SMSL DP5 MQA Balanced Network Streamer Balanced DAC ES9038Pro I2S

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SMSL DP5 Streamer Balanced DAC MQA

SMSL's DP5 is an ultra-complete and extremely powerful network player, making the most of a flawless design to let you get the most out of your high definition music files. It can play audio files stored on USB storage device, remote computer, Micro SD card, smartphone and even from an SMB shared folder on your NAS.

With WiFi connectivity, the DP5 is compatible with DLNA and AirPlay protocols, making it easy to stream your music remotely. It also supports many popular file formats such as MP3, WMA, WAV, AIFF, AAC, FLAC, OGG, APE, ALAC, DSF, DFF.

Particularly versatile, the streamer offers a wide range of connections covering almost all integration scenarios. It features a high fidelity DAC circuit based on an ES9038Pro chip and even has a headphone output.

The SMSL DP5 has its own digital to analog conversion circuit. The latter uses an ES9038Pro decoding chip. This version is not only ESS flagship, but also one of the best hardware solutions for high-fidelity audio decoding available nowadays.

Thanks to this SABRE chip, the DP5 benefits from the HYPERSTREAM 32 BIT architecture as well as native DSD256 support. The circuit also incorporates advanced reconstruction filters and has excellent finesse in dithering.

This conversion circuit allows the SMSL DP5 to play / receive high definition digital audio files for direct playback to your headphones / active speakers / preamplifiers or integrated amplifiers. It promotes precise audio reproduction with sustained dynamics and a wide soundstage, reaching excellent performances such as an SNR> 130dB, very low rate of Harmonic Distortion (0.00015% @ 1kHz) and a considerably low jitter (clock jitter).

The DP5 stands out with its superb color screen displaying all the information needed to easily navigate its (many) options and check at a glance that reading is taking place in the best conditions.

The screen displays in real time the active source / status of wireless connections, playback data and even allows you to browse your storage devices.

A large panel lets you access all playback controls: play / pause / navigate the current track, skip to next / previous tracks and power on / off the unit.

A rotary selector facilitates navigation in the menus (usefull for dense lists of audio files) and also makes it possible to control the hardware volume of the DAC chip.

With wide analog and digital connectivity, the DP5 from SMSL is the ideal keystone of your high fidelity audio installation.

Its two USB 2.0 ports as well as its micro-SD card reader make it an ideal medium for reading high-resolution files contained on your storage devices.

Its USB-B port (OTG compatible) can be connected directly to your computers / smartphones / tablets in order to use the DP5 as a USB DAC.

Its network connectivity (LAN + WiFi 2.4 / 5G) promotes interoperability with a multitude of different sources (AirPlay, DLNA, Samba).
The DP5 can also be controlled via HiBy Link (bluetooth).

On the digital output side, it can be connected to any audio device in AES / EBU, Coaxial SPDIF, Optical SPDIF, USB and even I2S (HDMI). This large output connectivity is useful for using a wide range of external DACs, FDA, DSP, etc.

The DP5 also has a balanced stereo line output (3-pole XLR) and an unbalanced stereo line output (RCA). These variable-volume outputs allow it to directly drive your integrated preamplifiers, preamplifiers and powered speakers.

DLNA protocol support allows you to find your streaming and subscription services to cast their content directly to the DP5 using powerful mobile applications such as BubbleUPnP. 

This approach allows you to benefit from both the flexibility of an intuitive mobile interface and a high definition audio stream. Hencefore making the most of the device's excellent hardware capabilities while ensuring a comfortable user experience.

Full decoder MQA

The SMSL DP5 is equipped with an MQA decoder (integral decoder / full decoder). This is the most advanced class of MQA decoders, capable of natively handling Authentication stream, complete reconstruction (Origami Unfold to Core) while integrating specific compensation to the file platform at the decoding scale.

This approach, close to FLAC, allows you to obtain files rich in detail while severely limiting file size.
It is therefore a very advantageous tool for fans of high definition streaming music who will be able to enjoy listening quality comparable to FLAC while saving up to 50% of bandwidth (at resolution and frequency equivalent). This constitutes a multitude of advantages from the point of view of loading times, the quality of the network required and the fluidity in the sequence of tracks.

Technical characteristics

Type Streamer
Headphone amplifier
Inputs2x USB-A (storage max 4TB - I/O )
1x Micro-SD 
WiFi 2.4 / 5G
Bluetooth 4.0 Apt-X

1x Line single ended (RCA stereo)
1x Line balanced (XLR stereo) 
1x Headphone (Jack 6.35mm single ended stereo)
1x Optical SPDIF
1x Coaxial SPDIF
2x Interface USB (I/O ) 
1x I2S via HDMI

Wireless protocolsDLNA
Sampling ratePCM : up to 384kHz (USB audio)
DSD : up to DSD256 (USB audio)
Supported audio formatMP3
THD + N @A-wt0.00015%
SNR @A-wt130dB
Dynamics @A-wt130dB
Headphone output power32Ω : 89mW
64Ω : 64mW
150Ω :27mW
300Ω : 14mW
Output levelsingle ended line out (RCA) : 2.1Vrms
balanced line out (XLR) : 5.2Vrms
Housing materialsAluminum

Introduction to SMSL Audio

SMSL Audio is a company specializing in audio DACs, headphone amplifiers, power amplifiers, digital interfaces and high fidelity players, with its own research, production and marketing team.

The brand has its own R&D center that designs high quality HiFi products that meet all needs. The reliability of their devices has allowed the brand to gain popularity and recognition in the audiophile world.

A bit of history...

SMSL Audio established in Shenzen, China in 2009. In 2014 SMSL started to use ESS DAC chips to design and manufacture Hi-Fi Audio DACs. In 2015 SMSL created the widely acclaimed "Panda Set". In 2016 we launched a new series of power amplifiers with Danish ICE-Power technology. And in 2017 the company expanded its sales channels outside China. In 2018 the flagship SMSL DAC D1 is launched. In 2019 we launched the first MQA DAC, model M500. In 2020, on the SMSL's 10th Anniversary, we started the production of our first two-way passive hi-fi speaker. To be continued...

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