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Gustard DAC-X20Pro – Dual ES9028 Sabre (New Flagship model)

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After the very successful X20 using the ES9018, Gustard has finally launch the DAC-X20pro with core chip uses the 2 pcs latest ES9028PRO( left and right channels for each one). Despite the launch of the ES9028pro, ES9018 was once the flagship DAC chip use in many High End DAC  and audio products in the market are still very widely use. Gustard is one of the pioneer who has come out with High End DAC with ES9028pro. But not many able to price them under USD1,000.

Production overview
– First use of adaptive technology and asynchronous master clock master clock technology.
– Two clock mode can be freely selected.
– Full interface supports DSD decoding. USB support DSD hardware solution,Coaxial Optical
– AES / EBU support DOP decoding, which can be accessed several
– Broadcast SACD listening to music.
– Full interface supports 24Bit 192khz (USB 32B 384K).
– Using CPLD programmable logic device. MESNAC ES9018.
– 3-speed gain,volume can be adjusted,a total of 100 stalls adjustable
– Volume attenuation from 0 to -99DB.
– USB sub card using XMOS program, PCM up to 32B 384khz, DSD up to DSD256.
– Six kinds of input methods:IIS fiber`BNC coaxial port`
– AES/EBU`USB,through the key switch.
– Adopt TFT LCD display,adjustable contrast
– Power supply with two O-type transformers,digital and analog independent power supply, And the use of discrete components regulation.
– Fully balanced analog line discrete components.Unbalanced RCA output simultaneously.
– Adopt more humane modular XMOS USB daughter card.
– Analog circuit use High-end discrete lines.

Selling at: $1300

Popularity – 🙂 🙂

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Gustard DAC A20H – Dual AK4497 (New Flagship model)

GUSTARD recently announced a new DAC– A20H, Gustard have researched DAC for years and developed some good products in very good reputation. A20H is based on dual AK4497 DAC chips which is the latest flagship product from AKM, The DAC is specially optimized for better performance and sound presentation. LPF section is constructed with discrete components at class A working status,It is the biggest advantage than the other DACs on market,The transistors in LPF are matched for original sound.

Features
– Dual AK4497 latest DAC chip from AKM, One for each channel to get better dynamic and pure sound.
– Using CPLD programmable logic chip,Burned with self-own code to manager clock, 2nd PLL digital shapping, DOP decoding, PCM/DSD dop switch etc, It is the foundation of amazing sound presentation
– Headphone amplifier is constructed with discrete components,It works at class A,With balanced and unbalanced output to cover all needs of head-fi
– Original fully balanced circuit from DA to amplifier without any conversion.
– DAC section and headphone section use two 50W toroidal audio power transformer
– LPF section is constructed with discrete components at class A working status,Each stage is carefully optimized.
– A20H can be used as pre-amplifier, Gain is selectable between high and low, Support up to 60 steps analog volume adjustment,With remote control user can turn-off the pre amp function.
– Support DSD high definition audio
– I2S: DSD64/DSD128/DSD256/DSD512
– Spdif/Optical/AES/EBU: DSD64(DOP mode)
– USB: DSD64/DSD128/DSD256 Multiple digital filter for different taste, DSD support Wide BW/Narrow BW, PCM support Short Delay Sharp/Short Delay Slow/Sharp/Slow/Low-dispersion Short Delay Filter/Super Slow.
– USB input is powered with XMOS U8 asynchronous receiver, Support PCM384Khz DSD256
– Adjustable brightness of screen,Low preset setting if no operation after 30 seconds, Auto memory if no operation after 10 seonds, Will load the latest setting when power on next time.
– Fully aluminum enclosure/chassis, Optional sliver and black color

Selling at: $1300

Popularity – 🙂 🙂

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Gustard DAC-X20 – Dual ES9018 Sabre (Flagship model)

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  • Dual ESS Technology Sabre Reference 32bit ES9018 DAC chip,R and L sound Chanel one on each side
  • Automatic adaptation master clock technology and Asynchronous master clock technology Two clock mode can be freely selected.
  • XMOS 32bit USB receiver chip which is best performance asynchronous USB audio solution.
  • CPLD programmable logic device. Soft control ES9018.
  • Three files gain, volume can be adjusted
  • TFT LCD screen, adjustable contrast.
  • Power supply with two O-type transformers, Digital and Analog independent power supply, and use Discrete Components regulation Voltage stabilization.
  • Full balance Discrete components Analog Line. Balance / RCA output simultaneously.
  • Digital Input: balanced Spdif AES/EBU port, RCA, Toslink Optical input and USB,(Key switch)
  • Come with Remote controller
  • Compatible includes 32/64-bit Microsoft Windows XP, WindowsVista, Windows7, Windows8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and other mainstream Windows systems, supports Apple MacOS systems, Linux kernel support system, and is compatible with partial support OTG function of iOS, Android smart devices .

Selling X20u$1250 $1150

Popularity – 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Gustard DAC-X12 – ES9018 Sabre

Gustard XMOS ES9018 DAC-X12

  • Digital Input: balanced Spdif AES/EBU port, RCA, Toslink Optical input, USB and IIS support DOP decoding, can be accessed by the number of broadcast SACD listening to music.
  • Analog Output: balanced analog output via XLR port, single ended output via RCA port
  • EESS Technology ES9018 Sabre Reference 32bit chip
  • USB 2.0 interface allows asynchronous playback 1BIT / 2.8224MHz or 5.6448MHz DSD digital signal sampling rate. That is support DSD64 and DSD128. Coaxial Optical AES / EBU support DOP64, SACD playback can be accessed by the number of broadcast music.
  • Maximum support 384KHZ / 32Bit, DSD USB
  • DAC Support sample 24bit 192k

Selling at: $735

Popularity – 🙂 🙂

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Gustard DAC-X9 – Dual WM8741

Gustard XMOS WM8741 DAC-X9

  • Digital Input: balanced Spdif AES/EBU port, RCA, Toslink Optical input and USB
  • Analog Output: balanced analog output via XLR port, single ended output via RCA port
  • Dual WM8741
  • USB 2.0 interface for asynchronous playback 1BIT / 2.8224MHz sampling rate of DSD digital signal also is DSD64
  • Maximum support 384KHZ / 32Bit, DSD USB
  • DAC Support sample 24bit 192k

Selling at: $525

Popularity – 🙂

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Bollo Bar-4 (Bluetooth Lossless DAC) (new arrival)
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After the very successful Bollo Bar-3, they have finally launch the upgrade version Bar-4 Bluetooth Lossless DAC

Product features:
– Super sound quality, Comparable with any HIFI CD player;
– Integrated wireless buletooth lossless DAC and line-in DAC in one box;
– Allows you to get rid of the shackles of cable, support any Bluetooth phone, Tablet, laptop, desktop, and so on;
– Adapted bluetooth lossless technology, audio data without compression, pure PCM data stream transmission;
– Superior user experience and let the music flows with your fingertips, arbitrary;
– BAR-4 can also be used as a HIFI DAC;
– Specially optimized for Apple’s iPhone and iPad sound quality;
– Wireless operating distance up to 10 meter.
– DAC Chip: CS4351CZZ
– Audio Decode: up to 192KHz/24bit
– Digital Receiving Chip:WM8805GEDS
– BT Chip: CSR BC05 w/Lossless firmware
– Wireless freq.: 2.4~2.48GHz
– Wireless Data Transmission Speed: 2.1Mbps
– Protocol Supported: OPP, OBEX, SPP, A2DP, AVRCP,FTP, HS/HF, DUN Profiles

Interface:
– INPUT: 1 x Bluetooth Lossless, 1 x Optical, 1 x Coaxial
– OUTPUT: 1 x RCA Stereo, 1x Optical, 1x Coaxial

Selling at $190
Currently available in Black
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Topping D30 DSD DAC (NEW)

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Receiving good impressions on Head-Fi as a great value DAC, Topping D30 valuable for money for its performance. It features the highly regarded CS4398 DAC chip—along with Hi-fi grade WIMA, EPCOS, and Nichicon FW capacitors and the OPA2134 high-fidelity op-amp: and supports DSD64, DSD128, and PCM formats up to 24 bit/192 kHz. The circuit has been specially designed to eliminate pop noise, and the high-quality, laser-engraved aluminum shell is sleek, sturdy, and compact. Plus, it’s as user-friendly as they come, its front panel fitted with two LED indicators and two switches: one for on/off and the other to switch between optical, coaxial, and USB.

D30 can build a suit set with A30 and other mini speaker amplifier (other products and the shelf need to be purchased separately).

The mini Desktop Rack pricing can be found from below picture link

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This can be a good alternative to the Schiit Headphone Amplifier + DAC bundle.

Highlight: 
– D30 supports USB ,Coaxial and Optical Fiber. Input range 16-24bit/44.1-192KHz
– Two switches,two light indicators
– Aluminum shell
– XMOS asynchronous interface
– Cirrus CS4398 decoding chip
– Japan KOA resistance
– Genmany WIMA capacitor
– Germany Siemens capacitor
– HD audio OP AMP OPA2134

Selling at $180
Currently available in Silver
Popularity –

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Topping D3

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  • Using CS4398, CS8416
  • USB, OPT, BNC, COA, AUX input
  • Headphone-AMP included
  • Support 32kHz-192kHz
  • Support 16bit-24bit

Selling at $180
Currently available in Black / Silver
Popularity –  🙂 🙂 🙂

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Xiang Sheng DA-05A – Dual PCM1794

Xiang Sheng DA-05A Dual PCM1794 with Balance out

Xiang Sheng DA-05A Dual PCM1794 with Balance out

  • Using the famous TE8802L as USB chip (TE8802L is a upgrade version from TE7022) which can support 24bit/192K. It is an Asynchronous
  • USB part adopts IIS  output signal from TE8802L,  through PCM1794A decoding, not TE8802Ls  Spdif signal, because the Spdif signal should though CS8416 chip, then enter PCM1794A , thus  will increase the jitter value, lose the advantage of asynchronous,  also cannot play out the advantage of TE8802L.
  • PCM1794 as decoding part,and with the TI’s Mono mode, can provide more dynamic and wider frequency response.
  • Using 9 OPA2604 for op-amps which made by Korea,and with gold coated RCA connectors and coaxial connector.
  • 5 digital signal input switching : AES balance output ,BNC, coaxial , fiber optic , USB
  • 2 Output Level :balance output: 9V unbalance output:2V
  • LED display on the sampling rate
  • ALL resistors and capacitors are audiophile grade

Selling at $455

Currently available in Black / Silver

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SMSL Sanskrit SK6 – Wolfson DAC

  • DAC Optical/Coaxial/USB input(upgrade version)
  • CM6631A+WM8740+JRC2114MD
  • Support 44.1kHz-192kHz
  • Support 16bit-24bit
  • USB support: Windows, Mac OS, iOS (need purchase connector), Android4.0 or more (most models).
  • Available in Black / Silver

Selling at $150

Popularity – 🙂 🙂 🙂

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SMSL M8A  – ES9028Q2M DAC (new arrival)

This is one of the popular mini desktop DAC from SMSL and well talk about in many Hifi forums eg the like of Head  Fi.

The new version M8A has now upgrade their DAC chip from ES9018K2M upgrade to ES9028Q2M and XMOS U8 upgrade to the second generation XMOS-XCore200 Xu208. It now can sample from 384kHz to 768kHz, DSD is upgraded from DSD128 to DSD512, and exclusive custom driver supports Native DSD, which is the industry leader. Power input to switch to 5V DC input, the user can use the matching AC adapter, you can also use the mobile power supply as well as any linear power using 5V DC input.

– Upgraded version of SMSL M8
– DAC chipset upgraded to ES9028Q2M. the chip’s signal to noise ratio up to 129dB, while the distortion was -120dB;
– The clock system uses independent ultra low clock jitter, ultra low phase noise crystal as the audio clock;
– USB receiving chipset upgraded to new XMOS- XCroe 200 Xu208
– Support sampling rate up to 768kHz, DSD512
– High quality power supply design, the use of multiple low-noise LDO power supply, so that the sound more pure;
– Customized driver , supports Native DSD
– Using audiophile grade components
– User-friendly operation, decoder sound style and digital filter can be set;
– High precision CNC aluminum alloy shell;
– Operation set up automatic memory;
– 100V-240V global universal voltage range.

Selling at $345

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