Description

Model No: 9038S Gen 3
Materials: sandblasted/anodized aluminum/ES9038Q2M/AD8397
Dimensions: 48x22x9mm
Weight: 10g
Power: USB 5V power rail no internal battery, 90mA idle current, the device contains up to 4000uF of capacitance and IOS/Android devices can start OTG operation only with Camera_Adapter and USB OTG Y-splitter cable respectively
input: USB-C, PCM up to 24b/192kHz
Output: balanced output 2.5mm jack A&K pinout

Output power: >340mW@32Ohm@1kHz@THD=1%
Output impedance: 0.05 Ohm@1000Hz Agilent U1733C​

Frequency response: 10-85kHz +.05/-.2db@ 24b/192kHz
S/N ratio: -122db(A) referenced to 3.399VRMS @32ohm
THD+N: 1% @+.5dbfs typical PC USB2 port powered​
Crosstalk: -125db@1kHz
Warranty Period: No

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Customer Reviews

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Prasanth Padmakumar (Nagercoil)
The Budget Benchmark!!!

Specification

DAC: ESS Sabre ES9038Q2M
HPA/Op-Amp: Analog Device AD8397 + Susumu Precise 0.1% Resistors
Dimension: 48 x 22 x 9 Millimeters
Weight: 10 Grams
Input: USB-C (5 Volts)
Output: 2.5 Millimeters TRRS Balanced (Astell&Kern Pinout)
Audio Format: Up to 32-Bit/384 kHz PCM, DSD256
Power: Up to 340 mW @ 32 Ω (3.399 VRMS)
Output Impedance: 0.05 Ω
THD: 1%
Crosstalk: -125 dB
Build: Anodized Aluminium (Sandblasted & CNC Machined)
Companion App: Tweak9038 (Android)
Cost: ₹9,990/-

Test Setup

USB Source: PC/Android (iFi iSilencer+)
Headphones: HiFiMAN HE400i (2020)
Cable: Headphone Zone Balanced Cable, HOSS® USB-A to USB-C & AmazonBasics USB-C to USB-C
Players: HQPlayer 4 Desktop (PC), UAPP w/ Toneboosters EQ In-App Purchase (Android)

Background

E1DA is pronounced as E1-DAh. The name Ivan is pronounced in Russian as “E1”, “Dah” means “yes”.

It is the brainchild of the Russian engineer Ivan Khlyupin who lives in China for the past 12 years, he’s a freelance designer in SMPS/Class D/DSP/Embedded. His older son Tyoma is iOS/Android coder. The story started when Ivan bought a heavy planar headphone to upgrade his audio experience, however, he couldn’t find anything good enough to drive that headphone in the price range of $100-200. So he made what he needed by himself.

This product was suggested to me by TheTalbotHound from ConvinceMeAudio Telegram Patreon chat.

The Tweak9038 is totally optional purchase that comes at ₹890, which I believe is the actual part of the device cost since it punches way above its class in every category.

They have a very active community over Discord and a huge thanks to staticV3 (moderator) for clearing all my dumb doubts about the product and the companion app and also going the extra mile to help me out with creating the perfect PEQ for my HiFiMAN HE400i (2020).

Also, they agreed to consider adding a NOS (No Oversampling) option in future firmware/companion app update for HQPlayer users.

Build

The aesthetics are fantastic with a smooth surface and chamfered edges. It’s quite petite and well put together. Not trying to be something that is unergonomic or will look outdated in a year. Instead taking a path means it holds a somewhat timeless aesthetic. The quality of the build is just as good with not the slightest hint of a creak or other issues that might be present on a cost-saving approach design.

I never faced any EMI issues while using it along with my LG G8x ThinQ, but the battery drain was significant while driving my HE400i at full volume.

Features

When it comes to features the E1DA 9038G3 Susum Edition leaves the user wanting for little.

Digital filters, THD compensation, hardware volume can be controlled via their Tweak9038 app. It features a balanced output, and USB-C input, rather than an average single-end with USB-A.

The only thing that’s potentially missing is hardware buttons to control the volume on the fly like on my Encore mDSD. With a max output of 340 mW at 32 Ω, the E1DA 9038G3 Susum Edition is ideal for even desktop usage thanks to its huge volume headroom, incredibly low noise floor, and excellent dynamic range compared to other dongle solutions. It is one of those rare implementations where the infamous ESS IMD hump/Sabre glare is virtually non-existent.

It also doesn’t include any gimmicky features like MQA unfolding.

Sound

I’d summarise the E1DA 9038G3 Susum Edition as a neutral sound. Micro and macro dynamics and outright resolution are very good for a product of this size and form factor. It retains a neutral tonality and does not come across as warm, dark, analytical, or lacking in speed and impact.

Spatial presentation is also good, the size of the staging is accurate. Separation is very good, with different elements occupying their own space and rarely encroaching on each other or making other elements harder to hear clearly, as can happen on some poorer sources.

Imaging is again good. Left to right imaging is smooth and consistent. Timbre, resolution, and retrieval of low-level information were surprisingly impressive for a DAC of this size and price.

Overall I’d say the E1DA 9038G3 Susum Edition doesn’t really have any faults. It’s an excellently built, great-sounding product with a lot of flexibility thanks to the companion app. For the price, I strongly recommend it, with the caveat that it may not suit beginners who’re recently into this hobby.

It requires you to invest in balanced cables, a companion app to fully utilize its capabilities, and if you’re not careful enough it can potentially blow out your ears as well as sensitive IEMs with its sheer driving power.

One more nit-pick is the single-ended version E1DA 9038D comes with THD calibration straight out of the box and that will be more suited for beginners.

https://www.savagetechie.com/2021/09/12/review/e1da-9038sg3-susum-edition-review/

E1DA 9038S Gen 3 Portable USB DAC-Amp


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Sale priceRs. 9,990.00
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Description

Model No: 9038S Gen 3
Materials: sandblasted/anodized aluminum/ES9038Q2M/AD8397
Dimensions: 48x22x9mm
Weight: 10g
Power: USB 5V power rail no internal battery, 90mA idle current, the device contains up to 4000uF of capacitance and IOS/Android devices can start OTG operation only with Camera_Adapter and USB OTG Y-splitter cable respectively
input: USB-C, PCM up to 24b/192kHz
Output: balanced output 2.5mm jack A&K pinout

Output power: >340mW@32Ohm@1kHz@THD=1%
Output impedance: 0.05 Ohm@1000Hz Agilent U1733C​

Frequency response: 10-85kHz +.05/-.2db@ 24b/192kHz
S/N ratio: -122db(A) referenced to 3.399VRMS @32ohm
THD+N: 1% @+.5dbfs typical PC USB2 port powered​
Crosstalk: -125db@1kHz
Warranty Period: No

⚡️ Power Output Wise AMP & DAC Guide

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
100%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
P
Prasanth Padmakumar (Nagercoil)
The Budget Benchmark!!!

Specification

DAC: ESS Sabre ES9038Q2M
HPA/Op-Amp: Analog Device AD8397 + Susumu Precise 0.1% Resistors
Dimension: 48 x 22 x 9 Millimeters
Weight: 10 Grams
Input: USB-C (5 Volts)
Output: 2.5 Millimeters TRRS Balanced (Astell&Kern Pinout)
Audio Format: Up to 32-Bit/384 kHz PCM, DSD256
Power: Up to 340 mW @ 32 Ω (3.399 VRMS)
Output Impedance: 0.05 Ω
THD: 1%
Crosstalk: -125 dB
Build: Anodized Aluminium (Sandblasted & CNC Machined)
Companion App: Tweak9038 (Android)
Cost: ₹9,990/-

Test Setup

USB Source: PC/Android (iFi iSilencer+)
Headphones: HiFiMAN HE400i (2020)
Cable: Headphone Zone Balanced Cable, HOSS® USB-A to USB-C & AmazonBasics USB-C to USB-C
Players: HQPlayer 4 Desktop (PC), UAPP w/ Toneboosters EQ In-App Purchase (Android)

Background

E1DA is pronounced as E1-DAh. The name Ivan is pronounced in Russian as “E1”, “Dah” means “yes”.

It is the brainchild of the Russian engineer Ivan Khlyupin who lives in China for the past 12 years, he’s a freelance designer in SMPS/Class D/DSP/Embedded. His older son Tyoma is iOS/Android coder. The story started when Ivan bought a heavy planar headphone to upgrade his audio experience, however, he couldn’t find anything good enough to drive that headphone in the price range of $100-200. So he made what he needed by himself.

This product was suggested to me by TheTalbotHound from ConvinceMeAudio Telegram Patreon chat.

The Tweak9038 is totally optional purchase that comes at ₹890, which I believe is the actual part of the device cost since it punches way above its class in every category.

They have a very active community over Discord and a huge thanks to staticV3 (moderator) for clearing all my dumb doubts about the product and the companion app and also going the extra mile to help me out with creating the perfect PEQ for my HiFiMAN HE400i (2020).

Also, they agreed to consider adding a NOS (No Oversampling) option in future firmware/companion app update for HQPlayer users.

Build

The aesthetics are fantastic with a smooth surface and chamfered edges. It’s quite petite and well put together. Not trying to be something that is unergonomic or will look outdated in a year. Instead taking a path means it holds a somewhat timeless aesthetic. The quality of the build is just as good with not the slightest hint of a creak or other issues that might be present on a cost-saving approach design.

I never faced any EMI issues while using it along with my LG G8x ThinQ, but the battery drain was significant while driving my HE400i at full volume.

Features

When it comes to features the E1DA 9038G3 Susum Edition leaves the user wanting for little.

Digital filters, THD compensation, hardware volume can be controlled via their Tweak9038 app. It features a balanced output, and USB-C input, rather than an average single-end with USB-A.

The only thing that’s potentially missing is hardware buttons to control the volume on the fly like on my Encore mDSD. With a max output of 340 mW at 32 Ω, the E1DA 9038G3 Susum Edition is ideal for even desktop usage thanks to its huge volume headroom, incredibly low noise floor, and excellent dynamic range compared to other dongle solutions. It is one of those rare implementations where the infamous ESS IMD hump/Sabre glare is virtually non-existent.

It also doesn’t include any gimmicky features like MQA unfolding.

Sound

I’d summarise the E1DA 9038G3 Susum Edition as a neutral sound. Micro and macro dynamics and outright resolution are very good for a product of this size and form factor. It retains a neutral tonality and does not come across as warm, dark, analytical, or lacking in speed and impact.

Spatial presentation is also good, the size of the staging is accurate. Separation is very good, with different elements occupying their own space and rarely encroaching on each other or making other elements harder to hear clearly, as can happen on some poorer sources.

Imaging is again good. Left to right imaging is smooth and consistent. Timbre, resolution, and retrieval of low-level information were surprisingly impressive for a DAC of this size and price.

Overall I’d say the E1DA 9038G3 Susum Edition doesn’t really have any faults. It’s an excellently built, great-sounding product with a lot of flexibility thanks to the companion app. For the price, I strongly recommend it, with the caveat that it may not suit beginners who’re recently into this hobby.

It requires you to invest in balanced cables, a companion app to fully utilize its capabilities, and if you’re not careful enough it can potentially blow out your ears as well as sensitive IEMs with its sheer driving power.

One more nit-pick is the single-ended version E1DA 9038D comes with THD calibration straight out of the box and that will be more suited for beginners.

https://www.savagetechie.com/2021/09/12/review/e1da-9038sg3-susum-edition-review/

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