SMSL SU-9 DAC

SMSL SU-9 DAC

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Staying on the cutting edge of digital-to-audio conversion, SMSL has unveiled the new SU-9: an instrument-grade DAC optimized for convenience and crystal-clear decoding. Powered by the flagship ES9038PRO SABRE DAC, the SU-9 can decode 32-bit, 768-kilohertz PCM and native DSD512 with an impressive 132-decibel dynamic range Read More

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If it helps anyone, I reviewed this DAC not long ago.
salamri
15
Feb 28, 2021
most of your customer have the thx aaa 798 and they need a high end balanced DAC yet you choose to reduce the price of the SMSl amp instead of the DAC whhhhhhhhhy ??????????
ac3698
136
Feb 28, 2021
I am greatly disappointed too like the others, this is more expensive than purchasing from eBay. In addition, I get free shipping via DHL to Canada and don't have to wait for weeks.
ac3698
136
Mar 1, 2021
UPS is definitely the worst and there are many horror stories on the internet. Other private couriers sometimes charge a flat $10-$15 brokerage fees which I can accept. It seems that if the seller purchases a more expensive service the courier would not charge brokerage fees (or charge less). Once again I always stay away from US sellers who use UPS or eBay Global Shipping program.
SnowBoarder
7
Mar 4, 2021
I used to own a shipping services business. UPS is definitely the worst offender with brokerage fees. Any gov't run shipping service will typically have the smallest fees (if any). I have had good experience with DHL for brokerage fees, but with shipments going to different continents. The only problem with gov't run shipping services is their customer service (tracking, claims, etc). So there is definitely a give and take dynamic here.
justinmdougherty
15
Feb 28, 2021
No reason the purchase here when it's the same price on Amazon AND you don't have to wait 5 weeks plus shipping time to get it when it's Prime on Amazon.
prasb
7
Feb 28, 2021
I don't understand, the same price as Amazon? I requested it and was going to buy, but not at the exact retail price.
scottlu
351
Feb 28, 2021
same price on apos too, I just got sabaj d5 from amazon. should be similar specs
dougms3
11
Jan 28, 2021
I bought this amp from Apos 2 weeks ago. I was previously using the Topping DX3 Pro and I had no complaints with that dac/amp but I wanted a balanced setup because I have an issue with RF and EMI. If the DX3 was balanced I wouldn't have upgraded. Most people said I wouldn't be able to hear any difference between the SU-9 and DX3, let me tell you that they are 100% wrong. Is it enough to justify a $210 difference in price...yes, yes it is. I didn't think it could any more clear than it was with the DX3 but damn, its a new level. Its enough to change the flavor of all my headphones, they all sound a little more clear, detailed and higher resolution.
SinisterDev
7
Mar 1, 2021
I can imagine! I upgraded from an O2 DAC/Amp and the difference is crazy! This SMSL stack is on a completely different level. And yeah, ive enjoyed how all of my headphones/IEMs have sounded on it thus far. I wish i could have sprung for the even sexier SMSL 400 stack, but its twice the price, and im not sure its worth it at that price...
dougms3
11
Mar 1, 2021
I think the SU-9 is a logical and signficant upgrade from the O2 or Topping DX3 for the price. At that level, I think thats where there will be diminishing returns. I'm sure it will sound better but the difference in performance might be 5-10%, or in some cases just 1 tiny detail or feature. I've come to notice that, in this hobby, thats usually the case. I've already been looking at R2-R dacs like the Audio-GD R-1 or Denafrips Ares. I forget who said it but everytime I'm about to upgrade, I try to remember this. They said "Just enjoy what you have". It is so tempting though, especially since everything has become so affordable. 5 years ago, these devices cost triple or more of what they are now.
wein07
34
Jan 25, 2021
U can do better here Drop.
GuyInPittsburgh
373
Feb 28, 2021
For some reason people keep buying things here so why should they try to do better? Sure, you could pay the same price on Amazon but then you would get in in a day or two. Buying from Drop you might get it sometime this calendar year. Drop provides a much more robust sense of anticipation while you wait for your new toy. As for me, I don't think I would consider buying this from any place other than Apos.
kyeblue
53
Jan 24, 2021
Again, amazon price is less, although only by a cent, but it is going to be delivered in two days and I can return it the next day if you don't want to keep. If you think that the reward system is going to work, you are kidding yourself. My amazon credit card gives 5% reward on Amazon purchases but that's the money that I can spend on anywhere that takes a credit.
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Alex_May
152
Jan 24, 2021
Drop, listen. Like many other members here who made a request for this DAC, we expected some kind of discount at least to compensate for all the negative aspects of buying here versus retail stores. Do you understand, Drop, that by offering an item at full retail price, you're actually making it much worse by depriving us of the manufacturer's warranty, extending wait times for the delivery, charging for the delivery overseas, and limiting 'sales' to a week or less. Why are you doing that? This is not a sale! This is a slap in the face! Don't you understand that this is the reason that nobody buys this stuff from you? Make a brave decision already and fire the marketing director!
RayF
26550
Jan 31, 2021
You can find your own way out; we’ll miss you.
GuyInPittsburgh
373
Feb 28, 2021
By the time that Drop buys it from Amazon or Aliexpress and sticks it in its warehouse for six months so that you can wait the appropriate amount of time, there isn't much margin left. Storing everyone's toys for so long doesn't come cheap. Where else can you buy something and have such a robust sense of anticipation while you wait for the delivery? Yeah, you could have it in two days but then it's sort of like Christmas where it comes and goes in one day and there's a feeling of let down because there was so much of a buildup and then it's just over. Drop is trying to provide you with an extended buyers' orgasm by shoving your shit in their warehouse for awhile.
Marcus22687
219
Jan 24, 2021
Headfonics review of the SU-9 https://headfonics.com/smsl-su-9-review/
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