The Buffalo-IIIse Pro (ES9028/ES9038) 2-Channel DAC

Now accepting pre-orders that will begin shipping the week of November 12th.





Input
Stereo (2-Channels)
  • PCM (I2S) (up to 32-bit, 384kHz)
  • DoP (DSD over I2S)
  • DSD (up to DSD512)
  • S/PDIF (Consumer-level or TTL-level)


  • Output
    Stereo (2 Channels)
  • Can be combined for mono


  • Output Stage Compatibility
    ES9028 version
  • IVY-III
  • Legato
  • Ventus EZ
  • Mercury (coming soon)
  • ES9038 version
  • Mercury (coming soon)


  • Power requirements:
    5.0VDC @ 750mA for powering onboard regulators.


    Highlights
  • Four-layer circuit board optimized for mixed signals
  • Designed specifically for the ESS Sabre PRO Series DAC chips (ES9028/38)
  • Pre-configured for 2-channel (stereo) operation
  • High-precision, ultra-low-phase noise clock and integrated reclocking
  • Optional external master clock connections
  • Five independent supply inputs for digital and analog stages
  • Direct DSD, DoP, I2S and S/PDIF inputs supporting up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD512
  • Switchable stereo S/PDIF input, or 2 channels of PCM/DoP/DSD
  • Accepts both consumer-level and TTL-level S/PDIF input
  • 2-Channel (stereo) outputs can be used in current-output or voltage-output mode (depends on output stage used)
  • U.FL connections for digital inputs and external Master Clock
  • Built in digital volume control using the including volume pot
  • Lock and Mute LEDs (remote mountable)
  • Onboard microcontroller and 16 configuration switches
  • Open source firmware code using GitHub build pipeline
  • New header exposes all GPIO pins for direct access to all DAC features
  • I2C header for optional remote uC interfacing
  • Onboard 3.3V regulator for accessories (up to 900mA)
  • Optional terminal blocks, mounting hardware included)



  • Ordering Options
    Individual Modules
    Buffalo-IIIsePro28 2-Channel DAC w/Full Series Regulator Set (Pre-order)
  • (1) Buffalo-IIIsePro28 2-Channel DAC Module (Assembled and Tested)
  • (1) AVCC-SR Dual 3.6V Series Regulator Module (Assembled and Tested)
  • (2) TridentSR 3.3V Series Regulator Module (Assembled and Tested)
  • (1) TridentSR 1.2V Series Regulator Module (Assembled and Tested)
  • $459 USD (Sold Out)
    Buffalo-IIIsePro38 2-Channel DAC w/Full Series Regulator Set (Pre-order)
  • (1) Buffalo-IIIsePro38 2-Channel DAC Module (Assembled and Tested)
  • (1) AVCC-SR Dual 3.6V Series Regulator Module (Assembled and Tested)
  • (2) TridentSR 3.3V Series Regulator Module (Assembled and Tested)
  • (1) TridentSR 1.2V Series Regulator Module (Assembled and Tested)
  • $479 USD (Sold Out)
    Buffalo-IIIsePro28 2-Channel DAC Module (No Tridents/AVCC) (Pre-order)
  • (1) Buffalo-IIIsePro28 2-Channel DAC Module (Assembled and Tested)
  • NOTE: Local voltage regulators are required for Buffalo-III to function
  • $299 USD (Sold Out)
    Buffalo-IIIsePro38 2-Channel DAC Module (No Tridents/AVCC) (Pre-order)
  • (1) Buffalo-IIIsePro38 2-Channel DAC Module (Assembled and Tested)
  • NOTE: Local voltage regulators are required for Buffalo-III to function
  • $319 USD (Sold Out)