SMSL has made quite a few waves this year with their SX-9 and SX-8s devices really stealing the show. The company has returned with a new flagship DAC positioned at a much higher price-point – a testament to the company’s expertise and know-how when cost is no object. Welcome the VMV D3 R-2R DAC!
As the name would suggest, this is the latest addition to their high-end VMV desktop audio lineup sporting four Texas Instruments R2R DAC chips, two per channel in a fully balanced configuration. Specifically, SMSL is using the discontinued PCM1704U-J DAC chips alongside a series of resistor ladders making it fundamentally different from a modern-day delta-sigma chip design.
In addition, the company has utilised the top of the line NPC SM5847 digital filter chip offering 4/8-times oversampling, independent left/right channel deemphasis filters and soft muting. The 16-core XMOS XU216 USB decoder provides bit-perfect audio from multiple inputs up to 32bit/768kHz PCM and DSD512. Finally, an isolated power supply keeps things clean and Accusilicon ultra-low phase crystal oscillator offer extremely low jitter.
The VMV D3 is shaping up to be a legendary performer. It just launched at $3499 USD. You can read all about it and treat yourself to a unit on Apos Audio!