Dedicated Source Components
“I wanted a small, cheap USB DAC for an mpd music server. The server makes my lossless music collection and some internet radio streams available wherever I am - at home typically via mpd clients on PC and Android, and away from home via mpd client and streaming using SSH tunnels on laptop and Android. The USB DAC is so I can also run the same audio to a small amp and speakers at home. I...” --julian67
“ Preamble: 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 valuable electronics but remain a good price-performance ratio. I would definitely say for myself that I really like ESS Technology’s SABRE audio chips – in some applications, their sound is...” --HiFiChris
“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
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...