After the great success the first version Quanghao opens a new group buy to produce a new series of DAC.
This ES9018 DAC have these features:
- PIC Microcontroller to remap DAC and share I2S connection with DSD signals - Amanero module integrated to have USB input - Support 44,88,96,192,352,384KHz PCM and DSD to play SACD ISO - Full ground isolation from USB module - On board reference 100MHz Crystek oscillator with a jitter of 0.5psec - Ultra fast oscillator buffer - 4 inputs: USB, Spdif coax on BNC, AES/EBU Professional on XLR, Optical Toslink. - 2 output stages choice: differential no feedback discrete current amplifier or transformers - 4 row x 20 characters LCD - Controller compatible with any 5V LCD and VFD - Simple firmware upgrade - Large dB volume display - Top performance linear pre-regulator LT1963 - Separated fast shunt for any digital section - Separated fast shunt for any analog channel - Remote volume control - Remote mute control - Remote input control - Digital filter control - Optional passive I/V
The main characteristics of the ES9018 are the patented 32-bit Hyperstream™ DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator. This is the first DAC chip that does not use the master clock on I2S bus and it automatically resample the input signal at the highest resolution available 32bit 384KHz.
ES9018 DAC MODULE
The DAC module use a dedicated power supply with shunt separated for any section of the ES9018:
1.2 analog (left and right separated)
3.3V analog (left and right separated)
All the power supply use a controlled current source and a hi-speed shunt linear regulator.
This module the ES9018 when connected to the controller module can be configured to select 4 different inputs:
The DAC input configuration is remapped by the Micontroller module setting the register #14.
Here the schematic modified from original to add the 3 spdif input and to show both mode in the same image.
This is a critical component, the sound performances can be compromised with a cheap oscillator so we are using the CCHD-575Ultra-Low Phase Noise Crystal Oscillator, 3.3V HCMOS. The frequency 100MHz as been choiced to support any PCM and any DSD sampling frequency.
In the first version there was a shunt power supply based on op-amp with high global feedback, in this new release we have develop after many simulations a new discrete shunt without op-amp, the feedback is lower but it the response on transient is better.
OUTPUT STAGE OPTION 2 - LL1684 TRANSFORMERS
After many listening tests with my friends I consider this configuration as the best.