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Sabaj D5 DAC and headphone amp : is it really good?

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Abhishek_

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I am interested in this DAC, planning to use ARC hdmininput from the tv.
My query is that will it be able to process 5.1 audio (AC3 / DTS) from Netflix into two channel output, since it's a latest processor form ESS I believe it should? If anyone could throw some light ?
 
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Rs 27k + Rs 1500 customs. (This was during the sales......the regular price was Rs 35k). Bought it from the official Sabaj store. The courier was EMS....it took 20 days to reach me.

For the second part i think you have 30-60 days return policy. You can clarify this with seller beforehand.

And i usually choose sellers who are either official store or with very high rating and 100% responsive.

If one search around, one can have a fair idea of reputed sellers in AliExpress.

One can also have priority courier/shipping.

*For example my Hifiman Sundara reached me within 5 days (actual was 2 days shipping with custom hold of 3 days) via FedEx
How come the custom duties were only 1500?
 

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I am interested in this DAC, planning to use ARC hdmininput from the tv.
My query is that will it be able to process 5.1 audio (AC3 / DTS) from Netflix into two channel output, since it's a latest processor form ESS I believe it should? If anyone could throw some light ?
I don't think Sabaj D5 has HDMI input. You can use the optical out from the TV
 

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@dr_rocket the Sabaj D5 has an I2S input, any HDMI cable can be used for connecting a I2S source to I2S playback device, provided they both adhere to the same signal configuration. So this gave me the idea of connecting ARC HDMI from samsung TV to the DAC.

The processing 5.1 audio (AC3 / DTS) is independent of the input used, be it USB or I2S. The ESS 9038pro processor in the DAC is capable of decoding these streams, but am not sure how they have implemented the processor in this DAC and hence my question.

OK, i got my answer from manufacturer, they say it will not process AC3 / DTS formats.
 
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Audio Signals over HDMI are still embedded in video signals. To convert them for transfer over I2S, one has to de-embedd them using some external audio extractor.
 
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AFAIK dac chips recognises I2S signals only. Any type of digital audio input signals including those from HDMI ARC have to be converted to I2S internally before being fed to DAC. Only a few compleated DAC like Sabaj D5 have I2S input port.
 
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