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    SMSL SU-9n Review (Balanced Stereo DAC)

    Am just very curious. What's your general thought on MQA ?
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    Best topping preamp for driving power amp.

    Thanks @JohnYang1997. Would there be any advantages in having a purely analog preamp (such as the PRE90) vs the D90se ?
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    Vera Audio Class-D Amp Build Quality

    Love that it comes in silver!
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    Best topping preamp for driving power amp.

    Hi! I'm a big fan of Topping (performance, and aesthetics). So I'm looking for the best combined DAC/Preamp for driving a power amp (haven't decided which one yet). Any ideas on which device would suit this use case best ?. Note: I see that the D90SE supports 5v out. Perhaps that makes it ideal...
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    Topping D30Pro Review (Balanced DAC)

    I'm looking at purchasing the D30 Pro, and just had a question about functionality. I will be running optical out from the TV into the DAC, which will be in pre-amp mode. Is there any possibility for auto input switching ? Let's say, the USB input was active, but then inactive for a few minutes...
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    Elac Debut Reference DBR-62 Speaker Review

    How do these speakers scale with higher quality amplification and/or more power ?. Is there a relatively low point of diminishing returns ?
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    March Audio P502 Stereo Amplifier Measurements

    Makes sense. Although, if i run a traditional "total cost of ownership", through my brain, something like the 502 comes out very much on top, taking all things into consideration :).
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    March Audio P502 Stereo Amplifier Measurements

    Thanks for all the insight and comments. I've learnt some things :)
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    March Audio P502 Stereo Amplifier Measurements

    haha, great post!. Yes, it really requires re-wiring your brain - and potentially your ego from all the money spent ;) . But that's just the terrible thing with advancing technology and hindsight :)
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    March Audio P502 Stereo Amplifier Measurements

    I'm guessing then it has to be one of: features, build quality, or design then ? It's becoming more apparent to me, that a good transparent Class D implementation, with Tone controls in the chain, would give the best of both worlds.
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    March Audio P502 Stereo Amplifier Measurements

    I guess that brings me to my last question then. Is the new Purifi 452, worth the 50% increase in price over the 502 (Ncore) sonically, if both are essentially transparent ? Am not sure if people here have been able to compare both..
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    March Audio P502 Stereo Amplifier Measurements

    That's where something like the 502 or 452 with a Tube pre (Schiit Freya + for example) could be a formidable combination. Or even a simple Schiit Loki for tone controls.
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    March Audio P502 Stereo Amplifier Measurements

    Much appreciated. Some great insight. And a good story :). That said, with a lot of the (especially Purifi) based Class D implementations - they mention that they are very stable down to 2 ohms (if I read correctly). So again, that negates that benefit of this massive power supply in the Hegel...
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    March Audio P502 Stereo Amplifier Measurements

    Right. So a well designed, and transparent (as possible) class AB design is basically pointless. And especially pointless when its multiple factors more expensive than the 502 (or Purifi) March Audio amps. If there is some objective and measurable benefit of an expensive AB over the 502, then I...
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    March Audio P502 Stereo Amplifier Measurements

    Thanks. But what do you feel (or know) a higher end and expensive class AB would give you over the 502 ? In my example, the 8 ohm wattage, is exactly the same.
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