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In Reply to: RE: It's only money! ;-) posted by John Elison on May 07, 2017 at 21:02:44
You can also get the $1600 LKS MH-DA004 DAC with two more expensive and higher performing ESS9038 DACs in parallel (equivalent to 32 9028 DAC channels in parallel). A single 9028 (as used in the Exasound) uses 4 DAC channels in parallel. Also the LKS has fully discrete output stages....not op amps. Sounds great too! Incredible value.
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Can you output DSD to the LKS, as from an Oppo's audio HDMI output?
Are there any complications in doing that?
I see. I have a customer who got three modded Gustard DACs from me instead of an E38. The LKS is even better. The Exasound gives you one ESS 9028 DAC channel per channel. The LKS with its mono 9038 DACs is equivalent to 32 ESS 9028 DACs in parallel (32 times more DACs in parallel).....just another world more transparent.....then there is the discrete output stages, etc. in the LKS. You could get two LKS for the fronts and center/bass and then a cheaper Sonica DAC for surround channels for the same money as a 38.
The more expensive top of the line ESS 9038 chip is essentially four 9028 DACs in parallel. Every channel is four channels paralleled.....so four time the current output and one quarter the output impedance. Hence better signal to noise and higher dynamic range. The LKS is the only DAC in the world right now with two 9038 DACs in parallel....and it comes from China and made by people who listen and tweak. Simply amazing.
How would all the DAC's be connected? And wouldn't you need one-off software to get them all to work. . . uh. . . in concert?
Also, wouldn't the build quality of the Exasound (made in Canada) be possibly more reliable than the LKS (made in China)? How long has LKS been around and what are the reports about their products' long-term reliability?
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