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blitz9826
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Feb 19, 2018
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So my own little review so far:
I love it! I got mine direct from China and mine had a remote in the packaging. I confirmed and it was definitely the DX7s. Had a few discussions on Head-Fi and concluded that this remote could possibly be a DX7 remote. I'm pairing it with HiFiMAN HE-400i via balanced Sukira cable, and it sounds quite fun!
I can confirm native DSD256 compatibility, that's the highest I've got. As far as audio quality, it's fantastic to say the least. I have noticed some tracks having slight sibilance however. This could possibly be because of the impedance mismatch? I dunno how output impedance behavior changes vs driver types. All in all, great soundstage and audio quality. I paid 49,000 PKR total for the thing, so almost 460/470 USD? The volume is quite high and I can listen to Kodo - One Earth's DSD ISO at almost max volume just fine (everything else I keep around the -15 dB mark).
Yet at the same time this dac/amp has me feeling more than ever that pairing is important, and I think the HE-400i while enjoyable isn't the best possible pairing. My next purchase will probably be end of the year, and it'll possibly be a MrSpeakers Aeon Closed or if I'm feeling frisky enough, the HiFiMAN X Edition V2. Will definitely try those cans on this baby.
Most noticeable improvement vs my V20 setup: bass. It's much better, much smoother, and a bit more well bodied. Treble in general has more presence but in some cases it can get sibilant; turning down the volume works but isn't always desirable (like 2L's Remote Galaxy at -23 dB).
Final notes: burn is is much needed! I listened to some BabyMetal when it first arrived and the treble was ruining my ears (as if they didn't sound squeaky enough!). After leaving them with my cans for a three day weekend to just play all kinds of music, they settled in just fine. Now I can enjoy the energy of many songs and pick up details of tracks I never even knew about. Since this is my first balanced setup, I went out of my way and even enabled WASAPI output on MPC-HC. Haven't heard any hidef 24/96 content on any such videos yet, nor any particular improvements per se. At leas Windows notification sounds don't bother me anymore xD.
Feb 19, 2018
HIFI778
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Apr 13, 2018
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I am using my V20 as dac with an audiotecnica amp at the moment and soind really good. I have the MDR Z7, AKG 712 pro and ATH1000Z as headphones so not hard to drive. Do you recommend spending over 500AUD for this Topping DAC/AMP combo or save the money? Do you notice all this difference with this Topping compared to before? Thanks.
Apr 13, 2018
blitz9826
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Mar 2, 2019
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So I'm only now seeing this comment, sorry. I'll answer for anybody who might be interested. I've noticed that the amping while adequate isn't the best. I recently got a Fiio X7 Mk2 and it pairs even better with the HE-400i with balanced 2.5mm. Kodo - One Earth tour really came to life! I've also set up a speaker system, using KEF LS50 from an Onkyo TX-NR636 and a Definitive Technology Prosub 800, DAC connecting to the AVR via RCA out. I love what I hear, and arguably it's better than the headphones out of the DX7s. I would recommend the DX7s as a DAC only and urge you to stack to a better headphone amp, preferably using the balanced XLR out.
Mar 2, 2019
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