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The Sabaj DA2 just arrived, color me impressed. Works fine with my Samsung phone and HP laptop, no issues with noises or anything. Awesome detail, good headstage, great bass impact. Download the new driver no issues. This is my first ESS Sabre dac and although it was a little harsh at first, an hour of break in and it smoothed right out. What is the complaint about these chips I keep reading about? Everyone says "if you can deal with the ESS sound", which is...
smsl sanskrit 10th anniversary edition.. been using it a couple weeks.. sounds great, the remote control has a very nice volume up/down feature.. and it can take an external 5v power supply.. been using my jays audio 5v linear power supply. very nice. uses microusb though.. wish it was usb-b
Wow, might try one out for kicks. Haven't heard an AKM DAC in a while. 4-6 month DAC turnaround time has peaked and no new chips on the horizon so the new models have more and more features for less. This SMSL has coax AND optical AND NDK clocks AND a remote for $93? Amazing.
On massdrop, but drop ends in 18 hours, for $75
So to cut a long story - what is the best budget DAC right now ? I am thinking about that SE4: https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z10.3-c.w4002-15493940501.70.763e1cfaRvjmOk&id=568408593852there are two version: SE4-SE ~20.86$ SA9226 processing solution + ES9028Q2M (supporting DSD) SE4 ~28.16$ PCM2706 + ES9028Q2M (not supporting DSD = PCM2706) What do you think about that DAC ? Is it ok - I heard it is quite good considering price/value.
I don’t have access to nor can I order from taobao so I dont know about those dacs. They do not sound familiar.
They're the Breeze Audio/ Weilang SE4 dacs. Two models with the same ES9028Q2M chip, different usb decoders so one does DSD and the other doesn't. Looks like about a dozen different brands marketing the same unit.
My guess is the dsd input is usb 2.0 and the other is 1.0 so it will work better with phones. Since that's not your intended use I'd go with the better 2.0 usb if you can confirm that.
I have found today also SA9227+ES9038Q2M combo boards = but price is higher than SE4 sth like 43$ https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=2013.1.0.0.474c319dc3FiUe&id=575728410474
Update on the Sabaj Da2 I recieved on Nov 30. I previously said no issues with android, then the next time I tried Spotify on my Samsung the dreaded buzzing, ok on Pandora. Then the next day Pandora buzzing as well. Google reveals otg usb reads the Sabaj as a hard drive or worse, a device that needs charging. Unhelpful stuff about accessing the usb settings and changing to MIDI, most android phones won't let you access that. Finally somebody says turn the app on before hooking up the Sabaj, bingo. I remembered this is what I had done in the previous session by chance. So far no more buzzing, I didn't read back through the thread to see if this had been covered or not. Any experience with this from others?
The Da2 is so light I can't tell that it's attached, it's the Da3 significantly heavier?
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