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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).
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    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:
     
    http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150107005190/en/ESS-Technology-Introduces-SABRE9018Q2C-CES-2015--
     
    http://www.unlockpwd.com/ess-technology-presents-a-new-soc-for-audio-mobile-device/
     
  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:
     
     
    http://www.whathifi.com/news/lg-launches-g5-modular-phone-hi-fi-plus-dac
    http://www.whathifi.com/lg/hi-fi-plus/review
    https://asia.cnet.com/uk/products/lg-hi-fi-plus-g5/
    http://www.lg.com/ae/mobile-accessories/lg-Hi-Fi-Plus-with-B
    http://www.lgnewsroom.com/mwc2016/images-mwc2016/lg-hifi-plus/
    http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/lg-g5-hi-fi-plus-modular-hi-res-dac/
     
  4. Mython Contributor
    and:
     
     
     

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