2020, Chapter 9 The DAC You Need? Let’s get this out of the way: we have a new DAC, and it’s called Modius. Yes, Modius. As in, “Modius Maximus.” It was a pet name used in development, because, hey, you know, this is a bigger, better, badder-ass Modi, so hey, Modius Maximus. Which quickly got shortened to Modius. Which, er, stuck. “But Modius Maximus is clearly a Roman-influenced name,” the more pedantic will bleat. “That doesn’t exactly fit with your Norse-inspired naming scheme, bub!” Yes, sir, you are 100% correct. It’s a mess. It’s all mixed up. But this is also coming from: A company named “Schiit.” People who get most of their Norse mythology from comic books and Wikipedia. Guys who thought it would be funny to call their cables PYST and used Cthulhu as a pet name for an AC adapter. But it’s also a good descriptor. Modius is simply a bigger, better Modi. Instead of an AK4490 D/A converter, it uses an AK4493. Instead of being single-ended only, it has single-ended and balanced outputs. Instead of having 3 inputs, it has 4 (we added AES). Instead of C-Media’s USB input receiver, it has Schiit Unison USB™. Instead of fitting perfectly under a Magni or Vali, it fits perfectly under Asgard, Jotunheim, and Lyr. Like Modi, Modius can still run it off of a single USB input, or use a separate USB power in to get it to report as a 0mA device. And, like Modi, it’s super-high-value—this designed-and-built-in-California (or Utah) product is $199. “Huh. A new delta-sigma DAC, seems a bit boring,” some are saying. And yeah, I hear you. It’s so tempting to say, at this specific point in time, “this may not be the DAC you want, but it’s the DAC you need.” But that really under-sells Modius. Modius is a great DAC. It is packed with amazing technology, from a 200MHz, 32-bit microprocessor to the high-performance AK4493 DAC to the excellent TI LME49724 differential amplifier, with precision thin-film resistors and film capacitors. It has our exclusive Unison USB™ input, as well as optical and coaxial and AES. It runs off of USB power alone. It sounds very, very good. It is designed and made right here in California. And it’s $199. Stop. Go back. Read that again. A feature-packed, high-performance balanced DAC, made right here, for $199. And yeah, I know, some people don’t care where it’s made, and that’s perfectly fine too. But I’m proud of what we did with Modius, and I’m proud we’re doing it locally, just like all of our other products. It’s important to me. It’s important to the people who work for us. And it’s important to our suppliers, and the people who work for them. Hopefully this will also be important to some of you. But, bottom line: Modius really hits the sweet spot for affordable DACs…without compromising on how we make it. from: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/sch...bable-start-up.701900/page-3991#post-15651815 ________________ continued after pics, reproduced in whole to spare people from wading through HF.