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Topping A30 & D30 pro vs. EX5 vs. Schiit Modi(us) & Magni(us)

Nago

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So far I had my focus on headphones at the expense of my DAC & Amp setting. That has to be fixed now!

After hours of research (thanks Amir for the incredible reviews) I ended up with the following combos.

Topping A30 & D30 pro - 700$
Topping Ex5 - 320$
Schiit Modi(us) & Magni(us) - 200-400$


Does anyone know how much of a diference there is between them? Im especially curious about the A30 & D30 (are they worth the extra bucks?). I listen with a wide range of headphones such as a T5p, Akg K812 and Hifiman Sundara. Furthermore Ill maybe buy a Dan Clark Aeon RT.

Thanks alot in advance!
 

enricoclaudio

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I own DCA AEON 2 Noire's, HIFIMAN Sundaras and Sennheiser HD660S. As for amps, I have a Topping A30Pro, Topping A90 and Matrix Audio mini-i Pro 3. The DCA Noire's are the more power hungry headphones I own and even the mini-i Pro 3 struggles a bit if I want to play them loud. The A30Pro and A90 drive them effortless with spare headroom. The A90 gets signal from a Matrix Audio X-SABRE 3 and the A30Pro from the mini-i Pro 3. Just because you are planning on getting the DCA AEON RT, I would strongly recommend you getting the A30Pro just for peace of mind.

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Nago

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Fair enough. I'd probably upgrade it anyway after a few months/years. Thanks mate!
 

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So far I had my focus on headphones at the expense of my DAC & Amp setting. That has to be fixed now!

After hours of research (thanks Amir for the incredible reviews) I ended up with the following combos.

Topping A30 & D30 pro - 700$
Topping Ex5 - 320$
Schiit Modi(us) & Magni(us) - 200-400$


Does anyone know how much of a diference there is between them? Im especially curious about the A30 & D30 (are they worth the extra bucks?). I listen with a wide range of headphones such as a T5p, Akg K812 and Hifiman Sundara. Furthermore Ill maybe buy a Dan Clark Aeon RT.

Thanks alot in advance!
Try Topping E30/L30 and E50/L50 stacks
 

Walter

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Also note that unless you just can't stand the look of an unmatched stack, you don't necessarily need to spend $400 on a D30 Pro. A D10 Balanced might be just as good for your usage, since you don't need the volume control and high quality preamp section of the D30 Pro with just headphones.
 
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