Reviews for Modi
“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.”
“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.”
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.”
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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"...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."
"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."
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.