Discussion in 'Dedicated Source Components' started by divefroggy, Jan 6, 2016.
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  1. divefroggy
    Found this article. For those who are interested. :)

  2. Matias
    Very interested in the new generation of high-end DACs that will use this converter.
    And maybe the new ES9311 regulator too.
  3. Whitigir
    We want to see this in a DAP ASAP
  4. jsiegel14072
    We can start a pool, who will announce first, who will ship first, who will have the best sounding product!
  5. divefroggy

    Do we really need that? It's just sharing the latest news, that's all.. 
  6. zilch0md
    Then search for this string:  Oppo Sonica DAC
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  8. zilch0md
    I hear you.  Somebody will start a "speculation" thread and then an impressions thread once it starts shipping.  Until then...
  9. Emerald Core
    Just in case somebody missed it. Ayre is adopting the new pro dac.

  10. zilch0md
    Interesting.  Thanks!

  11. zilch0md
    I can't tell for sure, but in addition to the forthcoming Sonica DAC, Oppo's UDP-203 Blu-Ray player might have the new ESS9038PRO:

  12. Whitigir

    For $499, this Oppo Bluray player is looking too good. Kudos to Oppo for bringing about true quality and still sticking the ground of affordable
  13. drabbish
    doesn't have a dedicated 2 channel out, need to wait for udp-205 for that
  14. Matias
    Mytek Manhattan 2 will have it.
  15. Matias
    Benchmark Media Systems' DAC3 With ES9028PRO 32-bit Audio DAC
    Benchmark Media Systems' DAC3 With ES9028PRO 32-bit Audio DACBenchmark Media Systems' new DAC3 takes advantage of the all-new ES9028PRO 32-bit audio D/A converter. It has been a little over seven years since ESS Technology introduced the revolutionary ES9018 audio D/A converter chip. This converter delivered a major improvement in audio conversion and as you may recall Enjoy the announced the new ESS Technology ES9028PRO within our Industry News page a while back. For several months, Benchmark Media Systems has been working with some early samples of the new ES9028PRO converter chip and have conducted numerous measurements and listening tests and came away very impressed! Benchmark Media System's new DAC3 HGC is a high-performance version of the popular DAC2 HGC. The DAC3 L is a high-performance version of the DAC2 L for users who don't need a headphone amplifier. The Benchmark DAC3 is one of the first products worldwide to take advantage of the new ES9028PRO converter chip. The ES9028PRO has an improved selection of filters and overall better performance over the previous chip. New filtering exceeds the pass-band performance of the best filter available in the older ES9018. It is important to note that the DAC2 and DAC3 converters frequency-shift the selected built-in filter by driving the converter chip at a fixed 211 kHz sample rate. This frequency shifting places the near-Nyquist region entirely above the audio band. The Benchmark upsampling system completely eliminates the time-domain errors that would have been produced by the built-in filter. The ES9028PRO has an improved digital phase locked loop that allows it to lock more quickly than the ES9018. How fast you ask, how does a high precision lock in less than 6 milliseconds sound to you? This has allowed for Benchmark Media Systems' new UltraLock3 system. Benchmark's UltraLock system has near-perfect jitter attenuation and exceed the performance of the phase locked loop that is located inside the ESS converter chips. Ultra-fast phase-accurate settling of the new UltraLock3 system allows seamless switching between digital inputs. The DAC3 input selector is suitable for conducting A/B comparisons between two digital inputs. Performance and complexity of the support circuitry outside of the ES9028PRO can be configured to match a manufacturer's budget and space constraints. Overall performance will be determined by the manufacturer's budget, goals, and skills. Within the DAC3, Benchmark uses the following techniques to maximize the performance of the ES9028PRO:
    1. 4:1 channel summing - improves the SNR by 6 dB
    2. External I-V converters - lower noise and lower distortion
    3. Precision differential amplifier - removes common-mode distortion
    4. Very low noise voltage regulator - Benchmark discrete design reduces noise and distortion
    5. UtraLock3 jitter attenuation - virtually perfect jitter rejection
    6. 211 kHz Upsampling - eliminates time-domain errors caused by the D/A conversion chip
    7. High-headroom DSP - eliminates clipping of intersample peaks
    8. Six-layer circuit board with external ground planes - reduces noise and provides RF shielding
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