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HiFime Sabre 9018 DAC/Amp

HiFime Sabre 9018 DAC/Amp

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I just finished my review and comparison of Hifime Sabre 9018 DAC to Fiio E10k. As a headphone+DAC, the Fiio E10k does better with much lower impedance and higher output. As a DAC, they two are close with a nod to Hifime. But really, there are better choices if you can spend a bit more. See my review here: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/measurement-and-review-of-hifime-sabre-9018-usb-dac.2146/
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Awaiting confirmation! We are still in contact with the vendor and just awaiting updated shipment estimates from them. We have a call scheduled first thing tomorrow morning and should get a bit more visibility in regards to when we can expect these in our warehouse.

Expect another update from us on 9/20 or sooner if something comes up.

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Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the HiFime Sabre 9018 DAC/Amp and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.

As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will send the bulk shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey where our warehouse team will break it up into individual orders and ship them. The current estimated ship date from our warehouse is 9/28.

We will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 9/13.

If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (http://massdrop.com/helpcenter).
It is about the DAC chip and the implementation, components, build quality, workmanship, and so forth and so on, plus your source, file type, headphones speakers etc, but most of all you and your hearing and likes and dislikes.
All play an important role.
Though I'm a total newbie to hi end audio I've always enjoyed IEMs to listen to jazz and classical music with some classic R&B and Rock as leavening.

The size and portability of the Hifime seriously appeal to me. Would this item be a good intro to the Dac/Amp category? If not, any other suggestions?

My current specs:
iPad mini 2nd generation
iPhone 5s
Various IEMs + headphones thanks to Massdrop
--Brainwave S5
--Macaw T1000's w/ Bluetooth
--Sennheiser CX1's (should these count?)
--AKG M220's -- DHL transport (possible surprise for my great, music looking kid or maybe just for me🙃)
--Thinksound -- in current drop

Thanks in advance for your input.
I wanted to try a sabre based dac, it was this or the dragonfly 1.5 for my laptop and iphone and possibly galaxy note with an adapter.
The optical connection sort of sealed it for me.
May also use it with my denon reciever-amp/dsd/sacd player
May also use as a dac with a schitt magni.
Now waiting patiently to put this through it's paces.
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Are you sure dragonfly 1.5 uses the older sabre dac I believe and the red the newer (feel free to correct me :))
both 24bit/96.
But no matter I needed the option of digital out/line level out.
I could not find any comparison between the two.
Just the older hifime 9023 sabre dac I believe.
Hifi me has a few reviews on their websight-Amazon only has one, but a ton of reviews on the older hifime sabre dac and dragonfly 1.5 black and red dacs.
Judging from those reviews the dragonfly appears to have a better and more convenient physical design, but older cheaper sabre chip and no digital/line out combined jack. and cost about $34% more.

Either one looks like a great buy.
davidsongwriter
It's not about the DAC chip, the implementation and components matter too.
If I were to get the standard USB plug would I be able to use a usb OTG adapter to plug in my phone (LG G3) also?
Dellwolf
Afaik only lollipop can do usb audio.
And yes you can use a otg cable
Hi, will this work for the Tidal app on an android phone? (LG G2 with the factory 4.2.2 OS)
Thanks
Ofer
Kitkat rom doesn't support usb audio officially but maybe work. Search if any king of usb DAC works on G2 Kitkat Rom, if it does it will also work with this.
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So I received my DAC, and it doesn't work. I got the USB-C one, and when I plug it into the LG G5 the light flickers for a bit and goes dead. Audio plays out through the phone speakers. Am I doing something wrong, or did I get a dud?
zhexio
If it flickers it means it is having problem detecting the DAC. I have the same problem with my Flex2. After trying several times it detects it right. I blame the connectors.
The group's bulk order arrived earlier to our warehouse in New Jersey and many of the individual packages have already shipped back out. However, upon taking inventory of everything received, our team was made aware of a backorder affecting a small handful of units. Rest assured, we've reached back out to the vendor to resolve this hiccup and expect to have the remaining units in our warehouse shortly.

Expect another update from us on 8/17 or sooner if something comes up.

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Bulk shipment received! Our warehouse team confirmed that the group's order arrived earlier and now they're working hard to break everything down into the individual packages for shipment to each of you. We will monitor their progress closely and update the group once all packages are sent out.

Expect another update from us on 8/9 or sooner if something comes up.

If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (https://massdrop.com/helpcenter).
Just about there! We've been in touch with the vendor regarding the group's order and they've let us know that they are still working to gather and pack the group's order for shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey. We will continue to check in with them throughout the fulfillment process and update the group again as soon as everything is en route to us!

Expect another update from us on 8/2 or sooner if something comes up.

If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (https://massdrop.com/helpcenter).
Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the HiFime Sabre 9018 DAC/Amp and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.

As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will ship the individual orders directly to you. The current estimated ship date is 8/5.

We will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 7/26.

If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (http://massdrop.com/helpcenter).