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"Breeze Audio" ES9038 ES9038PRO DAC

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Anyone have experience with this DAC?

Looks pretty interesting:
  1. Priced right < $500.
  2. XLR and RCA outs.
  3. Remote
  4. ES9038Pro Chip
Looks like a decent alternative to the DX7S.
 

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No headphone jack. The nice build quality is not evidence of good ebgineering.
 

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one of their products seems to be well engineered
Electrolytic capacitors jammed up against a heat-sink, fake Sanyo main filter caps and the cheapest volume pot they could find doesn't make for 'well engineered' IMO.

Call it for what it is, it's just another Chinese cheap-ass chip amp in an extruded can.
 

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Electrolytic capacitors jammed up against a heatsink, fake main filter caps and the cheapest volume pot they could find doesn't make for 'well engineered' IMO.

Call it for what it is, it's just another Chinese cheap-ass chip amp in an extruded can.
I missed the fake filter caps! I can live with the caps jammed against the heat sink on a $30 amp that I'm not going to beat up on. I wouldn't use it for anything serious.

Edit - I should probably add was a bit shocked that one of these inexpensive amps wasn't a hot mess - I agree I think well engineered was probably too strong.
 
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The metal can opamps in the sockets are a nice touch.
 

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Yeh, takes me back 30+ years.
Makes me feel old too- I've got some NOS milspec early can opamps with gold plated leads, and even some early OC-XX glass enveloped germanium transistors etc. Actually, I'll dig out a bag of truly vintage components and post a few pics just for fun. :)
 

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That's the generic board. No idea how well that performs.

The one I shared here a while ago runs off 6 opamp chips and uses dual toroidal transformers and the works. Although in my opinion it sounds very good, I have no idea how well it will measure though the seller has some measurement graphs on his listing.

https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z09.2.0.0.4f212e8d7BjKVG&id=520572954027&_u=p1u1q9kmbfe5
 

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That's the generic board. No idea how well that performs.

The one I shared here a while ago runs off 6 opamp chips and uses dual toroidal transformers and the works. Although in my opinion it sounds very good, I have no idea how well it will measure though the seller has some measurement graphs on his listing.

https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z09.2.0.0.4f212e8d7BjKVG&id=520572954027&_u=p1u1q9kmbfe5
Wow, that write-up is quite extensive! Are you able to contact them and find out if they are willing to sell one to me at discount for review?
 

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Oh, the USD price seems quite a bit lower than the other US listing. I am willing to buy it at that price if someone can coordinate the ordering through that Chinese vendor.
 

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Haha... its already sub- US$300 excluding shipping ! (It cost like US$20 shipped to my part of the world, don't think it would cross the US$30/- mark to your location.

Taobao's shipping is quite seamless once you set up an account. Though you'll need to navigate the chinese language.

I can check if I can add an alternate shipping address in my account as my Aliexpress allows that.
 

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