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$-„Xavier“->also in the right widget) 116$ ..
greets for now + more to come 😉