The DAC Advice Thread

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  1. Armaegis

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    I'm conflicted and want to say none of the above. I felt the modi multibit was hazy. The add-on cards are ok but their main appeal is the convenience factor. Also I didn't like the Jot1 at all; are you only considering this because of a b-stock?
     
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    Is that after the Modi MB FW upgrade?

    Unfortunately price is a consideration here...
     
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    Unfortunately I do not know which firmware revision the modi I had was on.

    It might be better to wait for something to pop up on CAM if you're not in a rush. Importing always carries the risk of extra duties and fees.
     
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    Is there a DAC worth considering priced between Modius and Bifrost 2, or should I save up for Bifrost 2 given following circumstances?

    I am currently using PC->Modius->Valhalla 2->HD6XX/HD800S and I find my previous setup PC->SDAC->MCTH (/w LPS)->HD6XX was clearer, more musical, I felt more connected to the music. I especially loved acoustic guitars.

    In general I prefer larger soundstage and find Modius stage and resolution a plus but otherwise I find it lacks realism, and I hate the bass - it's loose and draws too much attention to itself - even on HD800S. I enjoy a fast bass that cuts, if that makes sense (when I had SDAC with MCTH and added LPS that was a step in the right direction).

    I briefly had Modius->MCTH and on some music that sounded particularly disjointed with HD800S as if there was noticable empty space between instruments. Perhaps thats a feature of the HD800S, but that doesn't draw attention on Modius->Valhalla 2

    I am also sensitive to emphasis in lower treble which annoys me more with current Modius/Valhalla 2 setup and I'm also annoyed to shoutiness as well. Should I expect more shoutiness and lower treble energy with Bifrost 2?

    I realize Modius is best balanced but that is not much of an option as I use Valhalla 2 and have SW51+ on order.

    When stage is too small I am usually bummed about it somewhat in music, but especially in games and movies. I find it more realistic when stage is deep and not necessarily extremely wide (that was something I didn't particularly like on ESP95X, it was wide but obviously lacked depth)

    I guess I should wait for SW51+ before making a decision but perhaps anyone who had similar systems or heard both Modius and Bifrost could have some advice if Bifrost is a step in the right direction or I should look at something else?
     
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    New Bifrost 2 + $200 vs. used Soekris 1541?

    Rest of chain is Pi2AES -> ? -> BH Crack -> Aeolus. Current plan is to go BF2 and then roll tubes to dry it out. Thoughts?
     
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