Dedicated Source Components
“This DAC was good enough for me to buy twice. 90% of the sound quality of a odac for cheap. Buy it from the oregon warehouse website if you're impatient, shipping from china is slow. New savitech usb receiver version adds support for 88.2khz and an ASIO driver which is a nice option instead of wasapi. Haven't heard the asynchronous version but it can only be even...” --uncola
“Preamble: Before I start with my actual review, I want to thank Nick from HiFime for providing me with a sample of the 9018D in exchange for my honest evaluation. Please note that I am not affiliated with HiFime or HiFimeDIY in any way. At HiFime, all started with the production of the Tripath TK2050 speaker amplification chip. Nowadays they are mostly known for their portable DACs that use...” --HiFiChris
“ Overview The HiFime 9018 is a definite improvement compared to the sound card of my 2014 Macbook Pro. It sounds very natural and detailed. I would still recommend an amp to drive high impedance headphones like the HD650 (mentioned in the HiFime product description) and my pair of DT990 250 Ohm though… The DAC will drive them to a loud listening volume but nothing more. HiFime informed...” --BorisH
“I have this Dac restricted to 48 KHz res designed primairly for Android devices for £19. I tested with a Macbook Pro (instantly recognised) and JDS Labs Cmoy using pair of Koss KSC75 It's definately a stocking filler.Compared to the Fiio D3 original version utalizing the wolfson chip now out of production it can't come as near the level of seperation and detail of the D3 but this...” --laughingbuddha
Compatibility It accepts any optical signal up to 192kHz and 16, 24, 32bit. Note that you need a good quality optical cable for higher sample rates. Case The DAC will be availble both as a bare PCB (just the electronics) and with a case similar to the new Sabre 9018 USB DAC. The case will be ready in late March while the PCB will be ready in beginning of March, so you can optional get it...
This new DAC is build with with the same Sabre ES9023 chip as our USB DAC, featuring the same SABRE DAC technology. The ES9023 dac chip has a driver built in which outputs 2Vrms line level signal,and are able to drive low impedance loads like headphones, but at 32ohm the output power is reduced to 1Vrms, so connecting to an amp/preamp is recommended if your headphones are low efficiency. It...