ESS 32 Bit Sabre DAC Chip Review on Audiophilia

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Audiophilia has reviewed the ESS Technology 32 bit Sabre DAC chip. This unit is the “ES 9018, 8 channel, 4 DACs/channel, with upsampling to 864 khz.” It is quite new, currently appearing in only one production DAC.

Reviewer Roy Harris listened to the chip inside an evaluation-only DAC from ESS Technology. His impressions?

The DAC chip is capable of the highest resolution , in all aspects of expression. In addition, the frequency response was balanced, as I did not notice any significant peaks or dips within the frequency spectrum.

Read the entire review for all the details. This is the most robotic review I’ve read in a while, but I liked it anyway.