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Sabaj D5: the DAC that is unquestionably a digital to analog converter

Discussion in 'Dedicated Source Components' started by Dadbeh, Apr 6, 2019.
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  1. PolloLoco
    Awesome! I had my heart set on the Fostex until the Sabaj D5 released and I decided to take a chance. It's nice to know that I might have made the right call.
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  2. adeseaso
    I let it reach equilibrium temp (since the ASR review shows it to measure poorly cold) and have then listened 8 hours or so. Early days for me too.

    I've owned a RME ADI-2 DAC recently and I have a feeling the HPA was a fair bit better in the RME, wish I still had it, AB would be interesting. I think those two are closer in character than either of them to a Chord.
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  3. MarCo7
    What sets of HPs are u guys using with the D5? My balanced adapter hasn't arrived yet so I'm running from the SE for the first week. But I do like how it makes my Sendy Aivas sing
  4. MarCo7
    I also had my eyes on the Fostex, even thought about going to Japan to pick it up directly. Though my first choice was/is the Monoprice THX 788 the almost $650 I'd have paid (after shipping and duty taxes) for it just made the D5 at $360 the easy choice.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2019
  5. HungryPanda
    I have balanced xlr to 4.4 and also xlr to 2.5 so I'm covered. I'm using quite a variety of headphone/ iems/ earbuds with it
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  6. MarCo7
    Oh yeahhhhhhh...3hr listening session on the first night, glorious :) P_20190907_133553_vHDR_On_1.jpg
  7. Tonza
    Got the D5 to replace SU-8 and Arcam rHead with an integrated unit from the Aliexpress sale. Initial impressions are good. I think I like the Clear's more from the SE output of the Sabaj than
    the rHead. I still prefer the P20 a bit more because it has higher output impedance which smooths the Clear a bit and brings up bass for late night listening.

    For the sale price it is a great deal.
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  8. Fabiosantos25
    Sabaj D5 as line out DAC feeding (XLR) MD THX 789 to Senn HD800 (XLR) - Strong and datailed bass, datailed and smooth treble, great mids - Love the combination
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  9. Stekos
    I'm guessing they cover the voltage switch so people don't set it the wrong way and fry something. The switch is under the sticker.
  10. pollyjingjing
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  12. pollyjingjing
    Ship from the US warehouse. In stock there.
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  13. fsacks
    Mine came from an Amazon warehouse in California. Took 2 days once they shipped...
  14. adeseaso
    Same for me in Sweden, sent from Amazon EU. Quick delivery.
  15. Stekos
    I've had mine for about a week now. Seriously LOVE this thing.

    I wanted/needed a balanced DAC to go between several inputs (PC-USB, DAP-COAX and DAP-Optical) - and out to my Stax 353. I have files up to 24/192 and DSD-12.

    The only thing that hung me up was the remote. You have to hit "C" on the remote before it will work. Weird, but it's sort-of explained in the manual.

    Before I had this hooked up, I had a Cambridge DAC, connected via SE out.

    I've tested it through all my file types/sample rates, and the screen picks them all up instantly. It basically covers everything.

    As far as I can tell, this DAC is completely and utterly silent. No noise, no hum, no added anything. It's like a passive converter box in the middle.

    The headphone amp wasn't something I really needed, but since it has a balanced output, and I have another pair of balanced headphones, I tried that out also. Not a LOT of punch, but definitely enough for my HD650's connected via 4-pin balanced connector.

    Overall I'm more than happy with this little beast. I call it a beast because it's quite heavy. I have not opened it up, but from the pics I've seen it's got a decent transformer, and the case is solid metal, so I'm hoping there isn't a Beats-like weight inside to make it feel more substantial.
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