It would be perfect if they remove even dsd support, so no more annoying bugs with dsd.
I think dsd and mqa support are some of the reasons of frequent firmware updates or other stupid bugs, with otherwise perfect dacs.
Removing MQA, probably is one of the reasons they are so high in the SINAD chart.
To me 16bit cd playback is as good as I can hear..
Could be more like 2 versions of the SU-9n DAC from their track record...
I got the same spammy email, guessing from the time I bought the Topping EX5 from them. Do they think we buy DACs using Subscribe & Save(TM), minus the save? I really have no idea how they are able to justify releasing new products every couple of months when their old one is perfectly fine. Excellent performance, but who's chucking their 118 SINAD DAC to get a 122 SINAD one?I receive an email from shenzhenaudio.com this morning for the SMSL SU-9n and @amirm has already posted the review a few hours before. Your dedication and service to the audio community is amazing @amirm. In a world full of delays you stand out as an example of excellence. Thank you so much for all your hard work.
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have You heard about ever lasting 99 on the display? and the permanent blue glow? this is even more rejecting. smsl needs configurable displays. as for now this dac looks better from the rear rather than front plate.If it weren't for the chrome ring on the volume knob, I'd want this component to replace my Adcom preamp.
DACs are so good now that silly aesthetic preferences like this can be a major consideration in the purchase decision. (I'm aware my admission here doesn't reflect well on me.)
It will look bad if you drop the price on very expensive devices, early buyers would hate to know the margins you took, but you can create a similar product for a cheaper price and no body will be mad. Always recycle, keep the hype up, fill every segment and keep the prices close so people could be upsold easily, that's how they operate.Could be more like 2 versions of the SU-9n DAC from their track record...
I dont understand how a company can manage multiple assembly lines for different PCBs, components and casings (albeit name change only)...not to mention SW development etc. at such a rapid pace with $59 or so difference (from say the next SU-9 or the cheaper SU-8s) between products in an age where chip costs are skyrocketing ...I mean do these DACs even sell as much every other month...is the audiophile community growing at that pace as well to support economies of scale. I know no one manufactures stuff to incur losses but am really curious about the business model SMSL and the likes have to make money
As for MQA...I don't mind it being a feature sitting by as long as you don't charge too much for it...which I don't think SMSL does. It is counter Intuitive to ask for more features in modern DACs as most have in this thread and rightly so and then complain about the features the product already has...it's all about haviy choices at the end!
Great review btw @amirm
I couldn't agree more. The display is hideous and the chrome around the knob tacky. (Subjective opinions, I know...). But as I also look better from the back than the front perhaps I shouldn't be so critical...have You heard about ever lasting 99 on the display? and the permanent blue glow? this is even more rejecting. smsl needs configurable displays. as for now this dac looks better from the rear rather than front plate.