Khadas are designing the tone 2 here are some photos .
apparently, the need was to make a lower profile tb , but why ?
compared to tb1, tb2 seems to have smaller, lighter rca connectors, a second usb socket, and 2 additionnal coaxial connectors : maybe one for power supply and the other for optical in/out ??
Does the second image show a combination optical/coaxial connector? Also highlighted in the first image, "Designed & Customized for Tone2.
Does this Tone 2 fix the ES9038Q2M buzzing others were commenting here and in other audiophile forums? It was the ES DAC problem not Khada’s fault, but maybe they have released a fixed DAC without problems? If I remember correctly there were various DACs from them affected by it
Will second usb be clean usb audio out?
Can’t see any balanced outputs…
Hope they can be soldered on the PCB
Too few hints by now, wait & see
Yep, you can’t see by eyes, but it’s confirmed that the Tone2 support Balanced outputs
Great to read your input Gouwa, thanks.
Some more informations please :
- 2 ESS chips used ?
- Pads on the PCB for DIYers ?
- ESS chip Hump solved ?
- Optical Toslink/RCA SPDIF combo connector ?
- 24bits/192KHz support for above connector ?
- Bare stuffed board available without box (optional) ?
BTW I’m awaiting firmly your newcomer
Hope it can be made thinner.
I don’t think it can be thinner than what it is now unless they put a minijack instead of RCAs (which would be a horrible decision for a HIFI DAC)
We just designed a brand new RCA Jack, and the thickness reduce from 13.8MM(1st Gen Tone Board) to 10.0MM:
RCA Jack for Gen1 KTB
Customized RCA Jack for Tone2
Thank you for all the new information on the tone 2 it keeps us anticipating how good it is going to be.