Pros: Sound quality, no hiss, great value, optical output
Cons: Won't win any design awards, no physical volume control
The HiFime Sabre9018 USB DAC is a great “no nonsense” product with a sound quality identical to the much more expensive Geek Out720. It’s not going to get any design awards but it does what it should and it does it very well.
The HiFime Sabre9018 USB DAC has really impressed me both with its performance and its excellent value. The fact that it works with (many) Android devices without an external battery, works very well (without any need for drivers) with computers and also offers an optical output option makes it very versatile as well.
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Very good DAC with excellent sound quality. I had no trouble using it on Void Linux, both the 3.5 analog output and optical were instantly recognized with no configuration required.
I also had no idea my HD598 had actual bass, but this DAC's amp made me realize.
The thing is aesthetically minimalistic and I'm not impressed by the build quality, I'll admit, but this sound for this price greatly justifies that.
Works great on my Fire 7" tablet. Sounds awesome, much better than my previous setup with an iPod and the Pure i20 dock. I also have the Hifime Sabre Android DAC and the obvious question is whether it sounds better than than that DAC. I'm running my tablet through the DAC into a pair of speakers. It's a little louder than the Sabre Android DAC which is a good thing. My first impressions are positive, but I'll need some more listening time to be more decisive. Very nice DAC though!
Con el dac9018,he consegudio explotar el maximo potencial en calidad de sonido a los archivos que utilizo,ogg vorvis y wav,en tienda de descarga,atraves de mi sony xperia z ultra,con un dac ecualizador behringer deq2496 y altavoces activos near05,la mejoria en comparacion a la conexion mhl o hdmi,es muy notoria,sobre todo la separacion de instrumentos es muy detallado.por este precio su calidad es excepcional.
Upgraded from a Fiio K1
its bass is much tighter and less bloated. I can now listen to more musical songs without having to up the volume so i can hear the singer...