Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The performance and quality of the Silverstone EB01-E DAC and EB03 Headphone Amplifier is really impressive. Silverstone’s Ensemble series audio hardware is ideal for any audiophile on a budget. The EB01-E Digital Analog Converter paired with the EB03 Headphone Amplifier is certainly a step up from any typical desktop PC setup. No matter how good or new the motherboard manufacturer’s use for audio processing, we are still in an era where dedicated DACs and amplifiers are superior even comparing it with sound cards and external sound cards. Let us breakdown our findings below.
The EB01-E and EB03 in terms of the physical aspect is of good quality. Casing is made of thick aluminum with brushed aluminum finish. Even the feet are aluminum, certainly up to par with Silverstone’s high standards to quality and style. The bundled cables aren’t really of premium quality but these can be replaced with better ones. The components are to par with mid-range digital analog converters and amplifiers going with a XMOS chip and PCM1798 decoder. Not really the best but for the price, this is good quality audio hardware.
When it comes to audiophile level hardware, the EB01-E and EB03 combo is somewhat close to the minimum requirements in terms of price. As for the audiophile community today wherein serious audiophiles spend more than $1,000 for a decent DAC and amplifier, Silverstone’s offering would be categorized as entry-level DAC and headphone amplifier. The Ensemble series costing to $379.98 would be up to par with a DAC-Amplifier setup costing around $500 such as a combo from Schiit and other brands. It’s a good added feature for the EB03 to have a bypass connection which tends to be offered in headphones amplifier much expensive than this. You can find the Silverstone EB01-E 24-Bit/192kHz Digital Analog Converter at Amazon for $189.99 and the Silverstone EB03 Headphone Amplifier at Amazon also for $189.99. We thank Silverstone Technology for sending us their EB01-E DAC and EB03 Headphone Amplifier to review.
- Great quality audio for its price
- Solid aluminum casing
- Appealing brushed aluminum design
- Easy installation