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Title: DAC - Jitter Tests
Post by: David Samborsky on August 30, 2020, 11:06:09 AM
Test Methodology:

There are a variety ways of measuring jitter but the single single RMS or peak jitter metric is not very revealing since it does not reveal the nature of the jitter, so a more detailed analysis such as the J-test method is used to test the susceptibility and tolerance of the device under test. The J-test methodology is described on the ASR forum J-test methodology 1  (https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/understanding-audio-measurements.2351/) and J-test methodology 2 (https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/article-understanding-digital-audio-measurements.10523/)

Test Results:


Conclusion:

As one can see from the detailed spectra in the following tests any side bands from the J-test are buried way into the noise floor below the threshold of hearing and should not pose any audible issues at all ! In fact, because all three test results are very similar it is possible that we are measuring the jitter of the analyzer itself !! All in all an exceptional result and shows the effectiveness of the high quality oscillator used, the clock distribution network, the jitter reduction hardware in the Sabre DAC as well as the careful attention to detail that we placed in the design of the DAC and pcb layout ;)

Compared with the DEQX Pre-mate as measured by Stereophile (https://www.stereophile.com/content/allnic-d-5000-dht-da-processor-measurements-0) we can see that the Ultimate-Preamplifier indeed has way superior jitter performance ;)

Title: J-test - S/PDIF Input
Post by: David Samborsky on August 30, 2020, 11:10:02 AM
Nothing to see here !! Vanishing levels of jitter artifacts all way below the threshold of hearing. A truly impressive result !



J-test S/PDIF input with expanded frequency scale - we see a very clean spectrum with some very minor side-bands all way below the threshold of hearing !



To put these results into perspective it is useful to compare to other Sabre DAC designs such as the Benchmark DAC3 considered to be defacto reference in the industry. From the review of the Benchmark DAC3 on the ASR (https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-and-measurements-of-benchmark-dac3.3545/) website we can see that the Ultimate Preamplifier displays lower sideband components and very similar noise floor compared to the Benchmark-3 DAC (once the reference levels are taken into account) ;)

(https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?attachments/benchmark-dac3-jitter-and-noise-measurements-png.13320/)

And the not so impressive test of the DEQX Pre-mate from Stereophile (https://www.stereophile.com/content/allnic-d-5000-dht-da-processor-measurements-0)

(https://www.stereophile.com/images/1214DEQXFig13.jpg)
Title: J-test Toslink Input
Post by: David Samborsky on August 30, 2020, 11:13:23 AM
Nothing to see here either. Everything is way below the threshold of hearing and buried among the noise floor !!



J-test Toslink input with expanded frequency scale

Title: J-test USB input
Post by: David Samborsky on August 30, 2020, 11:16:27 AM
And the USB interface is pretty much on par with the other two tests using S/PDIF source ;)



J-test USB input with expanded frequency scale

Title: J-test dScope III internal generator test
Post by: David Samborsky on September 14, 2020, 05:41:44 AM
Some additional spikes here, In terms of jitter the analog generator in the dScope III is not as good as the DAC in the Preamp ;)



J-test dScope III internal generator test with expanded frequency scale

Title: J-test - S/PDIF Input via the SHARC ASRC
Post by: David Samborsky on September 25, 2020, 06:09:04 AM
In this test we are looking at the jitter performance of the Asynchronous Sample Rate Converter built into the SHARC DSP which is used in the 2 or 8 Channel Preamplifier modes. There is more sideband noise compared to the other direct DAC tests but since it is random in nature it should not be objectionable at the levels measured !



Expanded frequency scale

Title: Re: DAC - Jitter Tests
Post by: MichaelH on October 21, 2020, 11:53:06 AM
That DEQX truly is rubbish. especially for the asking price.