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  1. #31
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    It was one I was considering I had a loan of one before and liked it ,probably about two years ago. I have had a look at the Toppings and was looking at the suggested D30 but also the D10 . I am trying to keep it simple so that if I switch from cd to Apple it is connected I don’t need to switch source. Partly because other family members use the main system and having to switch source on a DAC may be shall we say confusing? The D10 has a usb power supply so I would need to resolve that.
    I have been surprised by the choice out there at reasonable prices. The D10 uses the sabre chip as well. But I am appreciating th3 input

    Colin

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    Quote Originally Posted by goraman View Post
    Can you expand on the Chinese military valves maybe even a picture if possible. I would love to try a pair if I can find them.
    I'll reply to goraman by pm, don't want to hi jack this post.

    Gary
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stryder5 View Post
    I agree with Jerry about the Topping, if you buy it and don't like it return it.

    Nothing to loose, and you get to hear it in your own system.

    I still have my Jolida FX Glass DAC MkI and find it very good. Tube rolling has been fun, Tung Sol in my system sounded a bit dull, Siemens, Telefunken, Harma 7025 Cryo, Sovtek Long Plates tried, but by far the best were some NOS 80's Chinese military valves, still in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hifinutt View Post
    i was listening to a lovely jolida dac with some harbs last week , shame they are no longer widely available
    I did make a mistake in a previous post, mine is the Mk II with the Clarity caps mod.

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    Colin - your Private Message area seems to be full. So ...

    Having finally dug out my Peachtree DAC-IT, I've decided to sell it - it's a waste to keep such a lovely DAC boxed up in a cupboard. Posted in the Private Exhibitions here.
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    This is a very good shpeal on DAC's.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFzjKrM02D4
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  7. #37
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    Well I finally went for a Topping D30 although I looked at the D10 and the D50 as well as Little Dot etc. It’s been plugged in and been running this morning. So far I am pleasantly pleased . Definitely a considerable increase in detail , slight improvement in bass. Soundstage I think has a bit of an increase but Wil wait to see how that develops but no downside so far. Thanks for advice but I may buy another in a few months to try one from smsl or anothe4 Topping.

    Colin

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    Hello Colin2040,

    I'll second Jandl100 (Jerry) on his comments about the Topping D30, It's a massive bargain and an excellent all round performer.

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    Just to add I went looking for a Topping D30 while my AN DAC is off for an upgrade and ended up with its (relatively) bigger brother, the D50.

    I've been genuinely shocked at how good it is. Not how good it is 'for the money'. I mean 'how good it is' period. Genuinely astonishing from something so small. And that's running it from an old iPhone power supply. I keep pondering spending money on a better PSU but then I think - why bother?

    The D50 is very well put together and has more features and functions than the D30 though my guess is there probably isn't much if anything between them in the sound.
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    From what I have read the D50 has a slightly more 'upfront' sound signature compared to the D30.

    I've had my D30 for about four months now and am still amazed at its quality. Not had the chance to compare it to more expensive DACs but am interested to do that soon.
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