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
“ 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
“Overview At a retail price of $119 the 9018D has a lot going for it. The high resolution Sabre ES9018 chip coupled with an asynchronous USB receiver provides a crystal-clear sound and is a significant upgrade compared to the sound card of my MacBook Pro. As an owner of the regular 9018 the most apparent upgrades of the 9018D are a higher max volume output, digital volume control and...” --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...