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Topping D10 or khadas tone board, which to choose?

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Hi everyone, sorry for my poor English first.

After ordered a massdrop THX AAA 789, I want to buy a new DAC to pair with it. I don't know choose which one: Topping D10 or khadas tone board.

According to measurement record, khadas is better. I want to know if I can hear difference.
D10 is easier to use, but its SINAD is little worse
 
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Both of them perform well enough that SINAD is not a concern. No single measurement (and especially not a single number - graphs are better, at least) tells the whole performance story so don't focus too much on the numbers as long as the equipment measures well enough. It's very unlikely you could hear a difference between the two devices, and even if you could it's impossible to say which one you'd prefer. So given the performance of both is fine, base your decision on other factors: budget, connectivity, features, aesthetics, warranty/support, etc.
 
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Both of them perform well enough that SINAD is not a concern. No single measurement (and especially not a single number - graphs are better, at least) tells the whole performance story so don't focus too much on the numbers as long as the equipment measures well enough. It's very unlikely you could hear a difference between the two devices, and even if you could it's impossible to say which one you'd prefer. So given the performance of both is fine, base your decision on other factors: budget, connectivity, features, aesthetics, warranty/support, etc.
thanks for your reply....
 
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@wyrainer
I guess you already decided to buy either one. But thinking d10 get a better packaging and presentation than khadas just a card. Look cheap but better result.

To be honest and my personal experience, the most important part is your headphone and what you are listening to. From my another guess, you should be streaming lossless from tidal or using dsd.

The better stat of the dac and amp, the more clean power you can get to your headphones. Remember amirm need his headphone to be super loud to hear the differences and styles of certain dac or amp.

Having said that, your listen preference and how familiar with the songs and headsets come in play too. So someone will have his/her personal reference headset to test out different electronics because they know how the songs and headphones will perform.

TLDR, both are good choices but it looks nicer to have d10 place on top of the amp. Unless you want a rustic unfinished look for your equipment. Remider: dust accumulates up quickly
 
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@wyrainer
I guess you already decided to buy either one. But thinking d10 get a better packaging and presentation than khadas just a card. Look cheap but better result.

To be honest and my personal experience, the most important part is your headphone and what you are listening to. From my another guess, you should be streaming lossless from tidal or using dsd.

The better stat of the dac and amp, the more clean power you can get to your headphones. Remember amirm need his headphone to be super loud to hear the differences and styles of certain dac or amp.

Having said that, your listen preference and how familiar with the songs and headsets come in play too. So someone will have his/her personal reference headset to test out different electronics because they know how the songs and headphones will perform.

TLDR, both are good choices but it looks nicer to have d10 place on top of the amp. Unless you want a rustic unfinished look for your equipment. Remider: dust accumulates up quickly
tks...

you are very convincing...

My purpose is different to amirm's
it's no different to me using D10 or khadas

d10 is cheaper and get better packaging, it should be better for me.
 
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tks...

you are very convincing...

My purpose is different to amirm's
it's no different to me using D10 or khadas

d10 is cheaper and get better packaging, it should be better for me.
Just go for it if you’ve made up your mind
 
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@wyrainer
Enjoy the new products, for dac and amp, usually takes a while to "feel" the difference, the jump is not as big as headphones and speakers. But after a while, you will start to feel you made the right buy and lucky you did it.
 

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