I read the manual on the 3E with regards to powering the unit. Is there any benefit to powering the unit with the separate USB power supply while the DATA comes from the other USB port ? Only reason I ask is because the Gamma2 Lite I have runs off of USB, but the general consensus is that it is improved with the separate power supply. I watched the Jason and Mike drinking show last night and it sounds like the Modi MB isn't an "If", but more of a "when" - Might be the next product I buy from Schiit. Not sure if the 3E or MB would be a better match for my Magni IEM. I still would really love to get my hands on the Vali 2+ for IEM's. The longer I've been in this hobby, the more I'm starting to agree with Jason. The M&M stack is better than most the stuff we put up with at the beginning of this hobby.