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SMSL D-6 DAC Review

Rate this DAC:

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 3 1.2%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 6 2.5%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther

    Votes: 77 32.0%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 155 64.3%

  • Total voters
    241

HDavidson

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That is, this function is located and activated in the menu of the Dac?
Haven't bought this duck yet, so questions.
 

HDavidson

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OK.
I'm more interested DSD direct of the Dac.
It is a pity that SMSL uses USB-C. Need to buy a cable UCB-A/UCB-C.
 

WILL

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I'm using Windows 7 and I'm having this pop noise with this SMSL D6 dac.
Try to install the new firmware but it shows this.
Any recommendation? thanks
 

Veri

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I'm using Windows 7 and I'm having this pop noise with this SMSL D6 dac.
Try to install the new firmware but it shows this.
Any recommendation? thanks
Windows 7 support has ended for these drivers. You can look for an older SMSL one like 4.13 but the latest driver can't install on your system. Windows 7 is really old.... (edit: 5.00 is the last supported driver! read below).
 
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WILL

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Windows 7 support has ended for these drivers. You can look for an older SMSL one like 4.13 but the latest driver can't install on your system. Windows 7 is really old....
Ok, thanks for the info.
I will use Yamaha wxc50 optical out to this dac.
No problem in this way.
 

BeQuietZen

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I'm using Windows 7 and I'm having this pop noise with this SMSL D6 dac.
Try to install the new firmware but it shows this.
Any recommendation? thanks
Last official XMOS drivers for Windows 7, 32 & 64 bit are v5.0.0 (XMOS_USBAudio_v5.0.0_2020-12-18_setup). Must be downloaded from SMSL site. Versions 5.3, 5.4, and 5.5 are Windows 10 (and probably 11) only.
 

WILL

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Last official XMOS drivers for Windows 7, 32 & 64 bit are v5.0.0 (XMOS_USBAudio_v5.0.0_2020-12-18_setup). Must be downloaded from SMSL site. Versions 5.3, 5.4, and 5.5 are Windows 10 (and probably 11) only.
I‘m using the xmos 4.8ver firmware with windows 7 now.
Pop noise shows when sample rate change and few second after music stop.
Looks like I have to avoid using usb input on this dac.
 

carlcamper

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I‘m using the xmos 4.8ver firmware with windows 7 now.
Pop noise shows when sample rate change and few second after music stop.
Looks like I have to avoid using usb input on this dac.
 

WILL

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Brilliant! carlcamper, you solved my D-6 pop noise problem.
I use the setting from the page you provided.
No more pop noise!
It's perfect now.
Thanks so much.
 
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I think we need a new way to dislpay the ranking. Even at full size, the device names are getting hard to read :)

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I vote for a histogram!
I right-click the graph and select the open image in a new window (perhaps this step is unnecessary however I just do it out of habit), then I save the image, open it in Photos app, and rotate it so it is vertical and finally right click, select resize image x2 or so and save over the original file. Every so often I'll repeat this to keep it current as new DACs are added to the collection of measured units. It is very nice when comparing a particular DAC against the others.
 

Tecarem

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Sorry for asking a question, I just bought this dac, I have read that the trs output is 6.35mm but I can't find any cable to connect it to the rca input of my amplifier. At the moment I have it connected from rca to rca. Do you know if there is any cable trs 6,35 to rca? Thanks
 

staticV3

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Sorry for asking a question, I just bought this dac, I have read that the trs output is 6.35mm but I can't find any cable to connect it to the rca input of my amplifier. At the moment I have it connected from rca to rca. Do you know if there is any cable trs 6,35 to rca? Thanks
Not a good idea as the 1/4" TRS output is differential and your Amp's input is single-ended. Better to stick to the RCA out.
 

Tecarem

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Thank you very much, so I'm still with rca to rca, and when I change amplifier one day I'll look at it again, for the moment I'm still happy with my old denon, thank you very much.
 
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