SilverStone EB01-E DAC review - First of an audio ensemble

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First Look

This is not SilverStone's first DAC. The original EB01 was released back in 2006, but quickly vanished from shelves, even though it seemingly was a success. The EB01-E is a follow-up, and theoretically it should improve almost every aspect of the original. I say theoretically because I didn't test the EB01, and its nigh on impossible to find one right now.

I should also mention that I only have the EB01-E on my desk so that means I can only discuss the DAC, no AMP included.

Let's begin. The packaging: SilverStone has opted to focus on hardware, detailing the PCM1798 DAC chip, NE5532 OP-AMP & XMOS TQ128 USB-Decoder, as if it knows enthusiasts are interested in what's under the hood, and not in cleverly worded marketing guff.

SilverStone EB01-E - Accessories 

Once inside, you get the slightly curved brushed-aluminum styled, digital-to-analogue converter, a transparent / silver USB cable and a 2xRCA male to 1x3.5mm female Y-cable that sadly looks kinda cheap. Also worth noting, the USB serves as power & input simultaneously.

The DAC

The curved front has two blue LEDs hidden under a rounded-off aluminum cover. One is for power and the other indicates when content is being played, as such it only activates when audio is streaming through the device.

SilverStone EB01-E - Front 

The interesting stuff however, is at the back of the unit. For input you have: USB, coaxial and optical digital, and for output you have RCA. Three blue LEDs also indicate which input is currently active.

Ah yes, in the box there was also a mini-CD for the driver, but since I have forsaken my DVD-Writer years ago when I changed cases, I just downloaded the latest version online, and I had no troubles with the device afterwards.

SilverStone EB01-E - Back

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