ESS SABRE DAC
1 rca/spdif input
1 pair rca output...can be rewired by you for xlr output as the xlr outs are on back
rating is for the DIY nature of this unit
purchased this from another DIYer in august 2010.
excellent piano reproduction, may be among the best i have heard, with real body and a you are there spookiness
the power supply on this is significantly better than what you would find on another dac that is now discontinued but goes for about $600-$700 here on audiogon , the one with tube or SS outputs...I mention this because it is a well known fact that the ESS Sabre DAC is very, very sensitive to voltage regulation and needs an excellent power supply to perform at its best
please note that this is the buffalo 32S...and yes it does use the 32 bit 9018 chip. One webzine reviewer still uses this as his reference and yes, i would put it up against anything up to $2500.
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