Schiit Modius DAC - Official Thread

Update on the Schiit Modius:

The supplied Micro-USB cable has officially broken. It literally just sits plugged into the Modius and then my computer - I don’t move it around - but even a slight bump to my desk or the laptop and it loses connection; I tried multiple USB ports and also my desktop computer. Thankfully I have several around the house from older android phones, but it’s something to take note of if you own or plan to purchase the Modius. I ordered a “higher quality” one in hopes it’s more durable, but I think it’s just the nature of the old USB-Micro technology. Just something to be aware of!

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Give Schiit a call and let them know…I am sure they would replace the cable.

They need to hear this from us end users…

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Definitely - will do. And really, a 5 dollar cable isn’t a big deal; I just wanted potential owners to be aware. Happy weekend all!

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I just realised I have my Modius plugged into a iFi ground loop breaker. Which cuts the power rail on the USB…

So…how is it still working? Gets enough power from the other rails…???

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Can be powered from the input or external plug.

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What I’m saying.

I have a single USB in, but it has a iDefender on it I just realised. So power rail cut. But still works!

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iFi Snake oil? J/K maybe the iFi failed and isn’t working properly?

Weird, if I use my Matrix Element H PCIe on data-only it immediately loses the handshake without the 2nd power connection plugged into the modius, same with turning off USB power through my motherboard that offers a similar feature on specific ports. Also need power if plugging in by OTG to my Galaxy S20+.

Not sure what is happening but I am a little jealous.

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Problemo is, I pretty sure the iFi is working. It was in there to cut the power for my last DAC, as I had ground loop noise. As soon as I plugged it in, noise gone. Last DAC was AC powered…

X-Files shit going on.

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Illuminati confirmed… :flushed:

Interestingly I wonder if it still is allowing some power through, but cutting excess?

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I’d have thought it completely cuts the main power risk, to ensure noise doesn’t come though. I guess some power still travels on the other ones?

Dunno. Cayin IHA6 coming today, will test it with and without.

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Hi all,

I would like to send the output of my Modius to two different headphone amps. Right now I have the RCA outs going to my Lyr 3 and I’ll be adding a Bottlehead Crack to the mix in a few weeks and I’d like to have both connected to the Modius.

So my question is this, would it be best to get some XLR to RCA cables and connect one amp RCA to RCA and the other amp XLR to RCA? Will I get the same output from both?

Would I be better off to get a quality Y-splitter for the RCA outputs and go that route instead?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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Y splitter is simple, easy and not costly…once Jason Stoddard posted some y splitters he uses from monoprice for a whopping $59 cents apiece!!

I use them all the time…if u look and want better quality ones for $10-$15 they are out there at Amazon etc

Also depenging on the inputs of your two amps. The Modius has both balanced and SE u could use balanced to one and SE to the other if one of the amps has a bal input?

Good luck!
Alex

Hi Alex,

Both amps - the Lyr 3 and the Bottlehead Crack - have single-ended only inputs. I was doing some reading on Head-Fi and there was mention that using an XLR to RCA can actually cause damage (depending on the wiring); so I like the idea of using a Y-splitter.

So I think I’m going to go in that direction. I’ll do some digging on a good one to use - if you, Jason, or others have a recommendation - that would be great. I’m currently using the PYST Straight Wire RCA 6" cables from Schiit to connect my Modius to my Lyr 3.

Thanks - E

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Be careful with the weight of the actual cables…to not put undue mechancial stress on the dac rca connectors…

Alex

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What @lost33 shows. I think that Audioquest makes a similar one and so does Pangea. The advantage to the right angle style is that it is generally a more secure fit than a Y.

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Is it better to use an adapter or a short cable? Seems like a cable would put less pressure on the actual RCA jack. I have plenty of space, so I’d like to favor on best quality & sound.

Here’s the Audioquest I found. I’m guessing it’s the one you referenced?

Looks like Audioquest has one too at 2x the price.

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