ESS Technology Announces the world’s first high performance 8 channel DAC with built-in 2VrmsLine Drivers

< Newsroom | Posted: Friday December 11, 2020

The new SABRE ES9080Q DAC simplifies multi-channel line level setups with best-in-class performance integrated into one small package 

San Jose, California – ESS Technology, the industry leader in audio semiconductor devices, today announced their newest addition to the SABRE® audio series of DACs, the ES9080 8 channel DAC with built-in 2Vrms, ground centered line drivers.

The ES9080Q has 8 channels of D/A conversion with a DNR of 120dB A-weighted and -108dB of THD+N in a 8 channel mode, while >125dB DNR A-weighted and-110dB THD+N can be achieved in a 4 channel differential mode.

The ES9080Q has a combination of ESS’ legendary SABRE DACs with a performance matched 2Vrms line driver output stage resulting in an optimum system performance.  In addition, system designers can save on the total bill-of-materials (BOM), board space and power consumption by taking advantage of the ES9080Q’s built-in phase lock loop (PLL), eliminating the need for an external crystal or oscillator.  Also, the built in 2Vrms, ground centered line drivers eliminate the need for external amplifiers required by other DACs.

The ES9080Q can function at high input sample rates, handling PCM sampling rates up to 768 kHz and DSD rates up to DSD512, as well as TDM and DoP formats.  The part also includes 2 S/PDIF encoders to convert PCM or TDM to an S/PDIF output.

Outstanding acoustical performance is achieved with the use of 8 pre-programmed upsampling filters that are designed to preserve the time-domain response while providing the best imaging and accurate signal preservation possible. A stereo de-emphasis filter can be set for channels 1 and 2 if required.

The ES9080Q also has ESS’ proprietary HyperStream-II modulator that gives ESS SABRE DACs their legendary sound quality.  HyperStream-II modulation allows for timing jitter to be pushed out of the audio range so the resulting soundstage is pure and consistent.

The ES9080Q has performance temperature rating of -40C to 125C making it an ideal DAC for automotive applications.  The new ES9080Q can be used in receivers, multi-channel setups, and other audio equipment including pro audio gear, audiophile equipment, samplers, and audio processors.

The ES9080 is available in a 40 pin QFN package to minimize the board space.  Full evaluation board and reference design are available.  For more information, please contact your local ESS Representative.  More details can be found at


About ESS Technology
For more than three decades, ESS Technology has been on the cutting edge of audio technology. A privately-held fabless semiconductor company, ESS Technology designs and markets high-performance analog and HiFi audio devices for mobile, consumer, automotive, and professional audiophile systems. The company was founded in 1984, and today ESS Technology is best known for its SABRE series of high-performance audio products. For more information, visit