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Topping E50 MQA Full DAC ES9068AS XU216 32Bit/768kHz DSD512 PCM768kHz Decoder RCA TRS Ultra Low Noise Preamp (Black)

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Decided to get the Volumio 15 day trial anyway. Tidal would be a bit useless without it, but fine for own collection as a music player Decoding in hardware or software, splitting the process or performing both in the same device, will not give any audible difference, as the decoding and rendering information is the same, based on the bitstream content. In essence, the system is working correctly and MQA content is being received and rendered correctly if you can see ‘OFS’ indication. Depending on where you live, the time it may take for your exchanged product to reach you, may vary. Please allow 3-5 business days for mail-in exchanges to be processed. |Headphones: Sennheiser HD660S2 | HIFIMAN Sundara | AirPods Pro 2 | Audio Technica ATH-M50X | AKG K371 | Sennheiser HD380 Pro

TOPPING E50 Balanced DAC ES9068AS XMOS XU216 MQA 32bit 768kHz TOPPING E50 Balanced DAC ES9068AS XMOS XU216 MQA 32bit 768kHz

It's not like you could ever hear the difference between -120dB and -140dB distortion and noise anyway. Same SINAD at both 2V and 4V which is crazy at 120dB for BOTH. But alas, the 50mV spec is missing. (I wonder, could we get SINAD and not just SNR for 50mV?) I know you don't do it for DACs, but still :\ The Chromecast Audio has been fantastic for years, surprisingly not much of a following and shame it's discontinued. Just annoying no gapless but I'll probably keep it plugged into Optical possibly. I think it's not as useful if you have LDAC but don't prefer bluetooth in general. Utilisé en USB sur une installation haute-fidélité, ce simplissime DAC est parfait; neutre, dynamique, il est meilleur que son petit frère le Topping E30 qui ne suffira pas dans ce contexte.


There are Topping D10s and D10B, which can produce COAX / OPT output, but unfortunately they cannot output MQA signal. I was thinking about building a system around the Bluesound Node but I am also considering going the route of using the E50. L50 has two sets of input, balanced TRS and single-end RCA, and could be controled by the lever on front panel. There are 6.35mm and 4pin XLR output channels. Also, when shutting down, the input signal could be directly output to RCA or TRS without amplification, which will be more suitable for working with active speakers or monitor speakers when the DAC has pre- amp function.

Topping E50 + Tidal + OFS MQA | Audio Science Review (ASR) Forum Topping E50 + Tidal + OFS MQA | Audio Science Review (ASR) Forum

The E50 uses the latest ESS ES9068AS DAC chip, a 32-bit, 2-channel D/A converter designed for audiophile-grade applications. Using the critically acclaimed ESS patented HyperStream II architecture, QUAD DAC technology, Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, and advanced SABRE HiFi technology, the ES9068AS delivers world-class audio performance. The E50 offers top-of-the-line decoding via USB with the XMOS XU216 2nd generation 16-core processor. It supports 32-bit/768kHz PCM, DSD512 native, and MQA full decoding. Windows 10, Max, Linux, iOS, and Android users can plug-and-play the E50 without installing drivers. Only Windows ASIO applications require a driver. Until now, I mainly used E30 and D10s D10 Balanced for DAC, but I bought the newly released E50 because it can also play MQA. Together, the E50 and PA5 make a great little budget, baby pre-power amplifier combination – with a clean, detailed and engaging sound. Indeed I couldn't help but reflect on the superb value offered by this brand. In terms of sound quality, Topping Audio compares favourably with rivals easily costing two or three times as much.Topping E50 supports an automatic on/off function, it automatically turns on and is set to the input where a valid signal is found. When no signal is provided for about a minute, the E50 turns off automatically. I have tried and change all sort of settings available both in the NAS and in Roon but couldnt get the E50 to unfold any MQA, to any degree. That way MQA first unfold will be done by Roon, DSP volume adjustment applied, but MQA signaling will be preserved via RAAT transfer to the DAC for the final unfold and render blah blah. E50 uses the latest high-performance DAC chip ES9068AS. Our excellence in design and engineering provides realistic and transparent sound quality.

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The PA5 is a dinky Class D power amp claiming to deliver 65W RMS per channel into 8 ohms for less than 1% distortion, or 85W into 8 ohms with distortion rising to 10%. It measures 150x130x40mm and has a chunky outboard power supply. There are two sets of balanced inputs using TRS connectors and a single set of loudspeaker outputs for spade terminals or 4mm plugs. The front panel has a power on/off switch and a selector for the two balanced inputs. But, of course I still like to understand why it wont give me full MQA (but that boys and girls is a story for another time). Super annoying needing two or three pieces of expensive gear these days, super keen on the RPi4 route.

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