pro, it worked just fine with my older (late 2012) MacBook Air, which uses a 3rd Generation 'Ivy Bridge' Intel Core processor instead of the affected 4th Generation 'Haswell' processors.

Although the Schiit website so far has no mention of the problem or of a resolution for it, discussions of the problem on various computer audio forums have speculated the problem is related to insufficient power being delivered via the USB 3.0 ports of affected machines. Solutions involving separately powered USB hubs have been rumored to have resolved the issue for at least some users.

For those with machines using Haswell processors, an alternative could be the Schiit Bitfrost DAC, which appears to be unaffected by the problem.
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