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ESS 9018 DAC to be used on portable headphone DAC/AMP

November 13, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

iBasso has announced the D7 portable DAC/AMP which incorporates the ESS 9018 DAC.

The D7 “Sidewinder” is coming

We are going to release the D7 “Sidewinder” after about two weeks.
The following are the main features.
1, True 24Bit/192K USB-DAC, supports bit for bit decoding. (in other words, it isnt upsampling)
2, Asynchronous USB transfer
3, Up to 24Bit/192K coaxial output
4, RCA output and Line out.
5, Built-in headphone amplfiier that run off of USB power.
6, Measures 93*60*22mm.

According to a thread at headfi release will be around December…

No price specification but I would guess in the $300 range as their current top of the line with a dual Wolfson DAC sells for $275. Should be interesting to see a portable implementation of this DAC.

Update: “Under $300

Update: iBasso changed plans and now the D7 has the Wolfson WM8740 DAC. However it uses the XMOS USB interface

  1. November 17, 2011 at 04:31

    Well, I’m back from my month-long trip 🙂 ready to continue work on my BIII!
    Had a bit of bad luck, I friend the Arduino nano that I was using to control the HiFiDuino system I built… something to do wit hteh backlight of the LED display I was using.
    Though you might find this interesting… DACs that can handle 24/192 input… all so pricey! The BIII/HiFiDuino system is a fraction of the price of some of these! I’m glad to be building it ^^ http://www.audiostream.com/content/24192-usb-dacs-list

  2. November 17, 2011 at 06:08

    I just noticed too that my Apple remote refuses to interact with the HiFiDuino. Double-checked the IR receiver hookup, fresh batteries in the remote, and nothing… any ideas how to troubleshoot?

  3. BlogGeanDo
    November 17, 2011 at 20:00

    Another user posted that his remote “suddenly” changed codes. Try the alternate set of codes…

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