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Up and Running Optical In: (w/ Burson Cable+ Technology !) Creative ZXr Optical Out to ES9038 DAC

 

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.

ES9038 Optical In_sm
Oh yes, we are looking good now!

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!

ES9038 Optical In3_sm
Quite the difference when you put the top on the unit! I am thinking about adding a top window!

 

System includes:

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

ES9038 Optical In2_sm
The two RCA cables you see here are Burson Audio’s Cable+ RCA to RCA Cables (see below)

 

CableS3CableS1

 

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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.

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