L.K.S Audio MH-DA004 - probably sounds bad

Discussion in 'Digital: DACs, USB converters, decrapifiers' started by listen4joy, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. listen4joy

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    i want to brought some attention for this dac.
    this dac is recently clash some hype waves in the other site. altough the thread is still new
    it woke up my attention to open thread about this one.
    i read some people praise him a lot.
    look like this chinese dac is one of those unknown gems that uses 2 Dual ES9038pro chips that cost only 1500$, and it seems to be a very good product.
    a person that i know posted impressions on the LKS on the other site,he had the vega before and he said this dac
    if someone have some impressions about this one, or if someone will buy one
    and can give some impressions and if there is hope in high end affordable teritorry to bring some
    high end dacs that kick high on their high bracket. it better for the community to have a lot
    of alterntaives , not that i have something against yggy, but maybe there is more dacs
    in decent price ranges that can give a great value for $.
    what i like about this site that people here examine things without politics or paid Reviews
    and people give real opinions about products. hope there will be some intrest to for review.
    also , the new audio gd-r2r 7 look like a promising dac that maybe
    can be alternative to yggy at 2400$ price point.
     

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    It probably sucks like all the other "giant killer" Chinese Sabre DACs.
     
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    Luckbad Basshead - Friend

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    Labeling something as a giant killer is one guaranteed method to make people here incredibly skeptical of a product, especially if you haven't owned both products you're talking about.

    While I've hated 99% of all Sabre DACs I've heard, I would be extremely reluctant to buy at $1500 DAC from China sight unseen from an unproven manufacturer.

    If you want to dive headfirst into the Sabre pool, get an Audio-GD NFB-7.38 for less and you're at least guaranteed good power implementation and quality components.
     
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    The title alone is borderline "How to Win Friends and Influence People" forum fodder. A piece of equipment should be evaluated on its own merit, not as some head fi fangasm material. I'm sure the title was done to get attention, but here, it sends the wrong signal.
     
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    zerodeefex Ornery Admin

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    Title changed to be more appropriate
     
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    Torq Prob should liquidate and live on a sailboat

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    And it's already populated with the usual suspects for breathless hype of Chinese DACs of this nature. Pre-audition hype, no less! And I see the cardboard and string mod-master is already on the case too ... no doubt a little such tweaking and they'll have this thing sounding better than the original performance.

    P.T. Barnum has some choice words that predict this eventuality.

    Well, "interest" might be a strong word - but I'll do it if one happens to cross my path. Someone else is going to have to "do a Barnum" first and send it my way though.

    Be burned too many times by these types of things not to be hugely skeptical, I'm afraid.

    If the Singularity 19 DAC was anything to go by, I wouldn't hold out much hope there. But perhaps the new R-2R 7 is a completely different animal. From what I understand it uses different converter modules, which probably can't help but improve things. But, again, I'm not going to put my money on the line to find out based on prior experiences in this realm.

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    And with the whole "giant killer" thing, you have to pay extra close attention to those making such claims. Partly because they seem to have a habit of doing it with whatever their personal FotM is, partly because they only ever seem to listen to gear that they regard this way, but mostly because they're almost always wrong. Giant killers are super-rare. I've come across maybe half a dozen in more than 30 years in the hobby ... and that's if we include every class of equipment ... right down to discrete parts like cartridges.
     
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    LKS 004 is quite popular in Hong Kong.
    There have been many local user reports and comparison vs other DACs.
    Employing two ESS9038Pro, its sonic performance is better than Oppo Sonica whereas the latter has more functions/more versatile.
    Even a fully modded (Level 3) Holo cannot win a 004 sonically.
     
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    Different topologies equals different sound, not betterest or worstest. Although most folks here seem to prefer R2R DACs like the Holo over any delta-sigma, and especially over ESS (Sabre) based DACs.

    Do yourself a favour, get a listen to an R2R DAC like Soekris, Schiit, Holo, Metrum, random TDA1543 shit from ebay, etc. Some of these are also cheap. Maybe then you will understand that not everyone is just comparing different Sabre implementations to each other.
     
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    Beats headphones are pretty popular too. And those people like them too, though for other reasons than what people here would give.
     

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