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Drive powered speakers with DAC

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Hi,

I'm building my first system, and I wonder is a Topping d30 dac enough to directly drive powered speakers like Dynaudio lyd 7, or Acoustic energy AE1 ?

I see some people advising use of preamp like here.

But these kind of material seems to be reserved to the 'pro' world (and very expensive).
And it would be nice if I could have a setup composed of only Topping DX7 + XLR cables + powered speakers !

Thank in advance for your advises :)
 

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With active speakers you just need a dac with an attenuator, RME adi-dac2 £895, superb measurements and incredibly versatile.
Keith
 
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Thank for your answer ! What's an attenuator for ? volume control ?
Topping DX7 wich is about half the price do not has this feature ?
 
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Yes attenuator is just volume control, I am not sure what the various Topping models have, buy something that has the features you need.
Do you need volume, would you like a headphone amplifier, do you need tone controls and built in EQ a remote?
That is how I would choose, both Topping and RME measure superbly.
Keith
 
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Yes in the end I am looking for a dac with

- optical input
- balanced output
- headphone output
- attenuator (volume control :)
- remote

Looks like Topping DX7, DX7S and RME adi-dac2 fit this needs.
Well, with more brio for the RME adi-dac2, referring to the measurements.
 

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Yes in the end I am looking for a dac with

- optical input
- balanced output
- headphone output
- attenuator (volume control :)
- remote

Looks like Topping DX7, DX7S and RME adi-dac2 fit this needs.
Well, with more brio for the RME adi-dac2, referring to the measurements.

Line level volume controller with remote. Just put this after your dac and before your speakers.
 
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