Pros: Sound! Smooth and seductive, slightly forgiving but extremely detailed, DSD capable up to DSD512, excellent headphone section
Cons: No remote, amp not ideal for IEMs
Yulong audio has been steadily building up their portfolio. The D100 was a brilliant DAC that fared well at the time against competitors in the $1K range - but it sold for under $500. The D100 mkII took things up another notch, adding further refinement and helping the D100 stay current against an increasingly tough range of competition. The Sabre D18 was the initial reference DAC, packing the flagship ES9018 Sabre Reference chip at a price - just $699 - far lower than any competitors using that same chip. But the D18 wasn't for everyone; its lack of USB and warm, smooth presentation, while both deliberate, made it less than ideal for some users and their systems. I once heard someone describe it as "without a doubt the warmest sound I've heard out of a DAC", which they meant in a totally complimentary way. I personally wouldn't take it quite that far the but fact remains - Yulong could use a proper flagship, positioned above the D100 mkII and having a more broad appeal than the D18.
- Inputs: Optical, Coaxial and AES support 16-24bit 44.1-192kHz
- USB input support PCM 16-32 bit, 44.1Khz 48Khz 88.2Khz 96Khz 176.4Khz 192Khz 352.8Khz 384Khz DSD64,DSD128 - On Windows DSD256,DSD512
- USB input support Mac OSX, Linux with UAC2 compliant kernel
- KS/Wasapi/WDM/ASIO Drivers for MS OS XP to Win8 32-64bit
- SNR: -135dB.
- Dynamic Range: 133dB.
- THD+N: <0.0002%
- Frequency Response: 20-30KHz - 0.2 dB
- Output voltage: RCA 2V; XLR 4.2V
- Left/right channel crosstalk: -135dB
- Power Consumption: <30W.
- Single ended heaphone output: 600 Ohm: 70mW; 300 Ohm 150mW, 150 Ohm: 280mW, 32 Ohm: 1W
- Dimensions: 250*180*55mm (10" W x 7" D x 2 1/2" H)
- Net Weight: 2.5kg / 5.5 lbs
- Color option: silver or black
As you can see, this device measures impeccably - as good or better than almost any DAC I've seen, regardless of price.