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SMSL Sanskrit 10th MK II DAC Review

bloodshoteyed

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it means that cables with slightly shorter connectors won't make enough contact and the sanskrit won't be recognized by the pc or it'll keep loosing connection (same goes for the power port)
tried other cables that worked on all my other equipment, but i had problems, so i stuck to the cables that came with the sanskrit and it works fine
 

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So I have hum/hiss on my SMSL Sanskrit 10th MK II.

Anybody else experience this issue? I notice it with my Magni Heresy and with my Beyer A20 headphone amps.

It's even more noticeable with my Schiit Vidar and Magnepan speakers.

I thought it was my Beyer A20 at first, then realized the hum was gone when I used my Topping D90 with it. Problem is I like to use the smaller SMSL at the office, the D90 is normally for my speaker setup.

Honest to god thought it was just power related or something, but this seems not to be the case as the SMSL is doing it no matter what amp I use it with, or which USB cable I use with it.

Anyone know what could cause this? Is there something wrong with my unit? I've owned it for about a year. Bought from Amazon.
 

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Honestly really sad that this DAC uses micro usb connectors instead of usb c, complete dealbreaker for me
 

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So I have hum/hiss on my SMSL Sanskrit 10th MK II.

Anybody else experience this issue? I notice it with my Magni Heresy and with my Beyer A20 headphone amps.

It's even more noticeable with my Schiit Vidar and Magnepan speakers.

I thought it was my Beyer A20 at first, then realized the hum was gone when I used my Topping D90 with it. Problem is I like to use the smaller SMSL at the office, the D90 is normally for my speaker setup.

Honest to god thought it was just power related or something, but this seems not to be the case as the SMSL is doing it no matter what amp I use it with, or which USB cable I use with it.

Anyone know what could cause this? Is there something wrong with my unit? I've owned it for about a year. Bought from Amazon.
When do you hear the noise? At all gain levels of the amplifier?
 

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Hi there guys. Let me ask the Sanskrit 10th mkII have dc coupled outputs? Has anyone test it?
 

Vini darko

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Hi there guys. Let me ask the Sanskrit 10th mkII have dc coupled outputs? Has anyone test it?
It looks to have direct coupled outputs.
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The little ceramic caps above the green circle are for preventing the op-amp from going into oscillation I think.
 

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Hello! Can you please tell me why in Sanskrit 10 MKII the volume is adjusted in Native DSD mode? XMOS driver shows real DSD stream, but volume can only be changed for PCM files. It turns out this is a deception, and not a direct stream, and still a conversion is made?
 

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JhoeyBaliwag

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Hi there!

Can I use my USB 3.0 or 2.0 from the backport of my desktop computer as power source? then connect input 1 to the same computer?

Thank you very much for your time.

Joseph
 

matt3421

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this DAC has a combined power/data input, if that's what you're asking.
 

JhoeyBaliwag

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this DAC has a combined power/data input, if that's what you're asking.
Hi there!

Thank you very much for replying, yes the input 1 has both power source and data source but I have read that by giving it a seperate cable for power source would be beneficial.

Joseph
 

drake5000

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Hi there!

Thank you very much for replying, yes the input 1 has both power source and data source but I have read that by giving it a seperate cable for power source would be beneficial.

Joseph
Main purpose of external power input - for such cases as connecting DAC to phone/tablet i.e. devices which won’t provide enough power for DAC to function properly.
On the other hand, some people use this even with PC, to “get rid of “dirty” power provided by PC USB ports”. If you want to go that route, it makes no sense to connect external power input to PC again, because you’re getting same “dirty power”. You want to use low-noise adapter (iFi has one) or even a power bank to maximize the effect!
HOWEVER. Personally I tested all these cases and in my humble opinion, single USB data/power connection works absolutely perfect and I cannot hear any difference by going external power.
One more thing. I actually use external power input (simple iPhone charger works fine) with PC, but that’s because I’m using Toslink connection in order to galvanically isolate the DAC from PC, which I need to eliminate ground loop in my whole setup. But this is a little bit advanced case and I don’t think u need this
 

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Thank you very much I'll go check it with a power bank and compare with a single one. Will be using a 5v 1A and 5v 2.1A as power source. :)
 
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