Topping DX7 Pro DAC/Amp

Topping DX7 Pro DAC/Amp

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New from Topping, a world leader in audio, the DX7 Pro is a DAC/amp designed for the most demanding listener. Following Topping’s highly regarded DX7, the Pro model showcases improved hardware and a sophisticated presentation Read More

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raymate
0
Mar 4, 2021
DX7 Pro or A50s+D50s+P50 mainly Senns 58x and 650 user ?
rumata13
541
Feb 27, 2021
I currently own DX7s - should I consider an upgrade?
rumata13
541
Feb 28, 2021
Thanks! No, Bluetooth is not needed, it's connected to PC by optical cable.
adi518
183
Feb 28, 2021
It's better to connect it through the USB.
redstang
18
Jan 18, 2021
I bought this a while ago and wanted to share my thoughts on it. While it is a nice unit with lots of features, I wouldn't recommend it over Topping's other cheaper offerings unless you really want a balanced output. If you do though, then it is hard to beat. I compared this directly against a Topping E30 DAC and JDS Labs Atom amp. (I bought those some time after the DX7 pro for a set up on a different desk.) To compare them, I volume matched the levels and used my Senn HD 650s and a couple other closed backs I have and listened to FLAC files via Foobar2k. I also put the DX7 pro in DAC only mode and sent its output to the Atom's second input so I could directly and quickly a/b its DAC and the E30. For the life of me I couldn't hear a difference in either case. So YMMV, but based purely on sound quality (with the single ended jack) I don't think it's worth the upgrade. I think this might speak more to just how good a value the E30 is than that the DX7 pro is over-priced. However, if you do want a balanced output, when comparing it to other cheaper balanced options out there, you'd have to weigh the value of the remote plus the variety of inputs including BT that you get over the more basic features in other DAC/amp stacks. The main reason I got it was I wanted to try something with a balanced output, and the DX7 pro was highly regarded. I don't think there is any other balanced DAC/amp, stack or all-in-one, with all the features the DX7 pro has such that the DAC/Amp stack still comes in under $600. However, if you don't care about having a remote and the various inputs the DX7 pro then there's cheaper balanced DAC/Amp stacks to be had that possibly have equivalent sound quality. I would enjoy comparing it to the Drop/Grace balanced DAC with a THX-AAA 789 amp, which would come in at $450. No remote and limited inputs on that DAC, but that amp is so highly regarded I have to think it would compare favorably. I would be interested to hear any other experiences comparing the DX7 pro to other balanced stacks.
rumata13
541
Jan 18, 2021
Can you please explain why you need a remote if you are listening to you music via headphones? With length of the balanced cables, as well as with most phone cables, you will be sitting right in front of this unit, so what exactly is the benefit of the remote?
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redstang
18
Jan 18, 2021
With regards to comparing it to other things the remote is just one differentiator of functionality, and when looking at it strictly from the desktop, a relatively minor one. Either it appeals to your situation or it doesn't and therefore isn't a factor to consider at all, so paying more for it would be pointless. It is sort of a byproduct of the Toppings having lots of features though, vs. more basic units. If you don't have any features to access, then having a remote becomes truly pointless. For the DX7 Pro the remote is primarily a convenience; in your standard desktop set up you don't need it. It does offer a couple advantages over using the knob however. 1) Direct access to various functions: gain, mute, display brightness, output modes, filters, et al. Some of those things can otherwise only be accessed by powering the unit off and on again into setup mode. 2) Allows you to have the unit at the back of your desk/out of the way (or not in a desktop situation). 3) Faster volume control. One thing I failed to mention above is that I really dislike the digital volume control with the knob. It is very granular, .5db per 'click', and while that gives you precise control of the level, it takes two full rotations of the volume knob to go from quiet to loud, vs usually about a half turn on any analog volume knob. Using the remote you can long press the volume up/down and it quickly moves multiple db. For the E30 it's more necessary depending on the amp you use with it, but still really boils down to a convenience. It's the only way to control the pre-amp volume and get to other settings as that doesn't have a knob at all. But again if you're using the amp's volume control and are sitting right next to it, you set it and forget it and don't need the remote. If you're also using it with a set of powered speakers, either on your desk or in some other room, then the remote volume control is nice to have. All that being said, I don't use the remote very much right now. At the moment I have 3 DAC/Amp options hooked up next to each other on the edge of my desk and have been switching between them just to compare. Eventually I'll probably move the DX7 to the back of my desk putting it out of easy reach and will use it more. The volume knob on the DX7 really does annoy me though; it's the one thing that is making me think about just using the E30/Atom stack full time on my main desk. I find myself often having to take multiple swipes at the volume knob to change the volume, vs a small movement when using the Atom, for example. And the clicky digital volume isn't as nice as a smooth analog one. If you love having a nice analog volume knob it's something to consider when thinking about buying the DX7 Pro.
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SpaceCadet24
354
Jan 18, 2021
Why does DROP so often completely neglect to show photos of the rear of an amp or DAC?
dszala
4
Jan 18, 2021
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redstang
18
Jan 18, 2021
Currently $650 though.
glkparanoid
13
Jan 17, 2021
Apos ships the DX7pro to me in 4 calendar days including new year holiday... they do price match....
sixelannif
208
Jan 17, 2021
Boy, 15$ off, another incredible deal from Drop
sixelannif
208
Jan 19, 2021
I'd like to mitigate my comment a little, as this does give your an extra "35$" off through reward points, bringing the total rebate to 50$ if you want to count it that way. But
  1. That isn't a real rebat, it's a fidelity program, so you only actually get those extra 35$ if you buy something else from Drop. It's ok but honnestly pretty standard procedure to give a 5% discout in the form of coupons to a recurring customer, definitely nothing to call home about.
  2. 50$ off a 600$ product is roughly a 10% discount, the whole point of a group buy is to get a significant discount on a product by ordering large quantities giving you the leverage to negociate a much better price. Getting < 10% off is honestly just not worth the bother, I mean if you can't get a better price than that then either they are already selling them at near production cost (which I doubt), or the product is popular enough that they don't need the extra customers you bring and are therefore not really willing to negociate. In which case what exactly makes Drop any different than any other mass online retailer (A..... ?) who would probably offer better lead times, incuded VAT for international shipments and potentially a better price (I garantee any retailer can at least match this discount pretty easily)
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Xnightcrawl
138
Dec 10, 2020
Anyone made upgrades to this DAC amp? Swap op amps?
ryc2000
2
Feb 26, 2021
I did. Made this thing sound a whole lot better. Focus, soundstage, speed, dynamics, all improved. The highs became more delicate and detailed. Bass is tighter. I got the idea after watching a guy on youtube suggested it. I also have a USB reclocker that improved the focus. Will work on the streaming source next.
Jazzguitarfan
73
Nov 6, 2020
I own this product but did not purchase it here so I can not review it on Drop. I have had it for nearly a year since it was first available. It replaced a Benchmark DAC 1 HDR which cost twice as much and I think it sounds better than the Benchmark. In fairness to the Benchmark, that unit was nearly ten years old. In response to the reviewer who had a problem, the HDMI port is for an I2S connection, it is an input not an output. I intend to buy an I2S card for my PC from Matrix Audio one of these days. The DX7 Pro is a very nice piece of gear, great for an office setup. I run mine balanced into Focal CMS50s. The BT works well when I drive it with my phone.
adi518
183
Oct 13, 2020
Tetrode
9
Oct 13, 2020
Shenzhen Audio has nice prices on Topping for the next day and a half (from now). $110.49 for the E30, $84.99 for the D10S, $594.99 for the D90 (non-MQA), etc.
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