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schiit modi vs. audioengine d1

at first listen to both products, i very much prefered the d1. the modi was a little hard, bright.in just two days, what a difference !

the hardness, brightness that i noticed on the modi initially, is softening , when i've switched back to the d1, it sounds slightly veiled, congested, where the modi is spacious, clear,better control of the bass. while i like the d1, love the volume control, i very much prefer the sound of the modi,
i believe the modi the keeper, i'm still gonna hang on to it a couple more days, while i investigate a headphone amp, and believe me, the magni is at the top of the list !

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I think the D1 seems geared

I think the D1 seems more geared towards bridging your PC, Laptop, TV, DVD, CD, Blu-Ray, and stuffs with powered monitors (such as their A5+ and A2) as a primary function, and headphone DAC/Amp as a secondary function.

The Modi is only a USB DAC with pre-outs. It does not have a headphone amp which might explain the missing volume control. It seems that the Modi is the soulmate of the Magni, which does have volume control. Together they seem to be geared towards driving headphones as a primary function.

What are you using the D1 and the Modi with? Headphones? Powered monitors?

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modi vs d1

my speakers are audioengine a2's, headphones sennheiser hd203's.most of my listening is with the a2's connected to my laptop.

as for what i'm looking for in the unit to keep, it the sound when used primarily as a dac, which the modi wins to my ears.

the thing about the volume control is its just very conveniant , it controls the volume of the dac, which helps because the volume of the a2's is on the back of the speakers.

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You are correct! I didn't

You are correct! I didn't notice that the A2's controls were on the back. I would rather have it on the front or the side for convenience, but it is what it is I guess.

Also, thank you very much for sharing your impressions. From what I've read, the Modi is a top performer in its class.

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top performer

i know the modi is the top performer of the dacs i've heard, that being the modi, the d1, and the fiio e10.

the d1 is not very far behind, and is a little more forgiving of source material, and i suspect associated equipment. plus it has the convineance factor, which is making my decision of which to keep, and which to return difficult !

ahh, decisions !!

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The D1 is a very very good

The D1 is a very very good DAC/amp for so little money.  It beats the Magni.  I have not tried teh Modi so I can't comment on how it stacks up.

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d1

in the end,  i picked the d1, the sound is a little warmer, which is more forgiving of lesser source material, and the convience factor, much easier to go between headphone and speaker listening, and the volume control. now looking to move up from my sennheiser hd 203's

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Steinberg UR-22 24/192 usb interface

I have enjoyed this little $150 device for months now. Has a headphone out with control and a line out with a separate control. It also has 2 mic pres that can also be set for line level, but I won't us it for that. I was just trying to upgrade the audio over the internal sound card from my desktop. No external power needs as it draws it from the USB. A steal for the price and no driver issues. Yamaha now owns Steinberg.

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