So you recommend this DAC over the ek10? I'd get an e17 for the SPDIF option but I feel I'd be paying for features I don't need, like the portability and digital controls. I'd prefer something that'll stay on my desk or that I'd be able to stick on the wall alternatively.
Modi 2 plugs into virtually any computer—Windows, Mac, popular Linux distros, Intel Chromebooks, as well as iPhones and iPads. Just plug in via USB and go with no drivers in Standard Mode, up to 24/96 output. Switch to Expert Mode for extended high-res capabilities to 24/192. This will require drivers for Windows, but for no other OS (hello, Microsoft!)
I imagine I'd be fine with linux, I'd have to work out how to configure an SPDIF dac but that's no issue. Many of the USB audio's won't require extra configuration in linux either I believe, unless they are doing something very non standard.Edited by etplayer - 9/25/15 at 1:04pm