Buffalo 3SE DAC

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Buffalo 3SE DAC

Post by Ray P » Thu Aug 27, 2020 7:42 pm

Another of my surplus projects...

This is a great sounding DAC based on the twisted Pear Buffalo 3SE (ES9018) DAC board and Legato I/V stage. The ESS9018 accepts PCM and DSD input formats - I've used it upto 384Khz PCM and DSD256 via HQ Player.

Power supplies are Salas Reflektor Ds for the DAC and Salas BIB shunt regs for the Legato.

Input is via a network connection to a beaglebone Black running Twisted Pear Botic sofftware and interfaced to the DAC via an Acko SO3 isolator/reclocker.

There is a volume control using the ESS9018 onboard function.

The Legato board also offers a high quality headphone amp function.

At present the beaglebone software is running as an HQ Player client but it would be easy to load a different image onto an SD card and run it as a LMS or UPNP client.

Front panel is solid walnut.

The pictures below show the insides but there is a fully vented lid included (fully vented because the shunt regs run 'warm'!).

Oh, and it sounds very nice.

I'm looking for £250

PM me if you want to discuss.

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Re: Buffalo 3SE DAC

Post by Ray P » Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:47 am

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Re: Buffalo 3SE DAC

Post by bostod » Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:54 pm

That is a beautiful dac. The description points to network only. Isn't there a coax, optical or USB input.

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Re: Buffalo 3SE DAC

Post by Ray P » Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:19 pm

bostod wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:54 pm
That is a beautiful dac. The description points to network only. Isn't there a coax, optical or USB input.
Thanks for the kind comment. You're correct in your observation, as it stands this is a network only DAC.

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