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The ad18 is considered the best power amp in the market for quality/price. Can't wait to see the measurements, maybe compared to the topping mx3.
 

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Looky here it's a modi 3..


Looks like Schiit separated data and power with an in-house USB implementation.
And.. maybe they made changes to satisfy the objectivist camp? :) we will see.
 

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It seems they have done fair bit in there while keeping the price the same: https://darko.audio/2018/09/schiit-introduce-modi-3-dac-still-us99/

“The original Modi in 2012 was a USB-only DAC that worked only up to 24/96 and provided only 1.5V RMS output due to its simple USB power supply. Now, Modi 3 gives you three switchable digital inputs, a better D/A converter, 24/192 capability, a dual rail power supply and full 2.0V RMS output—and we included a wall-wart and a USB cable, for the same price as the original Modi.”
 

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It seems they have done fair bit in there while keeping the price the same: https://darko.audio/2018/09/schiit-introduce-modi-3-dac-still-us99/

“The original Modi in 2012 was a USB-only DAC that worked only up to 24/96 and provided only 1.5V RMS output due to its simple USB power supply. Now, Modi 3 gives you three switchable digital inputs, a better D/A converter, 24/192 capability, a dual rail power supply and full 2.0V RMS output—and we included a wall-wart and a USB cable, for the same price as the original Modi.”
Looks like they provide full measurements actually.

In addition, Modi 3 is the first product developed using new investments in Audio Precision and Avermetrics test equipment, which has helped it to be the best-performing DAC Schiit has ever offered, when using conventional metrics. A full APx555 report is provided in the product specs.

Conventional, scientific measurements hooray! In-house APx555 Report for Modi 3
 

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Looks like they provide full measurements actually.

In addition, Modi 3 is the first product developed using new investments in Audio Precision and Avermetrics test equipment, which has helped it to be the best-performing DAC Schiit has ever offered, when using conventional metrics. A full APx555 report is provided in the product specs.

Conventional, scientific measurements hooray! In-house APx555 Report for Modi 3
Ah, does this mean I can go back to being a specialist negotiator for the yakuza and amir can ..., well carry on living out the back of a van but not have to come home as often?
 

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Aune S6 just showed back up on Massdrop. I know you said you had one of these. Any chance we'll see a review soon? I don't know if I'm actually interested in pulling the trigger, but it got me thinking about it.
 

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Aune S6 just showed back up on Massdrop. I know you said you had one of these. Any chance we'll see a review soon? I don't know if I'm actually interested in pulling the trigger, but it got me thinking about it.
I powered it on and did one measurement a few days ago. Based on that, there is nothing to write home about as far as electronic performance.
 

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I powered it on and did one measurement a few days ago. Based on that, there is nothing to write home about as far as electronic performance.
Alright, I won't worry about it then.
 

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I am curious about Aune DAC/amps since the Aune amp you reviewed had such excellent performance.

The Fostex, X7s, O2, sabaj DA3 on this list are done.
 
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I am curious about Aune DAC/amps since the Aune amp you reviewed had such excellent performance.
I will post the S6 later but for now as I noted elsewhere, it does not have exceptional performance.
 

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Agreed, I was interested in this one as well.

However, given that many of these Chi-Fi DAC/Amps are just cookie-cutter designs with minor variations, I can't say I'm surprised. It's only if they don't screw up the implementation that we get something that measures decent... but not exceptional. There's just no motivation for them to try any harder than that and I doubt they even have any real engineers to foster new designs.
 
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