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In Reply to: RE: Are`DACs with the ESS Sabre the best DACs? posted by jseverino50 on March 17, 2012 at 08:49:25
It's an excellect chip, but generalizations are problematic as the results vary according to implementation. In a DIY build of the Twisted Pear Buffalo DAC I've passed through multiple configurations of the ESS Reference Sabre 9018 up to a battery-powered, shunt-regulated, dual-mono configuration with a balanced silver transformer output stage. The discrete shunt regulators and dual-mono configuration made quite a difference. Neither of these features are included in some of the commercially avialable CDPs. This is about the best RBCD I've heard. However, RBCD on my Sony SCD-1 with the same power mods and analog section comes quite close. I have yet to try a hi-res input into the ESS 9018-- which is really its principal reason for being.
that the quality of power supplies make a big difference; I have seven ALW-Jung super regulators on mine, all hand tested.
Also important are the analog stages. Balanced out is much better because it eliminates a mixer stage. The roll off freq point is also important and needs to be tailored to your rig.
"that the quality of power supplies make a big difference; I have seven ALW-Jung super regulators on mine, all hand tested."
This is your home made DAC, not your W4S. Why make this point. Do you need 7 jung regs to get good sound... If so why buy any other DACs? smh...
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