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jbfilho

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Hey Guys,

I am planning to buy a new stack next week during Aliexpress anniversary sale. I got in touch with my trusty sellers and they gave me a preview of the offers they gonna have. The main options are:

- Topping A30pro + D30pro at 639USD
- SMSL SH-9 + SU-9 at 642USD
- SMSL SP200 + M200 at 460USD

So at those prices which stack should I pull the trigger? How does the older SMSL stack compare to the other ones? The 200USD difference worth the sound and features upgrade? Thanks.
 

Jimbob54

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Hey Guys,

I am planning to buy a new stack next week during Aliexpress anniversary sale. I got in touch with my trusty sellers and they gave me a preview of the offers they gonna have. The main options are:

- Topping A30pro + D30pro at 639USD
- SMSL SH-9 + SU-9 at 642USD
- SMSL SP200 + M200 at 460USD

So at those prices which stack should I pull the trigger? How does the older SMSL stack compare to the other ones? The 200USD difference worth the sound and features upgrade? Thanks.

What headphones?
 
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jbfilho

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What headphones?
Currently I have the Anandas, HE4xx, AKG Q701, B&O H6 and a modded Blon B30. Besides that, I have several IEMs (Moondrop B2s, Tin P1, BQEYZ Spring one, etc...). So, low impedance output is a must for me. They are all powered so far by a E30+L30 stack or a NX4 or ES100 or a LG G7 smartphone.
 

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With the E30/L30 stack, why change? Perhaps you should just use your $500 - $600 on something else? Maybe a Qudelix at $110 to replace the ES100 and/or use with the LG and get PEQ?
 

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With the E30/L30 stack, why change? Perhaps you should just use your $500 - $600 on something else? Maybe a Qudelix at $110 to replace the ES100 and/or use with the LG and get PEQ?
I was going to say the same.

If @jbfilho is determined to get one of those new stacks, I would avoid the Sp200, it doesn't have the finesse of volume /gain that some of those more sensitive phones might need.
 
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jbfilho

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With the E30/L30 stack, why change? Perhaps you should just use your $500 - $600 on something else? Maybe a Qudelix at $110 to replace the ES100 and/or use with the LG and get PEQ?
That's a good question. Classical upgrade itching, maybe :)
 

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Do you think that Qudelix 5k would be a major upgrade from Radsone ES100

I had an ES100 - and returned it as imo it was unable to drive my HE400i.

But yes. The Qudelix PEQ capability is, again imo, reason enough to upgrade. Let alone the power increase.
 
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