SABRE Headphone Driver with Output Switch Product Brief

The SABRE9602Q Headphone Driver and Output Switch is the industry’s highest performance, standalone headphone driver targeted for audiophile-grade portable applications such as mobile phones, tablets and digital music players.

The SABRE9602Q Headphone Driver and Switch delivers 122dB SNR and –117dB THD+N, a new benchmark in standalone headphone driver performance that will satisfy the most demanding audio enthusiasts.

The SABRE9602Q Headphone Driver and Switch is available in a 40-pin, 5mm x 5mm QFN package.

Like ESS’ high-quality SABRE32 Reference DACs, the SABRE9602Q Headphone Driver and Switch sets the standard for HD Audio performance with SABRE SOUNDTM quality for today’s most demanding audio applications.




Unmatched performance

  • +122dB SNR
  • –117dB THD+N: 2Vrms into 600W load
  • –102dB THD+N: 49mW into 32W load
  • Industry’s highest performance audio headphone or line-out driver for mobile applications
  • Delivers SABRE SOUNDTM quality all the way to the headphones

Ground reference output

  • Eliminates large blocking capacitors

Pop-noise suppression

  • Powers up and down without any clicks or pops

Charge pump for negative supply

  • Single AVCC operation simplifies power supply

40-QFN package, 5mm x 5mm

  • Minimizes PCB footprint

7mA / 300mA, quiescent / standby current

  • Maximizes battery life




Application Diagram


Simplified SABRE9602Q Application Circuit.

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