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Massdrop SMSL Idea- $69.99https://www.massdrop.com/buy/smsl-iDea-dac-amp
Fred,Thanks for posting this. I've joined the drop for this. I'll see if this device will help improve my opinion of ESS-based dacs. I'm one of those who generally finds them somewhat clinical, overdamped (?), and lifeless. I prefer the sound signature of the Signstek that started off this thread. John
ESS dacs have a signature and these dacs are no exception. So if you haven't like the ones you've heard til now, these won't change your mind.
wushuliu, do you know how the volume control works? Does it cut bits or reduce voltage?Thanks,Jim
Is there a way to bypass the amp section at all? Just use it as a dac?
All DACs have an amp section. There's not nearly enough voltage coming of the chip itself to drive anything.I've got the volume of mine maxed out, input into my preamp. -Jim
How do you like it?
Does da3 only come with usb c to usb cable?
The amp section is embedded in the sabre mobile chips. Maybe at full volume it bypasses? Good question.
I am curious to hear your impression vs the ifi micro to give a point of reference (didn't you have one for sell recently?)
On topic, the SMSL stuff seems to be drawing a ton of interest as of late on several forums. They have piqued my curiosity while at the same time I've been skeptical to try them given the mass of features they offer for 'Peanuts'. The iFi stuff is solid for the money.
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