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Regardless, I just purchased it. I will hold you all responsible if it doesn't do well.
If it doesn't perform well, I suggest you fly over to Taiwan, and discuss your review over a few LP's (comparing to digital, of course) with Mr Han.
 
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We have had tons of discussions about this card going back to when it was announced. Personally I see no reason to get an internal DAC of any sort. Plugging in headphones into them is a pain and no advantage is there otherwise in cost, etc.

As to affording it, I can. Problem is if it doesn't do well, I become the last owner of it!

Regardless, I just purchased it. I will hold you all responsible if it doesn't do well. :D
This should be interesting. The design is a bit odd - if you are going to make a USB audio device, why make it internal? It's kinda lame. I'd understand it if they plan to release in external version too but if they don't... It should have been native PCI-e.
 

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Using what test disc?
The Hi Fi News test disk seems to be the usual one, but I also have an Acoustic Sounds disk and a Clear Audio set up disk.

Also, for some tests (e.g. speed, wow & flutter) some people have been using gyroscope smartphone apps.
 

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I suggest evaluating the Emotiva BASX A-100 power amp. It's been around for a while and it's been updated to use as a single ended headphone amp at full power which is something like 15 watts at 32 Ohm. It deserves a profile to prove its relative value as a strong headphone amp for pretty cheap. Many of Emotiva's straight amps (without digital issues) could use profiling at ASR as pretty common reasonably priced audiophile (or quasi-audiophile) equipment. I expect you know Emotiva's value reputation.

https://emotiva.com/products/a-100

Since there has been recent focus on class D amps I suggest you include ICEpower based amps such as those offered by Wyred 4 Sound and Nord. It's fair to hold them against the Hypex based amps.
 

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Sabaj just announced their ES9038PRO based DAC, the D5. Should be a decent performer considering how the Da3 performed in its measurements.

On their facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/sabaj.official/photos/a.478661239260863/639499376510381/?type=3&theater

On its Aliexpress listing:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Sab...c3-40d7-a7ec-4aaad75de0ad&transAbTest=ae803_5
Cool! Looks quite simple internally though, almost more so than SMSL SU-8. But hey, maybe simple works too?
 
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Any interest in measuring a $30 Sabre ES9023 DAC from HiFiMeDIY? I've had a couple of their cheapo DACs but I have never found any measurements of them online. I saw your review of the UDA38Pro, and it makes me wary of all their products. Totally understand if it ain't worth the time. If you are interested, I would be willing to send you mine to test.

https://hifimediy.com/sabre-dac-uae23
 

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Any interest in measuring a $30 Sabre ES9023 DAC from HiFiMeDIY? I've had a couple of their cheapo DACs but I have never found any measurements of them online. I saw your review of the UDA38Pro, and it makes me wary of all their products. Totally understand if it ain't worth the time. If you are interested, I would be willing to send you mine to test.

https://hifimediy.com/sabre-dac-uae23
THanks for the offer. It is not worth the shipping cost to send it back and forth. I do have a dongle that looks like that. I will find it and see who made it.
 
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