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I'm in,,, just hoping this sounds better then the Smsl m8 I've had for three years. Granted the m8 sounds very good. Just looking for a little less glare. That's the only way I can describe it. This looks great and is cheaper then the m8 and the Smsl p1 power supply that I used with it.
So far it does seem less "harsh" or "sharp" sounding to me than most DACs I have tried with the 9018 chip, like the first M8, and I have owned 3 so far, the M8, Topping D10 and Oppo HA-1. It's just my ears, and not stating as a certainty, but I have found the 9038 chip to have a bit smoother sound compared to older Sabre DACs, but still very detailed. I also could just be crazy, lol.
I don't think your crazy. I think your right. After reading hundreds of discussions/reviews of dacs. Ive been very happy with the m8. I haven't even turned it off in 3 years. And have had no problems with it. I remember having the impression the thing sounded even better after a month or so. I did add Schiit wyrd to chain. So that might be it. Well anyways and M8 with a little less glare, thats all I am looking for. I sitting 3 feat away from a pair of kef ls50s I will know.