SMSL SANSKRIT 10Th MKII DAC 32bit / 768kHz DSD512 USB XMOS AK4493 Black

SMSL SANSKRIT 10Th DAC 32bit/384kHz DSD256 XMOS AK4490 Red
This is the MKII version of SMSL Sanskrit 10th anniversary edition : an original and aesthetic device with extremely complete functionalities at a very affordable price.

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To operate the remote control with Sanskrit, it is necessary to press the "C" key on the remote control.


SMSL Sanskrit 10th Anniversary Edition MKII

DAC XMOS, AK4493 DSD512 PCM768kHz


Compact and versatile DAC DSD256 / PCM 384kHz. Detector integrated tilt.


This is the MKII version of SMSL Sanskrit 10th anniversary edition : an original and aesthetic device with extremely comprehensive features for a very affordable price. It works with a conversion chip AKM AK4493, a USB interface XMOS and its construction follows proven circuits in high fidelity audio.

It has a rotating screen (like a smartphone) that allows it to be installed on both sides (Length / Width) without losing legibility. A second novelty lays in its power supply since the device has two USB inputs, so as to separate the power supply from data and gain in sound clarity.

SMSL SANSKRIT 10Th MKII

SMSL SANSKRIT 10Th standard

DAC

AK4493

AK4490

THD+N

0.002%

0.005%

SNR

120dB

118dB

Sampling Rate

PCM : 768kHz / DSD512

PCM : 384kHz / DSD256

DAC tilt


Definitely designed for the high-quality sound, Sanskrit is able to decode DSD formats (DSD 512max) and PCM (768kHz).

It has all the necessary inputs to meet a complex installation and can simultaneously connect a digital audio source (computer, smartphone OTG, media center), a TV and a gaming station thanks to USB / Coaxial and Optics ports.

To facilitate installation in any type of environment, Sanskrit can be placed either on its edge or along its length. Best of all, the device has an integrated sensor allowing it to automatically orient the screen in your reading direction.

High quality audio components

DAC USB coaxial optical


The digital / analog decoding is made possible by a chip AK4493 AKM. This advanced audio component preserves transparency, finesse and details in the sound reproduction.

The AK4490 operates together with a XMOS asynchronous USB interface thant is famous for its native support of DSD streams. These chips are integrated in Sanskrit with a procession of proven electronic components from the power-supply units to NDK ultra low phase noise clocks.

With this choice of ambitious components (especially in this price range), DAC Sanskrit delivers crystal clear sound with extremely low distortion (THD + N 0.0002%), wide dynamic range of 119dB and comfortable SNR of 120dB.

Volume hardware and remote control

DAC remote volume


Finally, Sanskrit has two features that are found usually in larger, more complex and more expensive devices:

- A hardware volume control (does not damage the resolution in digital audio stream). This feature allows to connect Sanskrit directly to a power amplifier without necessarily having to go through a volume controller preamplifier.

- A remote control support. Every function can be driven remotely such as : raise / lower the volume, alternate sources ...

Double USB input

Rear Facade Sanskrit SMSL


Sanskrit is USB-powered via a Micro-USB input on its back cover.

To isolate the audio signal from the noise coming along the power supply, two USB entries are present: one dedicated to data only and the other dedicated exclusively to the power supply. Thanks to this configuration, the audio source is not in charge of powering the DAC - which is generally poor in this function - and it is quite possible to connect this USB input to a real regulated linear power supply that meets the audiophile standards to maximize your listening experience.




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Quobuzissime award for Sanskrit 10th anniversary

"S.M.S.L offers a visually beautiful digital to analog converter with superb sound performance, among the most beautiful sound we heard."
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1 - I/R Receiver
2 - Display (auto pitch)
3 - Power / selection button
4 - Analog Out RCA Stereo
5 - Coaxial Input
6 - Optical Input
7 - USB input (DATA)
8 - USB input (Power)

Specifications
TypeDAC
Volume ControlYes
Output Level2.2Vrms
THD + N0.0002%
Dynamic range119dB
Signal / N ratio120dB
USB compatibilityWindows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10
Mac OS X10.6 and higher
Linux
BIT DepthUSB: 1-32bit
Coaxial / Optical: 1-24bit
Sample rateUSB PCM: 44.1 - 768kHz
USB DSD: DSD512
Optical / Coaxial: 32-192kHz
Power supplyMicro-USB 5VDC (NOT INCLUDED)
Power consumption1.5W
Quiescent currentLess than 0.1W
Dimensions75 x 45 x 144mm (width / height / depth)
Weight300g
Package Contents
1xDAC Sanskrit 10th anniversary MKII
1xRemote control (Press "C" to activate the remote control)
1xUSB-A to Micro-USB cable 1.1m
8xsilicone feet
 
Data sheet
InputOptical
InputSPDIF
InputUSB
OutputRCA
DAC / ADC ChipAK4493EQ
Max sampling rate768kHz
ColorBlack
NetworkingNo
Remote ControlYes
 
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USB interface driver for Windows

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Surprisingly good
It sounded too good when reading the specs and all comments around the web, but I couldn´t resist although I already have a good dac from Nuforce. The main reason was to be able to play DSD-files. From start I was convinced that it did sound as good as my old dac (did cost about ten times the price of Sanskrit 10th, several years ago) and it does play all DSD up to 256 without problems. Playing 512 is not possible yet, but it is a MacOS issue. And it does it great! I had a few questions and got prompt answers from audiophonics, cudos! I did change the tiny USB-cable to something mor sturdy and a bit longer. I use external power although it worked well without it. I made a blind-test to the Nuforce DAC-9 and it was impossible to hear any difference playing 24/192 or lower resolutions (DAC-9 doesn´t handle DSD). Really great sound for peanuts!

Do I recommend it? Yes
Do I recommend Audiophonics? Yes
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Moyennement satisfait
Ce DAC a été associé aux amplis Atoll IN 30 et TAGA HTR-1000CD et aux enceintes Triangle Zerius 202.
J'ai acheté ce DAC par rapport aux avis et à sa distinction Quobuzissime: je m'attendais à mieux. Je l'ai comparé à un AUDIO GD NFB 15 de 2014 qui a également reçu la distinction de Quobuz. Certe, ce dernier était vendu 300 euros à l'époque, mais ces deux DACS ayant reçu la même distinction, je pensais qu'ils étaient assez proches en terme de résultat.
Il faut d'abord régler le son au maximum de mon lecteur ONKYO HF player pour avoir du son (volume du DAC au maximum), le son est beaucoup moins détaillé et naturel que sur mon AUDIO-GD.
En conclusion, j'en ai pour mon argent mais sans plus.
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 5/5
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Très bon DAC
DAC que j'utilise entre un raspberry et un ampli classe D (Allô Volt+D). Rempli parfaitement son office. Le son résultant (qui dépend bien sûr aussi de l'ampli et des enceintes Davis Acoustics Olympia One Master) est détaillé, précis. Les attaques (piano, clavecin ou percussions) sont très réalistes. Les timbres sont respectés et me paraissent très justes.
Les 3 entrées sont bien pratiques : le raspberry sur port USB, une télé sur port optique, un lecteur DVD sur port coaxial.
Seule la télécommande laisse à désirer : même en étant bien en face, ça ne marche pas à tous les coups... ce qui réduit le confort d'usage pour un rôle de réglage de volume du système.
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Rapport musicalité/prix imbattable !
Tout est dans le titre !
L'équilibre spectral est très bon, les timbres très réalistes. Il se sort très bien des passages complexes et chargés en informations. La dynamique (macro et micro) et le sens du rythme sont excellents. Foot tapping garanti !
A remplacé avantageusement un Musical Fidelity V90, très musical lui aussi, mais moins équilibré et fin.
Peut-être la scène sonore est elle un peu limitée entre les enceintes et en profondeur mais très précise et stable. Un léger manque de détail... Mais j'ai peut être aussi un peu de boulot d'optimisation sur le reste du système.
La télécommande semble fatiguer un peu vite et est assez directionnelle. Mais il faut dire que je change souvent le volume du DAC à cause du manque de progressivité du volume de mon ampli. Au passage, le volume du DAC est respectueux du signal.
Bref, on en a très largement pour son argent !
Merci encore à Audiophonics pour la qualité du service, conseils de David en particulier.
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Dac smsl 4493
Acheté en remplacement dun dac Cambridge coûtant 3 fois son prix.
Ce DAC est incroyable même avec une simple alimentation de 5v.
Tout y est : detail, ampleur, douceur.
Merci Audiophonics . Continuez à nous donner des produits à bon rapport qualité prix.
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