L.K.S. Audio MH-DA004 Dual ES9038PRO DAC - Van Damme's double impact?
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L.K.S. Audio put a new MH-DA004 Dual ES9038PRO DAC on the market today:
 

 
https://www.shenzhenaudio.com/l-k-s-audio-mh-da004-dual-es9038pro-flagship-dac-dsd-input-coaxial-bnc-aes-ebu-for-dop-usb-i2s-optical-audio-decoder.html
 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/L-K-S-Audio-MH-DA004-Dual-ES9038pro-Flagship-DAC-DSD-I2S-Optical-Audio-Decoder-/112343384712
 
Specs:
 
1. Two-chip ES9038pro decoding method.
2. Two high-quality toroidal transformers, a total of 13 groups of linear power supply.
3. Built-in specially designed Italian Amanero USB module, original license license. USB module added to isolate the chip, you can isolate the computer to the audio system interference signal.
4. Supports USB, I2S / DSD single-ended signal (RJ45), I2S / DSD balanced signal (HDMI), oaxial, BNC, AES / EBU balance, Optical total seven-way source input, all ports support DSD input.
5. Analog audio output port includes standard RCA single-ended output and XLR balanced output pair.
6. Display with VFD display, the display exceptionally outstanding.
7. Use physical key operation.
8. Support 0dB ~ -127dB digital volume adjustment, 0.5dB level. But also has a remote key to skip the volume adjustment function.
9. Support a variety of digital filter mode settings (see user manual). Can be arbitrarily selected, different filter mode, the digital filter attenuation characteristics are different.
10. Supports decoding of internal digital phase-locked loop bandwidth settings (see user's manual for details).
11. Support Deemphasis to increase or turn off.
12. The display has 4 levels of brightness adjustable. Adjusted by remote control.
13. Remote start, standby function.
14. Most of the settings with memory function, turn off the opportunity to automatically save the settings, restart the settings.
15. Dynamic range> 135dB
16. Distortion <0.0002%
17. Stereo resolution> 120dB
18. RCA unbalanced port output amplitude 2Vrms, XLR balanced port output amplitude 5Vrms.
19. Machine size 430 * 320 * 90mm
20. Machine weight 7.0kg
 
Packing lists:
 
1. remote control * 1
2. manual * 1
3. Product certificate
4. Power cord
5. USB cable
6. USB driver and use the settings method to download 
 
User manual:
 
http://www.mu-sound.com/files/MH-DA004.pdf
 

 
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I just came across this myself. Looks very very interesting for the price.
 
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The photo of the naked DACs is probably from the old 003 DAC.  Look at the photo next to it.  The DACs have heatsinks on them because the 9038s run so hot.....this is probably why they used the old photo to let you see that they are ESS DACS.  I am sure if you remove the heatsinks you will see 9038s there.  They are not that stupid to deceive us.  They would loose all business if they did that.  This is the first DAC in the world, that I know of, that uses mono 9038s....pretty cool.
 
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I placed my order. Instead of looking around at other DAC. I will give ESS9038Pro x2 a chance. The picture do look like ESS9028Pro
 
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I placed my order. Instead of looking around at other DAC. I will give ESS9038Pro x2 a chance. The picture do look like ESS9028Pro
Congrats, please share your impressions with us once you receive it. It certainly looks like it has the goods with the dual ES9038PRO DACs, multiple regulated supplies, discrete outputs, etc. TIA!
 
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Congrats, please share your impressions with us once you receive it. It certainly looks like it has the goods with the dual ES9038PRO DACs, multiple regulated supplies, discrete outputs, etc. TIA!

Yes, it look like it is built to it best. Discrete class A components are excellent. It also uses Jensen Capacitors :)
 
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it it all very confusing..on the mu sound website, that seems the closest thing to an official LKS website, there's no trace of the 004.
There's a 003 MKII that looks exacly like this one sold by Shenzhen (straight-line bottom front vs. the curved bottom of the old one)..and it's plainly declared it has ESS9028 not 9038...
 
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003 with 9028 doesn't have Jensen Capacitors, look closer. The 004 is very new, and it does have Jensen Capacitors with some more regulators due to how much current each 9038Pro would demand. There is a manual book for 004
 
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I placed my order. Instead of looking around at other DAC. I will give ESS9038Pro x2 a chance. The picture do look like ESS9028Pro

Did you get the 120V AC input version, the Ebay listings do not mention multivoltage options.
I sent off a message to Shenzen audio asking them about this.
 
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Did you get the 120V AC input version, the Ebay listings do not mention multivoltage options.
I sent off a message to Shenzen audio asking them about this.

Yes, I did ask for that. It is an easy fix either way, as they uses toroidal transformer
 
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I supposed to have this on Wednesday!! Yayyy, so much impatient that I can not wait
 
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Finally, it is here. Couldn't wait to set her in ! Can not believe the build quality of the chassis and even the remote control itself is solid chunk of milled aluminum.


 
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 Finally, it is here. Couldn't wait to set her in ! Can not believe the build quality of the chassis and even the remote control itself is solid chunk of milled aluminum.


 
It is a beauty you got there. Looking forward to an early impression
 
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It is a beauty you got there. Looking forward to an early impression

What specific questions or curiosity do you have there for first impression ?
 
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