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Old 15th April 2008, 05:44 PM   #401
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Eagerly awaiting pics! I know this keeps getting asked.....but have you guys figured out a general goal for the pricing on the buffalo?
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Old 15th April 2008, 05:46 PM   #402
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We have not. The current board is a beta, and may change significantly, so I haven't bothered working out the pricing for it until we have a better idea of what the final will look like.
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Hi Russ White,
You have any good news about Buffalo DAC?
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Old 15th April 2008, 10:26 PM   #404
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Yes, I have some news, but I am not ready to share it quite yet. It is all good news so far!

I just have a bit more testing to do.

I will say this. I get good SPIDF lock and I have disabled automute.
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Old 15th April 2008, 10:58 PM   #405
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Well hurry up already! lol
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Old 16th April 2008, 11:09 AM   #406
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Default DAC4392 + ESS Sabre: this is incredible.

DAC4392 + ESS Sabre: this is incredible.

I finally received the ESS Sabre reference DAC evaluation board ;
It has been configured to receive signals I2S through DAC4392 board.
(is in the lower right corner of the picture).

DAC4392 accepts input signals from Spdif (Both BNC and RCA), Optical Spdif,
USB and I2S.

The sound quality is incredible: is the most analog sound from a digital source, that I have ever heard!!


The scene is extremely realistic. Dynamics is robust. The sound is sweet and well-balanced.

This will be my last final configuration for a long time:

I have many DAC: Apogee Mini, Apogee Rosetta with BigBen, Citypulse, Musical Fidelity, Anagramtech Sonic 2 with Timelock with battery and PS mod analog output stage, but none of them arrives at the listening pleasure to ESS Sabre + DAC4392.

FANTASTIC!
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Old 16th April 2008, 11:19 AM   #407
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AAAAA !!!!!!
Where can I get this chip/board ??????
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Old 16th April 2008, 11:53 AM   #408
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Well hurry up already! lol

This will have to do for now

Yes it is working, but I Brian and I still have a lot of testing to do.

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Old 16th April 2008, 12:14 PM   #409
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Default Re: DAC4392 + ESS Sabre: this is incredible.

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Originally posted by hirez69
DAC4392 + ESS Sabre: this is incredible.

I finally received the ESS Sabre reference DAC evaluation board ;
It has been configured to receive signals I2S through DAC4392 board.
(is in the lower right corner of the picture).

DAC4392 accepts input signals from Spdif (Both BNC and RCA), Optical Spdif,
USB and I2S.

The sound quality is incredible: is the most analog sound from a digital source, that I have ever heard!!


The scene is extremely realistic. Dynamics is robust. The sound is sweet and well-balanced.

This will be my last final configuration for a long time:

I have many DAC: Apogee Mini, Apogee Rosetta with BigBen, Citypulse, Musical Fidelity, Anagramtech Sonic 2 with Timelock with battery and PS mod analog output stage, but none of them arrives at the listening pleasure to ESS Sabre + DAC4392.

FANTASTIC!
Hirez69,

Great news.

How are you configuring the DAC4392 when it feeds Sabre?
From what I can see the 4392 already is doing upsampling. It
appears the Sabre is probably a superior upsampler / digital filter
combo than 4392.

Have you tried spdif straight into Sabre board?

Also is Sabre board stock?


Thanks.

T
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Hirez69,

Great news.

How are you configuring the DAC4392 when it feeds Sabre?
From what I can see the 4392 already is doing upsampling. It
appears the Sabre is probably a superior upsampler / digital filter
combo than 4392.

Have you tried spdif straight into Sabre board?

Also is Sabre board stock?


Thanks.

T
Hi Terry,

There is no need of a special configuration to connect the DAC4392 with Sabre:

ES9008's DATA2, DATA3, DATA4 and DATA5 must be connected together to PA_DATAR signal. In that way all Sabre's DACs have input data provided by DAC4392 board (DAC 1,3,5 and 7 will decode Left channel and the rest of them the Right one).
No buffer is needed: DAC4392's DATAR output pin can drive four ES9008 LVCMOS inputs.

PCM Bit Clock: PA_BCLK(J7/pin8) => EVB U57/pin7
PCM Word Clock: PA_WDCK(J7/pin6)=> EVB U57/pin9
PCM Data: PA_DATAR(J7/pin4)=> EVB U57/pin11,13,15,17

The only other thing to do is to remove the jumper on the SABRE EVB and choose DSD/I2s Input.

For DAC4392 specification please take a look at www.luckit.biz

Yes, I tried the Spdif input of Sabre, but IMO the I2S output from DAC4392 is far better.
I hope that someone else can confirm my opinion, but I am pleasantly surprised of sound quality of my Minimac (Foobar2000 or XXhighend, Vista, Spdif TosLink) with the DAC4392 + ESS Sabre bundle

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