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Actually a Bit too Much BS from PS Audio

Ric Schultz is quite right that using two of the 8-DAC-within ES9038Pro chips has been used for quite a while. LKS, now Musetec Audio was one of the very early designers using two chips comprising 8 DACs on a side. Their newer, flagshp, model the Musetec 005 continues that, with very much upgraded power supplies and an upgraded discrete analog section. The use of two chip, eight-on-a-side DACS has migrated to many other DACS. In some cases, IMO, it's done more for marketing as the rest of the component may not measure up.

What Paul McGowan seems to be doing is obfuscating (intentionally?) the distinction between a DAC and a DAC chip within which there may be multiple DACs.

So on the website it reads, "What makes the new StellarGold DAC unique is its use of multiple parallel DACs. Each channel of the StellarGold is built by paralleling 4 high resolution digital to analog converters." This could be done, as it is in many cheap DAC units with one ESS chip.

In his latest video on the subject he speaks, in turn of, "4 DAC chip per channel," "a total of 8 DACs," "we use 4 of them for the left channel; 4 of them for the right channel," "ESS makes an Octochip; it has 8 DACs on it."

So you figure it out. I can't. Is it 1 chip, 8 DACs per channel? Or is it 4 ES9038Pro chips and 32 DACs per channel with 8 ES9038Pro chips total? We really may not know until we can have pictures of the insides of the DAC, something that PS Audo almost never reveals. For people might then complain that the casing costs far more more than everything inside.

But if I had to guess, it will be 2 chips in total, 8 DACs per channel as is done by many much less expensive DAC players. Nothing very special, notwithstanding all of McGowan's hype.

Edits: 09/29/23 09/29/23

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