Topping D50s DAC, A50, PA3, & P50
Topping D50s DAC, A50, PA3, & P50
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The much-anticipated sequel to the popular Topping D50 DAC is here. The Topping D50s brings users improved sound quality with a wider array of connectivity options Read More

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LuckyLuke575
545
Nov 10, 2019
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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 :)
Nov 10, 2019
wordfool
114
Nov 21, 2019
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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!
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Nov 21, 2019
JJJJJJJJJJJJJ
3
Jan 15, 2020
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Doesnt own this DAC, says its the best. No Logic.
Jan 15, 2020
DaniRojo
10
Aug 28, 2019
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Do you guys think it is a good pairing with a JDS Atom amp? I'm using my Onkyo Granbeat as a DAC with that Atom for now.
Aug 28, 2019
jaydunndiddit
3056
Sep 4, 2019
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It's in the works, if you can trust the rumor mill. A companion for the Atom from what I've read.
Sep 4, 2019
DaniRojo
10
Sep 5, 2019
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What I found a little strange it's they didn't design both of them at once. If they had done it I would had more than probably bought them together. This way they have lost a sell.
Sep 5, 2019
Deadpixel
8
Jul 27, 2019
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Jul 27, 2019
khmergod
27
Aug 5, 2019
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that sickall guy was very condescending for no reason. this is a platform for enthusiasts, after all.
Aug 5, 2019
LuckyLuke575
545
Aug 30, 2019
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Guys, this sounds like a throwaway comment from a troll account lol
Aug 30, 2019
lorcace
11
Jul 28, 2019
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Just ordered one but I have questions regarding what's included. Will it include? 1) the 5v wall wart 2)remote control 3)BT antenna Otherwise must start looking for those!
Jul 28, 2019
JJayJJ
495
Jul 29, 2019
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Fair enough concern I suppose. Though it would be really out of character for all those not to be contained is what I was getting at.
Jul 29, 2019
Sterbai
13
Aug 1, 2019
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This item should come with all of those items based off the description. What's included:
  • DC cable
  • USB cable
  • Bluetooth antenna
  • Remote control
  • User Manual

Aug 1, 2019
Anzial
1428
Sep 25, 2019
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$0.01 cheaper on Amazon lol :) More importantly, will ship out weeks before Drop ;)
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Sep 25, 2019
JJJJJJJJJJJJJ
3
Oct 18, 2019
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So for 50$ cheaper you are waiving 1 year guarantee.
Oct 18, 2019
JJJJJJJJJJJJJ
3
Jan 15, 2020
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yES, EXACTLY. But Drop will refund some or full value if something goes wrong.
Jan 15, 2020
tetablanco
14
Jul 29, 2019
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I think the toss-up is not between the D50s and the D50 (which saw its prices drop upon the release of the D50s) but between the D50/D50s and DX3 Pro. Aside from LDAC functionality for the D50s, the main difference between the D50/D50s and the DX3 Pro is that the D50/D50s has dual ESS DAC chips while the DX3 Pro has dual AKM DAC chips. Here's the excellent comparative sound quality analysis done by Taz777 over at headfi.org between these two gems using the same 15V / 1.5A Linear Power Supply: (PART 1) Topping DX3 Pro vs Topping D50 After several more hours of listening via the Topping DX3 Pro, I went back to the Topping D50 to check on several things. I have to say that at the moment, the Topping D50 sounds better to me in terms of overall sound quality. Firstly, the reference track I used was a 44.1kHz/16-bit version of "Soul Embrace" by Brian Simpson, and you only need to listen to the first 30 seconds as it will reveal the issues that I had with the Topping DX3 Pro. It's a track that I've listened to more than a hundred times already so am very familiar with it. I also used several 'bass test' songs via Tidal. I've been listening with my beyerdynamic Amiron Home headphones that are far more revealing than my speaker system. Whilst I was listening to the track via the Topping D50, I noticed that something was missing. With the D50, the first few seconds of that track have bass drops that I feel in my chest even when I'm listening via headphones. I started to notice that this chest-thump was missing via the DX3 Pro. I listened to the same portion of the track several times to confirm this. When I put the D50 back into my headphones system, that chest-thump returned. I then searched for 'bass test' songs in Tidal and noticed that some deep bass was entirely missing on the DX3 Pro - I simply couldn't hear it! This surprised me quite a bit so I listened to the same 'bass test' tracks using the D50 and I could hear the very low bass through my headphones. It appears that the DX3 Pro's analogue output stage has a narrower frequency response than that of the D50's. Put another way, you can hear much deeper bass with the D50. Next, that song has some sharp piano sounds. When the keys are hit, it's as if someone is tapping the inside of my skull when listening via the D50 - the sound is so sharp. With the DX3 Pro, that 'tap inside the skull' sharpness was missing. It was a little dulled and veiled. I also noticed that the treble on the D50 was a lot more extended and clearer. Finally, that song has several musical instruments that I could place on the soundstage easily with the D50. With the DX3 Pro all of the instruments were closer to the centre of the soundstage and it was more difficult to separate them. So the D50 was the clear winner. Almost. Where the DX3 Pro shines is vocals. Female vocals on well-recorded songs are simply magical. The vocals are forward on the DX3 Pro and the musical instruments appear to be behind the singer. On the D50, the vocalist is presented further back, in amongst the instruments. So, it's a tough one! I'm going to repeat this testing again when the LPS arrives. However, for now, the Topping D50 has a significantly wider frequency response that can actually be heard, separates instruments better and places those instruments in a more well-defined soundstage. The DX3 Pro is missing low bass frequencies, produces a narrower soundstage, puts the instruments together so it's difficult to separate them. However, it produces captivating vocals where you feel as if the vocalist is singing right in front of you (PART 2) More Topping D50 vs Topping DX3 Pro My linear power supply for the DX3 Pro arrived today and I replaced the Topping D50 in my computer based HiFi system with the DX3 Pro + linear power supply. I'm listening to it as I type this post. The sound is beautiful. I preferred the Topping D50 in my headphones system. However, I prefer the DX3 Pro in my speaker-based system. Equipment used is: 2017 iMac running Tidal HiFi > Fisual Havana USB 2.0 Cable 0.9m > Topping DX3 Pro + linear power supply > Audioquest Tower twin RCA to 3.5mm jack 0.6m > Ruark MR1 Mk2 active speakers + BK Electronics XLS200-FF subwoofer connected via a Fisual 1m Havana XL Subwoofer Cable In effect it's a 2.1 speaker system. Settings on the Topping DX3 Pro are:
  • Input mode: USB
  • Output mode: DAC
  • PCM filter: F-3
  • Screen brightness: L-1
  • Auto power: A-O
I had to turn the subwoofer gain up a tiny bit - around 2-3 degrees of the rotary gain control. The mids are more forward. Vocals, once again, are beyond imaginably good! Listening to Lindsey Webster singing "Those Three Words", it seems like she's in my listening room! Vocals are very, very smooth. Now I hear the 'velvet sound' of the AKM DAC chips in the DX3 Pro. Treble is a little further away. Pausing the music and holding my ear to the speakers and subwoofer, all are 'dark' with no interference noise. Soundstage is a little narrower than the D50 (as was the case with my headphones system), and instrument separation is less too. Overall, the sound is very musical and great for me as I work from home a lot so it's lovely to listen to for several hours a day. It's nicer to listen to for long periods - less fatiguing. I don't know why the Topping D50 sounds better in my headphones system and the DX3 Pro sounds better in my speaker-based system. It's just the way it is for me. YMMV.
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Jul 29, 2019
tetablanco
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Jul 29, 2019
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One warning though... The DX3 Pro has been reported to have "stuck on standby" issues. This problem may be related to an inadequate power supply since people have reported to have fixed it (and gotten substantial performance improvements) by using a 15v/1.5A linear power supply with it.
Jul 29, 2019
ElectronicVices
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Jul 30, 2019
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My issue with this review lies in the fact that they apparently altered the frequency response of their system (turning gain up on sub) boosting the frequency band they originally took issue with on the DX3 and then also state they don't know why the preferred it on speakers. Did they also EQ the low end on the headphone side and try again? Did they try the D50 with the booster sub? Without that context it lacks value to me and I am not against subjective reviews... with valid comparison methodology.
Jul 30, 2019
Audionut22
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Jul 30, 2019
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So why don't they call this a DAC / AMP? Or is it really just a DAC?
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Jul 30, 2019
BGSIMO
6
Oct 15, 2019
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Using d50s as a pre-amp with new class D amp I found on eBay...no complaints at all! $450 total for the best system I've ever owned. Streaming from tablet and CD player connected.
Oct 15, 2019
LuckyLuke575
545
Oct 15, 2019
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Nice one bud!! I've been trying to explain this kind of setup to the punters on the 789 discussion page, but some SOBs can't seem to get past the hype and marketing bullshit lol
Oct 15, 2019
BGSIMO
6
Aug 13, 2019
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When will I get it? Didn't realize it would take so long to deliver.
Aug 13, 2019
BGSIMO
6
Sep 4, 2019
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... that's "no biggie"
Sep 4, 2019
BGSIMO
6
Sep 4, 2019
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Wow!!! This sounds Great
Sep 4, 2019
Major_Infidel
299
Jul 28, 2019
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What would be the preferred method for making a wired connection between this and an iPhone X?
Jul 28, 2019
jackelton31
4
Jul 29, 2019
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lightning to 3.5mm jack, use a cord with one end terminating 3.5mm and the other 6.3mm rca?
Jul 29, 2019
Artismo
365
Jul 29, 2019
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Just throw SINAD out the window lol Well, it won’t be that bad, but analogue connection destroys the greatest improvement in the S model- the improved SINAD. Cleanest signal out of that box is gonna be USB to camera adapter to iPhone.
Jul 29, 2019
f.gu
1
May 18, 2020
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Shipping information was created on Mar 14th but there is no update since then. Is there anyone on the same boat?
May 18, 2020
Tjh44
4
May 22, 2020
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Mine shipped April 25th. Still don’t have it. Far as I can tell still sitting in customs warehouse here in the states. Expect at least a month. This SUCKS!!!
May 22, 2020
4DoorGTZ
0
May 28, 2020
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Same boat here, tracking says it left China Mar 18, handed off to Canada Post. I've had no update since then.... using the given tracking # from Drop on CP's website yields the same, sigh.
May 28, 2020
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