It is true that the volume is lowered (22/36 if I remember correctly) but I found it very useful for headphone listening @ceausc
And btw at max volume the sound seems "distorted"...
The maximum normally means ZERO dB level (full output); if you hear any distortion at this level there is a problem in your music chain... I can confirm that I do not get any distortion playing the Sabaj DA3:
- running directly four types of headsets (one IEM, three over-the-ear, impedance range= 10-60 Ohm)
- running the above headphones via a dedicated headphone amplifier
- running directly a power amplifier via the AUX input (RCA Right + RCA Left)
The USB stream is provided by a range of: one tablet, one desktop PC and two laptops.
A very competent little DAC for the money I've spent almost one year ago.
Regarding the Khadas Tone Board it cannot be compared fairly to any of the DACs discussed so far as it is not a a one-stop solution as you'd need a custom case should you want to use it on-the-go; actually you'd need a case of some sort even you use it as a desktop solution. Please note that I am not discussing the merits of the sound produced by this DAC...