A while ago when I made the purchase of my Audio GD NFB 10-SE I did some fairly extensive listening to the Audiolab M-DAC which at the time was at the top of my list in regards to value for money. I couldnt quite stretch the budget that far so I settled with the NFB 10-SE which I have been extremely happy with.
Now Audio GD and Yulong have quite affordable ESS9018 implementations on the market, I was wondering if there are any notable differences in sound performance between them. I am aware the Yulong product doesnt have a headphone amp so lets keep this discussion to the DAC portion of the product alone.
Any thoughts from people who have heard these products would be greatly appreciated.