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MufasaSucasa
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Jun 3, 2017
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I'm currently deciding between this, and the Schiit stack (Modi and Magni 2) Non Uber versions.
How do they compare? And what should i take into consideration? This will be my first big step into the audiophile world. Any advice will be appreciated!
Jun 3, 2017
FaceMcBashy
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Jun 4, 2017
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I can't say much about the sound quality but I like the feature and versatility on the topping more. I have a desktop and laptop that I want to get connected up to the D30 and I want output to both headphone and speakers. I think with the A30, you can adjust the output to accommodate for headphone with varying resistance so I think that is useful.
For me, I doubt I can tell the difference between the two unless I listen to both at the same time. Since I need the versatility, picking the Topping would save me more money compared to the Schitt Uber, which I can use on better headphone.
The downside of picking Topping is that you can't make Schitt jokes with it.
Jun 4, 2017
JediPeaceWalker
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Jul 2, 2017
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From reading the official specs just within the past few hours, I think the Toppings are the better buy. I don't own any Schiit's though. Prior to my purchase, I did read, watch, and listen to various reviews across the web and thought the Schiit Uber's were better in sound quality but I don't have enough technical knowledge to understand the different sound processors used in each device. I ultimately picked up the Topping stack through Ebay after assessing the following points:
The Schiit Uber stack will cost at least $100 more but has the option of arriving sooner than this drop. I would not recommend non-Uber Schiit versions due to limited input and output options unless you don't plan to expand your audio repertoire or like purchasing another stack when an input and/or output dies.
The Topping stack has ALL important switches on the front vs the Schiit's rear switches. Rear switches look cleaner but are less convenient.
The Topping D30 also has a higher SNR (Optical 113.2 dB vs unspecified 104 dB , wider frequency range even though most humans can't hear the extra low range (10 Hz vs 20 Hz), and comes with a USB cable (Schiit doesn't come with it).
The A30 has less power output (1/4" 152 mW vs 160 mW with 600 ohms), better SNR (0 gain 126dB vs 104dB), more gain levels (0 , 9, 18 dB vs 3 or 15.6 dB only), has 2 dedicated headphone outputs (1/8" and 1/4" vs only 1/4") that can both be on or auto detected via first plugged in, doesn't have pre-amp RCA outputs, and has 2 power impedance switches (Topping's site doesn't mention any specs about the low power and I hear no difference with the AKG K7XX's or Sony MDRXB50AP IEM's).
Only the D30 has a small wall-wart AC adapter (DC 15V 1A) and it's oriented downwards. The A30 has a mid-cord wart with unlisted voltages on the site (14V x2 900mA for 2 headphones and 6V 800mA for a single, taken from my unit). The Schiit's are both wall-warts but I don't know about their sizes, orientations, or exact voltages/amps since they're not listed entirely.
Dimensions (width x height x depth) *(I think the depth is an print error since my D30 is the same depth as the A30 minus knobs, switches, and ports at 6.5"/16.51 cm but I will list the official specs regardless) A30: 4.80" x 1.50" x 6.70" (12.2 cm x 3.800 cm x 17.0 cm) D30: 4.80" x 1.50" x 6.97" (12.2 cm x 3.800 cm x 17.7 cm) Magni 2 Uber: 5.00" x 1.25" x 3.50" (12.7 cm x 3.175 cm x 8.89 cm) Modi 2 Uber: 5.00" x 1.25" x 3.50" (12.7 cm x 3.175 cm x 8.89 cm)
http://www.tpdz.net/en/products/a30/index.htm http://www.tpdz.net/en/products/d30/index.htm http://schiit.com/products/magni-2 http://schiit.com/products/modi-2
Jul 2, 2017
drewishy
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Jul 3, 2017
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I have both stacks (Shiit - Uber) and I prefer the Topping stack by quite a bit. I love having the 1/4 and 1/8 inch options, the volume knob is nicer, and the build quality just feels better. Sound wise, they both sound great and nicely drive my wide array of headphones.
Jul 3, 2017
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