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Yulong Sabre D18 Reference DAC

Yulong Sabre D18 Reference DAC

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Even though you like your music at the highest possible quality, you’ve strayed away from reference quality DACs due to their daunting price and overly neutral approach. Arriving at an alarmingly reasonable price point and featuring a musicality absent in most of its peers, the Yulong Sabre D18 DAC lets you enjoy perfectly processed audio without draining your wallet of funds or your music of life.

Yulong Sabre D18 Reference DAC

Chip Check

The D18 begins with an ESS 9018 DAC, the mighty chip found in highly regarded devices like the Wyred 4 Sound, Eastern Electric MiniMax, and Weiss DAC202. Capable of up to 32bit, 192 kHz conversion, the D18 utilizes dual AD8620 op-amps for IV conversion, dual AD797 op-amps for low-pass filtering, and a low phase noise crystal oscillator to ensure that not a single note gets lost in transmission. The resulting sound profile is lively and warm without getting artificial, showcasing deep lows, present mids, and lightly rounded off highs that never grow sibilant.

Yulong Sabre D18 Reference DAC

Aluminum Sheath

Encased in a thick aluminum shell for sleek looks and complete durability, the D18 does not feature a USB input, but it does come stocked with optical, coaxial, and AES/EBU inputs. As the coaxial and optical inputs have slightly different sounds, alternate between the set-ups to find the right profile for your system. Warm enough to keep you engaged, detailed enough to parse out individual instruments, and as sturdy as a tank, the Yulong Sabre D18 DAC lets you have your high fidelity cake and eat it too.

Yulong Sabre D18 Reference DAC
Yulong Sabre D18 Reference DAC


  • Yulong Audio
  • DAC: ESS9018
  • Capable of up to 192 kHz, 32bit conversion
  • High-performance PLITRON transformer with low magnetic flux leakage
  • IV conversion: 2 x AD8620 op-amp
  • LPF filter processing: 2 x AD797 op-amp
  • Decoupling: TPC film capacitor
  • Power filtering: Panasonic FC electrolytic capacitor
  • Source crystal to eliminate clock jitter
  • Aluminum alloy housing
  • Inputs: optical, coaxial, AES/EBU
  • SNR: -130 dB
  • Dynamic range: 130 dB
  • THD+N: < 0.0003%
  • Frequency response (unbalanced): 20 Hz - 30 kHz
  • Frequency response (balanced): 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Power consumption: < 20 W
  • Power: 110 or 220 V, 50/60 Hz
  • 9.84 x 7.48 x 1.97 in (250 x 190 x 50 mm)
  • 5.07 lbs (2.3 kg)


All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Sep 19, 2014 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.