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Sabaj A10d 2022 Version Review (DAC & Amp)

Rate this DAC & HP Amp

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 3 1.4%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 2 1.0%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther

    Votes: 25 11.9%
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    Votes: 180 85.7%

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EL_PW

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A word of warning about the Sabaj A10 D.

When I opened the box and plugged mine into a set of Genelec 8010A's I found out very quickly that the Sabaj had been set at the factory to MAX VOLUME. It nearly blew me across the room with sound pressure. Fortunately the Genelecs were not damaged. Not so sure about my hearing. Beyond that the Sabaj may be too good for computer audio. Running a usb out from my Win 10 pc (Dell T3600 Workstation - The Terminator!) into the Sabaj I can very clearly hear lots of little noises every time the fans power up or opening and closing programs. The Schitt Modi 3 does a much better job filtering that noise out from the pc. So instead I use the Sabal hooked up to a Rotel CD player and a Oppo Disk player. No sir! I have no complaints about that arrangement. :)
 

Jimster480

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A word of warning about the Sabaj A10 D.

When I opened the box and plugged mine into a set of Genelec 8010A's I found out very quickly that the Sabaj had been set at the factory to MAX VOLUME. It nearly blew me across the room with sound pressure. Fortunately the Genelecs were not damaged. Not so sure about my hearing. Beyond that the Sabaj may be too good for computer audio. Running a usb out from my Win 10 pc (Dell T3600 Workstation - The Terminator!) into the Sabaj I can very clearly hear lots of little noises every time the fans power up or opening and closing programs. The Schitt Modi 3 does a much better job filtering that noise out from the pc. So instead I use the Sabal hooked up to a Rotel CD player and a Oppo Disk player. No sir! I have no complaints about that arrangement. :)
Surprising that it doesn't have ground loop filtering.
 

MaxwellsEq

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Picked up a Sabaj A10d 2022 to replace a very old and failing DAC with headphone amp for computer use.

I'm pleased. The packaging is good. The construction is very solid. It syncs well with my PC. It drives my various high and low Z headphones louder than I well ever need. I can't hear any noise.

On startup the volume is set at 100, so don't play anything until you've turned it down (thanks for the warning @EL_PW )
 

Jimbob54

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Picked up a Sabaj A10d 2022 to replace a very old and failing DAC with headphone amp for computer use.

I'm pleased. The packaging is good. The construction is very solid. It syncs well with my PC. It drives my various high and low Z headphones louder than I well ever need. I can't hear any noise.

On startup the volume is set at 100, so don't play anything until you've turned it down (thanks for the warning @EL_PW )
It doesnt save the last volume on headphone out prior to switch off? Or just out of the box it defaults to 100?

If the former thats deadly!
 

MaxwellsEq

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It doesnt save the last volume on headphone out prior to switch off? Or just out of the box it defaults to 100?

If the former thats deadly!
It's only on first boot up out of the box. I unplugged the mains overnight and today on bootup all of my settings from yesterday are restored with the volume at 46, not 100!
 

AudioSceptic

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It's only on first boot up out of the box. I unplugged the mains overnight and today on bootup all of my settings from yesterday are restored with the volume at 46, not 100!
I would never put on headphones without first switching on the amp and checking the volume. In any case, the level (volume) of music varies enormously, so I always start at a low setting.
 

Trell

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I would never put on headphones without first switching on the amp and checking the volume. In any case, the level (volume) of music varies enormously, so I always start at a low setting.

More manufacturers should implement what RME does for their ADI-2 DAC/Pro: Slow ramp up of volume from low level during power on or when changing output. I've taken advantage of that on occasion. It's a nice safety feature to protect both connected equipment as well as ears.
 

Jimbob54

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It's only on first boot up out of the box. I unplugged the mains overnight and today on bootup all of my settings from yesterday are restored with the volume at 46, not 100!
Ah, better. Not great though. No different to a unit with a physical knob shipped with it set to max.
 

AudioSceptic

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More manufacturers should implement what RME does for their ADI-2 DAC/Pro: Slow ramp up of volume from low level during power on or when changing output. I've taken advantage of that on occasion. It's a nice safety feature to protect both connected equipment as well as ears.
That's a good idea and easy to do these days.
 
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