CFO (Chief Fun Officer)
- Feb 13, 2016
- Seattle Area
I am not claiming that it is state-of the art in it’s DAC and pre-amplification, no way as it is using second level DACs (top ones are AK4497 and ESS9038PRO at the moment) and audio grade, but just ok op amps NJM8080.
That ES9038PRO is not doing you a darn bit of good, is it? Or maybe you are a fan of it saturating so early?
The top performing DAC in THD+N measurements is the Okto DAC8. It uses ES9028 and gets a SINAD of 118 dB. The Melokin 9.1 despite using ES9038Pro stops at 100 dB for a whopping 18 dB higher noise+distortion.
As I said, if you want to ignore audio engineering/science, you are welcome. Here we go by what we can prove, not what we want to prove.