The DAC Advice Thread

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  1. eternaldrake

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    I forgot I actually have one of those lying around here (pi + allo digione). In my case the Eitr was handling all my PC audio (so music, but also gaming/voip/etc.), so unfortunately I don't think there's quite a way to proxy all that through the pi+hat. At least I couldn't figure one out last time I was looking into it.
     
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    Could someone direct me to a thread that outlines the evolution of the Schiit Yggdrasil from its original production run, through its authorized upgrades, and including its newly released variations?

    This would be very helpful in assisting me ( and perhaps others ) in understanding what could become available on the secondary market.

    Perhaps someday I will find something to replace my beloved Gungnir Multibit OG.
     
  3. Merrick

    Merrick A lidless ear

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    IIRC, someone can correct if I've forgotten anything:
    1st release Yggdrasil had Gen 3 USB, A1 board
    Gen 5 USB upgrade
    A2 board
    Unison USB upgrade
    Yggdrasil GS (A1 boards in a new production body with updated firmware and Gen 5 USB)
    Less is More/More is Less (OG is same as A2+Unison, just a name change)
     
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    Which one is the cheapest and best "anti-digititus" DAC?
     
  5. señorhifi

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    From the stuff I have tried, the Modi 3 has no digitus that I can hear, in fact it can sound a bit dull. It sounds as if it's there, but the Modi is smoothing it over.

    The Modi Multibit V2 isn't quite as resolving, but makes up for it with better imaging and staging. Warmed up, the treble is smooth and slightly subdued/rolled off. No digitus at all. It's different in the treble from the Modi3 in that it actually sounds subdued, not just smoothed over.

    The iFi Zen Dac V1 I had, did have digitus, but nothing crazy. It was still okay. I would call it sparkly rather than annoying. I think I like the treble on this one a bit more than on the Modi. Comes down to synergy I guess, and also simple sheer preference.

    The Teac UD301 I owned (which thanks to SBAF I got rid off), had lots of it. Really peaky and annoying treble on that one.
     
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  6. Jerseysam

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    The Schiit Modius and Gesehlli J2, both at around $200, are the best "affordable" DAC's I've personally come across. Modius has the wider sound-stage and is a bit more punchy in dynamics to my ears.....the J2 smoother/touch dark (but fast) in delivery, with a more intimate soundstage (not as wide as the Modius). Digital sheen/glare seems to be my biggest kryptonite here in my early goings with hi-fi....and those two DAC's are generally solid by my ears as DS go.

    In terms of "not Delta-Sigma"....Bifrost 2 at $700 the best "affordable" discrete DAC I've personally heard. My two cents only.
     
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