- Apr 12, 2021
Between the E50 ant the D70Pro: there is a difference. I'm certain I would not be able to distinguish between them in a blind setting. Some people might, kudos to them. I did a test with voicemeeter so I could switch between the two each connected to another line input on the Yamaha The D70Pro sounds a little more open, wider and the bass ever so more defined to my ears. If you own an E50: no need to upgrade, really. I only did the upgrade because of the looks, and I can afford it. The D70pro has some more connectivity. And: Bluetooth, which I genuinely appreciate. My friends just could not grasp how it is possible your modern, multiple 1000€ system has no bluetooth, just a bunch of wires. D70pro fixed that, and I'm even beginning to use it myself. Sacriledge, I know. Ldac is perfect for a podcast while cooking or doing dishes. Again: you'd only hear the difference if you knew.Did you hear any major diference between the "sound quality" between the Topping E50 and the Topping E70 Pro that makes for you worth the investiment? Also, can you comment about the sound of the Purifi compared with the Yamaha. Class D Hypex is smooth or trends to be more dry/agressive, needing care on pairing?
As for the Yamaha: since I am solely listening to digital (laptop/CD-transport to DAC to amp) I was using just a single input on the integrated Yamaha. I really like the looks, but I had grown disappointed with the sound, especially the bass weight and control, as well as a stangely congested midrange. When watching movies I would sometimes have trouble understanding dialogue, mistly at low volume. Also it was taking a LOT of space, and drawing 75W just idling (they don't mention that in the brochure). The Audiophonics solved all that and more. Effortlessly transparent, weighty and tight bass at any volume, sparkling highs without fatigue (on my Wharfedale Lintons) And: the power! It draws a few watts idling, and by the time it draws 75 Watts, you're no longer listening but inciting a riot the neighbourhood.
For me this is as good as it gets. Not harsh at all, I would even call it musical. The hype is real, Class D is the future. I have always liked bright sounding systems. I heard Accuphase and Luxman amps pull off the same, but (no surprise here) at many times the cost. Only downside: it's an on/off machine (duh), so volume control via the laptop or DAC. The E50 does a very good job, but the small silver device on top of my, now black, amp wasn't really doing it for me in the visual department. Plus I like myself a rotary knob. The D70pro is an indulgence for me, but the OLED is so good that VU-meter looks just real, with a nice warm yellow glow. And the knob turns.12v trigger for one button system on/off. What else is there to want? Now all I need is a nice tv/stereo rack