Episode #88 – Buying and Selling Hi-Fi Equipment

By Kirk on January 19, 2018

Buying and selling hi-fi equipment can be fraught with problems. Chris Connaker joins us to talk about the situation, and to present his new venture, Superphonica, a platform for buying and selling audio goods.

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  • One thing you didn’t mention about Schiit (not “Schitt” BTW) is that they are a manufacturer who sells direct. So, theoretically, those $700 amps Chris has could have cost $1400 if they went through a dealer or $2800 if they went through a distributor and a dealer. Of course that’s only theoretical. There’s no telling what they’d actually cost in that alternate reality.

    I have a Modi 2 DAC and Magni 2 headphone amp from Schiit. I’m a programmer and use them at work. Do they sound a ton better than plugging the headphones directly into my iMac? Honestly, I don’t think my ears are good enough to tell the difference even though there’s no way the iMac’s built-in DAC and amp are as well-designed as these. It only cost a couple hundred bucks for both so it was a minimal investment to get some nice dedicated audio gear.

    Also, Jason Stoddard, Schiit’s co-founder, wrote a great serialized history of the company at Head-Fi: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/schiit-happened-the-story-of-the-worlds-most-improbable-start-up.701900/. I think he later published it as a book. It was a fun read. He might be an interesting guest.