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Review and Measurements of Topping DX3Pro DAC and Headphone Amp

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If you read my statement a few posts above that is exactly what I said. V2 headphone out sucks.

I should have clarified I have the V1, use HD650's...haven't used them with iem's... For normal headphones it shouldn't make a difference.
 

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I only heard V1 which sounded good, would be sad for V2 to be that bad. I hope it is still acceptable with >= 80ohm headphones..
Oh, it's definitely acceptable. I just wouldn't recommend it as it has that flaw. I recently upgraded my 58x to LCD2Cs and they would even be impacted having 70ohms impedance. To me a device that only works well in some of the cases, is not worth recommending. You're just throwing people a curve ball especially newbies coming here for advice.
 

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I should have clarified I have the V1, use HD650's...haven't used them with iem's... For normal headphones it shouldn't make a difference.
V1 kicks ass with IEMs , I am sure. 1 ohm of output impedance is insane.
 

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Oh, it's definitely acceptable. I just wouldn't recommend it as it has that flaw. I recently upgraded my 58x to LCD2Cs and they would even be impacted having 70ohms impedance. To me a device that only works well in some of the cases, is not worth recommending. You're just throwing people a curve ball especially newbies coming here for advice.
LCD2c being planars have flat impedance throughout frequency range. High output impedance doesn't matter with those.
 

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LCD2c being planars have flat impedance throughout frequency range. High output impedance doesn't matter with those.
Ah ok. Which headphones does it matter on?
 

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I only heard V1 which sounded good, would be sad for V2 to be that bad. I hope it is still acceptable with >= 80ohm headphones..

oh boy...
V1 doesn't even have headphone protection, has a LOT of reliability-issues and when that happens it could very well fry your headphone, just read the topic.
Sure, you can get good specs with zero protection in place, but do you want to take that risk of frying your expensive headphones or your ears?

That's why they made a V2, a successor for V1 with headphone-protection (and some additional settings) but also with a 10ohm output impedance.
V2 is not bad at all, I got one and it's been reliable since 8 months of everyday use.
 

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Another thing. I don't understand why people has so bad opinions on V2. As far as I know only output impedance is worse (around 10ohms). So if you really have low impedance headphones it may not be for you. On the other hand if you plan to buy some more expensive headphones M500 makes sense. Buying $400 dac/Amp just for one $200 headphones is an overkill imo.
I have V2 and use 16ohm T2 iem to compare V2 and NX4DSD, both sound the same. Don't understand what's the fuss about. Maybe if it's maximum volume then can hear difference, but I'll be deaf so no thank you.
 

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I just bought a "new" used one off of Ebay. It looks like it might be a first version, but serial # starts with a 1903. It appears the USB IN isn't working. I've got the DX3Pro driver installed in Windows 10, but Windows can't start the driver (I keep getting an error code 10 even after a full computer restart). I know the USB cable works because it works fine with my PC powering up and connecting to a Maschine controller. The Bluetooth connection to my PC works, and I'm getting an optical cable soon to see if I can connect it it to my PC that way. Any ideas on why the USB won't work? It just blinks continously when I have USB selected. I also just tried a factory reset. I think the USB connection doesn't work.
 
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I just bought a "new" used one off of Ebay. It looks like it might be a first version, but serial # starts with a 1903. It appears the USB IN isn't working. I've got the DX3Pro driver installed in Windows 10, but Windows can't start the driver (I keep getting an error code 10 even after a full computer restart).

That seems like a PC issue, not with the DX3. Can you try a laptop or a mac or something? In any case yeah, optical/coaxical would be a work-around.
 

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I tried with a laptop. Same problem. No one I know with a Mac either unfortunately.
 

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I've got the DX3Pro driver installed in Windows 10, but Windows can't start the driver
Then for starters uninstall it because you don't need any driver for dx3 pro on windows 10. This is plug and play device. If it doesn't work as plug and play and your windows 10 version is relatively new then either something is wrong with your pc, or usb is broken on your unit. If it happens on multiple devices running up to date version of windows 10 then it's 100% broken.
 

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Yeah, I think the USB component on it isn't working. I tried it first without installing any drivers. Well, I'll hope the SPDIF connection will work once I get the cable in a few days.
 

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Guys, can someone please point me to the ''upgrade tool'' to check my firmware version and possibly upgrade to the latest one? I can't seem to find it anywhere.
 

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Guys, can someone please point me to the ''upgrade tool'' to check my firmware version and possibly upgrade to the latest one? I can't seem to find it anywhere.
I think the latest version of DX3 Pro firmware is Ver1.04. Unfortunately, it has now been removed from HP.
The latest DX3 Pro LDAC version firmware has not been updated yet.
I uploaded some previously downloaded and installed files. Even if you request it directly by Topping, it will probably send you.

Technology support & after sales service: [email protected]
 

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I think the latest version of DX3 Pro firmware is Ver1.04. Unfortunately, it has now been removed from HP.
The latest DX3 Pro LDAC version firmware has not been updated yet.
I uploaded some previously downloaded and installed files. Even if you request it directly by Topping, it will probably send you.

Technology support & after sales service: [email protected]
Thank you very much for the info and for providing the firmware.
However, I don't have the upgrade tool and can't even check on what firmware it currently is.
I have the first non-LDAC version.
 

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Thank you very much for the info and for providing the firmware.
However, I don't have the upgrade tool and can't even check on what firmware it currently is.
I have the first non-LDAC version.
How to check the current firmware (for foober2000)
Go to File> Preferences> Playback> Output> ASIO> ASIO driver and double-click Topping USB Audio Device.
The Topping USB Audio Device Control Panel opens and click the Info tab.
Revision shows the firmware version.

Firmware update procedure
Update the firmware on a Windows PC. Not possible with MAC.
The update tool is provided in DX3 Pro FW1.04 (18L) .zip I uploaded.

First, download DX3 Pro FW1.04 (18L) .zip and double-click the folder to decompress it.

The update procedure is described in the readme.txt file.

To execute the update Click the ToppingUsbAudioDfu_V4.47.exe update tool.
Then select DX3 Pro_dfu_V104_18L.bin for the bin file and execute it.
 

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How to check the current firmware (for foober2000)
Go to File> Preferences> Playback> Output> ASIO> ASIO driver and double-click Topping USB Audio Device.
The Topping USB Audio Device Control Panel opens and click the Info tab.
Revision shows the firmware version.

Firmware update procedure
Update the firmware on a Windows PC. Not possible with MAC.
The update tool is provided in DX3 Pro FW1.04 (18L) .zip I uploaded.

First, download DX3 Pro FW1.04 (18L) .zip and double-click the folder to decompress it.

The update procedure is described in the readme.txt file.

To execute the update Click the ToppingUsbAudioDfu_V4.47.exe update tool.
Then select DX3 Pro_dfu_V104_18L.bin for the bin file and execute it.

Great stuff! Thank you so much. I'll look into that.
 
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