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  1. #1
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    Khadas Tone Board vs Schiit Modi 3 for Transporter

    I’m looking to upgrade my Transporter which I’ve had since 2008.
    Rest of my system is vintage Naim and I find the Transporter a little ‘clinical’ sounding and lacking in warmth. Also compared to modern units like a Naim Uniti Atom which I recently demoed, the Transporter lacks some detail, depth and separation.
    Anyone have experience with KTB or Modi 3?
    I know there are a ton of expensive DACs that would transform my sound - but I’m saving up for a Naim ND5 XS2, so don’t want to spend more that €150 euros for a DAC to upgrade the Transporter right now.
    Is that possible, or just a waste of a time and I should wait for the ND5 XS2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikecbetts View Post
    I’m looking to upgrade my Transporter which I’ve had since 2008.
    Rest of my system is vintage Naim and I find the Transporter a little ‘clinical’ sounding and lacking in warmth. Also compared to modern units like a Naim Uniti Atom which I recently demoed, the Transporter lacks some detail, depth and separation.
    Anyone have experience with KTB or Modi 3?
    I know there are a ton of expensive DACs that would transform my sound - but I’m saving up for a Naim ND5 XS2, so don’t want to spend more that €150 euros for a DAC to upgrade the Transporter right now.
    Is that possible, or just a waste of a time and I should wait for the ND5 XS2?
    I have a totally unscientific, only semi related observation. I have had a schitt bifrost for about 5 years, that I am running a touch through on my second system. I also am over 60 so my ears aren't what they once were. The A/B difference between the bifrost and the touch dac was significant, very significant. I love it. I also have an Oppo BDP-105D which is a sort of pre/pro, which has an excellent DAC. The 105 was about a $600 upgrade over the 103, mostly due to the dac and balanced analog output. I was thinking of moving the bifrost to my main system, so I A/B'ed the oppo and the bifrost side by side, real time. I really don't think I heard a difference (my older ears). I came to the conclusion I was hearing similar $500 worth of DAC.

    I think that schiit products are excellent, but have not heard the modi 3. I also no nothing about the transporter, as I have not owned one.

    So, some random thoughts that might help?

    Jim

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