unfortunately nothing new here in “modding” the ES9038Q2M; still on the search for the right transformer->there are some on Ebay+Aliexpress+Audiophonics but didnt make a choice till now:(15V-0V-15V)
Moode is now at V5.0-> (http://moodeaudio.org/)
and as also said in their description->
“Most USB audio devices work with moOde via the Linux kernel USB audio driver but some devices with high speed UAC2 chipsets may require the USB (UAC2) work around in System Config”
“the way-to-go” (and to get “real” DoP/DSD) is nowadays (IMO) via some XMOS-USB-device->I2S->ES90XX..
we had it here in discussion, and with the new USB2.0(3.0) linux-kernel-driver u can achieve real DoP/DSD with the ES9038Q2M; and only then..
by that, as also said, with USB3.0, + a wonderful xmos-bridge (see some posts before) + ES9038Q2M u already have a superb “tune”, really near to the “unbeaten” raspberry pi-I2S-ES9038Q2M-connection..(and its absolutely more comfortable)..
by that in speaking of a wonderful XMOS-usb-bridge we have now here a “SMSL X-USB II Digital Interface USB XMOS U208 to I2S LVDS HDMI ” (70€) with I2S->over HDMI which also said in some posts before, is the most “handiest “-possibilty to connect to an ES9038Q2M (with some I2S->LVDS converter directly connected to the dac-board)->
(post -> http://essabre-90xx-rpi.sfb2.com/2018/12/hdmi-i2s-lvds-to-i2s-modules/)
Product type USB Interface
USB Interface chip XMOS U208
Input 1x Micro USB
Outputs 1x I2S LVDS via HDMI
1x Coaxial S/PDIF
1x Optical Toslink
Supported sampling rate I2S : PCM up to 32bit 768kHz / DSD up to DSD512
Optique, Coaxial : PCM up to 24bit 192kHz / DSD64
THD+N < 0.00002% Dynamic range > 140dB
SNR > 140dB
OS Compatibilité Windows, OSX, iOS, Android
by that “essabre-90xx-rpi.sfb2.com” will move next month or so to a new server due to cost/performance reasons; i hope i can move this site/blog/forum without great problems to the new location; excuse me then for any conveniance->a mirror (from this site) is just set-up at -> http://essabre.ddnss.org <- is just right now only for testing; the main url (essabre-90xx-rpi.sfb2.com will (hopefully, 99%) remain); u can test the above-url performance-wise.. (more > Nuforce Udac5 in Part 2)..
greets for now !!
finally the Burson V5i-D from Massdrop arrived, hooray !! 😉 :
As said in the head/tag-line very “un-colored”; after hearing them u got the feel that the OPA627AU + the AD797BRZ (+ other) are somehow colored, they add some “push” (over the whole sound-spectrum, or to the highs or lows).The Bursons are very “neutral”.
On the other hand the V5i “sound” a little bit “lifeless” (in opposite to the OPA627AU par example, which is very “sweet”(the V5i´s are missing the “sweetness”)..
The AD797BRZ is very “bass-controlled” but they all don´t have the unbelievable room of an AD797ANZ..
(all this said of course that its absolutely depends on your personal listen-affections/preferences and so on..+ also all concerning to the ESSabre-9038Q2M->with other DACS/chips u can get another impression)
These 4 Op-Amps (OPA627AU,AD797BRZ,Burson V5i,AD797ANZ) are in a range of 95%-98& with 1% difference to each other !!(IMO and in my/this case))
so whats the conclusion now (for me) ?
My favourite OP-Amp to date was the AD797ANZ, because it has an unbelievable room + almost perfect + really some brilliance but it is also somehow too “distorted” (in comparison to the V5i), too (digitally) harsh (on the ES9038Q2M here)..
it is really head to head between the 2 (V5i + AD797ANZ), i swapped back and forth and finally i switched now to the :
Burson V5i !!
and only because it is absolutely less distorted (more “clear”+clean) and for now (for me) its some more “fresh” to hear..
The AD797ANZ has absolutely more room and is somehow also more “perfect” (the phenomenal “soundstage”, brilliance(on the ESSabre 9038Q2M)) but at present i think i stuck with the V5i and so we have a new “winner” here 😉 (for now. but maybe i´ll swap back the days 😉 )..
(PS: i´ve tested it all with Volumio V2.572, “Allo Katana” !!-sound-device-settings, NO software-mixer, ES9038Q2M..works all, no problem)
more to come and stay tuned !! 😉
so folks 😉 ,
sorry that i lately post so much “massdrop”-related things, but this is first an audio (ESSabre)-site and second heavy related to the ES9038Q2M 😉
as said, DUAL ES9038Q2M on it, some additional specs:
Input: USB, optical, coaxial
Balanced !! Output: RCA, XLR
USB sampling rate: PCM: 44.1–768 kHz; DSD: 2.28224–22.5792 MHz
200$ (instead of 250$)
(PS.: and btw.: u get 10$ “start”-bonus !! if u join massdrop via these essabre-90xx-rpi.sfb2.com – link(s) (on the site + right via the “widget”(“Xavier”)) !!..
so hop, hop and join !! 😉 )
(“display-wise” its not soo great, but for all these problems we have here on essabre-90xx-rpi “tons” of display-tuts and possibilities (for DIY)) 😉
Driver (Shenzhen-Audio) are here (XMOS V4.47)->https://download.shenzhenaudio.com/Smsl/SU-8_v4.47.0.zip
and an review is here ->https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/smsl-su-8-version-2-balanced-dac.5433/
interesting at this review is the following “SINAD“(some distortion-/noisemeter)-diagram, with some “oppononents” like Benchmark DAC3, Schiit Modi USB, Chord Mojo, Katana, Auralic Vega and such->
by that some new “Volumio” is out (now at VERSION: 2.565)->LINK, some fixes, and since V2.527:->Add direct DSD Support to many USB DACs, Mpd 0.20.18 version..
essabre-90xx-rpi.sfb2.com-wise its a little bit on “hold”, just ordered (as said before) some Burson V5i-D and can then report about the Op-Amp and the “general”-massdrop-experience..
greets from here for now and stay tuned !! 😉
after i´ve made some IR-Remote substitutions for my Cambridge Audio CA540 Azur Amp (see “Project-1” and “Project-2” and so on) here on the site with first Bluetooth and then Web-Control i´ve finally made it “over-simple” 😉 and use an Arduino (2,50$) + some IR-receiver (VS1838B)(0,40$) + IR-Transmitter (0,40€) + some dupont-cable (also 0,50$ incl.shipping)->on aliexpress by example..->Link,Link,Link
the point was the right library for this and i used (many,many thx to “Eddy Yanto” !!) the simple IR-repeater-library on github->https://github.com/eddyyanto/ir-repeater
point was that in description it says:”..This sketch receives the infrared signal on standard pin number 3, decodes and dump the infrared information on Serial and forward the raw infrared signal to pin number 4.”; but that works not !!
in the .ino on the other hand it says:”..int RECV_PIN = 4;
IRsend irsend; // Defaults to pin 3” and thats the opposite !! (works with the .ino-settings now of course)..
tried to reach him via e-mail to correct the description->no success until now..
anyway, u can now use almost any (hi-fi)-remote; place the ir-receiver at some point near u (and to which your remote can point/send to of course), make a dupont-cable-connection to your arduino in any length u wish and from there also in any length to the ir-transmitter !!
(the sketch only receives + transmit->no more other modifications to do in the sketch !! (noob-friendly 😉 )
easy as this and thats it ! 😉 (Total costs: 4$)
(working sketch is here btw.->Link) and on Github of course, again->https://github.com/eddyyanto/ir-repeater
by that i´ve bought some Burson V5i as D (Dual) and will report then about it !!
greets for now 😉
hi there, 😉
found by chance on then shenzhenaudio-website this new XMOS-USB-driver V4.59 (02/13/2019)..is originally for the Singxer SU1/SU6;
tested here with with the Skysong(Singxer)-XMOS-USB-device (XU208)(+ES9038Q2M) on Win10 -> works fine !!
by that there is some Dual !! ES9038PRO on Massdrop->
SMSL VMV D1 DAC $900
->Dynamic range: 131 dB
USB: PCM 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8, 384, 705.6, 768 kHz
interesting is the separation from the device + power supply..
it is the same principle as maybe earlier with the Mission Cyrus Amps 1-3 with an extra PSX which cost the same !! (and i had luckily here) and which remind us of the great importance of a clean, strong power supply !!
so folks 😉,
sorry that i had lately not the time (and fun) to write here any further posts (+ time is changing here so fast concerning Pi-audio-distros and so on etc.); also i have to buy here some things first to post here more about “modding” the ES9038Q2Ms..
but i found here right now an interesting offer by “Massdrop“-> some
BURSON V5i as single or dual !! ( Dual!! 24,99$ (or Single matched pair +15$)
so great !! 😉
hopp,hopp and get some !!! 😉
only 4 Days left !! (Drop is till March 24. 2019)
- The V5i-Dual is a direct replacement of the following opamps: AD823, AD823AN, AD8066, AD8620, AD712, AD827, C4570, JRC4556AD, JRC4580, JRC5532, JRC5532D, JRC5534, LF353, LM4562, LME49860, LM833N, MUSES8920, NE5532, NEC4520, NEC4570, NJM2068D, NJM2114, NJM2214D, NJM4558, NJM4558D, NJM4560, NJM5532, NJM4558P, OP275, OPA1612, OPA2277PA, OPA2132, OPA2134, OPA2604, JRC4558, RC4558D, RC4558P, TL052, TL072, MUSES01, MUSES02, MUSES8820, MUSES8920, MUSES8832, BA15532
- The V5i-Single is a direct replacement of the following opamps: NE5534, LT1122, TL071, OPA134, OPA627, AD811,AD829, AD844, OPA604, AD8610, AD711, AD797, LME49990, LME49710
- Lifetime warranty (must be registered on Burson Audio’s site)
greets for now !! 😉
so folks, 😉
sorry about it; but “registering” is not possible at present; but u can still leave some comments via the comment-“button”..
by that i/we have a great “hack-attack” and so i have to delete a really great amount of “false-user”; it could be possible that your account will be deleted too..
i inform u if registering is functional again..
by that, outgoing mail is also not possible at present (for password-resetting and so on)..i work on it, but it can last a little bit longer..
kindly excuse any inconvenience !!
greets for now !! 😉
so my dear visitors, 😉
after this little site got so much resonance (which i never expected) and i finally found the “real” reason for the stuttering in my Skysong-XMOS-USB-Bridge – ES9038Q2M combo->it was the power-supply (more shortly) and i have got now such a wonderful/brilliant sound here + a very interesting discussion/topic was coming up concerning “real” DoP (DSD) on the Sabre-boards with the “DSD-lock-light “ON“, i thought i maybe make a new post..
and excuse me, its all very “repeating” here on the blog (said it before), but its a blog, with a little “Life-line” and so we have to live with it 😉 ..
back to the first topic: as said in this post->http://essabre-90xx-rpi.sfb2.com/2018/04/es9038q2mskysong-singxer-xmos-usb-bridge-final-thoughts-settings-tone-optimization/->”..by that to provide the Skysong/Singxer USB-bridge with an external 5V power supply also boosted the overall performance of the Bridge by 10-15% !! absolutely to recommend !!..” i had lately this “stuttering” on the combo again, thought first the ESS-PCB/-chip is damaged, had not enough power etc.. but at present it looks like the wonderful,wonderful usb-bridge is getting a little bit older, and a few days ago in searching for the reason i plugged again the external 5V power supply in and hooray: the stuttering was gone and the tune/sound really improved again, so great, the positioning, the absolutely more exactly tone and so on !!
really,really wonderful bridge !!
(i´ve got the luck that i´ve got the “deluxe”-version with the golden Crystek + some other modifications; absolutely superb !! i´ve read somewhere else that the skysong-bridges are the ones with the “finest” xmos-implementation and so on..i can absolutely confirm it from here !!)
the interesting thing is now that i was/am an absolutely Raspberry Pi-I2S-ESS Sabre-board fan/defender, absolutely superb sound, absolutely jitterless and so on (in comparison to any PC-soundcards or other DACs etc.) i must say, that such a combo with this skysong-bridge + nowadays USB3.0 (which had also a great effect on the “tune” here (vs. the old USB2.0)) is really close/tight to it !!
it is an absolutely improvement via USB3.0 + some external power supply (as said), really close to some Raspberry Pi->I2S connection..
by that “Johnson Wu” had a very interesting question (here in the comment-section on the right) concerning real “DoP”(DSD) sound with DSD-lock-light ON on the Essabre-boards->look at the comments on the right (or at the bottom of this post->http://essabre-90xx-rpi.sfb2.com/2018/09/volumio-now-at-v2-452-did-it-dsd-lock-light-on-es9038q2m-alsamixer-archphile-xmos-usb-audio-etc/#comment-1148
more to come,many greets for now !! 😉