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This is my first Massdrop review. I would keep it precise and short. I received my Topping DX7S (silver) last week and have been using it many hours every day. Here are a few things I would like to share:
The built is solid and pleasant to the eyes (a “silver crown” added on top of my Harman Kardon system--see photos) as most members agree here so I won’t go on that. But here is what impresses me about this beautiful magic box.
Compared to my previous 2 office setups:
( Set up 1: CD -> Harman Kardon or Onkyo CD player -> Harman Kardon AV ->HIfiman HE-400i / Hifiman HE-560 / Monoprice 1060-Mod) or
(Set up 2: Music Wav files-1411 kbps -> Pioneer SC Elite -> HIfiman HE-400i / Hifiman HE-560 / Monoprice 1060-Mod);
This is my new setup for this Topping DX7S:
Harman Kardon CD Player ->Topping Coax in
Computer with Music Wav files-1411 kbps and DSD -> Topping USB in
Samsung 4K multi-media player (with Wav files-1411 kbps and/or music streaming) -> Topping optical in
All three connections from Topping sounds great. I also connect each of my headphones with its own balanced cable ($100 or more for each cable..ouch). Here are my comments based on my own listening ability and sessions. Please remember that I am not trying to claim this as general outcome. Only to my own ears!
1: Balanced output is an obvious improvement in clarity and sound stage, even compared to Topping DX7S’s own ¼ unbalanced output. Especially the highs are crystal clear and I can hear lots of details I never heard before. So the “balance” feature itself and the additional cost to upgrade balanced cables for my headphones are totally worth the investment.
2: The balanced output from Topping DX7S makes all my 3 planar headphones and my dynamic headphones (such as Schennheiser 650) sound more open, clearer, and more musically pleasant. YES, Toppings DX7S has enough juice to push all of these headphones, especially the hard-to-drive Hifiman HE560 & Schennheiser 650. My Hifiman HE560 used to require so much power from my Harman-Kardon and Pioneer Elite SC, it shorted the fuses in Harman Kardon often. Now this Topping DX7S can easily drive Hifiman HE560 at -43db, Hifiman HE-400i at -49db and Monoprice 1060 at -52db. Obviously Topping DX7S has more than enough fresh juice to power.
3: I also tested the XLR outputs on the back and balanced-connected my JBL monitors and Rokit monitors to Topping DX7S. Both sets of monitors sound great with clean high, mid, and low as well.
Overall, I rate this Topping a 9.5 out of 10 because I have to purchase its remote separately. I highly recommend Topping DX7S. Don’t miss its next drop here. It’s an excellent unit that will improve your music appreciation in many areas.
Not warranty not purchase. They can keep them all.
Thnaks! How do you compare 560s to 400is? I was thinking of getting some 560s, I have 400i and I like them a lot...