Just got my SMSL SU-8 Dac and what Mon said is true. sounds clean and uncolored Listening to Simple Minds New Gold Dream sounds better and more correct now. its been a long journey to get here. But now with the 888 amp and SU8 DAC and Elex New Gold Dream sounds more correct and better than ever!
Kinda funny how music in the 80’s didnt require all this tech and cost and research to hear the music as the artist intended. Just a record recorded to tape and played on a walkman with Koss headphones lol. But of course, it didnt sound this good.
I re-installed my OS Win10. and Re-installed Foobar 2000. Got the AISO component installed AISOforAll. And installed the XMOS SU8 driver. Found 2 AISO’s in the foobar output setting. the AISOforall didnt work, but the “USB DAC AISO” worked fine. The XMOS driver reports AISO is active and running. And everything is sounding real good.
I started on the RCA inputs but then i switch over to XLR DAC to amp and i swear it bumped up the sound quality pretty noticeable, though Im sure people will think its placebo.
I messed with the settings, not sure what a PCM filter is, what does PCM stand for? It didnt seem to make much of a difference to the sound. I tried the Sound menu and same thing. I’ll have to test them out more thoroughly in the future. Volume i set to max.
The Su8 looks much better than in the videos i saw. looks the business in its silver metal case. And its heavy! i was surprised how heavy it was. The digital display looks cool. I got it set to report the frequency and when i played some 96hz U2 songs of experience album it reported the correct frequency! finaly. I set my DSD plugin in Foobar to 352.8khz and thats what it showed on the SU8!
I celebrated by buying Coldplay X&Y192khz/24bit, Tears for Fears Songs from the big chair 96khz/24bit and Radioheads Moon shaped pool 48khz/24bit. All of it reported the khz correctly on the SU8’s display.
Funny enough even though the radiohead album had the lowest khz it sounded the best lol. actually it was so intense i had to turn the volume down. its like it was coming out full throttle into my face. not sure if this is what the artist intended.
Unfortunately Amazon HD doest report anything higher than 24bit/48khz lol. neither does Tidal or Spotify, sigh