Ideal for placing at the center of your hi-fi system, the SMSL SU-8 boasts high-end DAC features at a surprisingly low price. It’s built with many of the current specs you might expect to see in a more expensive model, including dual ES9038Q2M DAC chips, an xCORE-200 XMOS USB audio solution, and dual XLR outs for a fully balanced output. It also has optical, coaxial, and USB inputs, as well as an RCA out. The nine types of sound color settings use the DSP of the ES9038 to adjust the levels of distortion and make your music sound different. If you’re running a more complex setup, you can use the included remote to switch between sources. To learn more, check out this thread on Reddit.
Note: At checkout, choose the SU-8 DAC (base price), the SH-8 headphone amp (- $40), or the DA-8 digital power amplifier (+ $35). Or opt for a combo: the SU-8 and SH-8 together (+ $150), the SU-8 and DA-8 together (+ $220), or all three together (+ $365).
A high-powered balanced amplifier, SMSL SH-8 is an ideal pairing for the SU-8 DAC. It’s able to output up to 835 mW at 64 ohms from the balanced output. When stacked, the two devices create a sleek, compact, and fully balanced setup for powering your headphones. Conveniently, the remote that comes with the DAC can also be used to control the amp.
Made in cooperation with Danish company ICEpower, the DA-8 is a powerful, high-performance digital amplifier. It uses ICEpower’s 50ASX2 power amplifier module with a high power output (50W x 2) and an ultra-low distortion. It comes with a remote control and can be stacked on top of the SU-8 DAC for a clean matching setup. If you get the SU-8 DAC, the SH-8 headphone amp, and the DA-8 power amp, you’ll have a versatile setup that can drive demanding headphones and bookshelf speakers alike.
SMSL SU-8 DAC
SMSL SH-8 Headphone Amp
SMSL DA-8 Digital Power Amplifier
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Estimated ship date is Feb 25, 2019 PT.
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