New ESS9218C Pro out („Hilidac Audirect Beam 2“) – qualified MQA decoding – Raspberry 4B+

So, 😉

sorry as said for not soo much posting here about the „chinese-manufactored“ ES-Sabre-90xx-boards/modding, audio-distros („Volumio“,“Moode“ etc“), ESP32-things, but this will come later (this year) again, by that i´ve sold one of my raspberry pi´s (3B) and plan to buy an Pi-4B+..

„Audio-wise“ i´m just searching again for some really good CD-transporter because its really also a „lovely“-tune 😉 from it (only via opt/coax to the ES9038Q2M here,clear, (although i think/guess „we“ have to „pimp“ the digital-input with a higher-class converter/receiver (AK4118) or convert it directly to DSD with an SRC4192/AK4137->more here->http://essabre-90xx-rpi.sfb2.com/?p=2058

My „object of desire“ at present is still the Topping D50S ; have to wait..

okay, and now here is some new ESS9218C Pro („audiophile-grade“) out, SNR ->119db and i guess its about the „included“ MQA-decoding which made this chip special/new..

other specs: DXD (up to 32-bit, 384 kHz), MQA Decoding + Rendering: Full MQA decoder, supporting full decoding of original MQA files and by this „HILIdac“->Op amp: Independent dual op amp chip Input interface: USB C, 2.5mm balanced jack for balanced output.

126$ at Drop (Massdrop)-> LINK  and with the special essabre-90xx-bonus (10$-„Xavier“->also in the right widget) 116$ ..

Sony „Supercharged“ 😉 (CX-270,200er,digital out)

greets for now + more to come 😉

Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 vs. Mission 760i/780 ->no comparison.. / ESP32-Cam

So, first: sorry for lately not soo much posting here .. 😉

Second, and because this is also mainly a „hi-fi“-related website i´m very glad to be able to post here also some speaker-experiences..

I´ve just bought some „Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 (white)“ to compare it with my old speakers (Mission 760i) and also to „upgrade“ my hifi-gear in general..

and because this discussion „which sounds better ->Wharfedale 9.1 oder Missions (lastet Centuries 😉 ) ?“-> i have now the answer:

Absolutely no comparison !!! The missions have a so much greater „soundstage/room/hifi-sound..“with them, really „hi-fi“ has just begun 😉 ..and because there´s always a „certain philosophie“ (sound-wise) behind the speaker-manufactories i would say the „Wharfedale“-philosophie is not mine/direction ;-). (guess i have to buy some Dali Zensor, KEFs or monitor-audios next.. )

by that i´ve bought some ESP32-Cam-Board + Cam(5,99$)->will post some experiences with it later !!

many greets from here for now !! 😉

Drop of the day/week: Zorloo Zuperdac-s ES9018Q2C / only 40$ (with essabre-bonus only 30$ !!)

so folks, 😉

sorry that there were lately not so many news here on essabre, but no worry, i still plan to buy some toroidal transformer; by that i got an old SONY MDS-JE 520 MD-player/defect and first thought to use it as a case for a combined raspberry pi (as lan-player) + ES9038Q2M + XMOS-bridge + ESP32/Arduino (display-wise); maybe in the „long-term“ 😉 ..

but first a really,really interesting drop !! :

Zorloo ZuperDAC-S (ES9018Q2C)(40$ !!)

Zorloo ZuperDAC-S with an ES9018Q2C for only 40$ (if you first join massdrop via these essabre-links (LINK) or right in some widget(„Xavier), u got 10$ „start-bonus“ and you will get this for only 30$ !!)

(other specs: 120 db SNR, Volume control: Integrated, 16 steps, works independently from host (last setting is stored)

by that, a few months ago i also planned to buy SMSL Idea (Sabaj DA2) , they are meanwhile also only at 59$ i guess; they are btw. with the same ES9018Q2C..

anyway, maybe its worth to give it a try/shot !! 😉 (and it would be super nice, if someone here or at the forum could write a review and post it !!)

so stay tuned for now, more things definitively to come,

many greets !! 😉

(and sorry for the color-choice of some text, wordpress changed to „block-mode“ 😉 , and i have to learn/work on it 😉 )

SFB2

For the last time: real DSD/Dop via volumio->usb-xmos-device->I2S->ES9038Q2M

so, 😉

as we had it here in discussion:“is it possible to get real (native) DSD/Dop on the ES9038Q2M to work ?“ (with the DSD-lock-light on<-thats important because foobar for example indicated „Dop“ but it is internally converted to PCM and the DSD-lock-light stays „off“)

(SkySong->full blue DSD-indication (DSD256 in this case) + DSD lock-light ES9038Q2M)

in my experience here now/to date u can get it only with Volumio (or similar) and via an usb-connection to an usb-xmos-device and from there via I2S to the ES9038Q2M/Pro etc..(its also about the native-usb-audio-driver in linux)

I didnt got DSD to work via the „normal“ I2S-connection on a Raspberry for example..(and i/we tested a lot..)

I have now here a DSD256-file, playing it in volumio with the following settings: (for newbies 😉 )->no mixer, no resampling..

greets for now !! 😉

SFB2

New XMOS-Xu208-device / Leaf Audio 2017/8/2 / Thesycon eval. driver 4.13

so, 😉

after i´ve decided to give my „good-old“ very good Skysong XMOS-XU208 a rest/use it only on my raspberry via volumio and usb to get finally real DSD/Dop (means DSD-lock-light is on (on the ES9038Q2M))(more later/in a later post), i´ve ordered a second device via ebay/cost around 30€, its a „Leaf Audio“ with also an external 5V-option + Coaxial-out (up to 192khz)

first impression: very light (in weight), but looks relatively „hi-fi“; first sound-tests: very „exactly/with contur“, but not so with the fine resolution as the Skysong->it depends also on the oscillators on the board (see pictures)->this is the „cheap“-version..the skysong has more high-end-ones..(but the skysong costs double of the price (around 60€)..

„Driver-wise“ it installed „Microsoft HiFi-DSD“ (never seen it before), thought it would install „xmos-usb“ or similar..

for that i couldnt got the driver from the seller, i searched for some and because i also got a „XMOS DFU“ in the device manager i´ve downloaded some driver-pack from thesycon with dfu support; its here (link) (see pictures)..

more later…

many greets for now !! 😉

SFB2

Bargain of the day->Topping D50S ! (Dual ES9038Q2M +XU208 +BT + Remote) / AK4137 SRC

so folks 😉 ,
sorry thats its a little bit silent here on essabre-90xx-rpi lately, but there were a lot of other things to do 😉 , but i´ve just seen by chance this bargain on massdrop->
Topping D50S, XU208+Dual ES9038Q2M + BT + Remote for only 200$ !! ->
LINK
vs. „old“ D50->
the D50S (in opposite to the D50) a built in BT-modul (was at first sight, in aspect to the „ultimate hi-fi“, is not soo good) but also comes with a remote-control + had made some improvement „soundwise“, means they solved the „IMD ESS hum“, where at mid-levels, intermodulation distortion suddenly rises“..

very good test/article about the D50S is here->https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-and-measurements-of-new-topping-d50s-dac.7914/

also they made some minor sound-improvements (all in the article)..

https://drop.com/buy/topping-d50s-dac?utm_source=linkshare&referer=Y6KDJ4

as said for only 200$ (190$ if u first join massdrop via these essabre-links here(„Xavier“)) its maybe worth a try..
so and as lately said that the onboard spdif-conversion (on the ES9038Q2M) is not so optimal we have to look for an alternative and also somebody said at my praised diyaudio.com-forum->Link that „..upsampling to DSD is always better concerning thd/snr and so on, because of eliminating/move the noise in an unaudible range..“ and to reduce jitter i´m thinking about to buy some SRC4192..(SNR= 768khz, DR: 186dB !! ● THD+N: -150dB ) -> http://essabre-90xx-rpi.sfb2.com/?p=1833

there are some around for only 27$ on ebay->Link and the „high-end“-version with toslink and coaxial option + 1.3″ display (+ AK4118 spdif-receiver chip) for 80$->Link..

my goal at present is to raise the sq directly from a transporter via spdif and then maybe upsampled, but still more jitter-less to feed it in the ES9038Q2M..

will maybe then report more about it..

by that the raspberry 4B+ is out and so on..maybe then more,

greets for now !! 😉

SFB2

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