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Headfonia
Michael Piskor

 “I feel the Modi to be one of the better DACs that I have come across in any price range…Normally, in the $99-and-under world, USB DACs tend to have sharp upper regions that are splashy and unable to stay in control when there is a load of low end. The Modi plows through like a champ.”

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CNET
Steve Guttenberg

 “The Magni headphone amp and the Modi DAC are also made in America, and they sound spectacular…I played the Magni and Modi together, and loved the sound. Like the bigger Schiit amps I’ve tested, the sound is rich, with lots of detail and oomph…They deliver bona-fide high-end sound quality.” 

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Digital Audio Review
John Darko

Dar-Ko Award Winner

“And then I remember (again) that this thing is US$99. In that context, it’s a small marvel. This Schiit impresses with an immersive midrange and good treble extension despite being occasionally too ‘there’. Whilst bass definition isn’t the Modi’s strong point, it’s far from unacceptable. Remember: US$99…

…I heard more than I bargained for. In this respect alone, the Modi redefines expectations at its price point. Actually – no – it blows expectations clean out of the water…

I don’t see the competition laughing: the Schiit Modi’s core essence is two fingers to manufacturers who dare to charge more. Everyone should own one. Everyone CAN own one. DAR-KO award incoming.”

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Noble Reviews
Ed Noble
“The sound of the Modi and Magni combination is very impressive considering their modest size and price! There’s a great body to the low frequencies whilst maintaining a generally balanced tonality that manages to squeeze the best out of many good headphones. I especially enjoyed the combo with larger, more open sounding headphones. I keep taking the Sennheiser HD650 to the Schiit combo, over some considerably more expensive DAC/amp combos.”
 
“FINAL THOUGHTS: I’ve been smitten by the Modi and Magni combo ever since I hooked them up to my computers. I love the looks, the form factor and the build quality. The sound is beautifully dynamic, superbly detailed and extremely spacious. They manage to push the sound in the right direction with almost every pair of headphones that I throw at them. The power and performance they possess is highly impressive considering their modest price and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone who is looking for a dedicated headphone rig at this price.” 

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Alpha Audio
Yung Lie

4,5 stars out of 5!

“For less than 250 euro for the Modi and Maxi you purchase an impressive system. It doesn’t just look good, it also sounds good: full and powerfull. The Schiits are quirky but impressive devices that deserve to be auditioned.”

“So how does this sound? The short answer is: suprisingly good given the price. The difference with the standard headphone output on a computer or smartphone is huge. The Modi delivers a beautiful and wide, very balanced sound. Music appears in a real soundstage, which we consider to be the hallmark of true high end. The low end is full and extended but never overpowering.”

“We also found that these components work as good as separates as they work together. The Schiit Modi and Magni make a veryy good impression on their own. The Modi will make an excellent DAC on your ‘big system’, the Magni is a more than adequate alternative for the standard headphone output on your amplifier.”

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Head-Fi
Jude Mansilla
The Modi is a bus-powered USB DAC, so no additional power adapter is needed. With asynchronous USB and support up to 24-bit/96kHz (using the AKM4396 DAC)--and tremendous attention paid to its measured performance as well as its sound--the Modi reads like something that couldn't possibly be a buck under a hundred."
 
"Because I only recently picked up the Modi and Magni, I haven't yet had a chance to compare each separately to other DACs and amps, but I can say emphatically that together they're a DAC/amp combo that has me giddy about the insane value for the buck it represents. In early listening, it has proven such a resolving, authoritative system, that it will likely be my first recommendation for those looking for an affordable desktop system with high-end performance."

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HiFi Pig
Stuart Smith

 HiFiPig Recommended Components

"...there appears to be an explosiveness (dynamism) to the presentation using the Magni/Modi combo which is very enjoyable indeed ... it is easy to forget that what we are talking about here is a very well priced bit of kit and not some piece of esoterica. "

"...does the Schiit warrant an extra couple of hundred quid? – by Christ yes! It’s an immensely enjoyable listen with many positives and only a very few negatives which at this price it would be churlish to complain about."

"Add a good pair of headphones that suit and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear."

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TheStreet.com—Better-Sounding Digital Audio on a Budget
Gary Krakow

"I've listened to the Modi for weeks at a time and can happily report that music sounds amazing running through it. Everything from MP3s, radio station streams and Spotify sounds much, much better than listening through the computer's headphone output."

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WIRED Magazine
The Gadgets and Gear We Loved Most in May (2014)

The Magni headphone amp and Modi USB DAC are sold (separately) by a California-based audio outfit named Schiit. They make your music sound the opposite of that.

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