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

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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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

0.0002%

0.0005%

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 (DSD512 max) 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 moste beautiful sounds 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
1xUSB-A to Micro-USB cable 1.1m
8xsilicone feet
 
Data sheet
InputMicro USB
InputOptical
InputUSB
InputSPDIF
OutputRCA
DAC ChipAK4493
Max sampling rate768kHz
ColorOther
 
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Semble très correct
Ce dac semble très bien, la conception fait robuste et le son très bon (c'est mon premier je ne saurais pas donner d'avis avancé). Le fait d'avoir une télécommande est relativement inutile pour ma propre utilisation mais ça peut servir pour d'autres.

Par contre un problème selon moi, tout le packaging, y compris la notice est celui du sanskrit MkI et pas celui du MkIi, je suppose que ça réduisait les frais de faire ça. Mais du coup il n'y a pas la moindre façon de vérifier qu'on nous a vendu la bonne version! (Je pourrais le démonter pour vérifier la puce mais la garantie serait annulée...). Je fais confiance à audiophonics pour vérifier ses produits mais c'est tout de même inquiétant.
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Parfait, pourquoi je ne l'ai pas acheté plus tot
Pour brancher votre ordinateur ou autre sur un ampli c'est juste le jour et la nuit par rapport à la carte son de l'ordi.... du coup j'ai l'impression d'avoir changé mes enceintes, plus de grave bien propre et des aigus qui vont bien. juste un petit souci pour installer en USB sous Win7 mais le service support a été au top et très réactif et m'a fourni le driver. J'ai aussi testé l'entrée optique idem c'est parfait pour mon système. Bref un rapport qualité prix nickel . Merci Audiophonics
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Très propre !
Après avoir lu les commentaires enthousiastes des précédents acheteurs au sujet de ce DAC et, surtout, les mots particulièrement enjoués du test Qobuz dau sujet de la V1, je me suis décidé à tenter l'expérience. En un mot : admirable.

J'arrive d'un FXAUDIO FX01. Pour son prix, ce dac minimaliste présentait déjà des qualités très intéressantes.

Avec ce SMSL, on ne joue plus dans la même cour : image stéréo élargie, précision des timbres, séparation des instruments, basses "mieux" présentes, plus définies, globalement, grande richesse de proposition sonore.

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Service Audiophonics impeccable.
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Dac de bonne qualité, bon rapport qualité/prix mais n'atteint pas le niveau musical d'un Musical Fidelity v-dac 2 qui coute 3 fois plus chère (aération, ouverture et richesse des timbres).
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