Modi 2 Uber Digital/Analog Converter
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- Modi 2 Uber: The Complete Mini-DAC
- Modi 2 Uber offers USB, Toslink, and RCA inputs, each individually selectable via a front-panel button.
- It’s ready for all sample rates, from 16/44.1 to 24/192.
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Modi 2 Uber: The Complete Mini-DAC Honey, I shrunk the Bifrost! That’s the idea behind Modi 2 Uber. Like Bifrost, Modi 2 Uber offers USB, Toslink, and RCA inputs, each individually selectable via a front-panel button. It also has a more sophisticated analog section. And, it’s ready for all sample rates, from 16/44.1 to 24/192. Again, Windows requires drivers. Alert to Microsoft: USB Audio Class 2 was, like, a decade ago. Please support it and stop requiring us to provide drivers. Seriously, Android phones support it. 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. 2-Year Warranty Modi is covered by a limited warranty that covers parts and labor for two years. That’s 2x the warranty of most of the products in this price range.
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My previous high end DAC decided to give up the ghost after over 7 years of use, $2 grand down the drain. :( These days, I just don't have the carefree budget I used to for audio gear, even though long standing "wisdom" in Hi-Fi dictates you should pair reasonably similar caliber equipment together for best results. I really wanted to see what a "lower end" DAC replacement could do for this system as I just didn't have the budget to throw another expensive DAC at my system. My extensive research brought me to Schiit Audio's line of DAC's, I liked that they seem to focus on connectivity and solid audio instead of trying to be just another expensive alternative. I was torn between the more expensive Bitfrost and the Modi 2 Uber, ultimately settling on the Modi to really push the "low end" concept to its maximum potential. Considering the Modi 2 Uber is billed as a lower cost, non-upgradable Bitfrost alternative, it seemed worth the shot.
Thoughts after burn in? Just wow. The Modi 2 Uber literally puts my old $2 thousand dollar DAC to shame...maybe not shame, per se, but it's certainly on par. I can't even believe that a sub $200 DAC can keep pace with high end audio gear, musically and with an incredible soundstage! This DAC is musical, offering a semi analog feel without the lazy, somewhat muddy side effects of analog gear. The soundstage makes my Lascalas sing like they can, allowing the speakers to resolve clarity and detail like few other drivers can. I was a bit worried that the DAC might be a bit bright from my research, which can really be a problem on Lascalas...but I'm happy to report clarity without overabundance on the tweeters. (I will admit my custom crossovers are set to -2db on the tweeters, my preference after extended listening on my old DAC.) Bass is tight and fast, another problem substandard equipment will reveal on the Klipsch speakers...maybe a little less than my previous high end DAC, but almost better to some degrees. The midrange, however, are the Lascalas strong point and this DAC makes the horns sing like I expect allowing vocals to come through strong without getting bogged down by anything else. 24/96 recordings really shine with this DAC, something my previous DAC really didn't reveal as much as I had hoped.
I don't know if it's a matter of design, or that audio-centric capacitors and such have significantly improved in the last ten years...but I would say that this DAC is overall maybe 99% compared to my older, and much more expensive, DAC as far as audio quality. In the early days of external DAC's, I could tell the difference between a high end and low end unit. These days, that line has been blurred much more than I would have expected. For one tenth the price, this Schiit is a sure-fire win for me.
Drawbacks? The supplied power wall wort is a little on the short side...I wish it had a couple more feet of range. I would have appreciated a slightly higher end power input, but also can't say that the supplied power supply is inadequate for the unit considering its size. The input selector switch floats a little bit, this isn't an issue to speak of, but some people expect a solid feel on selector switches. For me, it works and I'm betting it won't be a long term issue. Other than that, I'd have a hard time coming up with flaws. I'd prefer a larger footprint, but for a budget DAC designed primarily for headphone use, the smaller footprint makes sense to me and works for the application it's designed for.
Overall, I'm totally happy with this DAC and am super pleased I gave Schiit Audio a shot on my system. Big picture, this DAC will eventually be replaced by a Bitfrost and sent up to my office system...but it solved an immediate need and allowed me to hear Schiit's sonic signature without breaking the bank. I wouldn't hesitate recommending this DAC for either a headphone setup or Hi-Fi audio scenarios, it's a solid unit for a really fair price and likely better than anything else you can get in a similar price range. In my opinion, I've thoroughly debunked that price is a considerable factor when it comes to DAC's. Thank you Jason Stoddard for bringing high end audio at an acceptable price!
how does it sound? excellent! I use mine at work with the magni 2 uber. it's an excellent paring. the dac is very neutral sounding with excellent micro detail resolution. I've heard the bifrost numerous times and I honestly cant hear much of a difference. the bifrost will resolve more super fine detail, but you have to really really listen hard to make it out. that's a testament to how good the modi is. though the modi is a "budget" dac, it's performance is anything but budget.
any complaints? yep! the input toggle button doesn't feel so great in it's movement. also, the power switch on the modi should be on the opposite end as the magni. what I find is that when I go to turn the components on, I have to pull them out from behind my monitor stand because the magni power switch is in the same spot as the modi's so it blocks me. I admit these are ridiculous nitpicks. but they do annoy me a bit, so I have to mention them.
all in all the modi is an excellent dac that performs far above it's price point. in my opinion it's the best dac under $200. what about competition? I think the odac is as good sounding, but isn't as attractive looking, and lacks the modi 2 uber's connectivity. but it's a very serious competitor worth your attention. the fiio dacs don't have quite the same micro resolution that the modi does, though they're more appealing looking than the odac. I think the schiit's superior detail retrieval put it a step above the fiio line. the small dongle dacs like the dragonfly are quite good, but aren't quite up to par in their resolution, and lack connectivity. they're great for mobile use, but for desktop use I much prefer the modi or odac.
so if you're looking for a killer dac look no further. I honestly believe under $200 you will not find a better dac than the modi.
Ultimately, this DAC does a fine job of what it's supposed to: convert your digital audio to analog sound. It produces music faithfully, is well built, easy to setup, offers flexibility with its inputs, and takes up very little space on a desktop. I am thrilled to own it and I use it almost everyday, so I highly recommend it.
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