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

SMSL SANSKRIT 10Th DAC 32bit/384kHz DSD256 XMOS AK4490 Blue
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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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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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
1xUSB-A to Micro-USB cable 1.1m
8xsilicone feet
 
Data sheet
InputUSB
InputSPDIF
InputMicro USB
InputOptical
OutputRCA
DAC ChipAK4493
Max sampling rateDSD256
Max sampling rate768kHz
ColorOther
 
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Not as described
The unit I received (serial number 117XX) does not have the XMOS USB controller described in the documentation lised on this page, but instead seems to have an older version with a maximum sampling rate of 384kHz wich is not compatible with the SMSL driver posted on their page.
If you made the mistake of installing the driver provided by SMSL and your unit quit working, you can uninstall that in the Windows Device Manager.

That doesn´t matter for performance since I did indeed receive the MKII version with AK4493 DAC chip and the USB controller is fully compatible with the universal Windows USB drivers, but it has me wondering.
It works and sounds great.

Just be aware that you might not get what you are expecting.
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le meilleur que j'ai écouté
Bonjour, je post mon humble avis.

matériel : quad 606 mk2 , dali ikon 6 mk1, et ce dac en fonction dac-pré ampli.

ayant testé ce le micromega de mydac et le smsl su8, je peut vous dire que ce dac est juste énorme en timbre. ne pas lésiné sur les cable usb.

la vivacité de ce dac est juste exceptionnel. on entend vraiment tous les instruments sur des morceaux "rapide".

bref, je recommande les yeux fermée
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Excellent
Couplé avec un chrome cast audio appli qobuz android en optique, ou en usb w10 avec pilote smsl et asio4all et audirvana son excellent pour une chaîne nomade avec en direct des petites enceintes multi amplifiées tannoy 402, la télécommande volume son top très utile, petite taille du dac idéale pour cette chaîne.
Je l ai aussi essayé sur chaîne principale amplification marrantz pm 7005 enceintes Rogers ls7t(des vrais loupes neutres pas de coloration le son change avec changement d un element de la chaîne) très bon aussi son clair monte bien dans les aigus sans coloration ou agressivité bon timbre.
Je ne monte jamais en gamme de prix pour les dac,les produits evoluant actuellement très vite, ce dac me conforte dans cette stratégie....
alim du dac suite à lecture différent forum :energizer usb adapter
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Un DAC à la hauteur de ses promesses
Malgré le descriptif avantageux et les précédents avis publiés, j'étais sceptique sur l'étendue des qualités de ce produit, eu égard à son prix proposé. Eh bien, après quelques jours d'utilisation, c'est fini...Je pensais y gagner un peu en qualité musicale, mais certainement pas à ce point !Tous les curseurs ont grimpé : niveau de détail, aération, douceur des timbres, justesse, graves et aigus plus propres et déliés. En somme, un énorme bon en avant s'est produit. Par ailleurs, il semble se marier idéalement avec mon ampli à tubes Taga Harmony THDA-500T. Si SMSL peut produire ça pour quelques dizaines d'euros, j'ose à peine imaginer les gammes supérieures !Une belle réussite en tout cas, je recommande sans réserve.
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Excellents conseils et très bon produit
Merci pour votre écoute attentionnée des besoins de vos clients et pour vos excellents conseils de professionnels avisés. Je ne puis que me rallier aux avis des autres acheteurs concernant les étonnantes qualités audio de cet appareil.
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