DSP chip: VIA VT1723
DAC chip: High quality AKM AK4396 S/N: 120dB
Opamps: One JRC5532DD (socket, stock was JRC4580) + two JRC2068 (fixed)
Signal to noise ratio: 120dB
Analog output: dual RCA
Digital output: Coaxial
This fancy white soundcard comes with AK4396 dac chip which equipped with impressive 120dB S/N ratio and it's often found in higher end sound like Prodigy HD2 reference.
While stock JRC4580 + JRC2068 opamp was good, but our audiophile community certainly deserve something better than that,
thus all SQ210A does comes with free JRC5532DD upgrade to replace the stock JRC4580, this move magically deliver
a more open, musical and desirable music! It's certainly a big sound for a small price!
Besides than opamp rolling, you could play with driver rolling too, this soundcard is comfortable with all VIA Envy24 sound driver.
You could flash the ROM too but I'm not encourage it here, it may potentially damage your card.
BUT driver rolling not going to damage your card, so please ROLL!
Version - 5.40a (click to download)
- Slightly neutral than V.5.20b, highs is more prominent
Version - 5.20b (click to download)
- warmer sound, best for those who find V5.40a is abit too bright for them.
Guys, please help to give me your user impression, seller are not that qualified to give out user review
IMHO it's a good soundcard, on par with Philips PSC805 (legendary budget soundcard king), that's all I could say
walau...great card... i received mine just. with standard rom and drivers, it make my creative extigy and internal audigy sound like onboard sound card.
All voice sound sound natural, detailed and with omph. staging not bad for a little 150 card.
Great value, great sound! good to pair with my hifi and klipsch promedia ultra. onli bad i cannot give up my creative for 5.1 gaming only
This soundcard really awesome. Never imagine a 150 bucks soundcard can sound so nice. It is really worth. When i compare this card wif my Fubar DAC, looks like de differece is nt big, juz de soundstage narrow abit compare wif my fubar. And, my fubar cost 450
This post has been edited by GodLuvSxS: Nov 21 2008, 08:16 PM