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Modi is the most advanced USB DAC under $100 that is made in the USA. With a C-Media CM6631 USB 2.0 asynchronous input receiver and 24-bit AKM4396 DAC coupled to an active filter output stage, Modi is ideal for a computer-centered audio system.
USB Powered, No Drivers
Modi plugs into virtually any computer—Windows, Mac, and some of the most popular Linux distros, as well as iPhones and iPads—and requires no drivers to deliver great sound, up to 24/96 sampling rates. It features asynchronous transfer with individual crystal oscillators for the 44.1 and 48k sampling rates, and uses the USB Audio 1.0 standard over USB 2.0, and is powered by the USB port.
24-Bit AKM4396 DAC
Modi uses the 24-bit AKM4396 DAC with switched-capacitor filtering and a high-quality active filter section with excellent line-driving capability. Yeah, we know, engineerese is a disease. What this means is that it uses one of the highest-performance DAC ICs out there, and it will comfortably drive long cables. You can easily hide Modi behind your computer and run long RCAs to your main audio system.
Made in USA
By “made in USA,” we mean made in USA. The vast majority of the total production cost of Modi—chassis, boards, assembly, etc—goes to US companies. Our board house is 20 minutes away from our office in Newhall. Our chassis guys are just over the hill in the Valley.

2-Year Warranty
Modi is covered by a limited warranty that covers parts and labor for two years. That’s 2x the warranty of most of the products in this price range.
Return Policy
Unlike our other DACs, Modi is so affordable we can’t offer the same 15-day, 5% satisfaction guarantee. But if you don’t like your Modi, you can still send it back for a refund, minus 15% restocking fee, within 15 days of receiving your amp.
Inputs: USB 
Sampling Rates: 16/44.1 to 24/96, including 24/88.2

Input Receiver: C-Media CM6631A
D/A Conversion IC: AKM4396
Analog Summing, Active Filtering: Based on AD8616 with precision thin-film resistors and film caps.
Output: RCA (single-ended)

Output Impedance: 75 ohms
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz, +/-0.1dB
Maximum Output: 1.5V RMS

THD: <0.003%, 20Hz-20KHz, at max output

IMD: <0.004%, CCIR

S/N: >100dB, referenced to 1.5VRMS, unweighted
Crosstalk: -80dB, 20-20kHz
Power Supply: USB powered, 120mA draw
Size: 5 x 3.5 x 1.25”
Weight: 1 lb
All measurements made on a Stanford Research SR1 or SR1+ Audio Analyzer

Holy crap, a $99 made in USA USB DAC! In a custom chassis! How the hell did you pull that one off?
Beelzebub owns our souls for eternity. Or not. As with Magni, there’s no real magic here. Smart design and large quantity manufacturing are really what we’re talking about. Modi uses a fully custom chassis, yes, but it’s made entirely of steel, which reduces price. Surface-mount design means the assembly is almost entirely robotic. And we make lots of them at a time.

But there’s gotta be a catch, right?
Not really, other than this DAC is designed exclusively for direct sale. A dealer network would double the price.
So, you’re saying you plug this in and you’re ready to go?
Yes. Any Windows or Mac computer instantly recognizes Modi and requires no drivers, and many Linux distros that support USB Audio Standard 2.0 work just fine as well. It doesn’t even need a power supply—it’s USB powered. And, of course, you’ll need an amp. Magni matches Modi very well.
I want a combined DAC/amp! Why didn’t you put an amp in here?
We did. It’s just in a different chassis and costs another $99. It’s called “Magni.” Stack the two and tell yourself it’s a combined DAC/Amp for $198.
What’s your problem with combined DAC/Amps? Why can’t you put them in the same box?
Call us old-fashioned, but we don’t like multi-megahertz digital noise cruising around in the same chassis as sensitive analog amplification components. Nor do we like the planned obsolescence of a perfectly good amp when digital technology moves on. Let’s face it, you’ll probably be changing the DAC before the amp.
Only USB? Why didn’t you put SPDIF input on Modi?
One word: price.
Why didn’t you put a volume control on this bad boy?
Why didn’t we include a motorized spinning plastic pinwheel and a light show? Why didn’t we price it at $49? Why is the earth an oblate spheroid? Seriously, though, at this price, it wouldn’t fly.
What? No 24/192?
Nope. Sorry. Not at this price. That would require drivers. Which requires “callers standing by” for the inevitable Windows driver installation failures. So, no.
How about Linux and iDevices?
We’ve used Modi on Ubuntu 12.04 and 13.04, and we’ve had owners report that Mint and Debian 3.8 and 3.10 work well. Please note these are “vanilla” installs and we’re not able to provide troubleshooting or support of Linux issues. For iPhones running iOS7, you can connect digitally with the Lightning to USB adapter sold by Apple, but you may need a powered USB hub to avoid the "this device draws too much power" error.
So, does this have the Sabre DAC in it?
When you talk Sabre, you need to realize there are $40 Sabre chips, and $0.80 Sabre chips. We chose the AKM4396 because it’s one of the best-performing DACs in the world, intended for high-end applications.
So you’re saying Sabre is crap?
No, you’re saying Sabre is crap. We are telling you what we use and why we use it. That doesn’t mean someone else can’t make a Sabre DAC that has you twirling in rapturous ecstasy.
If this thing is so great, why would I step up to Bifrost or Gungnir?
Because you need optical and coaxial SPDIF inputs, or because you want a fully discrete gain stage, or you need balanced outputs. Or upgradability. Magni isn’t upgradable. Which shouldn’t be a surprise, since it costs less than the Bifrost or Gungnir upgrades themselves.
Wait. “Active filter stage.” Does that mean you used an opamp in this thing?
Yes, we did. A very nice one—specifically the AD8616, but yes, it’s an opamp. Sometimes it’s time for a Michelin 2-star restaurant, sometimes it’s time for In-N-Out, depending on your budget. This is the latter time.
I thought you guys said you’d die before using opamps!
Again, you’re putting words in our mouths. We said we do discrete design, and we prefer discrete design. But those are statements of fact—not crapping all over another design approach, which we never do.
But I heard all DACs sound the same! You’re bullshitting us!
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 some cash.
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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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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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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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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