I bought two items of this tiny DAC, one for me and the other for a friend of mine. It is perfect for listening through my Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 2.0 enclosures or my Q-Jays earphones. The ASIO driver enables to bypass Windows sound mixer. The only con is the weak output level which prevents from using high impedance earphones.
Unfortunately, I have not been able to try it with my high-end HiFi system yet, because I have been away from home for months. It would be interesting to compare this DAC with my HiFi DAC, an old Stello DA220 Mk2, connected to a desktop PC through a M2Tech HiFace USB>SPDIF interface.
after some problems with the first DAC2,i received a new one.What can I say? Unbelievable!!! Sound in general is more accurate,more dynamics,a better sound-stage......Perfect!!!! And in conjunction with the isolator and a good signal cable,it's a must!!!!
But most important is the support and the service that these guys gave me....truly professionals!!!
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After about 2 weeks, got it today. Very pleased with the sound. Wow...!!!! More clarity and firmer bass. It has more air compared to the original SABRE USB DAC ES9023. Perhaps I should have bought it together with the Isolator, could've been a lot better. Ooh welll...., I think it's going to be my next purchase. Thank you thank you..!!!!! Five stars from me.
I just received this amazing Dac from the mail today and installed it to my hackintosh. I was using a Fiio E10 previously and this U2 sabre really sounds amazing. I'm an audiophile for almost 25 years and have spent most time listening to high end audio. Hackintoshers are always having problems on audio every time there is an update from apple and this is the answer by using this dac and its plug and play on mac. This U2 sabre has a huge and wide sound stage. music has good timbre and uncolored sound. Male and female vocal are excellent. I can hear individual instruments separated from each other including background sound nuisance. Bass are deep and tight and unobtrusive while the treble and high are sweet and airy. My speaker just dissapear in front of me and all I can hear is music singing. This is money well spent.
Excellent! Bought this DAC to use with a Raspberry Pi running piCorePlayer (to work as a Logitech Squeezebox). It already sounds LOADS better than the bog standard audio output on the Pi (even without having given the DAC much running-in) - gone is the annoying hiss when the Pi isn't playing any music - replaced instead with silence! And the sound is already far clearer when playing music. Can't wait for a couple of day's time when the DAC has had a good few hours of running in - I imagine it'll sound even more amazing then! For the money, it's a total bargain - it means I can buy a Pi kit and a Sabre U2 DAC for less than the price of a second-hand Squeezebox, and have it play right up to 24-bit 96kHz too - meaning I get performance more akin to a Transporter! Better still, it's so easy to set up - just plug in to a USB port on the Pi - no soldering required! Totally excellent solution for anyone who loved the Squeezebox and wants to emulate one on a Raspberry Pi!