Is Sabre ES9018 the best DAC chip right now?

  1. Jimster480
    The only AKM DAC device that I have used (and know the AKM chip is inside) is the Fulla 2.
    Its said that AKM chips are "brighter" but I would take that with a grain of salt.
    I know that AKM is more versed for DSD music and its said that their AK4490 is more comparable to the ES9018/9028 chips.
    I haven't done enough side by side comparisons of the two to say that one has more detail than the other because my Fulla 2 is not the same level of product as my SMSL M8 / M8A or Topping DX7 so the comparison would be unfair.
    The THD+N does look good but remember that with many of these chips its a bit exaggerated because you won't reach those figures when playing 16/44.1 music, its just the maximum that it can reach provided that you are playing 24b music or high DSD.
  2. wazzupi
    You would be the last post on this thread jimster hehe.
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  3. Jimster480
    I am LE Master DAC researcher!
  4. Sapientiam
    If you're seriously considering DIYing a DAC then have a look over at, I'm in the process of writing up my latest (highly affordable) DAC design for anyone to have a shot at. It uses TDA1387 which is an excellent chip for DIYing because its a) only 8 pins so very simple and b) in an easy to solder package without very tight pin spacing and c) very, very cheap so no worries if you blow one or two up in your build process.
  5. Jimster480
    Thanks man I'll check it out for sure.
    I will diy a dac later, but I do want to probably use TI chips in a dual or quad mono format.

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