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That $97 Sabaj Da3 is very tempting. I don't have anything with the ESS DACs and do have a preamp with balanced inputs. If it's crap, I could do without burning a C-note, but would be fun to check out.
Hi Jim. I don't use DSD. Getting 512 playback may involve extra steps with Foobar. I'd recommend reading the Archimago post on the SMSL Idea. Someone posted this regarding DSD 512 playback:http://archimago.blogspot.com/2017/05/measurements-smsl-idea-usb-dac.html?showComment=1496879168283#c6035919678852419577Haven't tried the balanced output yet on the Sabaj DA3. No noises between tracks with either dac, but I use Windows. I think a couple Android users mentioned something about noises related to new firmware. The only issues I've read so far are related to Android.Two weeks via Amazon.
The issue on the balanced front is getting a cable that'll work with that connection. Found this on ebay:
Oh, so it uses that odd mini-jack balanced output? Is that really balanced?Where's a good place to go to see a photo of it's inputs/outputs?
Oh, so it uses that odd mini-jack balanced output? Is that really balanced? . . . . . .
Hey Now,It is probably the 4 pole 2.5mm TRRS balanced plug.
wushuliu, do you know how the volume control works? Does it cut bits or reduce voltage?Thanks,Jim
The SABRE9018Q2C SABRE32 Reference DAC is a high-performance 32-bit, 2-channel audio D/A converter with headphone amplifier and output switch.
The DAC turnaround cycle is nuts. Check this out:SMSL Idea: Sabre ES9018Q2C USB DAC/head amp with XMOS XU208. 32bit/768khz. Up to DSD 512.https://www.amazon.com/SMSL-IDEA-SABRE9018Q2C-DSD512-Black/dp/B06Y1WFT4WCost? $86How does it sound? Very, VERY good. Bye Bye Dragonfly Red.I'm indifferent to Archimago, but he has a good post about it here: http://archimago.blogspot.com/2017/05/measurements-smsl-idea-usb-dac.htmlThen just 2 months ago, same factory, different company releases the same DAC for $63!!!https://www.amazon.com/Sabaj-Da2-Portable-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B0719FMRKHOkay, that's nuts but THEN a month ago that company releases THIS:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073SSNMKKDUAL ES9018 DAC with Balanced output. Cost? $97That's. Just. Nuts.Yes, I got the dual one. Had to. Curiosity was too much. It sounds the same as the single version, however I'm positive the noise floor is lower and the amount of innerdetail is impressive. I have a heavily modded PC and power supply chain so that helps a lot I'm sure, but this level of performance for this price is crazy. The key here IMO is the XU208. The XU208 and 216 XMOS had to be bought as a separate add-on just a year ago like the Singxer F1, etc. It raises the performance of a usb dac considerably and became very popular. A year later you can find it on a $63 DAC. Crazy.
I was going to buy Dragonfly Red than I saw your post. Any power consumption difference? I know they both use more than Dragonfly Red.I want to use it with Galaxy Note 4.How many grams is it? I will use it mostly with se215 while walking. I will use it a 3.5mm headphone cable modded 250 DT880 pro occasionally (with a laptop). Which one do you think would be better for me? Da2 or Da3?
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