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Hi Guys!
I have been following ASR forums for a while now, posting here for the first time! :)
I am fairly new to the Hifi scene, I am looking to buy an AMP or DAC with Amp capabilities.

Headphone: Want to drive DT990 (250ohms, I know not the best starter per Amirm's review)
Usage: I usually listen to lossless flac files via my laptop/ Android phone. I also want to use the Optical out on my PS4 and hookup my AMP/DAC to DT990

I know I have a modest budget, just wanted a few recommendations to explore around. Recently, I came across Fx audio dac-x6 mkii. Couldn't find many reviews/ documentation around it.

Open to thoughts and comments. (PS: I am in EU region. :))
 

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Topping is a brand that has been shown to be affordable and highly reviewed (for the most part) within these pages.
 
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Topping is a brand that has been shown to be affordable and highly reviewed (for the most part) within these pages.
Which Topping model would you suggest, something like E30.
If I buy a DAC like E30 and use it in isolation (without L30 bundle) would I be severely compromising on the audio amplification aspect?
what you think? :D
 

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Which Topping model would you suggest, something like E30.
If I buy a DAC like E30 and use it in isolation (without L30 bundle) would I be severely compromising on the audio amplification aspect?
what you think? :D
Which amp do you plan to use in the chain after the DAC?
 

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Which Topping model would you suggest, something like E30.
If I buy a DAC like E30 and use it in isolation (without L30 bundle) would I be severely compromising on the audio amplification aspect?
what you think? :D
I went with the D90/A90 combo, which looks to be out of your stated budget. I couldn't tell you much about the other Topping units beyond what is in the ASR reviews.
 
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Which amp do you plan to use in the chain after the DAC?
Well I am just dipping my feet in the Hifi world so wasnt looking to buy two units DAC + AMP immediately.
I was preferably looking for a single integrated unit with DAC & AMP capabilities. I don't mind if it is slightly underpowered on the audio amplification aspect as later on, I can upgrade the same. Till the time it is powerful enough to drive a DT-990.
 

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Well I am just dipping my feet in the Hifi world so wasnt looking to buy two units DAC + AMP immediately.
I was preferably looking for a single integrated unit with DAC & AMP capabilities. I don't mind if it is slightly underpowered on the audio amplification aspect as later on, I can upgrade the same. Till the time it is powerful enough to drive a DT-990.

Ok. But you cannot plug your headphones directly in the RCA output of the Topping E30. You would need an headphones amp in-between.
So, if you only want one device, get a DAC+amp combo like the Topping DX3 Pro.
 
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