SMSL Sanskrit Pro-B DAC DSD 4 : Very lively and powerful sound. Great Value

Unfortunately none of them has the tamper proof holographic seal on their backside.

This is seriously good hi-fi. . My previous dac, a beresford caiman, stopped working and i couldn’t fix it. My first thought was to order beresford’s well regarded, and more advanced, bushmaster. That dac has some glowing reviews but i figured i should do a little research first. Long story short, impressed by the sanskrit’s specification and seemingly having no competition at or even close to it’s asking price, i ordered one. Out of the box the sanskrit sounded good and following a 48 hour burn-in, sounded even better. The range of inputs is what you would expect but bluetooth is a bonus. I’m still testing but seems as good as the rest so far. The only downside to this dac i can find is the small input legends and indicator led’s on the front panel. Basically, i can’t see what input is selected andi have to press the selector button until i hear sound.

SMSL Sanskrit Pro-B DAC DSD 4.0 Audio Bluetooth Decoder – Silver

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  • USB compatibility is wide range, support asynchronous transmission.
  • Bluetooth version makes it more perfect; support coding Apt-X, SBC and AAC.
  • Bluetooth distance is 7 meters; it is straight line and not through walls.

Good sounding dac,used with a tivo cable box and a sony blueray unit, no surround sound amp. Loses a star as this unit, like the amps in this range come with a mains lead that is not fused, changed it with a spare lead with a 3 amp fuse.

I am so impressed with this little dac. No, it doesn’t have the presence of a tube unit (it wouldn’t would it?) but my goodness it really does deliver the goods where it counts. Mids and tops are clear and well defined but what is most pleasing is the bass extension – full but not boomy. It’s a no frills, easy to install unit that, for the price, is pretty hard to beat. Hook it up to a decent amp via the rca analogue audio outputs and it’s a worthwhile investment.

Really great bit of kit, just make sure you down load the drivers for it. Took abit of rooting around the web, but found them and set it up with no problem. If you set it to 32bit just make sure you switch it on after you have switched everything else on as it will go back to 16bit. Its a dac and not much else to say.

SMSL Sanskrit Pro-B DAC DSD 4.0 Audio Bluetooth Decoder – Silver : The unit is easy to connect to a source and easy to set up. The sound quality is detailed and transparent,quite simply it works andsounds great.

My old dac packed in so i bought the smsl. My old dac packed in so i bought the smsl as a stand buy as it was cheap until i could afford a new one. Linked up to my cambridge cxc transport and cxa60 amplifier and dali zensor 5 speakers it has been superb with any kind of music.

Neat box which does exactly what it promised. Just what i wanted it to be, a dav which can ready optic, coax, and usb. Whether 100pound was worth it?. I guess it is difficult to say. It sounds fine so i am happy.

Very lively and powerful sound. This is a vivid and dynamic sounding dac. It was obvious from the beginning the sound has more life and power than my previous dac. I can only say how it sounds in my system but i imagine this unit will suit other systems that need livening up a bit. Anyone after a gentler and more laid back sound than they already have might find this dac has the opposite effect. I have my laptop media player set to output at 24bit 192khz with whatever bit depth and sample rate is inputting and the 24bit 192khz output through this dac improves the sound of 44. 1khz mp3s and other types of lower sample rate files with more detail and dynamics getting through – i don’t know how it does this, but it does. There is a consistency across all the digital inputs with no obvious change to tonal balance although from my laptop via usb there is more sound tweakability options on the media player and therefore i am getting the best sound from usb so the better the signal in the better comes out so any limitations are more down to what is being fed into this dac rather than any obvious shortcomings of the dac itself. The size of the unit is small, neat and descrete so perfect for situating on a desktop next to a laptop or desktop computer.

It meets all my expectations. It’s my first dac and i’m very satisfied of its performance and sound quality. I used it with windows+foobar and as standard windows audio device with no problems. It work perfectly on mac os x and linux. I mostly use it with daphile and audio quality is very highthe only point is i experience slowness on audio with ipad and android smartphone both streaming streaming audio by bluetooth. But i’ll do more test next times.

I’m not going go into specs etc , but i seriously like this little unit , i’ve used it now with several different inputs , a tv via optical , a macbook pro , 2 different laptops running linux and an old dvd player via the optical , and i’m very pleased and impressed with how good it sounds , it sounded really great with the macbook where i played music thru vlc and ableton live , i’d be curious to know if it’d sound better with a different power supply ?. , but very pleased , and would recommend.

Good sounding dac,used with a tivo cable box and a sony blueray unit, no surround sound amp. Loses a star as this unit, like the amps in this range come with a mains lead that is not fused, changed it with a spare lead with a 3 amp fuse.

1 soundsystem, htr2866 receiver/amplifier + yamaha ns-50f speakers. I recently purchased the smsl sanskrit in order to see if a stand-alone dac could indeed boost overall sound quality of my system. Until trying it, i was using a creative x-fi hd usb dac/soundcard, playing flac sources from my laptop. I fell into the classic basshead trap, i was adding all the nice creative enhancements that boost bass and higs. Playing music at low volumes with lots of bass, neglecting the high-end sound spectrum, not paying attention to sound clarity. After plugging in the sanskrit, i can’t say i noticed something different at first, apart from the slight increase in clarity and volume boost. You do indeed need to let it ‘sink-in’ but i can’t really say if it’s your own personal accomodation to it’s sound or a technical improvement over time. It is important to have good cables from the source to the dac (optical or coaxial), from the dac to the amplifier (good rca cables), and from the amplifier/receiver to the speakers, in order to make sure you make use of the true potential of a dac like this.

Best sub 200 pounds dac available today. . Omg this is one of the best buys i have made for some time, the improvements to my music has been first class. I found that using it with the usb was a bit noisy however switching to optical its first rate. Nothing added to the music and nothing taken away. However it did show me that some recordings on mp3 and flac needs throwing in the bin and getting better recordings, note to the audiophiles, stay away from remasters. Still this was a great upgrade.

Sound good as any other decent dac. Hooked it up to ps4 via optical and to amp via rca. Sound good as any other decent dac.

Best sub 200 pounds dac available today. . Omg this is one of the best buys i have made for some time, the improvements to my music has been first class. I found that using it with the usb was a bit noisy however switching to optical its first rate. Nothing added to the music and nothing taken away. However it did show me that some recordings on mp3 and flac needs throwing in the bin and getting better recordings, note to the audiophiles, stay away from remasters. Still this was a great upgrade.

This is seriously good hi-fi. . My previous dac, a beresford caiman, stopped working and i couldn’t fix it. My first thought was to order beresford’s well regarded, and more advanced, bushmaster. That dac has some glowing reviews but i figured i should do a little research first. Long story short, impressed by the sanskrit’s specification and seemingly having no competition at or even close to it’s asking price, i ordered one. Out of the box the sanskrit sounded good and following a 48 hour burn-in, sounded even better. The range of inputs is what you would expect but bluetooth is a bonus. I’m still testing but seems as good as the rest so far. The only downside to this dac i can find is the small input legends and indicator led’s on the front panel. Basically, i can’t see what input is selected andi have to press the selector button until i hear sound.

Sound good as any other decent dac. Hooked it up to ps4 via optical and to amp via rca. Sound good as any other decent dac.

Bought this just to see what the fuss is about, it’s ok not as good as i was expecting, but i realise i was expecting far too much, i used it on a sony cdp-x77es, against the sony analogue out it sounded a little darker with less colour, and then i tried a technics sl-p1300, the technics just blew it out the water, in all areas it was massively better, and a pioneer uo5 beats them all, but all in all its ok, i realise old high end still sounds high end. Bottom line it’s cheap and cheerfulupdatei’ve been far too cruel, this is actually rather fabulous, i use it a lot for listening in the kitchen, and now i’ve learned more respect, its small and unasuming, and so handy, so i’ve upped from 3 to 4 stars, it may go up again.

Very lively and powerful sound. This is a vivid and dynamic sounding dac. It was obvious from the beginning the sound has more life and power than my previous dac. I can only say how it sounds in my system but i imagine this unit will suit other systems that need livening up a bit. Anyone after a gentler and more laid back sound than they already have might find this dac has the opposite effect. I have my laptop media player set to output at 24bit 192khz with whatever bit depth and sample rate is inputting and the 24bit 192khz output through this dac improves the sound of 44. 1khz mp3s and other types of lower sample rate files with more detail and dynamics getting through – i don’t know how it does this, but it does. There is a consistency across all the digital inputs with no obvious change to tonal balance although from my laptop via usb there is more sound tweakability options on the media player and therefore i am getting the best sound from usb so the better the signal in the better comes out so any limitations are more down to what is being fed into this dac rather than any obvious shortcomings of the dac itself. The size of the unit is small, neat and descrete so perfect for situating on a desktop next to a laptop or desktop computer.

Sounded excellent til it stopped working.

I’m not going go into specs etc , but i seriously like this little unit , i’ve used it now with several different inputs , a tv via optical , a macbook pro , 2 different laptops running linux and an old dvd player via the optical , and i’m very pleased and impressed with how good it sounds , it sounded really great with the macbook where i played music thru vlc and ableton live , i’d be curious to know if it’d sound better with a different power supply ?. , but very pleased , and would recommend.