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Experience high-quality audio with the Modi 3. It features an AKM AK4490 DAC with a DC-coupled output. This DAC is based on AD8512 with precision thin-film resistors. Be it your phone or desktop, the Modi 3 is able to connect to just about any source device (including your smartphone) with its USB, Toslink SPDIF and Coaxial SPDIF inputs.
While using headphones, simply connect the Modi 3 to a Schiit Magni via its preamp outputs and adjusting the volume is a breeze. No headphones? A Schiit SYS Passive Preamp is the answer to all your analogue volume problems.
|INPUTS||USB, Toslink SPDIF, Coaxial SPDIF|
|SAMPLE RATES AND BIT DEPTHS||16/44.1 to 24/192 via USB, Coax, and Optical|
|INPUT RECEIVERS||USB: C-Media CM6631A
SPDIF: AKM 4113)
|D/A CONVERSION IC||AKM AK4490|
|ANALOG SUMMING, ACTIVE FILTERING||Based on OPA1662 with precision thin-film resistors, DC coupled|
Impedance: 75 ohms
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20Hz-20KHz, +/-0.25dB|
|MAXIMUM OUPPUT||2.0V RMS|
|THD||<0.001%, 20Hz-20KHz, at max output|
|S/N||>104dB, referenced to 1.5VRMS, unweighted|
|POWER SUPPLY||USB powered with +/-5V switching rail generator; auxiliary USB power input for 0mA USB power draw devices (like phones and tablets)|
|WEIGHT||453g (1 lb)|
Schiit Modi 3
5V USB Wall-Wart
USB Micro Cable
Yes. But that’s not all—it is also the best delta-sigma Modi we’ve ever made. It’s also the most versatile Modi we’ve ever made. And it also comes with a cable and a wall power supply.
Yep, Modi Multibit is the least expensive multibit DAC based on a modern platform—from any manufacturer, anywhere. We’re pretty proud of it. It’s got a whole lot of technology packed into it, from its DSP-based digital filter to the unique-to-audio AD5547 D/A converter. And, it has a 100% linear power supply, 100% standard.
Pretty much. Both Modis can be used with virtually any computer with no drivers: Windows, Mac, or Linux distros that support UAC 2.0. Some older Windows machines may need a driver, which we provide at schiit.com/drivers. You can also use both Modis with phones and tablets, as well as most Intel Chromebooks.
Lots. Let’s break it down:
The wall adapter is universal in the sense that you can plug it into pretty much any common AC wall voltage--100V to 240V--and it will (a) not self-immolate, and (b) provide 5V out of a USB connector. It does have a US/Japan style plug, but you can use a plug adapter and plug it in pretty much anywhere. Or you can use any 5V-out USB wall adapter you have handy. Or a battery pack. Or a computer.
The catch is you don’t get the fancy button and LEDs of the Modi Multibit. You also don’t get the DSP-based digital filter, or the AD5547 DAC. You also lose the linear power supply for a switcher.
We’ve said we would never use one where we didn’t need to. In this case, to hit the performance and price we were looking for, it needed a switcher. Don’t worry. It’s a very nice switcher.
We think you’re a little strange, because the output of that fancy power supply is going into a switcher, anyway. But if it makes you happy, we’re not going to stop you. Nor will we try to sell you such a power supply.
Right. If you’re looking at standard performance metrics for steady-state signals, delta-sigma DACs will measure better than Multibit. If you’re looking for measurements, Modi 3 is your DAC.
Let us cut you off right there, because we know how this argument goes. And goes. And goes. And keeps on going. Here’s the deal: we are free to believe what we want. So are you. If your belief system leads you to devices that perform well by standard metrics, cool. If not, that’s also cool. There’s room for both viewpoints. Look up “Schiit Happened, The Objectivist/Subjectivist Synthesis.” And even then you may think we’re entirely full of it. And that’s cool.
Actually, the question should be “What platforms support your USB input?” since our USB input is 100% UAC2 compliant (that is, USB Audio Class 2, the accepted standard for USB audio transmission.) So, here you go:
We did. They’re just in different chassis and costs another $99-149. They’re called “Magni 3” and “Vali 2.” The latter of which even gives you a tube! Now you have options, instead of a single boring, soon-to-be-obsolete combo box.
Because you want something big enough to hold down the curling veneer on the fake-bark stereo rack you got on sale at K-Mart in 1979. Or because you want even higher performance. Or upgradability. Modis aren’t upgradable.
If it’s your experience that all DACs sound the same, that’s cool. There’s a DAC in your iPhone or Android phone, so you can use that one and save even more cash.
Don't sweat it, this Schiit Modi 3 comes with a 2 year 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.
I have connected this dac to my marantz integrated amplifier, and it sounds very good, it's slightly high on bass side, but still its very clear and stereo imaging is perfect.
I am using my Schiit Modi 3 DAC with my Logitech Squeezebox and Cambridge Audio CA351 amp. The quality of sound has improved a lot since I switched over from the internal DAC in the Squeezebox. Still in the burning in process, therefore I'll put in a detailed review later.
i have three dacs 2 from topping and one from nobsound all chinese dac i have topping dx3 pro its using DUAL ak4493 dac and topping d10 using ess 9018 k2m dac and nobsound is having ess 9038 dac not the pro version . modi3 is only having akm ak4490 dac chip ITS 4 year old dac chip . but it still sound better than all three dac .i only got modi 3 last week it is not properly burned in if there is such a thing as burn in period .i think its not about the dac its more about implementation .even though ak4490 is an old dac still sounds better .HAPPY WITH THE PURCHASE .
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Thank you headphone zone for the quick delivery. Coming to the product it has opened up the soundstage to a great extent, every instrument and vocals are crystal clear.Loving the sound coming from my wharfedales.
For sub 10000 INR, Modi-3 is the best desktop DAC you can buy. Very clean output and good connectivity options. This time it's USb 5V powered so no worry about bulky AC power bricks. Separate power and data port ensure lower noise and easily can be hooked up with even phones. Only draw back is no On/Off switch. So far very happy with this purchase.
Over all excellent sound quality from a good product at decent price.
Desire-ables are input cables , good RCA cables.these should be offered at max 10% premium or be included.
Installation Instructions and better packaging are also required
I bought this as I screwed up my CA DACmagic 100 while trying to switch back to 5532 from LME 49720 (by the way you need to be electronic buff to understand what I mean),
This DAC is solid performer and compete any thing that costs 25000(other than Schiit). If you want to begin your journey for good quality audio this the start point and a big step as any thing after this with better sound quality will cost you more than 25K.
I was looking for a dac to upgrade tge sound from the tv set top box and normal cd player and feed it to my stereo amp powering floor standing speakers. During my discussion with a friend in TIAF he introduced me to modi 3. Did some research , got convinced, but it was already out of stock. Now the wait started and one saturday the notification from HPZ came that it is back on stock. Ordered it then and there. And guess what by monday it is already out of stock.
With my amp Nad 326 bee which is actually warm sounding amp the addition of Modi 3 added more warmth. I had to turn down the bass knob down to minimum to make the sound more natural. The details that these bring out are awesome . it has been a VFM upgrade to overall sq of the system. Totally worth the price. Wish it had a bluetooth connectivity too.
It is always good to write review to help others take right decision similar to how reviews on this website has helped me. I am not new to the audiophile world, but this is my first DAC purchase.
Now about Schiit Modi3 – Very decent sound quality. I am able to hear various music instruments properly and the subtle notes in some compositions are also presented very clearly. I have used all the connectivity options at the back by connecting a NAD CD player C525BEE (14 years old) through co-axial cable, WD media hub through Toslink fibre optic cable and laptop/android mobile through the usb cable. It is ideal if PC/laptop is used to take the out signal (usb mode), gives better output.
For amplification I am using an Integrated stereo amplifier NAD C325BEE, 50Wrms per channel at 8 ohms connected to a pair of Elac bookshelf speakers (Debut-B5). The amp is 14 years old and still produces great sound. This DAC matches well with this amp. While using Schiit Modi3 Bass is on higher side so ideally Flat tonal setting cannot be used. Adjustment of Bass knob to 10’o clock position and Treble knob to 2’o clock position makes it just perfect for my listening.
Although I am not an expert but still I strongly recommend this for music listeners who want “A No Nonsense” simple device offering great vale at this price point. Also like to mention a very nice buying and delivery experience by Headphone zone and Blue dart.
Hey, this makes us super happy! So glad to know that you love them:) Happy listening !!
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Hi! Can this be used with Android phones? And does it come with company sealed box? Thank you.
Yes, it comes in a sealed company box, and you can connect it to your phone using a USB OTG cable
How do you connect Modi 3 to an iphone with lightening jack?
You'd need an Apple CCK (Camera Connection Kit)
Shall I connect it to my edifiers880db
Yes you may!
Is this 110v US version or 230v version that works in india?
It is the 230V version!
will it be able to readthe input from spdif/toslink from bt reciever
Yes, the Modi does have Optical and Coax input.
Can this be used to power a 2.1 setup? As in the DAC will only be powering the 2.0 and the subwoofer has its own amp. If it can, what are the output RMS ratings
No, the Modi 3 is just a DAC, so you can use it only with Active Speakers and connect them via RCA. For passive speakers you'd need a Power Amplifier.
when will schiit modi 3 dac be available again soon?
Hey there, currently there is no specific timeline for the availability for the Schiit - Modi 3.
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.
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