Calfornia based Schiit says that they named their new DAC Modius, as in “Modius Maximus,” as it is “a bigger, balanced-output Modi with super-high performance and even better versatility”.

High Performance DAC And USB

Modius features Schiit’s exclusive Unison USB™ interface, which provides plug-and-play compatibility with virtually any modern device. Combined with the AKM AK4493 D/A converter and dedicated balanced and single-ended output stages with DC-coupled output, Modius provides performance for “a very low price”.


The Modius plugs into virtually any computer or streamer with the included USB cable or, choose optical, coaxial, or AES digital sources and use the included wall power supply. Or, if you want to connect your phone or tablet, something that needs very low power draw, again, use the included wall power supply to eliminate “draws too much power” errors.

Schiit Mid Sized Amps

Modius has exactly the same footprint as Schiit’s mid-sized amp series and will provide more connectivity than the internal cards provide.

Designed and Built in California

Other than the wall-warts the vast majority of the total production cost of Modius including chassis, boards, transformers, assembly, etc, goes to US companies manufacturing in the US.


SE or Balanced Outputs:

Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz, +/-0.1dB

THD+N: 0.0003%, with or without external power

IMD: 0.0006%, CCIR, with or without external power

S/N: > 115dB, referenced to full output, with or without external power

Crosstalk: -125dB, 20-20kHz

Maximum Output: 4.0V RMS balanced, 2.0V RMS single-ended

Inputs: USB, Toslink SPDIF, Coaxial SPDIF, AES

Sample Rates and Bit Depths: 16/44.1 to 24/192

Input Receiver:

USB: Schiit Unison USB™


D/A Conversion IC: AKM AK4493

Analogue Stage: Based on LME49724 for balanced output, OPA1662 for SE output, both independent, with precision thin-film resistors and film capacitors, DC coupled

Output: XLR balanced and RCA single-ended

Output Impedance: 75 ohms

Power Supply: USB powered with +/-5V switching rail generator; auxiliary USB power input for 0mA USB power draw devices (like phones and tablets)

Size: 9 x 6 x 1.5”

Weight: 2 lb

Price & Availability

Available now, in Black or Silver, $199 USD, UK distributor Schiit Audio UK/Electromod

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