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SMSL DO200 MKII DAC Review

Rate this DAC:

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 9 3.8%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 14 5.9%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther)

    Votes: 64 26.8%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 152 63.6%

  • Total voters
    239

VintageFlanker

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Thanks, @amirm !

SMSL DO200 MKII MQA DAC Balanced Stereo Jitter  Audio Measurements.png

What about Jitter through S/PDIF, both toslink and coax? USB is usually not very discriminating.;)

Who in 2023 buys a DAC with less than 121.4 SINAD?
Tons of people. The vast majority, actually. 121.4dB SINAD is plain useless for most use cases, BTW.
 

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And the DO300 is following directly behind, for those who want a newer DAC chip.
DO300
 
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Wish it had a trigger out. Interesting to see the price points creeping higher. Yes, some more features and all that so no complaints. Except that I wish it had a trigger out.
 

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The E70 measures better has a trigger and 150 bucks less. But no AES/EBU, I²C.
 
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I like that it uses the “correct” filter at factory default settings, and it does its job nicely, hopefully more product would do the same in the future.
 

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It seems to measure well, I have read reviews about this DAC and they are all very positive, in this case, would that be a comfortable and brightless sound, which is interesting to me, but... are there any downsides to the sound quality that I haven't noticed?
From what I see here there is considerable noise from 30k onwards and in this case it wouldn't be a problem, it's under -130 dB and so on, right?
Without wanting to be annoying, but I just ask, this is certainly inaudible in normal hearing, but in this case, could this noise well below the audible cause some roughness? this occurred to me now because I remembered the Allo Revolution DAC, where the manufacturer comments that he tried to make noise and distortion as low as possible, even if a good part of the noise is inaudible, it ends up being ''felt'' in a way and causing fatigue .
I believe that most speakers do not reproduce exactly anything beyond 20k, the same for human hearing, right? or I didn't quite understand this question and why this review showed this noise above 20k.
I realize that I practically don't even hear the 18k for example in a frequency test, but that's all I feel a evident annoyance even when I forget the frequency is ringing, which means that in a way I hear it but in an extremely subtle way.
 

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It seems to measure well, I have read reviews about this DAC and they are all very positive, in this case, would that be a comfortable and brightless sound, which is interesting to me, but... are there any downsides to the sound quality that I haven't noticed?
From what I see here there is considerable noise from 30k onwards and in this case it wouldn't be a problem, it's under -130 dB and so on, right?
Without wanting to be annoying, but I just ask, this is certainly inaudible in normal hearing, but in this case, could this noise well below the audible cause some roughness? this occurred to me now because I remembered the Allo Revolution DAC, where the manufacturer comments that he tried to make noise and distortion as low as possible, even if a good part of the noise is inaudible, it ends up being ''felt'' in a way and causing fatigue .
I believe that most speakers do not reproduce exactly anything beyond 20k, the same for human hearing, right? or I didn't quite understand this question and why this review showed this noise above 20k.
I realize that I practically don't even hear the 18k for example in a frequency test, but that's all I feel a evident annoyance even when I forget the frequency is ringing, which means that in a way I hear it but in an extremely subtle way.
Could you see the wide band noise test -96 dB Hmm.
 

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I'm tired of these DAC's without features like loudness and EQ. Would rather own the RME ADI-2 FS DAC with better remote and awesome features. And Amazon has it for $1039.
A possible catch: Since this would be a re-import for a European customer, he might have to pay tax.
The prices from German shops are for now:

But yes, even so, it has more features (which is why I got it)
 

BR52

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A possible catch: Since this would be a re-import for a European customer, he might have to pay tax.
The prices from German shops are for now:

But yes, even so, it has more features (which is why I got it)
We are more of topic now. Would be great SMSL, Topping and all others read the hundreds posts repeating the
same message. And for us (customer) a little competition would be great technology and price wise.
 

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Voted fine....it's another SMSL dac......
 
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