SABRE Headphone Driver

The SABRE9601 Headphone Driver 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 SABRE9601 Headphone Driver delivers 122dB SNR and –117dB THD+N, a new benchmark in standalone headphone driver performance that will satisfy the most demanding audio enthusiasts.

The SABRE9601 Headphone Driver is available in a 20-pin, 3mm x 3mm QFN package.

Like ESS’ high-quality SABRE32 Reference DACs, the SABRE9601 Headphone Driver sets the standard for HD Audio performance with SABRE SOUNDTM for today’s most demanding audio applications.




Unmatched performance

  • +122dB SNR
  • –117dB THD+N: 2Vrms @ 600W load
  • –100dB THD+N: 30mW into 32W load
  • Industry’s highest performance audio headphone or line-out driver for mobile applications
  • Delivers SABRE SOUNDTM all the way to 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

20-QFN package, 3mm x 3mm

  • Minimizes PCB footprint

< 9mA / 5mA, quiescent / standby current

  • Maximizes battery life



Application Diagram


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