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Sabre ES9018S

Now that we’ve gone totally gonzo on this project, we might as well use the best digital-to-analog converter that money can buy: the legendary SABRE ES9018. This would replace the two CS4384 converters on our original design, while providing 32-bit conversion with an amazing 135dB DNR and –120dB THD+N. This is the component used in the Apogee Symphony I/O which we have been dreaming about. Fortunately, there is a ready-to-use board for it: the Buffalo III. At $379, it’s quite a bit more expensive than a pair of CS4384 converters ($3.20 a piece), but it sounds a lot better…

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