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Jun 2, 2022

New ES9017 SABRE DAC sets the benchmark for cost effective 8-channel audio performance

May 31, 2022 – San Jose, California – ESS Technology, the industry leader in audio semiconductor devices, today introduced a new Sabre® Digital-to-Analog converter (DAC) targeting the cost sensitive clients that need improved performance.

The ES9017 provides 8 channels of very low noise digital conversion with a dynamic range (DNR) of +120dB and -108dB THD+N per channel.

The new Sabre DAC is based on the fourth generation of ESS patented Hyperstream® modulator which gives Sabre DACs their legendary sound quality. The same technology that is used in the new ESS Sabre PRO lineup including the ES9039PRO & ES9027PRO.

This latest generation of the Hyperstream® IV improves audio performance while consuming significantly lower power compared to the previous generation. This audio performance improvement translates into less digital noise inside the device allowing for the listener to hear a true representation of the artists music.

The Sabre ES9017 can accommodate a multitude of input interfaces including TDM, I2S, LJ, RJ, DSD and DoP. The device can also be programmed using multiple input methods including I2C, SPI, and for ease of programmability a new hardware (HW) mode.

The ES9017 was designed with affordability in mind while incorporating many features taken from the PRO DAC series. Outstanding acoustical performance is achieved with the use of pre-programmed filters that are ideal to preserve time-domain performance, and hence the best imaging and most accurate signal preservation possible.

The new Sabre DAC is ideal for the most demanding of equipment, including receivers, streaming audio including NAPs (Network Audio Players), USB DACs, Sound Bars, as well as pro audio interfaces, mixers and DAW equipment

“The new ES9017 expands on our portfolio of 8 channel Sabre DACs allowing customers to choose the performance they need from ESS professional to high performance products.” said Robert Wong VP of ESS Worldwide Sales and Marketing. “In addition, we believe ES9017 ease of design and performance gives our customers an unparalleled advantage in their cost sensitive systems.”

The ES9017 DAC is available in a 48 pin QFP and QFN packages for reduced PCB board space.
In addition, full evaluation boards, reference designs, and samples are available. For more information, please contact your local ESS Representative.

More Details can be found at http://www.esstech.com.

About ESS Technology

For more than three decades, ESS Technology has been on the cutting edge of audio technology. A privately held fabless semiconductor company, ESS Technology designs and markets high-performance analog and HiFi audio devices for mobile, consumer, automotive, and professional audiophile systems. The company was founded in 1984, and today ESS Technology is best known for its SABRE series of high-performance audio products. For more information, visit http://www.esstech.com.