SMSL’s new SU-9n Balanced DAC is now available. It’s essentially a streamlined version of the extremely popular SU-9 model. This means that the SU-9n comes in at a lower price compared to the SU-9 without sacrificing quality. In fact, the SU-9n even outperforms its older sibling in some areas, such as THD+N.
So what exactly has been stripped to enable those cost savings? First is the MQA support. Since it’s only available for a limited number of streaming services a lot of people (including me) have no need for MQA unfolding.
They’ve also gotten rid of the UAT (Ultra Audio Transmission) support which is a wireless codec that only works with the Hiby music app – another feature that many users won’t miss. There are some physical changes too, such as changing the sixteen-core XU216 processor for an eight-core XU208 and replacing the double crystal oscillator clock for a CK-02 clock processing unit.
The SMSL SU-9n hosts the new premium audiophile-grade ESS SABRE ES9038PRO DAC chip. This DAC has the highest dynamic range in the industry and can support up to PCM 32-bit/768kHz and DSD512 native.
SU-9n is also Bluetooth enabled and supports all the popular hi-res wireless codecs including LDAC, aptX, aptX HD, SBC, and AAC. You can stream hi-res music from your smartphone, iPad or laptop with ease.
The SU-9n has a sturdy CNC crafted aluminium alloy chassis with a matte, chamfered and anodized finish. Not only is it strong but it looks the part too.
The SMSL SU-9n is available now on Apos Audio. It comes with their excellent 2-year warranty, 45-day return policy and 30-day lowest price match. If you wanted the SU-9 but couldn’t afford the higher price you should check the SU-9n out here.