IMD:I also stated very clearly that IMD, idle power, system on/off pop, the stuff that really matters if you own it isn’t here.
Agree on system on/off pop being helpful.
100% agree.I’ll be more specific, the SINAD chart is like the track times on old top gear. They’re fun, but a horrible sole metric to score a car unless the car is for track use.
Disagree with the "we" or generalization. Agree, that focusing too much on one metric causes people to overlook a lot of other issues.In the case of the Topping PA5, I would even say that SINAD was used to sell a faulty product and ASR took it hook, line and sinker. I have the same problem with IEM companies that abuse Crinacle’s ratings to sell uncomfortable, heavy, or fraudulent buds (like the CRN-KZ?) which we eat up.
... it’s missing the point of us gathering to read about it.
For the record—I am not a tube guy. My whole life I’ve enjoyed solid states from Micca, SMSL, Topping and integrated class D pro amps for working venues. I’m not even the target for this product, but I know there’s a lot more to say about this product, and the kind of product it is. It’s disappointing and I care, enough to write back to like five different people on this thread.
This is where the "get a refund" comment comes in. The backlog is still on the order of months. The Apollon NCx500ST was a 3 month wait from submission to review. A long delay makes it less likely for people to send stuff in. We could get a full set of measurements for everything that gets sent in, but what happens is that the demand of testing increases beyond the supply for testing.
So even though it's always helpful to get more info on this product, I would vote that we have enough information and should move onto the next thing in queue.