I've both the D70s/D90 and while I haven't done any proper A/B blind testing I can't hear any difference between the two, defiantly not anything I'd write home about saying one sounded warmer than the other.
That's right. In fact, I read that opinion in THIS review written by him (by the way, a very detailed review, probably the most detailed review on D70s available today).Sandu Vitalie says D70s in comparison to D90 is warmer, more musical (similar to best R2R) and has larger soundstage.
Yes, I'm interested in that 'analog sound' too described by him. He claims that D70s is close to the performance of a R2R DAC without breaking the bank (they are not cheap).The tonal characteristic similar to R2R is interesting
Well, I also have another complaint, but it affects many Topping models and I think they are not going to fix it, because @JohnYang1997 already replied to me in a private message that 'there was nothing wrong with that':Honestly if those descriptions of the D70s lure you in; it's cheaper than D90 to boot. Win-win
I think both AK4499 and AK4497 supplies are drying up though. Soon there won't be either.
Wait what? There is a loud pop when you turn it off? And it doesn't go into standby mode? Makes me wonder what my system uses just sitting there.Anyone else experience a loud popping noise when the D70s has power cut to it (Didn't happen on the d90). I have it on a smart plug, don't see why it should suck 2.7W just sitting there, so turn the power off when not in use. If the amps go off first this is fine, but with HomeKit automations its clever and turns them off at the same time. This is with balanced connections.
Wait what? There is a loud pop when you turn it off? And it doesn't go into standby mode? Makes me wonder what my system uses just sitting there.
A90/D70s came today, D70s went to the living room, this stack in my office for headphones / active monitors. The D70s being a bit larger is a better fit alongside power amps.
Biggest problem now is keeping the volume down. Going from Medium -> High gain at the same volume just makes it all sound better, far more fun than just turning the volume up.
Its interesting that the D70s actually makes better use of the remote, and has extra features like auto turning the screen off. Would be nice if topping added this to the D90 via a firmware update?
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Based on the spec, it very much is "so transparent" that it won't make a difference. But sadly my active speakers that are normally in my office are performing temp duty downstairs with the D70s until my passive speakers arrive. Been almost three months, but supposedly there is light at the end of the tunnel and they are due in April.
I think the problem is with my tube amplifier. The amp already introduces a little distortion to the sound as you know, but I'm already used to that distortion with a digital source. However, if you pair it with the D70s the distortion is even greater due to its inherent warmth and analog sounding. It is possible that with a solid state amp the D70s would be much more enjoyable for me. So, I didn't say before that the D70s is worse than the D90, just that the D70s is not a good match for my tube amp and my ears. And I insist: they don't sound exactly the same if you have the right equipment to reveal this difference (Sandu is absolutely right with his review).Why are you using a tube amp if you want transparent sound, they are anything but.
I own both the D70s/D90 MQA and can't tell them apart, but I've not had my ears plated yet.
if you have the right equipment to reveal this difference
It's just my opinion, and is not subjective at all, I could notice an audible difference. I listened to the same track twice in order to make sure of this.This line is basically a declaration of war around these parts, it's a way to cover up an entirely spurious subjective claim, its invocation brings a conversation quickly to a close. If you are quoting the reviewer, then you should avoid them like the plague.