What an incredible experience! Coupled with Swans M50W 2.1 Set up, this external dac provides a sensational musical experience. It will blow out of water any internal sound card or dac at this price point. The low end is punchy, the highs are smooth, but the biggest surprise is the mids. It can hardly be described over a review, so you have to check it out for yourself.
A big thank you to Headphone Zone Team / Raghav for making Schiit available in India. Much appreciated. It will be great if you could extend the venture to bookshelf speakers as well.
It has been a month that I have been using this little gem and I think it’s time for me to write a meaningful review. First, a thumbs up to the Headphone Zone team for helping me with the purchase and a lightning fast delivery. I am currently using the Modi MB with two sources and it feeds a Marantz PM 6004 Amp with Wharfedale Diamond 10.5 speakers. The first source is a Marantz UD5005 universal disk player through coaxial input. The UD 5005 itself has quite a decent DAC and I was in two minds on whether the MB would have any audible enhancement to the music. Well, after a burn in of about 20-30 hours, I must admit I can hear real improvements. The soundstage is much wider and the overall presentation is tighter with a much improved mid which suited me quite well with the genre of music that I listen to. The second source that I use is a Raspberry Pi running Volumio through USB. My music is a mix of FLAC and 320kbps Mp3/Aac. This is where the MB shines. My previous rig was either to hook up my Fiio X1 to analog inputs directly on the PM6004 or the Marantz AVR NR1606. Since the X1 does not have a digital output it was using its own internal DAC. The difference is day and night. I play analog (vinyl and cassettes) more than I do digital and I must say the resultant sound is quite to my liking not just because of the resolution and clarity but the overall sound signature which has that tightness of analog sound. The music is clear without being analytical. It just shines in all departments. I have also hooked it up with a Fiio headphone amp and used it with a Shure SRH440 and an Audio Technica ATH AD700 and this is really where I think it was the best. I am sure it will be exceptional with a better combination of HP amp and cans. Overall the Schiit Modi MB is very neutral and faithfully brings out details of sound to make it music worth listening to.