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I had a UD120, but it doesn't play nice with my laptop. Was considering a HiFiME 9018D, but that would be $128 shipped. Any other DACs under $100 you'd recommend anyone? the UD120, Dragonfly 1.2, HiFiME Sabre U2, and idk what else, all use a ES9023 DAC. The 9018D has a sabre ESS9018 as you'd expect. Idk about the sound quality difference though. 

 

HiFimeDIY's 9018D uses the same USB receiver (SA9227) and therefore it will use the same driver. If you have problem with UD120 on your PC, then there is a chance it will run into the same problem with 9018D as well. The ES9018K2M (*not to be mistaken as ESS top-of-the-line ES9018, as K2M is better but closer to ES9023 in performance) inside 9018D is a pretty solid sounding DAC and. But like all the ESS chip, it does sound a bit more 'digital' in comparison to other DAC from TI / Wolfson / AKM / etc.

 

May I ask what you mean by UD120 ''doesn't play nice' with your laptop?

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fulla & modi are under $100. are you only looking for a portable dac?

Pretty much, and I am considering the Modi.

post #1038 of 1044
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HiFimeDIY's 9018D uses the same USB receiver (SA9227) and therefore it will use the same driver. If you have problem with UD120 on your PC, then there is a chance it will run into the same problem with 9018D as well. The ES9018K2M (*not to be mistaken as ESS top-of-the-line ES9018, as K2M is better but closer to ES9023 in performance) inside 9018D is a pretty solid sounding DAC and. But like all the ESS chip, it does sound a bit more 'digital' in comparison to other DAC from TI / Wolfson / AKM / etc.

 

May I ask what you mean by UD120 ''doesn't play nice' with your laptop?

Ah! I didn't know that. What do you mean by digital?

I mean that the sound is distorted and crackly. I need to get a new laptop.

post #1039 of 1044
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Ah! I didn't know that. What do you mean by digital?

I mean that the sound is distorted and crackly. I need to get a new laptop.

 

A 'digital' sound is usually a sound that is described to be cold, clean, detailed and sterile. This is opposite to an 'analog' sound that is usually warm, musical and full of texture.

 

Distortion and crackly sound can be driver issue, and no necessarily hardware issue. You'll need to tell me more detail about your setup and driver in order for us to help.

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A 'digital' sound is usually a sound that is described to be cold, clean, detailed and sterile. This is opposite to an 'analog' sound that is usually warm, musical and full of texture.

 

Distortion and crackly sound can be driver issue, and no necessarily hardware issue. You'll need to tell me more detail about your setup and driver in order for us to help.

I see.

t. 

I'm running Linux Mint 17.1 on my HP Envy 15z-j100, and it's crackly. There are no drivers for linux. It works fine on a mac with linux.

post #1041 of 1044
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I see.

t. 

I'm running Linux Mint 17.1 on my HP Envy 15z-j100, and it's crackly. There are no drivers for linux. It works fine on a mac with linux.

 

I don't use Linux so won't be able to give much help to you. But given UD120 is working on another PC, that strongly suggest it is a driver problem on your Linux. I'll suggest you look into the possibility of reinstalling your USB audio class 2 driver. Also, if it has USB 3.0, you might want to update its driver or BIOS to the latest. USB 3.0 is known to cause a lot of problem with USB DAC, especially older driver.

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I don't use Linux so won't be able to give much help to you. But given UD120 is working on another PC, that strongly suggest it is a driver problem on your Linux. I'll suggest you look into the possibility of reinstalling your USB audio class 2 driver. Also, if it has USB 3.0, you might want to update its driver or BIOS to the latest. USB 3.0 is known to cause a lot of problem with USB DAC, especially older driver.

It doesn't have USB3.0. I mean, I could install linux again on this laptop, but it's not going to change anything. I put this exact linux on a flash drive and ran it on a mac as well as my laptop... Laptop creates the crackle and mac did not.

post #1043 of 1044
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It doesn't have USB3.0. I mean, I could install linux again on this laptop, but it's not going to change anything. I put this exact linux on a flash drive and ran it on a mac as well as my laptop... Laptop creates the crackle and mac did not.

 

Is it? I just checked HP's support page and the user manual said it has four USB 3.0 ports, unless I am looking at the wrong model (here).

 

From the picture I saw online, it seems instead of using the typical blue color for USB 3.0, HP uses a 'SS' symbol to mark their USB 3.0 ports.

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Is it? I just checked HP's support page and the user manual said it has four USB 3.0 ports, unless I am looking at the wrong model (here).

 

From the picture I saw online, it seems instead of using the typical blue color for USB 3.0, HP uses a 'SS' symbol to mark their USB 3.0 ports.

Oh, wow, well there it is. Totally didn't know that. So I need to update the audio class 2 driver eh? Bios seems risky.

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