Addicted to Fun and Learning
- Nov 16, 2021
- Dallas, TX
I think the SU-9 pro was their first foray into the new ES9039pro chip, and it was offered as a “mid-priced” option to their existing line at the time as it lacks I2S, AES or other fancy connectors. This new D400 ES/EX line is just a refresh of their TOTL DACs with the latest flagship offerings from AKM and ESS. To remain competitive I can understand why they released units to capitalize on the latest DAC chips—some folks haven’t gotten the memo that we had already hit a functional limit with the AK4499 and ES9038pro (probably before that).
Digital audio is just spinning its wheels at this point, trying to release “new” products and chipsets offering the illusion that the technology keeps getting more advanced. Since our ears can’t tell the difference anymore, I’m sticking with my d90se until it goes splat.
The only product that has piqued my interest of late is the Gustard A26, since it is their first to offer an integrated DAC and streamer that is native DSD 512 and PCM 768 capable (not that I could hear that either)…