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SMSL SU-9 PRO The New King for $499?

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Just a heads up, available now.
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Oh I just noticed they pushed the voltage over 5v so it cant be compared, still looks nice for the money I think, so many DACs to choose from.
 

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This looks solid. I am about as happy with my SU 9 as anything I've ever purchased. I use it for a pre-amp as well as source switcher and it pairs nicely with the balanced AO200. One standout for the SU 9 series is the excellent Bluetooth support - I find overall this DAC is a great value for the money.
 
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With all these DACs lacking features like dsp etc the attractive side is a nice display, my last dac was great but I couldn't read the display from my seat, aprox 3mtrs, this one looks a lot better but I dont know....
 

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12k still got problems, like the first batch of su10, same problem (su10 was fixed with new FW)

they need to fix that


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same problem as the su10, and they fixed the su10 with firmware, before and after

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USB-B ........................ FTW


staticV3 linked Wolf measurements back in October ..... RCA out looks good too ...
 
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Why is it called "Pro"? It has 2 channels, no routing, no DSP, nothing pro about it. Yes it squeezes 1 db more in SINAD with no audible differences. YAWN! And let's not talk about support nor quality...
 
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I'd expect a "Pro" unit to also have AES, I2S, etc.. .............................. like their $100 cheaper DO200 MKii has.
 
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hi everyone, I've been the owner of the SU9pro for 2 weeks now and it works like clockwork! before that I had an M300 MK2, it was great, but this one is better in every way, livelier, more explosive and at the same time more detailed, especially the space has improved, the speakers have disappeared from sight! I highly recommend. good job SMSL! in the picture you can see new aluminum noses, the main reason was cooling, because after a whole day of playing it was quite hot! now it's optimal. another thing, the 3 rubber feet were not stable when serious cables were connected. Now it stands firm, literally.
 

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The "pro" part is because it uses the new ES9039MPRO.

HOWEVER, it supports the monstrous mqa (yes, the worst thing ever posible) right on IC.

So, I'll stay light-years away from anything like that. I do boycott anything mqa (aka SCAM) on it.

If you love real quality (and high quality) audio, you should do it too.
 

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The "pro" part is because it uses the new ES9039MPRO.

HOWEVER, it supports the monstrous mqa (yes, the worst thing ever posible) right on IC.

So, I'll stay light-years away from anything like that. I do boycott anything mqa (aka SCAM) on it.

If you love real quality (and high quality) audio, you should do it too.
I know a lot about it, but I don't believe you can hear the difference between PCM MQA !!! And nobody has to use MQA if they don't want to. And that it's on one chip?!
For me, the first thing is the sound quality, and this DAC has perfect output parameters and really great dynamics! But I agree that MQA is more of a trademark than a quality improvement.
 

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The "pro" part is because it uses the new ES9039MPRO.

HOWEVER, it supports the monstrous mqa (yes, the worst thing ever posible) right on IC.

So, I'll stay light-years away from anything like that. I do boycott anything mqa (aka SCAM) on it.

If you love real quality (and high quality) audio, you should do it too.
Oh brother, another hater (who may not even have heard an Masters setup). I rather like Tidal as a service and also MQA's SQ - especially with them having many of the various genres I listen to regularly and also offering a Veteran's Discount that makes it veeery economical for me. Too much upside, IMO.....
 

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Just a heads up, available now.
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Oh I just noticed they pushed the voltage over 5v so it cant be compared, still looks nice for the money I think, so many DACs to choose from.
I like that about SMSL's DACs - that li'l bit of extra voltage (~5.2V vs 4V) does wonders for my amp's power output and volume levels......
 

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12k still got problems, like the first batch of su10, same problem (su10 was fixed with new FW)

they need to fix that


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At -150 down in level? That's even lower than mouse farts (are they ant farts?), and is a non-issue for everyone who's not a signal generator (or the farting ant's wife who's put in a Dutch Oven, LOL).......
 

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With all these DACs lacking features like dsp etc the attractive side is a nice display, my last dac was great but I couldn't read the display from my seat, aprox 3mtrs, this one looks a lot better but I dont know....
That is exactly why, imo, the minidsp flex is still the dac to beat.
Dsp in a dac is far more useful than a dac with -120db sinad vs -110db sinad
And a nice big display plus remote is a very useful feature as well.
 
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At -150 down in level? That's even lower than mouse farts (are they ant farts?), and is a non-issue for everyone who's not a signal generator (or the farting ant's wife who's put in a Dutch Oven, LOL).......
Just a kind reminder: here for ones who want perfection for less.
 
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