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Topping DX7 Pro+ Review (DAC & HP Amp)

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  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 8 2.4%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 10 3.0%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther

    Votes: 54 16.0%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 265 78.6%

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JanesJr1

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@formantzero makes sense actually. The DX5 is awful at driving high loads. It can do about 125mW at 13Ω before hard clipping. See here and here.
Now, that should still leave you with 113dB SPL peak output.
That's fairly loud, but only if your tracks are mastered well. If they're high DR recordings and perhaps not normalized, then I can see how volume might be lacking.
I appreciate you, staticv3, in always helping to make subjective discussions to become more objective and measurements based!
 

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I wonder how it compares to the Gustard R26 just out
 

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And to the iFi Pro iDSD Signature?

Here but not published yet :( https://reference-audio-analyzer.pro/en/title-report.php?id=3065#gsc.tab=0
https://reference-audio-analyzer.pro/en/report/amp/ifi-pro-idsd-single-solide-state.php#gsc.tab=0 doesn't look good though, <90dB SNR

I wonder how it compares to the Gustard R26 just out
https://www.l7audiolab.com/f/gustard-r26 ~16-bit performance so really quite "meh".
 

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I wish Topping makes a DAC with parametric EQ.
A Topping gaming DAC with parametric EQ (20 bands max for best flexibility and ability to apply parametric EQ to both channels independently for channel matching) and a good implementation of Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound would be pretty cool, if really quite niche (especially if going to the extremes I listed in the brackets) - it would satisfy the audiophile gamer!
 

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A Topping gaming DAC with parametric EQ (20 bands max for best flexibility and ability to apply parametric EQ to both channels independently for channel matching) and a good implementation of Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound would be pretty cool, if really quite niche (especially if going to the extremes I listed in the brackets) - it would satisfy the audiophile gamer!
second this i would be all over that like white on rice
 

Robbo99999

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second this i would be all over that like white on rice
Ha, well that's two of us, maybe there's some more out there! :D
 

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Sighhhhh....

I am using the old one (DX7 Pro, without "+").
Love it, even though I don't use its headphone output anymore.
And this new baby... I prolly, highly likely won't ever be able to tell the difference in sound quality whatsoever...

But I WANT it lol
 

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Can somone conffirm that 4 pin XLR and 4.4mm fully balanced headphone out? Or is it just for the convenience as Passion for Sound reported??
 

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staticV3

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Can somone conffirm that 4 pin XLR and 4.4mm fully balanced headphone out? Or is it just for the convenience as Passion for Sound reported??
The Bal ports carry the same SE signal as the SE ports. They're just there for convenience.
 

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loooks amazing but still wondering if 50% up of the price comparing to new DX5 is reasonable (in Europe, DX70pro+ is 699€ vs 449€ for DX5). In addition, MQA is a big wish for me as well (a Tidal fan).

Does anyone have a chance to compare both DX5 and DX7pro+?
 

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Good review, as usual, and astonishing measures though !
How is the sound ? somebody has a musical report to give ?
Classical, and jazz... :)
 
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loooks amazing but still wondering if 50% up of the price comparing to new DX5 is reasonable (in Europe, DX70pro+ is 699€ vs 449€ for DX5). In addition, MQA is a big wish for me as well (a Tidal fan).

Does anyone have a chance to compare both DX5 and DX7pro+?
Good review, as usual, and astonishing measures though !
How is the sound ? somebody has a musical report to give ?
Classical, and jazz... :)
From a measure point of view this is a transparent DAC no emphasis on any frequency at all. I personally tested one against SMSL D300 and M500 MKII and they sound very similar. Saying that, and "subjectively" I liked DX7 the most when in valve sound mode, I ended choosing M500 MKII because of price the ease of use and it seem to image a little better (voice locked in the middle). Then to get the sound I like I have the Q-Acoustic 3030i and a Ayima A08. So, in the end you can say I like a little warmth. I would discard MQA since it adds some distortion that can be sometimes perceived as details with less revealing DAC's. You can analyze mqa tracks on musicope yourself and see what I mean. The pictures below are from the same song 1. Tidal MQA, 2. Tidal HiFi (cd), 3. My CD and 4º Qobuz. (Of course I've tested many tracks by now and the results are allways the same). I wish Tidal would add a Hi-Res tier but with no MQA so people could choose. Ultimatly I really think most of the music consumed today just needs CD quality the dinamic ranges don't even need 90DB and if Nyquist is correct then why more than 44kHz.
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From a measure point of view this is a transparent DAC no emphasis on any frequency at all. I personally tested one against SMSL D300 and M500 MKII and they sound very similar. Saying that, and "subjectively" I liked DX7 the most when in valve sound mode, I ended choosing M500 MKII because of price the ease of use and it seem to image a little better (voice locked in the middle). Then to get the sound I like I have the Q-Acoustic 3030i and a Ayima A08. So, in the end you can say I like a little warmth. I would discard MQA since it adds some distortion that can be sometimes perceived as details with less revealing DAC's. You can analyze mqa tracks on musicope yourself and see what I mean. The pictures below are from the same song 1. Tidal MQA, 2. Tidal HiFi (cd), 3. My CD and 4º Qobuz. (Of course I've tested many tracks by now and the results are allways the same). I wish Tidal would add a Hi-Res tier but with no MQA so people could choose. Ultimatly I really think most of the music consumed today just needs CD quality the dinamic ranges don't even need 90DB and if Nyquist is correct then why more than 44kHz.
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What are you using to unfold the mqa? The new DX7 doesn't have mqa.
 

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What are you using to unfold the mqa? The new DX7 doesn't have mqa.
The above pictures are from musicscope analisys of the flac (mqa), flac Hi-Res and Flac CD files. I own the SMSL M500 MKII and a subscription of Tidal (HiFi) previous I had HiFi Plus.
 

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The above pictures are from musicscope analisys of the flac (mqa), flac Hi-Res and Flac CD files. I own the SMSL M500 MKII and a subscription of Tidal (HiFi) previous I had HiFi Plus.
Yea but did you have it setup in Exclusive mode with Hardware MQA unfolding? Because I noticed that if I don't have that checked, the MQA sounds either the same or worse vs normal Hifi.
 
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