Well, I just pulled the trigger and made my deposit/preorder for the A8 and D8. I am very happy with my A18/D18 and have high hopes for these new units.
Yulong Sabre D18 thread: reviews, impressions, discussion (full review added 2/5) - Page 36
Gear mentioned in this thread:
nuts : recently i got HD800 and ref 1, do you think A18 could drive 800?
if possible , please give review : A18 pair
ed with D18.
D18 paired with master 5,
and A18 paired with ref 7.1
if above combination can make some chemical reaction, i will buy one. Now i am using D18 paired with master 6 as pre amp, 300 B tube amp as power amp to get the most from d18.
Do you change the fuse of D18?
I have already done this, in this thread. Here is the link post #413 http://www.head-fi.org/t/586153/yulong-sabre-d18-thread-reviews-impressions-discussion-full-review-added-2-5/405
I haven't heard the 800 with the a18 but as mentioned, the 800 was the reference can by yulong while he developed the amp. & after hearing both separately, I would say the synergy woud most likely be pretty good. The 800s would love that Sound sig I would think.
It seems there's a void here but understandable void since I would imagine there would be compromises for a balanced dac at this price range. Would you say at this price range the Yulong is the best balanced dac disregarding the signature of the dac? I was looking at the quattro dac but not sure about that as well as the digital link iii from ps audio or of course the new schiit dac but not sure about their dacs yet.
Also the D8 and A8 may be available. I just saws a thread from grant fidelity the north america seller: http://www.head-fi.org/t/628317/yulong-a8-and-d8-pre-order-invitation-order-by-oct-31st-only
Well, the usual disclaimer applies here since of course I haven't heard everything out there. And also there's new stuff coming out every day. But I'd say yes, this is the best balanced DAC available for this price in my opinion. It is very, VERY enjoyable.
Interesting news about the D8 and A8 being available for purchase by us mere mortals. I bet that makes an obscenely good combo.
How much deposit to you have to pay and how do you do it?....peter
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Same price as buying D18 and A18. So deposit for A8 is 899.00 and deposit for D8 is 699.00. Balance owing to be deterimined at the time of shipping. I contacted Grant Fidelity for making the deposit. Rachel will help you out.
Edited by mrcasey - 9/21/12 at 7:31am
Thanks,I understand,now.......Thanks for your reply....peter
Obviously this is a pre production model but the A8 definately looks bigger than the A18. It looks to be built beefy with thick aluminum.
I am speculating the D8 on the other hand will likely not require much more extra space that the D18. I would think there is a chance Yulong will include a built in USB converter on this model since cost savings is not a concern for this design. Regardless, I hope the D8 comes in a matching enclosure to the A8 even if it is mostly empty space so they pair nicely like the A18/D18 set.
Edited by mrcasey - 9/21/12 at 9:38am
Paid deposit on D8/A8 combo. Can't wait! I can think of nothing better than a supercharged version of the d18/a18. Such a great pairing already.
I concur with the sig pros too, they were the only can (I had) that didn't sound awesome on it. Too sensitive i think and just bad synergy.
I also hope he goes a similar route with the d8 and has dual mono design in the matching case.
Now for the arduous wait......