1. itdoessuck

    Yulong Sabre D18 & DA8 - awesome sound, suboptimal behavior

    Hi,         I have purchased both the Yulong Sabre D18 and DA8; the first through eBay and the second through a distributor.   I'm very impressed with the sound quality but both units have not behaved very well.    I'm posting this to see if anyone out there has any helpful suggestions / fixes...
  2. trippinonprozac

    New amp to suite Yulong D18 and HD 650's

    Hey guys,   Looking for a desktop amp that will match up well with the above items. Would be a bonus if it was balanced as I head good things about the D18's balanced outputs. Trying to keep the price reasonable but open to all suggestions.
  3. trippinonprozac

    HELP NEEDED!! - Audiolab M-DAC/ Audio GD Compass 2/Yulong D18 Sabre DACS

    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...
  4. AlphaChicken

    Should I get the Schitt Gungnir or Yulong D-18 for a Lyr/AKG q701 combo?

    So I have definitely become accustomed to my q701 headphones. I really like how they sound with some music. With other music, they can tend to sound a little harsh, and hurt my ears--in the highs that is. It also seems like with some music they tend to make it very apparent when music was...
  5. airman

    Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus vs Yulong Sabre D18

    I'm looking at every DAC in existance right now looking the best choice, I've looked at the DacMagic Plus, V-Dac Mk11, Musical Fidelity M1, The original DacMagic, The Asus Xonar Essence One, The Ross Audio Dual PCM1794, Valeb X-Dac and some others and then I came across the Yulong Sabre D18...
  6. AlphaChicken

    Digital output from PC to Yulong Sabre D18?

    I have an Omega HT Claro+ sound card in my PC. It has both digital optical and SPDIF outputs. Would either of these be suitable to feed high resolution audio from my PC to a DAC (the Sabre D18 specifically)?   If this is not a good solution can anyone tell me why and offer alternatives?  ...
  7. oshox

    Yulong D18 & LD MK VIII SE: Too Much Tubeyness?

    I'm getting a Little Dot MK VIII SE and a pair of Beyerdynamic Tesla T1's. While LD is building my amp, I have time to decide on the best DAC.   My first notion was the Yulong D18. It has balanced outputs, a great reputation, and a reasonable price tag. My only concern is that reviewers...
  8. W0lfd0g

    Random Beeping out of DAC

    My Yamamoto YDA-02 occasionally beeps at me.  After the beep, it will either stop working (only fixed by closing and re-opening foobar), keep working as before, or even reverse the channels.    I have tried the following trouble shooting steps:   Different source Different USB cable...
  9. Krisman

    What headphone DAC/Amps use the ESS Sabre DAC chip?

    Hi guys,   I have listened to loads of HiFi DACs that use the ESS Sabre chipset and I have always liked their signature. I was wondering if people knew any good headphone DAC/amps that also used that chip as might try a couple to see if they have the same signature with several pairs of...
  10. grokit

    Balanced DACs $600 - $1600, the segment explodes

    Along with seemingly everything else, there's an abundance of new mid-fi DACs coming out of the woodwork lately trying to challenge the next tier up.   Some of the models that have been catching our eyes lately:   Yulong D-18, D-8 (1) Shiit Gungnir (5) Woo WDS-1 (1) Wyred4Sound...
  11. CSGO rice

    Equipment for HE-500

    Based on a lot of reading, I think that the HE-500's fit my tastes the best. I did have a HE-400 for a while, but returned it because I didn't like it and it was one of the earlier batches that was defective.   I mostly listen to classical music (violin concertos) and stuff that's heavily...
  12. ramarge3653

    Help with selecting a DAC

    Hello,   I’m considering on purchasing my first DAC, but I really don’t know where to start.  First let me explain and detail my current setup.   It’s a vinyl setup TT: VPI Scoutmaster with a Dynavector 17D3 cartridge Phono stage: Aesthetix Rhea (tube phone/pre) Marantz PM11S2...
  13. danielhfchung

    HE-500 vs HD650 with different budget setup

    hi guys is this my very first post on head if and i would like to get some solid response to help decide with which combo to go.  Well currently I'm starting this build with zero nothing.zip.  I need headphone, amp, dac, maybe some balanced cable if i choose that route.  I'm located in Hong Kong...
  14. brunk

    Help! What's best Dedicated DAC with a seperate AMP/Pre fully balanced <$1,500?

    Help! What's best Dedicated DAC with a seperate AMP/Pre fully balanced <$1,500? I need 2 seperate items: 1) Balanced DAC 2) Balanced Amp/Pre with balanced headphone out, XLR out, and 2x XLR inputs. Thanks!
  15. project86

    Yulong Sabre D18 thread: reviews, impressions, discussion (full review added 2/5)

      Several of us have recently picked up the Yulong Sabre D18 DAC and it seems like everyone is impressed with it so far. But obviously we need time to spend with it to for a proper opinion. We've been using the Yulong D100 thread for discussing the new D18 DAC, and someone suggested we start a...
  16. tankman

    Yulong's new flagship amp A18

    Its fully balanced, comes with both balanced and single headphone output. I am looking for a medium size desktop amp for my balanced headphones seems the a18 can fit my needs. Any updates about the releasing date of this amp, and how much?
  17. MayorAdamWest

    Amp and DAC for HD800

    Hi all,    I have been reading through hundred and hundred of threads here and I am having a very hard time figuring out what options are best for me. I have HD800s and listen to music through my Mac. It's probably 50% large orchestral, and 50% a mix of pop/rock and jazz.  I'd prefer to have a...
  18. Utopia

    Audio GD NOS-1704

    Another new Audio GD product:  http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/SA/NOS1704/NOS1704EN.htm   Kingwa has been very busy lately! This one seems to be aiming at a very musical sound - maybe a competitor to the D18?
  19. project86

    Matrix X-Sabre DAC review and impression thread

    DSD is all the rage these days. Despite there not being a whole lot of music available in the format (SACDs aside), DAC makers are jumping on the feature as fast as they can. And I can't blame them - aside from our "regular" music, we all love a little ear candy to show off the capabilities of...
  20. nickfas

    Digital source for headphone and 2 channel setup

    Hello,   I've been lurking this forum for some time now and I wanted to see how you guys would recommend accomplishing the following:   I'm looking for a headphone amp for my RS1i's.  I've decided on a MAD Ear Super II (I think this offers power for more demanding headphones than the Ear +...
  21. Archerious

    Bifrost Uber vs Yulong D18

    Hello I paid $428 with shipping for my Bifrost Uber, is the D18 which I can get used for $450 a upgrade? The seller keeps telling me so, but I want ot get a second opinion. My amp is the M^3, and my cans are Q701 and LCD-2 Rev 1. Thanks, Thomas
  22. saintyoo

    Future Setup Questions HD800, HE-500

    Hey Head-fi'ers   So I've reached a point where I am pretty satisfied with my mid-fi setup (Audio GD NFB-5 & AKG701) so I won't be upgrading anytime soon. However I know I will be upgrading in the future and was wondering what you guys had to say about the setup.   What I have planned...
  23. Yulong Sabre D18

    Yulong Sabre D18

    DAC ESS9018 Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 30 KHz at 0.1dB (Unbalanced), 20 Hz - 20 KHz at 0.1dB (Balanced) SNR: -130dB Dynamic Range: 130dB THD+N: <0.0003% Weight: 2.3KG Dimensions: 25 x 18 x 5.5 (L x W x H cm) PLITRON high-performance transformer