Hidizs S9 Pro English Review

Hidizs S9 Pro English Review
The Path to Fidelity
ProsGreat sound.
- Excellent fidelity.
- Plenty of power from both outputs.
- Very good measurements.
- Very useful clamp accessory.
ConsThe device gets warm with use, more so when the volume is high.
- Fade In when starting playback.
- USB cable could be improved.


Hidizs is not giving fans a break. After the fire at the AKM plant in Japan on 20 October 2020, many of the audio devices that used AKM chips have had to move to another manufacturer, due to the difficulty of finding them. This is the case of the S9, which used an AK4493EQ as a DAC. The new S9 Pro uses Sabre's ESS9038Q2M, one of their flagship chips for mobile devices. The external design is largely the same, but the specifications have been improved. Channel separation is higher, harmonic distortion is lower and power is higher, especially in its balanced mode. All other properties are the same. Thus, this new dongle supports DSD521 and PCM32/768, it also has ASIO support and can run on Windows 10 without drivers. Let's have a look at the performance of this new product.


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