I am enjoying the lovely sound of this little thing! Very detailed to my ears. Try it out! :)
This U2 async is an absolute BEAST. I have to admit that I was not expecting very much considering the price but I was totally wrong! Very clean and musical with a touch of sweet, detailed sound without signs of excessive brightness.
In fact I like it more than my Cambridge audio combo that it costs me around 900€ three years ago. Impressive.
I wonder what would happen if hifimediy makes an upgraded UAE23+ with async usb with several spdif inputs and balanced XLR outputs...
I am very pleased with the asynchronus version of this dac....... Great differences vs. the synchronus version......For the difference in dollars a bargain.....I am sure that there is better dac out there BUT i am sure that you would pay a good amount of money to have a truly better sound and not just a marginally amelioration... Buy it.... and invest in the headphones or in the amp... This is my conclusion
I love this thing, could hear the improvement over my pc onboard sound straight away. Very simple to set up, just pluged it in and pointed vlc and deadbeef to it (ubuntu 13.10).
I have a very modest setup and i don't believe i will feel the need to change any of it in the near future.......
Linux based htpc > HiFimeDIY Sabre U2 > t-amp (smsl sa-s3) > Cambridge Audio S30 speakers.
Mêmes qualités que pour la version synchrone (http://hifimediy.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=83) mais, grâce au S9023 (qui remplace ici le Tenor E7022), en asynchrone.
Donc, concernant l écoute, l ES9023 (http://www.esstech.com/PDF/ES9023%20PB%20Rev%200.2aPB%20110117.pdf) est vraiment exemplaire.
On retrouve la même signature sonore. Les dynamiques sont respectées sur lensemble du spectre audible et lanalyse est poussée à lextrême.
Fonctionnel avec les OS libres comme Debian, OpenELEC, ...
Un excellent "petit" DAC à toujours avoir avec soi.