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Having just added the Modius to my headphone system I agree on the value provided by Schiit on these pieces! Overall I still prefer the more nuanced use of DSD 512 through HQ Player and a Dellta Sigma DAC in my main system, but I wasn't going to match that at Modius pricing for my desktop system.   


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25 minutes ago, sdolezalek said:

Having just added the Modius to my headphone system I agree on the value provided by Schiit on these pieces! Overall I still prefer the more nuanced use of DSD 512 through HQ Player and a Dellta Sigma DAC in my main system, but I wasn't going to match that at Modius pricing for my desktop system.   

 

You're right. I can't upsample to DSD yet with my 2011 i5 Mac mini, so I only send native DSD to it if I want to, and upsample PCM. A new, more powerful Roon/HQPlayer core is on my list of things to do next.


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With Gungnir Multibit (no Unison) I use sinc-L and Gauss1, like it more than NS9. Inakustik USB cable was a very significant change for the better. I also use Inakustik XLR connection to powered Dynaudios.

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4 hours ago, AnotherSpin said:

With Gungnir Multibit (no Unison) I use sinc-L and Gauss1, like it more than NS9. Inakustik USB cable was a very significant change for the better. I also use Inakustik XLR connection to powered Dynaudios.

 

Give NS9 a try if you haven already. The HQP manual says Gauss1 is good for 96k and below rates where NS9 is specifically for 176.4/192 rates and especially good for Multibit DACs. I sometimes try the Closed Form filters too, they're a bit softer.

 

Edit: speaking of the inakustik USB cable... Schiit needs to make a USB C to Type B cable for those of us who travel with MacBooks. 

 


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Nice write-up Doc. A beautiful thing about this hobby is that we have so many choices at so many price points. I use a Yggdrasil (Analog 2 & Unison USB) all the time and have no issues with it only doing PCM and up through 24/192. I also use other DACs that enable me to use HQPlayer and convert to DSD512. It's all good. 

 

I'm reviewing the Schiit JR amp with the Yggdrasil right now. I'm tempted to get a Modi Multibit for its size and performance. Schiit sounds good. 


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1 minute ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

Nice write-up Doc. A beautiful thing about this hobby is that we have so many choices at so many price points. I use a Yggdrasil (Analog 2 & Unison USB) all the time and have no issues with it only doing PCM and up through 24/192. I also use other DACs that enable me to use HQPlayer and convert to DSD512. It's all good. 

 

I'm reviewing the Schiit JR amp with the Yggdrasil right now. I'm tempted to get a Modi Multibit for its size and performance. Schiit sounds good. 

 

I agree 100% If I want an Uber listening experience, I can get it. This thing sounds so good that I enjoy listening to it, that's what matters to me.


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2 hours ago, AudioDoctor said:

 

Give NS9 a try if you haven already. The HQP manual says Gauss1 is good for 96k and below rates where NS9 is specifically for 176.4/192 rates and especially good for Multibit DACs. I sometimes try the Closed Form filters too, they're a bit softer.

 

Edit: speaking of the inakustik USB cable... Schiit needs to make a USB C to Type B cable for those of us who travel with MacBooks. 

 

 

I was trying most of dithers during many years of using HQP, NS-9 too of course. Just because Miska mentioned Gauss1 recently as one of three recommended dithers for R2R DACs (two others NS9 and TPDF) I tried it. And was nicely surprised. I mentioned Inakustik cables because with previous Supra USB Gauss1 was not sounding right, maybe because there was no sinc-L yet. Sinc-L + Gauss1 in my audio set which includes NAA endpoint and Gungnir Multibit sounds just as I like - natural and revealing at the same time, very euphonic.

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1 hour ago, AnotherSpin said:

 

I was trying most of dithers during many years of using HQP, NS-9 too of course. Just because Miska mentioned Gauss1 recently as one of three recommended dithers for R2R DACs (two others NS9 and TPDF) I tried it. And was nicely surprised. I mentioned Inakustik cables because with previous Supra USB Gauss1 was not sounding right, maybe because there was no sinc-L yet. Sinc-L + Gauss1 in my audio set which includes NAA endpoint and Gungnir Multibit sounds just as I like - natural and revealing at the same time, very euphonic.

 

It's interesting that a USB cable would make a noise shaper sound good or bad... It makes me wonder what the USB cables are doing to change the sound.


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8 minutes ago, AudioDoctor said:

 

It's interesting that a USB cable would make a noise shaper sound good or bad... It makes me wonder what the USB cables are doing to change the sound.

 

I'm not going to convince anyone that cables actually affect parameters which may relate to sound quality. Pretty much in consent with my own completely subjective impressions in this area. 🙂

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1 minute ago, AnotherSpin said:

 

I'm not going to convince anyone that cables actually affect sound quality. Pretty much in consent with my own completely subjective impressions in this area. 🙂

 

I legit find it interesting. I'm not sure I'm all in with it, but I do find it interesting and would like to know definitively what's going on. I'll have to wait until someone figures it out I guess.


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Just now, AudioDoctor said:

 

I legit find it interesting. I'm not sure I'm all in with it, but I do find it interesting and would like to know definitively what's going on. I'll have to wait until someone figures it out I guess.

 

Why wait until someone will convince and direct? You could trust yourself, right? After all this is the only way to go, imo. 

 

I found one important thing for myself. I'm trying not to compare parameters one with another directly. After I put a new dither, I am trying to start listening after at least several hours, better the next day. 

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Nice write up.  If someone is not wanting to pay the big bucks for the Modi Multibit (😁) the little brother Modi delta sigma unit at $99 is also shockingly good for the money.


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