Topping D50 DAC

Topping D50 DAC

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Topping has gained a loyal following for its line of accurate, competitively priced DACs, which includes the DX7 series and the D30. For those looking to pair their DAC with a high-end headphone amplifier, look no further than the Topping D50 Read More

Jan 18, 2020
Just plugged mine in and it’s dead. waiting to hear from MD about it. anyone else get a dead one?

Oct 8, 2019
This or jds el dac or smsl su-8?
Oct 7, 2019
Really not an expert on this stuff so forgive me if this is an ignorant question... I'm looking for a way to use my headphones with my TV, and the TV only has an optical out. I'm wondering if this would cover it.
Oct 8, 2019
Sort of.... (edit: just checked a modern Sony 4KTV, it has an option, under audio to set to PCM output. If your TV is configurable, setting PCM output will work and make setup really simple/easy) I do the same thing, feeding a headphone amp/DAC (slightly different unit) via the ‘optical out’. It will give a vastly better sound experience for movies and TV shows (heck I run my PS4, and DVD/Blu-ray players via the TV as well),.. doing this makes the TV ‘like a switch box’ to allow a range of sources to make use of the single ‘Optical In’ on the rear of the Topping D50 DAC. The reason I say ‘Sort of’, and this depends entirely on your use: I have had difficulty using my ancient Plasma TVs version of Netflix- it seems to output Dolby Surround, or an incompatible digital format straight to my DAC. This was easy for me to get around, as I simply use the Netflix app on one of the many boxes connected to the TV, and many TVs will strip a Dolby Digital signal back to ‘two channel digital’ when passing through the TV.. ie HDMI from blu-ray to TV, Optical from TV to DAC.. To ensure I get the best sound quality, and not just a two channel version of a Dolby Digital stream (lossy), I set my upstream boxes (Blu-ray/DVD/PS4 etc) to output two channel ‘Linear PCM’ which is what DACs like to receive for high quality sound. Not all TVs allow forcing the output to LPCM, and for some reason, on my TV, making the TVs’ Netflix app output non dolby digital is not as easy as choosing ‘stereo’ soundtrack (vs 5.1) in the TV shows or movies I am going to watch. This isn’t the biggest issue, and might be unique to me.. It might mean a thumb drive with movies on it, playing via your TV, might have SOME MOVIE FILES (which are Dolby Digital 5.1) not playback into a two channel DAC. Personally I think adding a DAC from my TV’s Digital output (Optical) is the best audio upgrade I have done. Replaying all my video games with much richer soundtracks, watching TV shows with vastly clearer dialogue, and wider sound fields, and having the TV as my switchbox for sources, works wonderfully. I have friends with the same TV who are looking to do the same thing, having heard the benefits that a high quality, modern DAC will give... TL:DR- It works for most things, always, but if you use some built in TV functions, you might be limited in what you can do with setting up the TV in a way that works with the DAC. (to get a DAC/ or Amplifier with a DAC in it that can decode dolby digital, you are down for a ‘higher cost’ and a lower sound quality overall... I literally grabbed a 2 channel DAC, like the Topping D50, to upgrade the DAC sound from a top of the range home theatre receiver. the sound is so good I am enjoying all my media again!!)
Oct 7, 2019
Just let people know that D50/D50s is very picky, it needs a high quality coaxial cable instead of RCA or low quality coaxial cable for coaxial connection. I purchased a really good coaxial cable from amazon to fix the coax issue. After that, WOW, the sound from CD player is so good. This is the amazon link for the cable.
Aug 29, 2019
Accidentally plugged in the Topping D50 to a power supply greater than 5V, and apparently that burns out the device. After talking to Topping customer service, that is not covered under warranty.
Jul 3, 2019
Sorry just starting to build more momentum in the audiophile world, currently I have a dedicated server PC for all my closed circuit NVR/security, PLEX server, and personal cloud in my living room near my audio station. Using a Schiit Modi 2 USB DAC that seems similar to this and it sounds pretty good. It has a weird quieting bug where it intermittently dampens audio (noticable but barely) every so often. I have it going as PC box -> to Modi 2 DAC via USB -> to Denon Receiver via RCA -> Klipsch RF-28 (pair) + RP450 (center) + R14 (pair surrounds) Would this unit be a substantial upgrade over the Schiit Modi 2, or just likely up to user preference? Planning to use DAC as network streaming ideally...Thanks in advance ya'll
Jul 4, 2019
This would be a massive upgrade from a Modi 2 just on specifications of each device. Though there is something called the D50S (the upgraded version) that is coming out sometimes soon hopefully, and it has (on top of slightly better performance) Bluetooth input and a remote control on top of being already great DAC. See for yourself
Jul 1, 2019
Just thought I'd let everyone know this is currently available from a Topping authorized reseller on Amazon at 199 with 10% off and free shipping, so it's the exact same price as here, but with two day delivery. If you have an Amazon Prime card, the 5% cash back on that gives them the lowest purchase price.
Jul 1, 2019
New Topping D50S coming out soon FYI. Fixes some issues and improves on this design.
Jul 1, 2019
Thanks, I hadn't seen any announcement about the upcoming D50s. Per Audio Science Review, the new one will have Bluetooth and measures similarly (in terms of human hearing). I was not able to find a release date, though. Any insiders know if the D50s is going to be on Drop?
Jul 1, 2019
Price has been lowered to $175 from $199
Jun 20, 2019
USB works with PC, but no joy with iOS. I purchased, returned, replaced, and refunded the second unit because it failed to work with iPhone, iPad, and iOS. Hooked it up to PC and it sounded amazing. Unfortunatly, I bought this to work with iOS. I have heard others have been luckier than me, but it's not worth the trouble for me any longer.
Nov 10, 2019
In case the problem was for MacOS, I learned it wouldn't work with USB 3.0 but worked fine with USB 2.0.
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