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Thoughts - Topping D30 + A30 vs. used Emotiva XDA-2 (looking for headphone amp/dac combo)

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Anyone have experience with these setups? I'm contemplating buying the Topping units new or trying to hunt down a used Emotive XDA-2 for maybe a little more $$. These seem to be the most talked about and reviewed units that I can find for their cost. I know the Emo has an additional optical and coax input and a remote which is nice, but that's about the only difference I see (non-technically speaking lol). Any thoughts or suggestions greatly appreciated. I use the Senn HD6XX headphones and will have a laptop and bluetooth receiver used as sources for music. Would also like to run dac through an external amp for bookshelf speaker play. Thanks!
 

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I have used the XDA-2. For the HD600's they aren't enough power for the best sound. For the HD6xx they have a little bit more power but not much. The XDA-2 is a gorgeous unit though. I love the look and feel of it. The Topping uses Saber dacs while the XDA-2 uses Analog Device dacs. I prefer my DC-1 to the XDA-2 (subjective listening no DBT testing performed). I personally wouldn't buy an XDA-2 and I've not been enamored with prior Saber DACs - for me.
 
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I got trapped, now thinking about upgrading to the THX 789 amp and SMSL SU-8 dac ..before the atom and d30 get here.

Just kidding ..thanks again. This forum is most excellent.
 

Blumlein 88

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Oh no! You already pulled the trigger? Patience. This wasn't even 12 hours for replies. I had in the mind a couple bits that were much better than what you chose. It is the....................................






Okay, only kidding. Having a bit of fun at your expense. I actually think you made a couple good picks here. :)
There is something to be said for decisiveness instead of paralysis by analysis.
 

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I have an XDA-2 and tested it a bit against some more modern DACs. It didn't perform well. Obvious jitter, significant level of IMD, and some power supply noise. It is also sensitive to USB cords, the only DAC I have that had a change in behavior with a different USB cable. The SRC on/off didn't have much effect on these results. Also, feeding the DAC from optical input didn't improve these, so it's not just the USB input.

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I have an XDA-2 and tested it a bit against some more modern DACs. It didn't perform well. Obvious jitter, significant level of IMD, and some power supply noise. It is also sensitive to USB cords, the only DAC I have that had a change in behavior with a different USB cable. The SRC on/off didn't have much effect on these results. Also, feeding the DAC from optical input didn't improve these, so it's not just the USB input.

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Good to know!
 
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