SMSL M500 DAC/Amp
SMSL M500 DAC/Amp
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Product Description
The SMSL M500 is an all-in-one DAC/amp optimized for high-end audio and user-friendly operation. Engineered with a highly regarded ESS ES9038PRO DAC, an XMOS XU-208 USB chipset, and dual OPA1612 op amps, the M500 delivers precisely articulated sound into any pair of headphones or monitors Read More
Versatile Performance, Plus an LCD Screen

The SMSL M500 is an all-in-one DAC/amp optimized for high-end audio and user-friendly operation. Engineered with a highly regarded ESS ES9038PRO DAC, an XMOS XU-208 USB chipset, and dual OPA1612 op amps, the M500 delivers precisely articulated sound into any pair of headphones or monitors. To make level adjustment a breeze, the M500 features a vivid 2.19-inch LG TFT LCD display—a rarity on today’s desktop DACs. Plus, it offers a wide range of inputs and outputs, including a true balanced XLR output, an RCA out, dual optical inputs, and a coaxial input. The SMSL can also be used as a preamp unit with independent headphone volume preamp volume controls. Listen your way with options and an onboard display that give you total control.

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Specs
  • SMSL
  • ESS ES9038PRO DAC
  • XMOS XU-208 USB chipset
  • (2) OPA1612 op amps
  • 2.19 in LG TFT LCD display
  • Inputs: (1) USB, (1) Coaxial, (2) Optical
  • Outputs: (1) RCA headphone amplifier, (1) RCA, (1) XLR
  • THD+N: 0.00015%
  • XLR dynamic range: 125dB
  • RCA dynamic range: 120dB
  • SNR dynamic range: 120dB
  • USB transmission: Asynchronization
  • USB compatibility: Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10, Mac OSX10.6 or later, Linux
  • USB bit depth: 1-bit, 16 / 32-bit
  • Optical / Coaxial bit depth: 1-bit, 16 / 32-bit
  • USB sampling rate: PCM 44.1 / 768kHz
  • DSD sampling rate: 2.8224 / 22.5792MHz, DSD64 (DoP)
  • Optical / Coaxial sampling rate: PCM 44.1 / 192kHz
  • Headphone amplifier output power: 570mW at 32Ω ohms, 290mW at 64 ohms, 125mW at 150 ohms, 65mW at 300 ohms
  • Power Consumption: 5W
  • Standby power: <0.5W
  • Dimensions: 3.4 x 3.5 x 7.8 in (8.5 x 8.8 x 19.7 cm)
  • Weight: 2 lbs (0.9 kg)
Included
  • Remote control
  • Power adapter
Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Drop.

Estimated ship date is Jan 2, 2020 PT.

After this product run ends, payment will be collected and orders will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all orders final. Check the discussion for updates on your order.

Recent Activity
If you're looking for cheap, I'd suggest keeping an eye out for the Massdrop x Grace SDAC Balanced. It currently isn't in stock, but it is a nice little high resolution balanced DAC with the signature AKM sound at a very reasonable price. Another cheapish balanced unit to check out is the ES9038Q2M packing SMSL SU-8. I find my DX7s a touch fatiguing, but that may just be me, so YMMV there. I've read good things about the DX7 Pro, but haven't had hands on with one. The biggest issue I have with both of them is all of the extra and likely not used features. There is no point in paying the premium for a headphone-amp, HDMI IIS, or AES. The vast majority of people don't use and likely won't use them, especially so on the head-amp if people are pairing the DAC with an external amp. The DX7s uses the ES9038Q2M and the DX7 Pro the ES9038PRO. Neither my DX7s and SDAC-B get very much if any use now that I've got the M500. I stream TIDAL for the content I don't own, and have been rather pleased with the MQA encoded tracks (I'm ignoring the evil of the DRM/Licensing, don't hate me). If you don't care about balanced, grab a Topping D10, SMSL M100, or MassDrop x Grace Standard DAC. They're all great little DACs, and extremely competitively priced at under $100 USD. Caveat about the SDAC is that it is hard limited to 24bit/96kHz, but it is compatible with just about everything that supports basic USB audio. The 789 does benefit from balanced input, but isn't terrible with single-ended (unlike some others out there... I'm looking at you Massdrop LCX and Loxjie P20).