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Review and Measurements of Sabaj Da3 Dac compared to Dragonfly Black

maxxevv

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By the way, since you are a Shure SE215 user too, do you know of a substitute regular cable (not balanced) in case that i break mine? The original Shure is way to expensive and i am sure in Amazon or AliExpress there might be good choices as well. The thing is knowing some reliable vendor who sells a good quality cable at a good price.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32916162030.html

The link I put previously also has 3.5mm jack with straight MMCX connectors. Pretty affordable and well measuring cables, though some may find them a little on the thick side of things.
 
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Thanks Maxxevv, i thought it was balanced only but now i read again and it is 3.5 mm unbalance which is great. Thanks for your good tips again! :)
 

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Adding the Sabaj Da3 balanced versus unbalanced performance:

Is it correct in stating that at 50ohm load balanced, power of 82.4mW is a voltage level of 4.12V? This then is quite comparable and actually better than the Topping NX4 DSD which is ~3.3V at 50ohm? (33ohm at 2.2V, 300ohm at 4.2V).

The reason why I ask is that I would like a balanced DAC/amp for my HD650. For some reason it sounds better using the 2.5mm balanced outputs on my Pioneer XDP-30R (dual ES9018C2M DAC's with dual ES9601K amp) vs. 3.5mm line out from my XDP-30R into an JDS Atom Amp (single ended) even though the Atom does go louder.

I maybe wrong, but I think the dual DAC, dual amp sounds better (wider soundstage) than the more raw power the Atom amp provides - I actually prefer the XDP-30R to the JDS Atom amp.

Cost aside, does having dual SABRE9018Q2C dac/amp (as in the Sabaj DA3) sound better then separate dual ES9018C2M dac / ES9601K amp (as in the XDP-30R)
 

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Please forgive my newbie's ignorance, but how does this cable work with two male plugs? How do you connect your headphones to it?
I'm guessing as I don't own these headphones, but there is a female jack on the headphone themselves. It's not uncommon for various removable connections to be used on different headphones.
 
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I'm guessing as I don't own these headphones, but there is a female jack on the headphone themselves. It's not uncommon for various removable connections to be used on different headphones.
Hmmm... I see.. I wonder how, with what terms, one would search on Ali for same balanced cable with male & female? The obvious does not always bear fruit there!
 
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