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Guys, this is one of the best DACs on the whole f***ing market right now. Transparent, perfect sound, digital screen so you have the total control and dashboard over bit rate, inputs, and volume, remote control for convenience, pre-amp functionality, super Bluetooth support, and nice build and footprint. Pair this with a Archel 2 Pro and you'll be the king of Hi-Fi headphone audio.
I'm seriously having a hard time holding myself back from pulling the trigger on one of these because I already have a Topping DX3 Pro :)
I bought the D50 a year ago to sit at the Centre of my home system, a B&O Beocentre and it is phenomenol, so I just bought the D50s for my desktop rig to pair with the JDS Atom and honestly can't wait. I'm serious thinking about installing one in my car. This is the finest DAC I've owned in 20 years.
Wow, that sounds like a great experience :)
It is :-) $$$$ today are no longer an indicator of sonic quality. Chi-Fi has changed the game forever. The D50 and D50s are exceptional components.
I am using the D50s along with a Raspberry PI Volumio based setup.
The combination of both makes a great audio source supporting my local DLNA Flac server, Spotify Connect endpoint and Tidal.
connection the D50s made a very noticeable upgrade in sound quality compared to my Amplifier internal DAC.
I really like this product!
So true! Actually today the high $$$$ brands actually tend to have shitty performance and rely on branding and egos to sell their products. Just have a look at www.audiosciencereview.com; you'll be shocked at how bad the audio quality of some of the 'high end' DACs are.
To be fair, audiosciencereview does not review the "audio quality" of any components it tests beyond a few lines of basic (so basic as to be useless) impressions. Its reviews are purely about measurements, and measurements often bear little relation to how a component subjectively or objectively sounds -- the classic example being tube amps, which will measure with distortion etc. up the wazoo but produce a sound that many people love. Not to mention the fact that 99.99% of the population would probably not notice an "ESS hump" or be able to tell the difference between one DAC and another in a blind test if all other components in the audio chain were a constant.
"measurements often bear little relation to how a component ... objectively sounds" is an obviously absurd statement. Little relation to subjective preference? Sure, but measurements bear quite direct relation to the objective performance of a device.
I agree that it's mostly a subjective preference thing, but there are some instances in which it's subjective to pretty much everyone that a component does not sound like certain measurements suggest it should, so arguably it then essentially becomes objective!
Doesnt own this DAC, says its the best. No Logic.
Does the display give a readout of the incoming sampling frequency?