I've used it with FIIO E17
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He's got a DAC 8 out now btw. ESS9018. Must by far be the cheapest ESS9018 out there.
Weiliang told me in SQ terms, DAC8 is better than dac9.
Is this it?
If I calculate correctly, fully assembled one with USB, transformer and enclosure costs 270$ - still quite a lot, even if it's the cheapest one of ESS9018 out there.
I think that's for diy people, a bit cheaper on ebay.
MUCH MUCH cheaper if you know someone who car speak chinese $160+shipping.
I emailed minishow0328 on ebay the chinese link and got a price, was a bit more but not a whole lot. Yeah, of course depends if you need USB or to upgrade the opamps etc and nice transformer.
$270 = £175. The AK4399 I think delivered was £150. Come on, people are charging $400 for a audioquest USB toy. The parts alone cost ?? You tell me. dac $40, usb $30, case $30, trans $30, circuit $30, caps/resistors etc $50, wires / sockets $20. That's $230 already in parts without labour. There can't be a huge profit being taken here.
Hey, you should be very grateful you can still buy anything for US$. I guess JPMorgan didn't get requested for any gold today ;) Be very interested to see how you go, please report back.
I have bought the ODAC, and it's definitely not an upgrade.
For almost 4X difference in price, I couldn't hear any significant differences.
Hifimediy does have a more powerful output - drives HE-400 without any issues.
ODAC is 8-9DBs quieter.
Ordered 2 more Hifimediy DACs - want to have them plugged into every laptop/workstation/HTPC I have.
Which version of the the Hifimediy DAC did you get?
Bought 3 of these