Maybe I'm the biggest noob here, but for me the ELE dac is the worst source I've ever heard. One friend bought and didn't like it, so i borrow it from him and did some A/B with my Hifimediy and my EliteBook laptop and even my laptop with integrated software IDT chip was way better than ELE to my noob ears. To me ELE has very big bass roll off, even bigger than the other PCM2704 dac I've tested, and maybe that's why it sounds bright to some. Also ELE has a lot of amplification, even with MH1C which is power hungry IEM my normal listening volume is around 15 with ELE and around 50 with Hifimediy Sabre and this additionally should degrade the sound quality with the ELE dac. I would not recommend ELE unless you have no sound card or the card is from the 90s. Of course this is just my noob opinion, some may like the bass roll off.
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