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Topping E30 DAC Review

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I just placed an order for an E30 DAC in black via Apos. Will report back with my impressions and any issues if I encounter any.
 

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FWIW, I've used my E30 non stop since Mar. 30 ..... no issues to report. All of my FLAC and DSD files are playing flawlessly, High rez and 16/44 all just fine.

Couldn't say the same for my DX3 Pro I bought when they first came out and then went pop one day later in the HP section. I still use it as a DAC and it works fine.
 
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FWIW, I've used my E30 non stop since Mar. 30 ..... no issues to report. All of my FLAC and DSD files are playing flawlessly, High rez and 16/44 all just fine.

Couldn't say the same for my DX3 Pro I bought when they forst came out and then went pop one day later in the HP section. I still use it as a DAC and it works fine.
Sorry, please tell me the first four digits of your E30 serial number.
The serial number is printed on a white sticker on the side of E30. Feg. 1911 *********
 

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Any equipment can fail, I've had audio products last more than 20 years and still rocking, and others regardless of brand that bit the dust in months or came DOA. Regarding Topping, my D30 just died a few weeks ago (it started to distort badly on all inputs), what counts here is the warranty, and the shipping costs when buying from foreign countries, which means that for cheap products it's usally non economical to ship them back for repairs.

christ how bad smsl and toppings reliability is. you know its true.
 

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Any equipment can fail, I've had audio products last more than 20 years and still rocking, and others regardless of brand that bit the dust in months or came DOA. Regarding Topping, my D30 just died a few weeks ago (it started to distort badly on all inputs), what counts here is the warranty, and the shipping costs when buying from foreign countries, which means that for cheap products it's usally non economical to ship them back for repairs.
When I reported the abnormal operation of my E30 to Topping, I received the following email.
However, it states that I have to pay for shipping to China. While shipping costs from China to Japan are kept low by the International Postal Union, conversely, you need to pay several times the cost of shipping from Japan to China. It's ridiculous to pay another $ 30 for returning a $ 130 item.
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Thank you for contacting TOPPING support.We are happy to assist.

For your situation, we think the unit was defective and need to be sent back to China for repair.Would you mind sending back to China for repairing?

Let me tell you the process first.You need to provide the serial number for us to open a case.The you can send out the package at your convenience. (Just send the unit itself would be ok.) When you made the shipment, pls let us know the tracking # .After we repair, we will return it to you.

Since it is under warranty, each shipment cost should be paid by the sender.

Pls let us know your comments.

Best Regards,
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Ordered one based on this review 2 weeks ago from Shenzen Audio on Amazon UK. Expected delivery was mid May so really surprised it arrived after just 11 days. Paired with a Schiit Magni Heresy into a Power Amp.

Sounds as good as when I ran it through a Mytek Brooklyn+. Really impressed so far.
 
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Ordered one based on this review 2 weeks ago from Shenzen Audio on Amazon UK. Expected delivery was mid May so really surprised it arrived after just 11 days. Paired with a Schiit Magni Heresy into a Power Amp.

Sounds as good as when I ran it through a Mytek Brooklyn+. Really impressed so far.
Did you get charged import duty? I've been too scared to risk it as it's not very clear. Do you think they actually posted it from china?
 

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Did you get charged import duty? I've been too scared to risk it as it's not very clear. Do you think they actually posted it from china?
There were no import charges. I believe it's covered as it was shipped by 4PX in China then handed over to Hermes and when it was delivered it had a Hermes UK Shipping label.
 

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I believe that shipments from China are more or less subsidized, that's why they are so cheap, but shipping things back is another story.

I try to buy from local sellers when possible, specially for expensive items, it saves a lot of trouble if things go wrong.


When I reported the abnormal operation of my E30 to Topping, I received the following email.
However, it states that I have to pay for shipping to China. While shipping costs from China to Japan are kept low by the International Postal Union, conversely, you need to pay several times the cost of shipping from Japan to China. It's ridiculous to pay another $ 30 for returning a $ 130 item.
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Thank you for contacting TOPPING support.We are happy to assist.

For your situation, we think the unit was defective and need to be sent back to China for repair.Would you mind sending back to China for repairing?

Let me tell you the process first.You need to provide the serial number for us to open a case.The you can send out the package at your convenience. (Just send the unit itself would be ok.) When you made the shipment, pls let us know the tracking # .After we repair, we will return it to you.

Since it is under warranty, each shipment cost should be paid by the sender.

Pls let us know your comments.

Best Regards,
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I have the D50s, D90, and NX4 DSD. No issues. All work great.
I had huge issues with my EL DAC which I replaced with a D10 for 1/4 the price and the same performance, super stocked with my D50S upgrade too, I it's just stigma from people who haven't had real world experience or simply user error. That being said, Topping seems to have a much better reputation than SMSL.
 

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There were no import charges. I believe it's covered as it was shipped by 4PX in China then handed over to Hermes and when it was delivered it had a Hermes UK Shipping label.
I noticed this too. Smart retailers are using Hermes who are still doing swift airport transfers over China :)
 
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My first post. I just got mine last night, so far I am really happy with this little device.
I ordered from Apos last Sunday then it shipped on Tuesday from China, and I received it on Friday in California. I don't hear any pop between songs with a passive preamp. Only when I manually switch songs in the middle of playing there is a very faint pop. I don't think it happens during normal playback.

I like the auto-on/off feature a lot. It will switch to the device playing audio during power on. USB is always connected, it will only turn on when audio playing which is intuitive. Sometime I am lazy to pickup remote, I will just stop one device for one minute then start playing from another device.

A very minute complaint for DAC mode, it is still possible to change PCM volume on USB device, but DSD is always at max. I understand that the chip only has DSD volume bypass.
 

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christ how bad smsl and toppings reliability is. you know its true.
You seem to know it is true. I don't. I have very good experiences with Topping. Also you seem to draw that conclusion because one or two people posted an anecdotal example. All brands have a percentage of f*ups. If you look on any Apple/Samsung/HP/NAD/Shiit etc. etc. forum you also find people who receive DOA's. I personally received a pre-amp of Emotiva which was dead right out of the box. Did I draw the conclusion that Emotiva's reliability is bad? Of course not.

Just stating that SMSL and Topping have bad reliability based on one or two posts you read is nonsense. You can't draw any conclusions without knowing real facts and percentages.
 
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