Yulong DAH1 DAC - Owner 'Review'.
Ok then; I've been running a Yulong DAH1 DAC for a couple of weeks now and here is my quick and dirty overview of the device. First off, its silver, and I wish that they would release a black face-plate! Secondly, the front panel LCD is a little dimmer than what most might expect, however, it’s easily visible from anything within reason, say a couple of meters. My eyesight is pretty much excellent, so I don't know how this would be for someone with sight problems.
The device is overbuilt like a Sherman tank - I dig it! The lack of plastic is a nice touch in this day and age of 'everything is plastic', thus the chassis is fairly heavy for an item this small, due in no small part to the thick aluminum case / face-plate. Inside, it looks exactly like you would expect from seeing the many pics posted on this thread, very robust. (See posts #1 and #15 in this thread for front and internal pics).
And the 'sound'; well, common sense would dictate that anything built with this caliber of components had better be acoustically transparent, and so it is with this device. I've used it in a large number of situations including SPDIF / TOSLink / RCA / different power & RCA cables (see cable eval' on Cdnav.com Jan 24th and RCA eval' Jan 21st - same site), on a wide variety of CD / amplifiers / speakers - and I can honestly say, aside from the silver faceplate, this is one fine little DAC. The headphone section is quiet, no hum / buzz - through three different headphones (all 'dynamic transducer', not electrostat' - so cannot comment on that), and the buttons up front operate perfectly, with a very positive tactile feedback. Again however, the print is quite small for the + / - indicators, which might mess with some folks who have vision problems.
It was less than $400.00 – shipped from Asia, which, for a device of this caliber I thought was more or less fair. A few bucks less would be cool, but, whatever…
For those of you looking for a decent, acoustically transparent DAC, don’t mind Silver, need USB for a PC interface and dig quality on the cheap: Buy It!
Andrew D.Canadian Audio Video.