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jrsub 11-11-2016 09:06 PM

New Wyred DACs with ESS 90xxPro
I just saw the new Wyred DAC v2 series with the ESS 90xxPro chips on their website. Anyone know if we will be able to upgrade our original DAC-2s using ESS 9018S chips to the ESS 90xxPro? Any speculation on improved sonics with the ESS Pro?

rns 11-12-2016 11:46 AM

Nice. Can't wait to learn more once it's reviewed. I would hunch upgrading chips in our old DAC-2's is not possible, but that's a pure guess.

Randy Myers 12-01-2016 11:29 AM

As you know, I really like Wyred 4 Sound products and the company is outstanding. Tony and EJ are second to none in customer service and standing behind their products.

If you get a chance of trying their v2 versions (the new ones with the new ESS PRO DAC chips) I would highly advise it. It is a very nice improvement!

Art Vandelay 12-01-2016 05:56 PM


Originally Posted by rns (Post 813043)
Nice. Can't wait to learn more once it's reviewed. I would hunch upgrading chips in our old DAC-2's is not possible, but that's a pure guess.

The chips are pin compatible, but replacement of surface mount components isn't recommended - due to potential reliability issues, so my guess (hope) is that they'll offer to upgrade the DAC pcb module, which is relatively easy to do.

jrsub 12-21-2016 08:08 PM

I noticed that the Wyred website removed reference to the 9038PRO for the DAC 2V2 SE and seems to imply it will use the 9028PRO for the SE version. I wonder if they ran into technical issues with the 9038PRO or maybe availability issues?

rns 12-21-2016 09:23 PM

Oh no, I hope they find a way to make the flagship chip work. Good catch on seeing the updated wording.

paulphoosreal 12-21-2016 09:36 PM

I've got the DAC1v2 with the Fento clock on order. Pro 9026 chip which according to ESS lacks volume capabilities but otherwise identical to 9028 minus less SNR and dynamic range which I doubt these ears could hear. Should have in 2 weeks according to Tony. Will report on it after 200 hours.

audio bill 12-21-2016 09:38 PM

It was also initially listed as being available for pre-orders with the 9038PRO when they first announced the V2 DACs on their Black Friday sale, and was then changed to coming soon.

Randy Myers 12-22-2016 03:12 AM

It is seriously looking like there may be an issue with the ESS9038PRO. Searching and I could not find any that are actually available to purchase....:dunno:

I do know, however, that the ESS9028PRO is amazing!

Randy Myers 12-22-2016 10:40 AM

That was one of the only ones that I could find that appears to be coming to market with the ESS9038PRO chip in the near future. I could not find information on when it was actually being released, so thank you.

Not sure of how many other with the ESS9028PRO are available for sale now. I do know that the Benchmark DAC3 HGC is a huge upgrade from the DAC2 HGC and the only real difference is the new ESS chip and a slightly improved anti-jitter filter.

I know the Wyred ones will be fantastic when they start shipping!!!

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