a little update:
re-checked a few days ago these „SMPCB 1.07″ (Green) against the Skysong ES9038Q2M and for me, the „SMPCP v1.07“ has a much better sound/tune than the Skysong-board: more crispy + dynamic (IMHO)..
by that, as we are now „through“ with the ES9038Q2M, the next step will be a ES9038Pro (or ES9068AS, see at the bottom) 😉 (the „balanced“ output-options are also very interesting..)
also i´ve heard some new AKM4495 in a high-end headphone-amp surrounding (by a friend), and for me these „velvet-sound“-(branding) from these AKM-chips is for me (as ESSabre-„enthusiast“) still „hearable“/present, although these two approaches (Sabre+AKM) are coming more and more close to each other the more „high-end“ they come..very close meanwhile..
(update: SMSL-8U (ES9068AS-chipset)-review->https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/s-m-s-l-su-8s.25206/reviews ->“..to put it shortly, it sounds very good considering its price. A trained ear will quickly recognize that quick and sharp Sabre sound signature. Highs are bright and airy, mid-range is clean and informative, emphasizing crisp edges and transients„)
so, found by chance some ES9038Pro-„implementation“ in a SMSL-SU-9 (450$) (see pictures, audioscene-review is here->https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/smsl-su-9-balanced-dac-review.16150/ ) 😉
they „measured“ it at a very high (they called it „Sinad“) point with 121db (SNR)->“..it is my pleasure to highly recommend the SMSL SU-9. Great job.“
point is, that u also see, that these dual DC is absolutely „uber-important“ + by that the SU-9N uses the xmos216 + theres also a „new“ ES9068AS on the market, for example in some Topping E50->https://de.shenzhenaudio.com/products/topping-e50-dac-es9068as-mqa-xu216-32bit-768khz-dsd512-decoder-ultra-low-noise-preamp-headphone-dac , also with some „CPLD“ jitter reduction (guess its a hardware-solution like in the Chord-Mojo (FPGA) for example)
will have to check out the difference (and price) to an ES9038Pro and if this chipset (ES9068AS) will also being implemented on some cheap chinese-boards..we will look for it 😉 ->“A18 (AK4499) vs X16 (ES9068AS)-„shootout“ is here->https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/new-gustard-twin-shootout-a18-ak4499-vs-x16-es9068as.17428/
so, and as we´ve learned soo much about the right power-supply-chain and i2s-hdmi-connection-things and and and 😉 , we can just sit back and relax and wait for the new cheap chinese-essabre-boards to come out 😉 ..
many greets for now ! 😉