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SMSL D12 DAC & Headphone Amp Review

Rate this DAC & HP Amp

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 16 8.9%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther)

    Votes: 101 56.4%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 61 34.1%

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    179
Is it a good pair with Hifiman HE400se? Thinking of gettings those headset and a dac+headphone amp for 300€ combined.
The D12 can drive the HE400se to a very loud 113dB SPL Peak, however, 300€ seems way too much for the combo.

The HE400se usually costs about 100€.

A 90€ Topping DX1 can play just as loud as the D12, so 190€ in total.
 
The D12 can drive the HE400se to a very loud 113dB SPL Peak, however, 300€ seems way too much for the combo.

The HE400se usually costs about 100€.

A 90€ Topping DX1 can play just as loud as the D12, so 190€ in total.
300€ is my overall budged, D12 is 99€ and HE400se is 115€ but they both get very good reviews.
 
?: do these smsl/topping/? bluetooth amps, D12/DL200/etc, allow output to bluetooth headphones? The DL200's description says bluetooth input; so, assuming that amp has no bt output? amazon's description for this D12 is too vague; "High-end Bluetooth 5.0 chip", and the D12 manual on smsl-audio.com website has Input....USB/BT, in specifications, but no matching specification for outputs, like; Output....6.35mm/BT. why!?. why is it soo hard for manufacturers to describe what is right in front of them; if your specifications section in the manual clearly lists inputs, then why not also clearly list outputs!? Looking at a couple of bluetooth Topping amps; the product description of one says "Bluetooth Headphone amp / Bluetooth DAC", which seems to indicate bt output via "Bluetooth DAC"?..; but the other amp just talks about bluetooth w/out really explaining, anything ~ like "High-end Bluetooth 5.0 chip" for the smsl D12... how hard is it to just describe things explicitly; bt input = yes/no, bt output = yes/no!? -end rant- Thanks in advance to anyone who answers!
 
?: do these smsl/topping/? bluetooth amps, D12/DL200/etc, allow output to bluetooth headphones? The DL200's description says bluetooth input; so, assuming that amp has no bt output? amazon's description for this D12 is too vague; "High-end Bluetooth 5.0 chip", and the D12 manual on smsl-audio.com website has Input....USB/BT, in specifications, but no matching specification for outputs, like; Output....6.35mm/BT. why!?. why is it soo hard for manufacturers to describe what is right in front of them; if your specifications section in the manual clearly lists inputs, then why not also clearly list outputs!? Looking at a couple of bluetooth Topping amps; the product description of one says "Bluetooth Headphone amp / Bluetooth DAC", which seems to indicate bt output via "Bluetooth DAC"?..; but the other amp just talks about bluetooth w/out really explaining, anything ~ like "High-end Bluetooth 5.0 chip" for the smsl D12... how hard is it to just describe things explicitly; bt input = yes/no, bt output = yes/no!? -end rant- Thanks in advance to anyone who answers!
Here is the Manual:

 
?: do these smsl/topping/? bluetooth amps, D12/DL200/etc, allow output to bluetooth headphones?
Virtually none of them do.

Unless BT Output is explicitly listed as a feature on the product page or the User Manual, assume the DAC does not have it.
 
Thanks, @staticV3. the dl200 seems likely the same, & the topping (dx3 pro+)'s manual has a really weirdly made table of outputs; where the "DAC" row only has a check in the "RCA-output" column, & an x in the 3.5mm output column's cell (makes it look like the 3.5mm output has has no dac processing!?)... & no column for bluetooth; so, -likely- no bt output (though, with all the weird mistakes in all these manuals ~ who knows; except, for anons/owners like you, @staticV3, on forums like this!..) ~ saying "bluetooth dac application" in their description just extra confusifies it ~ unless an input/output bypasses dac processing, then surely "dac" doesn't need to be inserted after...

Having BT out feels like it would be a heavily used, common use-case that every dac amp should have?!
(non bt device: cassette/record/cd player, non bt computer, etc.) -> [inputs; rca/usb/fiber/xlr/...] - dac amp -> [outputs; bt headphones ~ when you're not sitting down!!! 3.5/4.4/6.35/xlr/... wired headphones when near the dac amp]. Having a little device, like the D12, be able to do that would be great ~ vs avr, computer with bt, etc.. Looking through the vaguery of smlsl/topping/... manuals is a pain; guess i'll need to start a new thread to ask for suggestions ~ unless someone here possibly knows of a dac headphone amp with bluetooth output; greatly appreciated.
 
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