Creative Sound Blaster X7 vs. Audiolab M-DAC+ + 9

Creative Sound Blaster X7

Creative Sound Blaster X7

2.8

£249.99

Free delivery
Audiolab M-DAC+

Audiolab M-DAC+

3.3

£675.00

Free delivery
Cyrus Soundkey

Cyrus Soundkey

2.9

£59.00

Free delivery
Chord Electronics Mojo

Chord Electronics Mojo

4.6

£324.17

£349.00 Incl. delivery
Audioquest DragonFly Black

Audioquest DragonFly Black

4.4

£60.00

Free delivery
Chord Electronics Hugo 2

Chord Electronics Hugo 2

4.2

£1,799.00

Free delivery
Sennheiser Epos GSX 1000

Sennheiser Epos GSX 1000

4

£148.49

Free delivery
FX-Audio DAC-X6

FX-Audio DAC-X6

£61.99

Free delivery
Chord Electronics Qutest

Chord Electronics Qutest

3.8

£1,195.00

Free delivery
iFi Audio Zen DAC

iFi Audio Zen DAC

3.8

£129.00

Free delivery
Marantz HD-DAC1

Marantz HD-DAC1

3.7

£649.00

Free delivery
Tone/balance controller
Wireless connection
Bluetooth
None
None
None
Bluetooth
None
None
None
Bluetooth
High resolution audio formats
DSD
DSD
DSD
DSD
DSD
Analogue 3.5mm input (Aux)
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
1 ​
0 ​
1 ​
Analogue RCA stereo inputs
0 pair
0 pair
0 pair
0 pair
0 pair
0 pair
0 pair
Analogue RCA stereo outputs
1 pair
0 pair
0 pair
1 pair
0 pair
1 pair
1 pair
1 pair
2 pair
Balanced input (analogue) XLR
0 pair
0 pair
0 pair
0 pair
0 pair
0 pair
0 pair
Balanced input digital XLR (AES / EBU)
1 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
Balanced output (analogue) XLR
1 pair
0 pair
0 pair
0 pair
0 pair
0 pair
0 pair
Balanced output digital XLR (AES / EBU)
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
Digital coaxial input (S/PDIF)
2 ​
1 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
1 ​
2 ​
1 ​
Digital coaxial output (S/PDIF)
1 ​
0 ​
0 ​
1 ​
0 ​
0 ​
Digital optical input (S/PDIF)
1 ​
2 ​
1 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
1 ​
1 ​
2 ​
Digital optical output (S/PDIF)
1 ​
1 ​
0 ​
0 ​
1 ​
0 ​
0 ​
Firewire
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Headphone output
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Headphone output (3.5 mm)
1 ​
0 ​
1 ​
2 ​
1 ​
1 ​
2 ​
Headphone output (Jack plug 6.3 mm/1/4
1 ​
1 ​
0 ​
0 ​
1 ​
0 ​
1 ​
Output power per channel
720 mW
1050 mW
380 mW
Pre output (full range)
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Pre-output (RCA / XLR)
RCA
Tele plug 6.3mm input
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
1 ​
0 ​
USB
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
USB powered (only via USB)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Available colours
Black, White
Black, Silver
Black, Grey, Blue, Red
Black, White, Silver
Black
Black, Silver
Black, Silver, Red
Black, Silver
Black
Black, Silver
Black, Silver, Grey, Gold
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Depth
292 mm
60 mm
62 mm
100 mm
139 mm
146 mm
270 mm
Height
114 mm
22 mm
12 mm
21 mm
70 mm
35 mm
90 mm
Width
247 mm
82 mm
19 mm
130 mm
143 mm
98 mm
250 mm
Product weight
3.7 kg
0.02 kg
0.18 kg
0.02 kg
0.45 kg
0.4 kg
0.49 kg
5 kg
Features
Suitable for PA use/Rack mount
Remote control
Display, Volume control
Display, Volume control
Display
Volume control
Remote control, Display, Volume control
Built-in D/A converter
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
D/A audio
24 bit / 192 kHz
32 bit / 384 kHz
24 bit / 96 kHz
32 bit / 768 kHz
24 bit / 96 kHz
32 bit / 768 kHz
16 bit / 48 kHz
24 bit / 192 kHz
32 bit / 768 kHz
24 bit / 192 kHz
DAC (audio chip)
Burr Brown PCM1794
ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9018
ESS Sabre32 Premier ES9010K2M
Xilinx Artix-7 XC7A15T
Cirrus Logic CS4398
Xilinx Artix-7 XC7A15T
Burr Brown DSD1793
Cirrus Logic CS4398
Can be used as a preamplifier (Preamp)
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Release year
2014
2015
2017
2015
2016
2017
2016
2016
2014
Battery operated
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
Separate power connector (mains)
Integrated cable
No
No
Via AC adapter
No
Via AC adapter
Large power inlet connector (e.g. IEC C13/C17)
AC/DC-Voltage (5v/12v/18v/24v/36v)