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would be interesting to audition next to a schiit jotunheim. the jot seems like a better value.
Between the two I would take Arcam.
Schiit has great reputation in the headphone world and seems to be making pretty good products. Buy I would personally take Arcam for a few reasons:
I purchased latest Schiit Fulla 2 device and was very unsatisfied with the quality of the device and the way Schiit addressed the situation. While there are many very happy Schiit customers at this point I would not consider another product from them for myself. I like electronics that functions well and looks good. Schiit is less about form and more about function...
Arcam has been around for ages making great audiophile grade products. I had never owned one personally, but in my opinion there is no doubt that Arcam product will perform and will be pleasure to use. It will sound good and look good. It is function and form! The review on innerfidelity is very positive: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/british-hifi-heritage-arrives-headphone-world-arcams-rhead#EvxhMZtmCPY6FffM.97. In my experience innerfidelity reviews are fair and honest... And British audio products are always top notch.
I had been tempted by Schiit products for a while and there is always something that stops me. Each of their products I considered functions well apparently, but for me personally there are always things which do not make sense. Like power switches on a back... Why? Cases that are designed to be stacked with finish colors that do not match... Stacks that do not stay in place because wires push them apart... It just seems that there is always a feature or two which I would like to have and it is missing... No power switch on a front panel, no output switch, no preout volume control. Gets really hot. Should not be powered off... This or that... They represent value, but personally I don't mind paying a bit more and maybe having a power switch on the front panel...
I agree with the "form" comment on Schiit. My Schiit Modi's USB-B connector is very sensitive and will lose connection at the slightest movement of the cable.
Your modi actually works? Mine won't function properly on Windows 10 still.
The primary machine it connects to is Windows 7. I just tested it out on my Windows 10 laptop and it works.
You are lucky. My Modi gives a USB device failed message 30% of the time, does nothing 60% of the time, and works about 10% of the time... Very common issue on the forums. Works with a USB 2.0 hub about 60% of the time but 24/48 max. Same on 3 different machines. BTW first time I tried it on my laptop it worked too.
Interesting.....I think something is wrong with either your machine or your Modi.
I have had 2 Modii (is that the plural? LOL), a Modi 2 Uber, and now a Modi Multibit. I have had absolutely no problems with either on my Win10 Pro main PC.
I am also running a Schiit Wyrd before the DAC, but it was added about 2 months after I got my first Modi so unsure if that might clear up your problem. I had no problems before I added the Wyrd either.
Now, the case on my Wyrd appears to be sand-cast aluminum instead of the brushed aluminum on my Mimby. So yes, if you care about exact case-matching, there may be issues. I don't much care personally.
I leave the Wyrd and Mimby on 24/7, power draw and heat are negligible. The Mimby outputs to my Stax amp, which conveniently has pass-throughs, and from there on to the Jot. Depending on whether I'm listening to Stax or to "normal" headphones is which amp I turn on.
I do already own a Jotunheim, so won't be joining this Drop. If I didn't though, I would seriously consider it. The Arcam name is old-school audiophile, as is the Adcom kit that pops up on here occasionally.
*edit* I would NOT run your Modi off a USB hub! Hook it up directly to your machine. Your hub could be introducing interference and/or timing issues.
The Uber and multi don't have the issue because they have dedicated drivers. There's a lot of people on head fi having the same issue as me. I solved it by buying an Me2 and leaving my modi to collect dust.
Yah, I got the exact same issue as WhiteKnite, I just had to drop the thing to collect dust on a shelf, as most of the time it just did not register to the PC when booted, the funny thing is, if I left it be for say 3-4 hours it suddenly sprung to life... <.<
BTW Schiit themselves recommend using a USB hub or buying their wyrd as a fix in the troubleshooting section under DAC problems
Huh, I checked and you are correct, Schiit recommends using a hub with the kinds of problems you are experiencing. That's........just strange to me.
Now that I look into the problem, I also don't really understand why it's not affecting me as well o.0 It looks like it should be....
Not sure if it will help, but you can try installing ASUS AI Charger. Probably not, but worth a shot.