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    Topping E50 Review (Balanced DAC)

    Troubles with power modes were reported also for other Topping DACs, see https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/topping-d10-balanced-review-usb-dac.25094/post-1041319 D10bal does not have on/off switch. With E50 you can avoid such troubles. Simply disable the auto on/off...
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    Topping E50 Review (Balanced DAC)

    From https://shenzhenaudio.com/collections/topping/products/topping-e50-dac-es9068as-mqa-xu216-32bit-768khz-dsd512-decoder-ultra-low-noise-preamp-headphone-dac
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    Topping E50 Review (Balanced DAC)

    Yes. Power supply specs show max current the supply is designed for. Device uses so much current as it actually needs (but of course not more than its poower supply is capable to provide). You can use L50 balanced input with single ended headphone output.
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    SMSL SU-9n Review (Balanced Stereo DAC)

    Sorry I wasn't enough clear. I meant it differently - without conversion to PCM and back to DSD. Only HQPlayer is capable of that. From FAQ: Why is Roon converting to PCM? The most common reasons why DSD is converted to PCM are: The audio device isn't reporting DSD support to Roon The audio...
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    Topping E50 Review (Balanced DAC)

    Better method may be to rip SACDs. https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/28569-sacd-ripping-using-an-oppo-or-pioneer-yes-its-true
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    SMSL SU-9n Review (Balanced Stereo DAC)

    That's not about new DACs, it is so many years already. No current OS supports volume control for DSD data (it requires different math than in PCM case). The only player which supports volume control, convolution, parametric eq and rate conversion with DSD data is HQPlayer.
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    Topping E50 Review (Balanced DAC)

    Look at specs of your multiport charger how much current it provides for each port. Do you want to use 4x E50? How do you want to split channels of multichannel recording and direct them to different E50? Did you already test this scenario? Each DAC has its own clock, after some time they may...
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    Topping E50 Review (Balanced DAC)

    Yes and no. ;) https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/balanced-ground-loops.3541/#post-85509
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    Topping E50 Review (Balanced DAC)

    You will not get ground loop with any 2 pole wall charger as well when getting power from USB port of the same hub. Ground loop current could flow from other reason, for example between your computer and headamp through your DAC, but rarely if they both are connected to the same wall socket.
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    Topping E50 Review (Balanced DAC)

    This disables reinstallation of a particular driver generally, Windows Update is only a typical use case. https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/146562-prevent-windows-update-updating-specific-device-driver.html
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    Topping E50 Review (Balanced DAC)

    I don't know about audio DAC chip which would not do it in 2 stages. The difrerence between these stages is that the first one is filtered (these digital filters are often user selectable) and the 2nd interpolation stage is simplified without proper filtering. 705.6/768k was used only as an...
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    SMSL SU-6 Review (Desktop DAC)

    Tidal made people unclear what they are actually streaming. There are alternatives - for example Qobuz, from where you can stream real lossless content. https://www.qobuz.com/us-en/music/streaming/offers
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    SMSL SU-6 Review (Desktop DAC)

    MQA is lossy format which was propagated as lossless and "as artist intended". When people analyzed the format and found that it is not true, they changed the propaganda for "perceptually lossless", like MP3 at higher bitrates also is or may be. Tidal is currently streaming no lossless content...
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    SMSL SU-9n Review (Balanced Stereo DAC)

    This forum has one great advantage: The "all DACs sound the same" community is collected here. Simply use some other forum to discuss perceived sound quality.
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    What is the best value for money/cheapest DAC which measures well? £ for £ / $ for $ and lowest cost.

    Right, I'm using it only over USB and did not test other inputs. I read about some complains related to D90SE and TVs with less stable clock.
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    What is the best value for money/cheapest DAC which measures well? £ for £ / $ for $ and lowest cost.

    That's not so easy. Each delta sigma DAC contains delta sigma modulator. That modulation (which also occurs in the case of PCM to DSD conversion) is not a bitperfect reversible operation and can be of different quality. When you convert PCM to DSD and then back ot PCM, you never get the same...
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    What is the best value for money/cheapest DAC which measures well? £ for £ / $ for $ and lowest cost.

    The question is what is for you enough good. It may mean something different for you and for me. For me Topping E50 is price/value king. I don't listen to graphs and I don't belong to "all DACs sounds the same" local initiative.
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    I have a budget of $700 - 800 for a DAC/Amplifier combo. Which one do you recommend?

    Not bad, but measured params of my suggestions are much better. Don't hesitate to buy 2 separate small devices. They are smaller than you may realize. With E30 and E50 I have personal experience so my suggestion is not based only on measurements. The combo E50 / L50 is hard to beat form...
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    I have a budget of $700 - 800 for a DAC/Amplifier combo. Which one do you recommend?

    You have to look. I know those measurements. I reacted to the above E30 suggestion. Regarding Schiit Modius, both my suggestions are of higher SINAD, dynamic range etc. than the Schiit one. Therefore I don't understand your point.
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    I have a budget of $700 - 800 for a DAC/Amplifier combo. Which one do you recommend?

    For mixing and music production I would use higher resolution DAC than above suggested E30 (which is only RCA unbalanced). My recommendation is SMSL or Topping stack. SMSL SU9n + SMSL SH-9 Topping E50 + Topping L50
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