Connect With USB,
Toslink SPDIF & Coaxial SPDIF
SCHIIT INTRODUCES THE NEXT GENERATION DAC - THE MODI 3E
Schiit started its journey in 2010 when two audio industry veterans decided it was time to shake things up. The two audiophiles are Jason Stoddard, formerly of Sumo, and Mike Moffat, formerly of Theta. Together, they have designed dozens of audio and A/V products. Schiit has long remained a favourite manufacturer of digital converters and headphone amplifiers among audiophiles. Schiit is now introducing the Modi 3E, the next-generation DAC. The Schiit Modi 3E raises the bar for headphone audio! After giving it a try, you'll notice that the sound has become better by becoming crisp, warmer, and more accurate.
FEATURES ESS SABRE DAC CHIPSET THAT DELIVERS PHENOMENAL SONIC PERFORMANCE
Schiit engineers have designed the Modi 3E to deliver the cleanest and most precise audio reproduction. For this reason, they have incorporated the ESS ES9018 D/A converter chipset from ESS Sabre. The SABRE32 Reference audio DAC ESS ES9018 is the world’s highest-performance 32-bit audio DAC solution targeted for consumer applications. With ESS’ patented 32-bit HyperStream™ DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, the SABRE32 Reference ESS ES9018 stereo D/A converter delivers exceptional sonic performance that will satisfy the most discerning audio enthusiasts. Modi 3E houses the ESS ES9018 D/A converter, with an OPA1656 with precision thin-film resistors, DC coupled to deliver precise digital to analogue conversion. It also features a Schiit Unison USB™ USB receiver chipset for lossless audio transmission from your devices. Modi 3E performs far beyond its size.
EXPERIENCE HIGH-QUALITY SOUND WITH JUST ABOUT ANY SOURCE DEVICE
Plug Modi 3E into virtually any computer or streamer, and you are ready to go, complete with the best USB interface available: Schiit's own Unison USB™. Or, choose an optical or coaxial digital source with the included wall power supply. Or connect to your phones and tablets that need a low-power-draw device, again using the wall power supply. Modi 3E accepts pretty much any input you can throw at it! If you're using headphones, add a Magni for its preamp outputs for volume control. You only need to add an SYS Passive Preamp if you aren't using headphones to regulate the analogue volume.
SKILLFULLY DESIGNED AND BUILT IN THE USA AND FUSED WITH THOUGHTFUL INPUTS AND OUTPUTS
Modi 3E's build is smooth yet elegant, with high-quality metal housing. All Schiit audio products are designed and made in California. Chassis, boards, transformers, assembly, and other components of the complete Modi 3E production are made primarily in the USA. The team of engineers at Schiit have designed the Modi 3E to incorporate multiple inputs and outputs for easy connectivity and compatibility. The front panel consists of Power LED, which lights up when you have Modi 3E plugged into a computer or an external power source. It also comprises the Input Selector switch, which allows you to toggle and switch between inputs. When it is at the top, Unison USB™ input is enabled. Coaxial input is enabled when it is at the bottom, and Optical (Toslink) input is enabled when it is in the middle. The rear panel consists of RCA Analog Outputs, Coaxial Digital Input, Optical Digital Input, USB Data and Power Input, and Power Input.
If you’re using Modi 3E as a USB only DAC, you don’t need Power Input. Just connect it to your computer with the supplied USB Micro cable and you’re set.
If you’re using the other digital inputs, and you’re NOT using USB, you need Power Input. Modi 3E won’t work without power, and power comes from USB.
|INPUTS||USB, Toslink SPDIF & Coaxial SPDIF|
|SAMPLE RATES AND BIT DEPTHS||16/44.1 to 24/192 via USB, Coax, and Optical|
|INPUT RECEIVERS||Modi 3E USB: Schiit Unison USB™
SPDIF: AKM 4113
|D/A CONVERSION IC||Modi 3E: ESS ES9018|
|ANALOG SUMMING, ACTIVE FILTERING||Modi 3E: Based on OPA1656 with precision thin-film resistors, DC coupled|
|OUTPUT||RCA Stereo Analog (single-ended)|
|OUTPUT IMPEDANCE||75 ohms|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20Hz-20KHz, +/-0.1dB|
|MAXIMUM OUTPUT||2.0V RMS|
|THD||Modi 3E: <0.0002%, 20Hz-20KHz, 0dB|
|IMD||Modi 3E: <0.0002%, CCIR|
|S/N||Modi 3E: >118dB, referenced to 2V RMS, unweighted|
|CROSSTALK||Greater than -124dB, 20-20kHz|
|POWER SUPPLY||Modi 3E: USB powered with +/-5V switching rail generator; auxiliary USB power input for 0mA USB power draw devices (like phones and tablets)|
|SIZE||5 x 3.5 x 1.25”|
1. Schiit Modi 3E
2. USB Micro Cable
|GENERIC NAME||Digital Audio Converter|
|IMPORTER DETAILS||Importers Name: Ferrari Video
Address: 63/18, 1st Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Chennai - 600020
Contact No: 044-24420733
The Schiit Story
The story of Schiit Audio begins with two veteran audiophiles Jason Stoddard, formerly of Sumo, and Mike Moffat, formerly of Theta coming together to shake things up a bit. Both of them have extensive experience in developing lots of audio and A/V products including the Andromeda III, Cobalt 307, DS Pre and Angstrom 200. From power amplifiers, I/V conversion stages, D/A converters, relay-switched stepped attenuator volume controls in preamps to developing the first DTS home theatre surround processor on the market, Schiit Audio has developed a lot of audio products over the years.
Getting into Designing Headphones
Headphones are the need of the hour everyone who likes music uses a headphone. Therefore Schiit Audio moved to develop personal audio equipment while continuing to design a speaker-based system which includes the industry-leading preamps, amps and DACs. So right now Schiit Audio has a plethora of audio products ranging from personal audio to speaker-based systems. Schiit designs affordable audio products that bring happiness in your lives.
True Multibit DACs and Unique Digital Filter
Unlike ordinary DACs that use delta-sigma, NOS (new old stock) D/A chips, multibit chips, high-cost R2R ladders, Schiit uses unique DSP-based closed-form digital filter which improves the sonic performance of the multibit DAC. Therefore the Schiit's multibit technology brings all of it together using the current-production, medical/military grade D/A converters.
Innovation in Analog
Schiit has opted for an innovative approach for the analog side as well. Even the most affordable Schiit headphone amplifier is a miniature, fully discrete, DC coupled, current-feedback power amplifier. Schiit is credited for introducing Continuity output stage to solve the issue of transconductance droop which was common in Class AB amplifier design. Schiit has also developed balanced topologies like Nexus in Ragnarok 2 and a perfect combination of tube and solid-state with Coherence in Lyr 3.
Designed with High-End Materials for Durability
All the Schiit products are designed for solidity and durability. Even the smallest of the products are made of aluminium and steel while the larger products are made of high-end C core transformers, power supply filtering and low-noise control. All the products have to go through severe testing procedures including the latest APx555 audio analyzer and Avermetrics analyzers. Every product from Asgard and up goes through burn-in to address the issues faced during the initial period of usage. Schiit takes care of all the service and support requirements so that you can concentrate on great sound.
Handcrafted in the USA
Schiit believes that local control of all the aspects of production improves the delivering of the product. Therefore all the Schiit products are designed and made in the USA and most of the cost of the components are going to the US-based companies. Assembled in the USA means that Schiit's chassis guys are from San Fernando Valley, Schiit transformers are made in California, Schiit boards come from the east coast of the USA and all the designing, assembling and testing of Schiit products happen in Valencia, California.
Windows. Windows 10 or 11 are plug and play with our DACs.
Mac OSX. From 10.7 on up, Macs have been plug and play with Modi Multibit. From 10.10 on up, you’re good to go with Unison USB on Schiit Modi 3E. This now includes Mac OS 11.
iOS. From iOS7 on up, iOS devices work with our DACs using a USB Camera Connection Kit, Lightning to USB Camera Adapter, or Lightning to USB3 Camera Adapter.
Android. Most Android devices that shipped with Android M or above work with our DACs using a USB OTG cable. Some may require separate player software, like USB Audio Player Pro.
Linux. Most Linux distros that support UAC2 natively will be plug and play with our DACs. Please note that we cannot provide detailed technical support for Linux.
Roon. Roon recognizes our products and is plug and play. Most streamers. Most streamers are Linux-based, so they have no problem with our USB input.
2 Year Warranty
Don't sweat it, this Schiit - Modi 3E comes with a warranty
from Schiit that covers manufacturing defects.
All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.
Read more about Schiit's warranty in India.
My current setup: Raspberry Pi with a Digi Hat running Volumio acts as the streamer. Marantz PM6006 is the Amp and DAC. Speakers are Dali Zensor 3. I mostly play FLAC files. I decided to buy an external DAC as the next step towards incrementally improving my setup.
After considering few other DACs I zeroed on to Schiit Modi 3E. HFZ as always delivered it on the next day. I did lots of A/B testing of Modi 3E against the inbuilt DAC of PM6006 (which is already a decent one). I do not know how to articulate the difference; I am not a great listener who can differentiate minor changes. However, as a casual listener I can say that the sound with Modi 3E is more pleasing to listen and I am incredibly happy with the purchase.
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I was a bit sceptical about the 3E and its implementation of a different chip set because of supply chain issues... Boy I was wrong. The sound is just incredible. Makes my setup with speakers and amp sound amazing. Am also using it with the HD820s' and the separation and depth in the soundstage is just mind blowing. It is still being run in as I have just been using it for a few days, and yet its so impressive. Highly recommended.
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