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D-27   

(Dual ES9038Pro + FPGA Processor)

Discrete  DAC + Headphone amplifier / Preamplifier
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Built In FPGA Processor to Reject Jitter 
Dual Sabre ES9038Pro
DSD , DXD 32bit / 384K Support From USB / HDMI
9000mW at 40 ohm (Pure Class A, per channels )
Built with OCC and Hi-end parts

Price:  (Exclude shipping cost )
D-27.28 : USD1399 (Dual ES9028 PRO)
D-27.38 : USD1599 (Dual ES9038 PRO included TCXOs upgraded )
Free  mini remote controller (not in warranty)
 
Metal remote price is USD50.





     

      
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The different between dual ES9038 Pro and single ES9038 Pro is large:
               
The different not only the DNR, but the dual ES9038 Pro working under mono mode, the channel crossing is improve and offer a larger and exact sound stage.

           Dual ESS9028 Pro, working under mono mode, its DNR had 3DB better than single ES9038 Pro .


The FPGA is important in the D-27:
                
The FPGA is Programmable Array Logic. 
           Nowadays the FPGA had applied in a lot high end grade DACs, like the popular ROCKNA WAVEDREAM DAC.
           Its internal hardware construction can through the complex software  design and arrangement ,  be upgraded  through the software upgrade.
           Upgrade to the firmware is the same as  same as upgrade to the hardware. That  design is much more  flexible . It  can improve on sound quality and add  the newest functions , it can never become out of date.

What the FPGA duty  in the D-27:
                
1, Separate the data feed to dual ES9038 Pro for working in mono mode.
           2, Clock re-clock process and FIFO design for all inputs , the output data can exact synchronisation with clock signal, reject jitter.
           3, Built in high performance SPDIF interface , bypassing  low performance SPDIF interface of the ES9038 Pro .

Full discrete output stages:

                
The signal last stage is  the analog output stags , they greatly  effect the whole DAC sound quality.
           The output stages working after ES9038 pro, they are full discrete transistor built with hole parts but not SMD parts .
           The high speed ACSS amps work as the signal gain and processing , they are of non feedback design and working in  current signal mode  . the dual ES9038 pro output [current signal] goes through the ACSS amp .I  don't like other design with  multiple conversion to the  signal between current and voltage. 
           The output buffers are the pure class A design , built with 4 pcs 150W (in total 600W ) on every channels, to drive the most headphones without  difficulty .
           In our design  output stages  working in pure class A , and without any negative feedback for the most pure and life like  sound reproduction .
           There are 4 pcs OPA built in as DC serve , so the DAC can working well without couple caps  and output the most neutral sound.


Heavy power supplies design:
                
 The DAC has 3 high quality low noise, low flux leakage, R-cores transformers. 
            In total 130W power to supply all digital parts and the left and right analog boards. 
            The digital parts DC power is distributed by 15 ultra high speed low noise PSUs, they are double stages PSUs . 
            The analog parts DC power is distributed by 4 groups PSUs ..All are pure class A low noise regulated power.
            This results in ultra-high speed and ultra-low noise performance. Clean and independent power to achieve highest quality of sound .

    

Volume control:
           The volume control is also different from conventional technology. Conventional volume control technology implements  volume control  the analog  input stage through a volume pot to reduce the signal  . The volume pot quality effects the sound quality directly , the low quality volume pot cause loss of  detail and couse channels imbalance and  sound stage distortion  . Even the high performance volume pot still cause loss of  detail . Whatever quality volume pot still can  cause the S/N degradation .
           But in the D-27 , we applied the I/V conversion volume control , the volume control is   a variable passive I/V conversion placed at the ACSS amp output , where the output is the current signal mode  not in the voltage signal mode  . The volume control is I/V conversion, and the volume depends on the current (I) conversion to the voltage (V). (Like R-2R D/A chips output passive I/V conversion)  It can keep the signal frequency band flat and not lose  any detail. It want  degrade  sound quality regardless of volume level . After the volume , there are four groups  diamond non-feedback buffer output stages offer with  very low output impedance  .
           The volume control quality is. even more  important in the real balanced gear . It must guarantee the four channel  signal control to be exact and achieve the performance of the real balanced gear .  If the cool and hot of the balance signal can't be exact, the balance output will has large distortion and cause the sound quality and performance to be even worst than a single end gear . ( whole  idea behind balanced design is wasted)
            In D-27 is applied a four channels digital control relays based volume control. .D-27 has total four channels of  the Vishay resistors to control  volume and avoid channel imbalances . This achieves the best performance and sound quality.
           D-27 has  100 steps volume control with  range that achieves 90DB (usually the step volume  have around 70DB range  ), very smooth control range on first 50 steps , along with 13DB high gain  can be very easily adjusted for  both high / low sensitivity headphone and speakers. While users change the volume, the different relays break or close, it may has a slight switch sound on output but  disappears when you  stop adjusting  volume.

          Supper Exponential volume characteristic      Volume steps comparison to normal volume knob       
                                                            

The overall arrangement :
                
The DAC had separate the digital, Left analog, Right analog and power transformers parts, every part is  separated by 5MM thick aluminium boards to  avoid distortion.
           The Left and Right analog parts have been  symmetrical  placed beside the digital parts , to keep the wires and distance  same . This allows   sound stage to be more precise  .

The sound quality adjustments  :
                
Some people may don't like the sound of ESS chips. They are consider to  sound artificial . We want to change this perception .
           At first we want to let the unit  fully burn in, then adjust the parameters  layout and design  to lower  the distortion to absolute  minimum . This is easy part..
         Then we have  to spend a long time  on  listening tests  and constantly  comparing sound quality  . Than we  adjust the parameters to change the Odd and even harmonics  to let the sound be  life like and palpable.  
         At the end  the DAC may not  have  least amount of distortion but has the most neutral sound with life and realism.

  

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