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So between the Schiit Magni/Modi stack and the JDSL O2+ODAC, which is the better investment? $85 more isn't that bad, and if it's a substantial difference I'd totally shell that out.

O2+ODAC has a legitimate technical advantage in some respects (that people will not argue) for running more-sensitive headphones and IEMs. It has lower noise and has a gain switch, for more usable volume control settings. If you'll ever use some of those, you may want that. If something somehow is wrong with the O2 and you have access to soldering equipment, there is plenty of documentation and info available to fix something.

Otherwise, you can go with the Magni+Modi if you want.

And nobody said you had to use either of these as a combo. If you don't need something that's USB, you can just run an internal sound card's line output to either amp.


P.S. if you are running O2 with ODAC and don't plan to use other sources, ask for 1x / 3.5x gains when you buy. There's no good reason to get anything else, unless for whatever reason you won't use full-scale output of the ODAC. Full-scale ODAC output with any gain higher than 3.5x will cause clipping, no matter what you set the O2 volume control to.

This. High gain on the ODAC/O2 is completely useless and causes so much distortion. Always use it on low gain.
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post #12992 of 38588
I have a soundcard, I hadn't considered that my soundcard could just be used as the DAC, if that's the case I might just get a really nice amp alone, like an Asgard or something.

This is going to sound stupid, so get ready, but what kind of RCA cables do I need for the right left input/output plugs on the amp, and does their quality matter? Like is it the same as a TV's RL cords? I'm just unsure about that and I'd rather not get something that will not work or will sound bad.
 
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The bass on the HE-400 has more slam than the HE-500s. The HE-500s still have very good bass, but it's a bit more noticeable on the HE-400s for sure. The HE-500s can produce more bass though, I think if I wanted to EQ them higher...but unlike the HE400s, the HE-500s will distort the rest of the spectrum...the bass isn't distorted, but the bass will knock out the rest of the song, lmao.

I don't have RCA cables on my ODAC/O2. It connects to my PC via USB. There's a power plug into it and my headphone 6.3mm jack with a volume knob and gain switch, s'bout it. No RCA cables needed.
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I meant for just an amp, since if I can use my sound card as the DAC I'd much rather do that, since it would mean I could blow more money on a nicer amp.
 
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monoprice RCA cables work fine
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High gain on o2 completely useless? Far from it. Sorry to say
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You just want L/R front channel (stereo) line output of the sound card, which are both on the usually-green 3.5mm TRS jack. A few sound cards actually have RCA outputs. Sometimes the line output doubles as the headphone jack.

Standard O2 has a 3.5mm TRS jack input. Some configs may have something else, like RCAs. Magni has the white/red RCAs.

Whatever plugs into the sound card side and then also into the amp side is what you want. Have fun here:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10218
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High gain on o2 completely useless? Far from it. Sorry to say

What do you use the high gain for? It brings such audible noise that it's not worth listening to. Low gain is more than enough to listen to almost any headphone on.
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D2ks on pc via dac function, I have my Windows volume at 50.
I use it from time to time and have 0 distortion.
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