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HiFimeDIY Sabre Android DAC

HiFimeDIY Sabre Android DAC
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Product Code: 10000073
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This Sabre Android Dac has a MicroUSB cable instead of a usb cable and works with some Android phones without any drivers or tweaks. 

Current tested confirmed models include:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 running newest software update
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega running Android 4.2.2
  • Samsung galaxy S3 with newest software
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 4.2.2
  • LG Optimus G Pro 4.1.2+
  • Confirmed working with HTC One X, 4.2.2 (Software number 4.18.401.2
  • Possibly works with most Android phones running android 4.2.2
  • LG G2
  • Motorola Moto G
  • HP Slate 7 Extreme tablet running Kit Kat 4.4.2  (volume level change doesn't work)
  • ASUS Padfone S
  • Nexus 5 (5.0.1. and 5.1.1 both tested)
  • Asus MemoPad 7   -  K01A(ME70CX) volume buttons doesn't work
  • HTC ONE M7
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (D5503) android 4.4.4
  • LG g4 (Android 5.1)

Not working:

  • Galaxy S4 Mini (doesn't support USB OTG)
  • LG Nexus 4 (doesn't support USB OTG)
  • Asus Memo 7' ME173X android 4.2 / ME176C k013 android 4.4
  • Samsung galaxy SII i9100 with Resurrection Remix 5.0.x and 4.4.4 (probably due to kernel)

Cyanogenmod doesn't always work, a customer got it working by switching to "Resurrection Remix" ROM (unknown kernel)

please let us know if you have tested it with other phones, and we'll update the list.

No settings needs to be changed on Samsung phones. Volume up/down keys controls volume in the same way as for the regular output.
The Android Dac is the same DAC as the "Tiny" model. It uses a PCM2706 USB receiver chip and the Sabre ES9023 dac chip.

Highlights about Sabre ES9023 dac chip:
- The sound go straight out of the DAC chip and into your headphones or amplifier. It is not needed that the sound signal go through a capacitor to remove a DC voltage, there is no DC voltage to remove! This omits the need of a coloring cap which adds costs and reduces sound quality.
- Jitter Eliminator! The ES9023 utilISed patented HyperstreamTM architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator.
- 112db DNR
 
USB (receiver) PCM2706:
- Accepts up to 48kHz/16bit
 
Output levels:
Open 2.2Vrms
4.7Kohm 2.1Vrms
1.8Kohm 1.9Vrms
510ohm 1.5Vrms
330ohm 1.3Vrms
30ohm 1Vrms
Note: Normally amplifier inputs are from 10K to 100K ohm. Normal headphones are from 32 ohm to 300ohm.

Model:UAE Tiny Android

Q&A: 

Hi, I am interested in this DAC but I am bit concerned if this DAC is going to drain out the battery of my Galaxy S3 too fast? 
Reply: It doesn't drain it very fast, but a little faster compared to using internal audio output should be expected. 

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4 ( 4 / 5 )
The sound quality is excellent ! The battery drain is OK, It works great on my GALAXY S5. The only problem I'll point out: The cable is too short and too stiff. It puts too much strain on the USB port of the phone. After a few month, the connection between the phone and the USB DAC became too loose, and I have a lot of 'USB disconnected' message on my phone. Even the metal part at the end of the USB tip start to move inside the plastic jacket. So be careful with it and everything will be fine.
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5 ( 5 / 5 )
I've had this over a long weekend and I really like the sound. I am using it with a Motorola moto g, 1st generation, which I thought, had a great sounding headphone out jack. This is at least 20 percent better sounding. Maybe more. I am piping the signal to a fiio e12 mont blanc amp, then out to my headphones, either my AKG K240 studio or hifiman RE-400. Both sound noticeably better. I am streaming Tidal flac with no problems. No driver download, just plug and play. Nice.
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2 ( 2 / 5 )
Not a good experience for me. I received my unit badly scratched and blemished--it clearly had belonged to someone else before me. It may have been one returned previously, I'm not sure. Improvement in sound quality was negligible to undiscernible going from an S3 straight to headphones. While I was evaluating the product and weighing the pros and cons of returning it (having to ship back to China), the "generous" 7 day window for returns had elapsed. Not recommended. Hifime reply: We are actually not that strict on the 7 day return window and we plan to change it to 14 days. Contact us if you'd like to return it. We can also receive returns to UK and Oregon, USA. We get the cases we use for the DAC's from a supplier in China and they arrive like this, they all have minor marks and scratches unfortunately.
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5 ( 5 / 5 )
I have paired this DAC with my HTC One M8 (Android Lollipop), which has a rather noisy headphone out for sensitive IEMs - this is especially noticeable at low volumes. Using the DAC I get a very clean sound and no audible noise! Great value for the money!
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5 ( 5 / 5 )
Was looking for a DAC for my Nexus 7 1st gen model from 2012. Saw a lot of expensive products, $100 or more. But I wasn't sure if I wanted to take a chance on it not being that great of an improvement. I remembered that HiFiMeDIY had some more affordable alternatives.I ordered the sabre android DAC from the US distributor and had it in hand in like 3 days.works fine with the Nexus 7 2012 tablet as long as you get the USB Audio Pro Player app. EVERYTHING sounds better, better soundstage, better separation between channels, more detail, etc. It took my desktop set up to another level.I have Audio Technica atx700s and I don't get ear blasting volume unless I turn up the pre-amp/EQ volume on the USB Pro Audio player. When this is plugged into your tablet you cannot charge it, so it sucks battery and you will need to work out charging versus playing music.For $30 you get a nice introduction to the world of DAC audio, and to my ear it's totally worth it.

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