SMSL SU-8s High Resolution ESS DAC (Digital-to-analog converter)
The SU-8s is the refreshingly straightforward new DAC from SMSL. Who’s it for? The research-weary. The comparison-chart-chafed. The do-I-look-like-I-know-what-a-PCM-filter-is. It’s a DAC that remembers what a DAC should do: decode the highest song files on the planet, and do it well (really, really well). And that’s it. Oh, and it’s got a nice remote.
Explore high quality
The world of hi-res is yours to explore, whether through a streaming service like TIDAL or Spotify, a digital library, or a collection of CDs. The SU-8s can decode virtually everything with class-leading dynamic range and signal-to-noise ratio thanks to an ESS ES9068AS chip and a 16-core XMOS processor.
The SU-8s supports Bluetooth 5.0 reception, with support for SBC/ AAC/ aptX/ atpX-HD.
Three inputs, two outputs
Connect a TV, laptop, gaming console, or other device to the SU-8s via its three inputs, and then run a connection to an amplifier or pre-amp via XLR or RCA outputs.
Go deeper (into your couch)
A full-function remote control prevents you from having to get off the couch and fiddle with knobs. Access the SU-8s’ full menu, including volume, input, and brightness, quickly and effortlessly.
ESS ES9068AS DAC chip
Qualcomm aptX Bluetooth supports aptX, aptX HD, SBC, AAC
XMOS 16 core processor
Full MQA support
Three inputs: USB, optical, coax, Bluetooth
Two outputs: RCA, XLR
All audio inputs support DSD
CNC aluminum alloy shell
Tempered glass display panel
Full function remote
Inputs: USB, coax, optical, Bluetooth
Outputs: RCA, XLR
THD+N: 0.00009% (-121dB)
Output impedance: <10Ω
USB transmission: Asynchronization
USB compatibility: Windows 7/8/8.1/10, Max OSX, Linux
USB 1bit, 16-32bit
Optical/coaxial 1bit, 16-24bit
USB: PCM 44.1 - 768kHz, DSD 2.8224 - 22.5792MHz
Optical/coax: PCM 44.1 - 192kHz, DSD64(DoP)
Bluetooth version: 5.0
Supported Bluetooth codecs: aptX, aptX HD, SBC, AAC
Power consumption: 5W
Standby power: 0.5W
Size: 7.3 x 6 x 1.5” (187.5 x 154 x 40mm)
Weight: 1.74lbs (0.79kg)
Rubber feet x 4
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