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ESS Sabre 9018Q2C DAC/AMP - High-quality audio for the masses?

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by seanwee, Feb 11, 2016.
  1. seanwee
    At CES 2015 in Las Vegas,ESS announced the arrival of a new SoC (System On Chip) that integrates an audio DAC and a built-in amp ,it has low power consumption and is specially designed for mobile devices such as smartphones ,tablets and portable music players .
    The new Sabre 9018Q2C is a D/A converter with support up to 384 KHz / 32 bit (DXD) and DSD up to 11.2 MHz / 1 bit . And it has a signal / noise ratio of 121dB and a harmonic distortion of just -115dB (2Vrms to 600 ohms). The headphone amplifier delivers an output of 49mW (32Ohms).
    This new ESS audio SoC consumes only 3.3V and is also tiny, with dimensions of 5mm x 5mm. It also features jitter reduction HyperStream developed by ESS.
    As far as i know, its going to be used in the Seiun Pro/Pro X player.
    So what do you guys think? Im looking forward to how it compares with the Sabre 9018K2M.
    A few links:
  2. Mython Contributor
  3. Mython Contributor
    This is also quite an interesting take on the Sabre product-line (ES9028C2M, in this instance), by LG's smartphone division, in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen:
  4. Mython Contributor

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