- Jan 27, 2020
- Suffolk Coastal, UK
Hope I can mention this -I feel the same way but we have to be fair.
The multiple threads reporting issues here comes mostly because a lot of people here (far more than other forums) buy and use these devices and sometimes more than one of them,low cost helps in this.
Don't get me wrong,my first concern is always reliability/safety/etc,far before performance (ok I'll admit I'm a sucker for looks too) but the fail rate amongst known manufacturers,with some exceptions of course must not be as high as it seems.
I look increasingly favourably at Schiit not least because Jason tells good recounts about what's going on in his business (the little I know about what goes on in the background at various UK makers shows he's pretty truthful I think and praise to him for passing these situations on) - and there's a UK based distributor as well should anything go wrong.
The 3e available to us in the UK (and mainland Europe?) was measured and listened to on SBAF, into which I entered with trepidation. Actually, the review was fair I thought, with due care (not really sarcastic apart from the AmirNAD reference/dig) and which came out in the 114dB or so range, so ok but not groundbreaking in the SINAD race and taken to be thorough before the extensive subjective comments which I personally am still happy to read with open heart and mind. Having heard recently what I regard as a transparent modern digital active system, I have to say that reproduction of the acoustic space around the musicians in a good recording is important (I can still tell these differences) and just maybe, this aspect can vary from dac to dac (no, I haven't compared a host of models in this aspect but know how diluting this aspect of 'venue reproduction' can cause listening-boredom over time).
Anyway, the Modi + seems cheaper than the 3e and may be a different tier altogether.
I'll crawl back in my box again now...