Schiit Modi 2 Uber AK4490

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    I'm not sure if this is the best to post this.

    I bought a Modi 2 Uber, as I plan to pass on my Modi 2 (non-uber) to my dad. So for now I own both the Modi 2 and the Modi 2 Uber - and so for anyone that was wondering (because I was) the Uber is noticeably better. I feel like it climbs out of the "entry level DAC zone", into the "better than entry level DAC zone". Easily worth more than the extra $50. Sound is more extended in both directions, better subtlety and dynamics. Wish @schiit would stop holding out on us with the next wave. But until then, I will say this, the Modi 2 Uber is pretty sweet at $150. Get this over non-Uber if you are vascilating.

    Edit: oh yeah, so I would put this a notch or 2 above Modi 2 non-uber, on the DAC chart.
     
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    Interesting. Some around here have claimed that hey sound no different, but the supposedly better analog section on the Uber would suggest otherwise, along with your observations.
     
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    Did you buy one recently? Maybe there is a new DAC chip inside.
     
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    Righto, I have heard this opinion, that they sound the same. Although I think I rem @AustinValentine saying Uber IS better too. To me the difference was easy to tell, and significant. It really is a discrete notch above. I have been kind of critical of the non Uber modi 2, but Uber was refreshing. I wonder if, in addition to the "more sophisticated analog section", the fact that it is not USB powered may contribute.
    Whoa. Yeah, arrived this weekend. Do I need to open it to check?
     
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    Hmmm, suspect AKM4490 inside. More resolving, more spacious, less grainy than earlier chip. Shhhhhhh.
     
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    Getting screw driver, warranty schmarranty
     
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    modi 2 uber.jpg
     
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    Holy fucking mother of schiit...

    Jason and Mike you sneaky bastards!!!
     
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    beauty man! looks like a 4490 to me. :D
     
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    I guess the secret is out. I am super proud that you guys figured it out with your ears!

    I knew a change was imminent, just not when.
     
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    So it's really 4490. I wonder why Schiit don't tell us about this secret little update.
     
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    Running updates happen all the time.
     
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    omg, the floodgates will open. Too bad the Bifrost upgrade policy doesn't apply to the Modi.
     
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    Well, this explains a lot. I was really kind of surprised that there could be such a jump.
     
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    Out of curiosity, is this the DAC Jason brought to the LA meet earlier this year? Or was that an entirely different prototype DAC?
     
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    How is the tonality? Bifrost 4490 tonality was fucked up with bass bleed into the lower mids causing me to prefe the Modi 2U I bought in December of last year.
     
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    Not surprised at all, the bifrost 4490 sounded really nice at a meet when I heard it and the guys on the DIY forums have been saying the 4490 when done right was a pretty nice jump up from the various old dual 4399 implementations.

    Then again it is all about implementation and a usb powered 4490 based dongle is not going to sound like this dac. And maybe none of the cheap chinese boards.
     
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    Hmmm, to my ears this Modi 2 Uber 4490 sounds more controlled and detailed in the base than the AKM4396. To me it sounds similar to the AKM4396 in tonality, but per above, I feel like the treble extension is much better and smoother, and the lower ends sounds more resolving. Everything has more bounce. I have Bifrost Multibit and would say that Bifrost Multibit is richer in the bass.

    Edit: Bifrost Multibit is just better, imho.
     
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    To upgrade to 4490 Modi 2U or stay with the planned Emotiva DC-1 when I buy a new pair of near fields... upgraditis makes for hard decisions.
     
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    P.S. I love you Mike Moffat ( @baldr ) and Jason Stoddard (@schiit). Not like in a creepy way.
     
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