New SMSL VMV D3 Flagship R-2R DAC

smsl vmv d3 dac

SMSL is a well-established brand that makes Chi-Fi (Chinese HiFi) electronic products such as DACs and amplifiers. They have just released their new flagship model the SMSL VMV D3 fully balanced R-2R DAC.

The VMV D3 uses 4 legendary PCM1704 R-2R chips – 2 per channel as well as the XMOS second-gen 16-core XU216 processor. The XU216 can support up to 32-bit/768kHz sampling rate and native DSD512.

vmv d3 back panel

All this is contained in a CNC aluminium-alloy chassis with a discrete power supply and the motherboard separated to effectively isolate the power supply and minimise any electrical interference. Furthermore, the VMV D3 uses a custom UK-made Noratel potted toroidal transformer and audiophile-grade capacitors.

Accompanying the flagship chassis is an all aluminium remote control that lets you take complete control of all of the DAC’s functions from the comfort of your chair.

The SMSL VMV D3 DAC is available now from Apos Audio and comes with their excellent 2-year extended warranty and 45-day return policy. Check out the VMV D3 on the Apos website here.

SMSL VMV D3 physical features

Product features

  • 4 legendary R-2R chips
  • SM5847 digital filter chip
  • 2nd generation XMOS
  • Native DSD512
  • 2 ultra-low phase noise crystal oscillators
  • Support access to external clock
  • Color LCD display screen
  • High-end all-aluminum remote control
  • Low-noise discrete component power supply regulator circuit


  • Inputs: USB/optical/coaxial/AES(EBU)
  • Outputs: RCA/XLR
  • THD+N: 0.001%
  • Dynamic range: 112dB
  • SNR: 112dB
  • USB transmission: Asynchronization
  • USB compatibility: Windows 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10, Mac OSC, Linus
  • Bit depth
  • USB/ I2S: 1bit, 16-32bit
  • Optical/coaxial/AES: 1bit, 16-24bit
  • Sampling rate
  • USB/I2S: PCM 44.1-768kHz, DSD: 2.8224 – 22.57923MHz
  • Optical/coax/AES: PCM 44.1-192kHz
  • Power consumption: 10W
  • Standby power: <0.8W
  • Size: 280x240x51mm
  • Weight: 3.96kg

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