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Review and Measurements of SMSL M8 DAC

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You can get a serial adapter cheap if that is all you need to flash the firmware!
I think mine has the firmware (my M8), I plan to set the M8 up again for my second workstation now.
You mean a USB--serial port adapter? ...I'm assuming there's some connector inside the M8,...that the chip doesn't have to be taken out.
 
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Any news if the new 9038 SMSL M8A is as good as this one?
 
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For anyone interested, I intend to report back with a proper howto when it is all done :D
I did update my two SMSL M8 and it worked like a charm.
Screensaver replaced the standby feature, turning the screen off after 15 sec.
I gathered images along the way, and will post everything in a new thread when time permits.

Thank you @SMSL-Mandy!
 

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I'm curious to know why the SMSL M8 isn't on the "Master SINAD (distortion) Comparison Graph for DACs"
 
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I'm curious to know why the SMSL M8 isn't on the "Master SINAD (distortion) Comparison Graph for DACs"
It was tested on my old analyzer which didn't generate it.
 
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! That was quick! :)

Ok...I was thinking I'd better get someone to do the soldering for me, but...I think my solder iron is small enough and the way you did it, I think I can handle that.
 
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USPS, not UPS. USPS is US Postal Service. ...It really went down over the last 5-6 years or so.

PS: I hope all you north Americans are ok in that extreme winter weather. ...It is so bad, I would visit our friend in Kiev winter, but USA no way. :>
 
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This is the circuit board of SMSL M8A v3 compared to v2, it seems that the output protection relay has been omitted. Does anyone have any idea about this?

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I have it, it sounds decent, I'd say nice and clear but feels like that's not enough, that's why I posted here to replace it... I still have that feeling but i wouldn't spend more than 200 - 250
 

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I have it, it sounds decent, I'd say nice and clear but feels like that's not enough, that's why I posted here to replace it... I still have that feeling but i wouldn't spend more than 200 - 250
There are so many good options in the price tier of $200-250.
Even the Topping D50/D50S at $250 is a killer option. You have JDS with the Element DAC, Schiit has a new DAC in that price range too.
Geshelli has 2 DAC's in that price range.
All of them are chart-toppers and are more than "enough" :)
 
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There are so many good options in the price tier of $200-250.
Even the Topping D50/D50S at $250 is a killer option. You have JDS with the Element DAC, Schiit has a new DAC in that price range too.
Geshelli has 2 DAC's in that price range.
All of them are chart-toppers and are more than "enough" :)
Well I was considering also to save a bit of money and so Topping E30 was an interesting option, but i'm too ignorant to understand if it's an upgrade for my SMSL M8a. I can't get Geshelli ones in italy and JDS.. well import fees kill any deal, to buy my atom i've paid so much in the end
 

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Well I was considering also to save a bit of money and so Topping E30 was an interesting option, but i'm too ignorant to understand if it's an upgrade for my SMSL M8a. I can't get Geshelli ones in italy and JDS.. well import fees kill any deal, to buy my atom i've paid so much in the end
It might be an upgrade but I would wait for Amir to review one first.
 
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