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Back when the ES9038 family of chips was announced, I was excited at the possibilities, but couldn't even guess what the new products might look like. For instance, the ES9018 had 8 channels to help designers to simply design-in certain typical implementations. This new ES9038 chip has 8 "channels" on each of the 8 ES9018 channels. Obviously my explanation isn't very good, but conveys the complexity possible. The result is that a designer can add "equalization" to tune a type of circuit. Brightness can be added to a device that tends to be warm, for example. Additionally, a considerable amount of implementing circuitry is eliminated by using on-chip capabilities, possibly lowering noise threshold. This device is pretty exciting, even with this early implementation. I like lots about this dac, especially the fully balanced circuitry at this price point. For the same price, I recently bought a ifi iOne dac. I prefer the Burr-Brown sound and the active noise cancelling is excellent. In addition, the iOne has aptx bluetooth. That is something that has become more important to me than I had imagined, and something I wish SMSL had added to this dac. I'm a bit concerned that there are almost no physical controls on the device itself. Control is on the remote. I don't really trust that situation. This device has enough great features that I am considering joining the drop. I think, however, a future device may combine the best aspects of both dacs.
Indeed, I have had some very unpleasant experiences, and still have the unpleasant memories, of devices with no physical controls on device, only the remote.
NEVER again, at ANY PRICE, save yourself the misery.