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How do you like your Topping D30 DAC?

Discussion in 'DACs' started by drabina, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. drabina

    drabina AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I have the Topping D30 DAC for a few weeks now. It has replaced a very inexpensive ELE DAC D01. Both were connected thru the USB from my Raspberry Pi running Kodi. When I switched the ELE for Topping, my immediate reaction was that I like the ELE much better. It is possible that I just got used to the sound but the Topping is a lot darker, highs are somewhat subdued and songs that I know by heart did not sound as I have expected them to do. Right now the Topping has good number of hours of "burn in" time and it has stayed on for days. I haven't switch it back to ELE to compare them again because I am afraid that the $10 DAC will still sound better than the $130 one.

    What's your opinion about the D30 compared to what you had before?
     

     

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  2. EngineerNate

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    I'd be curious to see a frequency response graph from your $10 DAC. I wouldn't be surprised if it's a bit smiley faced. The Topping is ruler flat.
     
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  3. evsentry3

    evsentry3 Well-Known Member

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    Measurements can only go so far in describing how music sounds though a device. Signal to noise and frequency response flatness is not what music is.

    One of the ways to see how a companies products sound is to watch the for sale listings over time. That can be a pretty good "measure" of the sonic abilities.

    EV3
     
  4. IPADave

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    I'm not disputing your observations, but in my system the Topping D30 does not sound dark at all. I found it to be neutral in terms of its sonic signature. Both my Schiit Bifrost Multibit and Eastern Electric Minimax Dacs are slightly darker sounding. I use SPDIF interface and not the USB interface so this could be the difference.

    -Dave
     
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  5. EngineerNate

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    Objective information is useful for interpretation of subjective listening experiences. It's not an either-or situation.
     
  6. E.Auer

    E.Auer Super Member

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    Mine is neutral as well. USB. No darkness to my ears on my system.

    Nate was talking about a frequency graph. It's pretty exact as far as how music sounds.

    Eric
     
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  7. drabina

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    Thanks guys. I will give it another critical listening. I may even compare with some of the built-in DACs of my CD players to make sure the cheap ELE DAC was not blowing highs out of proportions. It is possible like I said before that I just got used to the sound.
     
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