TLDR: The Singxer SU-6 is currently the highest performing DDC I’ve tested.
The SU-6 is Singxer’s flagship DDC. With USB input, two configurable LVDS I2S outputs, an RJ45 I2S out, BNC, AES, Coax, optical, and clock output support, this product has a lot to offer.
This unit was sent to me by Wildism audio.
It has a few interesting design elements, the first being the PSU. It uses an external 7.5v psu, but not to power the device directly. The psu charges a supercapacitor, which is then used to power the device, and in theory mean the choice of PSU should make 0 difference to performance. This also actually allows you to hot-swap PSU’s, and the device will continue to function for a while after being unplugged.
This is a fantastic device, and the only issue if I had to pick one is that the sample rate maxes out at 384khz/DSD512. So no 768khz (or 1.536mhz) for HQPlayer users unfortunately.
BUT, the performance is what we’re interested in. The audio GD DI20HE I recently tested set the benchmark for high performance digital sourcing……until today…..
(Note: I have a brand-new, latest firmware DI20HE on the way and will be making another post doing some comparisons of performance from SU6 and DI20HE once it arrives. Including looking at the performance of the I2S outputs).
If you’re wondering why a DDC is helpful in the first place you can watch my video on the topic here:
– Audio Precision APx555 B-Series Analyzer
– AudioQuest Carbon SPDIF, BNC and AES Cables (all 1.5m)
– Stock PSU
– AMD PC USB -> ifi iGalvanic USB Isolator -> ifi iUSB 3.0 hub feeding both APx555 and DDC
– 44.1khz and 48khz real music played through device during measurement
– Coax output used unless otherwise specified
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To measure jitter, the device is connected to the digital input of the APx555, and the analyzer is set to analyze jitter, not audio content.
These measurements do not show audio/analog info, but instead show the spectrum of jitter, ie: time-domain inconsistencies.
This is the primary factor that a good streamer or DDC will seek to improve.
Aaaaaaaaand we have a new top dog!
This is crazy performance. And is showing about 10ps lower jitter than the DI20HE (Though I’ll re-test once the new DI20HE arrives).
Unfortunately I can’t measure the I2S output as the APx555 does not support differential/LVDS I2S. However I would recommend using I2S if you are able to. The SU6 has switches underneath which allow you to customise the pinout to suit almost any dac.
The second issue that a good DDC or Streamer will seek to address is electrical noise. You don’t want noise from your source causing your DAC to perform poorly. Noise can have a direct, audible effect, such as hearing GPU-whine through your headphones/speakers, or it can have indirectly-audible effects. For example, causing clocks in your dac, or other circuitry, to perform sub-optimally.
Some dacs are more immune to this, and some will even have full galvanic isolation to in theory prevent any noise getting through entirely. But many smaller dacs are much more susceptible to it.
Exceptionally low noise levels here, on par with or better than the ifi Zen Stream.
This is clearly an exceptional product, and I really have nothing else to say other than that if you’re looking for a good DDC, get this.