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Old 28th September 2010, 05:43 PM   #1
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Default Eastern Electric Minimax Tube DAC w/ 9018?

Hi all,

Just curious if anybody has any experience with the subject DAC utilizing the ESS Sabre 32 9018 DAC? Any mod experience to bring this to the next level? Advise and opinions welcome.

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Old 29th September 2010, 04:01 AM   #2
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lose the tubes haha, nah sorry I hadnt even heard of it till just now. I personally dont think tubes are a good choice for dac outputs, but hey thats just personal taste.
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Old 29th September 2010, 05:55 AM   #3
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do you have a schematic?
Put it up if you do = better response!
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Old 29th September 2010, 05:56 AM   #4
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so no tubes for you?What outputs do you like ,I am waiting on dac board to come it has op amps out so is balanced trans the best or what do you like?
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Old 29th September 2010, 08:47 AM   #5
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discrete solid state mainly ie. mosfets, jfets, transistors even well done high end opamps is more to my taste. tubes can sound good if done well, but still not really my thing especially for source. better for amps and such so you can choose to have the colour or not. I know thats a bit of a cliche, but until big dollars are spent on tubes I do find they colour the sound

transformers are a funny one, I have enjoyed well implemented transformer coupled dacs before (including my own), but once you know what a mess they make of the signal it becomes a bit less appealing. can sound quite good, musical, easy on the ear, euphonic etc, but distortion isnt great and normally neither is DNR. can sound good though, but from a technical standpoint, if that matters to you as it does me, its a bit of a turn off.

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Old 29th September 2010, 03:37 PM   #6
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Actually, this EE DAC allows selectable SS or tube output--to please both sides of the spectrum. The reviews are very positive and I should have a unit coming in shortly.

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Old 29th September 2010, 04:02 PM   #7
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hmm the idea doesnt appeal; do one thing and do it well IMO. interesting though, if I didnt already have 3 sabre dacs
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Old 29th September 2010, 09:01 PM   #8
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Hardcore response. What do you think of the Sabre 32 DAC since you have 3 of them to play with?

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Old 9th November 2011, 01:55 PM   #9
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Default EE Minimax DAC mods

This thread didn't go anywhere when it was first started.

I was wondering if, besides the volume bypass and tube/opamp rolling, anyone has since attempted modding it.

Seems to me like there's a lot of potential in the power supply and tube output depts. Unfortunately I don't have the experience to attempt this on my own.
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Old 9th November 2011, 02:05 PM   #10
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Wayne over at boulder cable did a series of mods to the original dac. He had some previliged info from alex the designer. Check out audiocircle.
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