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Apos SMSL-9 Ensemble

$730.99 $799.97

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Apos Ensembles are equipment bundles that have been specially curated by our team of audio professionals. Just as an ensemble refers to a group of musicians playing together, each of our ensembles is a coordinated group of equipment that we’ve brought together to form a superior listening experience. 


Meet the SMSL SU-9 Series Ensemble

The stars of the SMSL-9 Ensemble are the SMSL SU-9 DAC and the SMSL SH-9 headphone amp. This duo delivers 32-bit music with total transparency. A Fanmusic C006 balanced cable brings them together with pure-copper clarity. 


The TOPPING-30 Series Ensemble includes


Pair a Headphone For More Savings

Below, you’ll find a list of headphones we recommend for the SMSL SU-9 Ensemble. Although any of these headphones will prove an excellent complement to the ensemble, they represent different price points and sound signatures, so we invite you to explore their product pages for more information. 


We will of course pair any headphone, IEM, or piece of equipment in our store with the Ensemble. All you have to do is click the “Request a Headphone Pairing” button above to speak to our Support Team and see how much you’ll save. 


Our headphone recommendations


Product highlights

Note: For full specs, please visit the individual product pages.


SMSL SU-9 Balanced MQA-Enabled DAC

  • DAC: Flagship ES9038PRO DAC

  • Highest Bitrate Support: 32-bit/768kHz and DSD512

  • Bluetooth Codecs: LDAC, APTX/ HD, SBC, AAC, 24-bit/192kHz

  • Inputs: USB/optical/coax/bluetooth

  • Outputs: RCA/XLR

  • THD+N: 0.00009% 

  • SNR: 130dB


SMSL SH-9 THX AAA-888 Balanced Headphone Amp

  • Frequency response: 0.1-500,000Hz

  • SNR >137dB

  • THD <0.00006%

  • Ultra-compact design that’s perfect for desktops

  • Balanced stereo headphone output

  • Balanced stereo line input

  • HIgh precision resistors for temperature stability

  • Pop-less design with high-quality relays

  • 256-level relay volume control

  • Switchable gain control

  • 1.9” LCD display


Fanmusic C006 Cable

  • Material: Two-core braided HiFi line L-2T2S of CANARE

  • Jack: Black Gold-Plated NC3MXX-B and NC3FXX-B of NEUTRIK

  • Wire Length: 20cm (excluding plug)

  • Number of Conductors: 2pcs


Dan Clark Audio Æon 2

  • Type: Open-back or Closed-back

  • Driver: Planar Magnetic

  • Efficiency: 92dB

  • Impedance: 13ohms

  • Cable: Detachable 2m premium dual-entry cable with 1/4" termination

  • Weight: 340g


QUAD ERA-1 Planar Magnetic Headphone

  • Type: Open-back

  • Driver: Planar Magnetic

  • Impedance: 20 ohms

  • Sensitivity: 94db/mW

  • Frequency Response Range: 10 Hz - 40 kHz

  • Total Harmonic Distortion: ≤0.2% (1kHz,100dB)

  • Related Input Power: 100mW

  • Weight: 420g (without cable)


HIFIMAN Arya

  • Type: Open Back

  • Driver: Planar Magnetic

  • Frequency Response: 8Hz-65kHz          

  • Impedance: 35Ω

  • Sensitivity: 90dB  

  • Cable: 1.5m Crystalline Copper Cable

  • Weight: 14.3oz (404g)


HIFIMAN HE1000v2

  • Type: Open Back

  • Driver: Planar Magnetic

  • Frequency Response: 8Hz-65kHz           

  • Impedance: 35W

  • Sensitivity: 90 dB               

  • Weight: 14.8 oz (420g)


HIFIMAN Ananda

  • Type: Open-back

  • Driver: Planar Magnetic

  • Frequency Response: 8Hz-55KHz           

  • Impedance: 25Ω

  • Sensitivity: 103dB               

  • Weight: 14.7oz (399g)

  • Includes: 1.5m cable (3.5mm), 3m cable (6.35mm)

HIFIMAN Sundara

  • Type: Open-back

  • Driver: Planar Magnetic

  • Frequency Response: 6Hz - 75kHz 

  • Impedance: 37 ohms 

  • Sensitivity: 94db 

  • Weight: 13.1oz (372g)

  • Cable Length: 1.5m

  • Headphone Connectors: 3.5mm 


Audeze LCD-2 Open Back

  • Type: Over-ear, open-back

  • Driver: Planar Magnetic

  • Frequency response: 10 - 50,000Hz

  • Impedance: 70Ω

  • Sensitivity: 101 dB/1mW (at Drum Reference Point)

  • Weight: 1.31lbs (595g) (Rosewood), 1.27lbs (580g) (Shedua/Bamboo)


Audeze LCD-X

  • Type: Over-ear, open-back

  • Driver: Planar Magnetic

  • Frequency response: 10 - 50,000Hz

  • Impedance: 20Ω

  • Sensitivity: 103 dB/1mW (at Drum Reference Point)

  • Weight: 1.39lbs (635g)


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