Here are the first screen grabs I have of the system working 100% with speakers and amplifiers going with sound coming out. Even if it is the optical input instead of the I2S (USB) it still sounds excellent!! The source is 48kHz/16-bit which is what the ES9038 selects also. The limit for optical in is 24-bit 96kHz compared to USB (I2S) 32-bit 384 kHz.
Tomorrow I will have most of the parts I need to put the Amanero in for good including the 90 degree USB adapter to point away from the I2S pins. So once I have the full glory of the ES9038 DAC with I2S, I will begin the breakdown of the discrete op-amps on the chopping block!
Yamaha RX-V863 Receiver
Polk Audio Monitor 70 (Floor Standing)
Modded/Upgraded Creative SoundBlaster ZXr (see initial review)
Burson Audio Cable+ RCA to RCA (Active Op-Amp) Cable
Electrical Engineering student (Jr year) with a background in IT. Such as dealing with large scale network infrastructure upgrades at Lowe's HQ and former lead hardware tech for the NC Government. My specialty has shifted over to audio hardware and vintage hardware re-certifications along with treble bleeds.