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Topping E30 II DAC Review

Rate this DAC:

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 9 3.5%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 17 6.7%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther

    Votes: 82 32.2%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 147 57.6%

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Robbo99999

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I also used foobar2000 for 10 years, because it's convenient and you don't need to make special mental efforts to master something new ...
But when I heard the sound from Linux OS, I had to "crunch my brains" and "strain the gyrus", mastering new knowledge.
And believe me - it was worth it! ;)
lol, we know you're bored and are just joking!
 

v1adpetrov2

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lol, we know you're bored and are just joking!
No jokes!
I'm not going to "convert anyone to a new faith" and start long-term disputes.
I just shared my personal experience and I hope it will be useful to someone. :)
 

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No jokes!
I'm not going to "convert anyone to a new faith" and start long-term disputes.
I just shared my personal experience and I hope it will be useful to someone. :)
After a couple of Linux OS loads and having a audio epiphany each time and thinking the font was extra clear and such I realized it was all expectation bias.
 

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This Linux OS build uses a minimal number of system processes and services, unlike several hundred processes in Windows.
And most importantly: the ALSA sound system works in exclusive mode with direct access from the software player.
Accordingly, the sound quality is higher, no resampling, the digital stream is output to the DAC as-is.

You've probably heard of Linux-based music operating systems/players like Volumio or Daphile.
Album Player for Linux is from the same OS/Players category.

if you have the time and the curiosity you could also try : http://wtfplay-project.org/
 
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Do I need to upgrade from E30 to E30 II?
If the e30 II works with a wide variety of coax & toslink sources (which the e30 DOESN'T) & this matters to you, I think you do. I am contemplating upgrading for exactly this reason.
 

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This very discret dac is a must have!
The remote controle is actually stored in a drawer.
Not useless but once you chose the filters, the dac mode (not pre-dac) and few other functionnalities, it's done :)
I only use direct mode via usb port...and Foobar, connected to my integrated amp.
I also connected a bt receiver on the optical port, so I (or friends coming to visit) may use it and the sound is quiet good, as far as your phone can go^^
 

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Can anyone tell me what the default filter is and what is the preferred filter that most people are using.
 

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Can anyone tell me what the default filter is and what is the preferred filter that most people are using.
hi, graphics and review are on the first page, the default is 2.
I don't know about others choices, It doesn't drive mine anyway ;) I'm using the 1 at this time, according to my set up, more or less
 

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Hi,
is E30 II good enough as preamp to connect it directly to poweramp 100W or so?
 

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Of course it is.
No matter the power of the amp in question.
Just take care as E30 does not have a control setting on volume to go down when you open it so some people harmed their systems. I mean this is probe to human error.
 
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GPJ

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Of course it is.
No matter the power of the amp in question.
Just take care as E30 does not have a control setting on volume to go down when you open it so some people harmed their systems. I mean this is probe to human error.

Yup, if connected that way, I would start the DAC before the amp ALWAYS to verify an adequate volume level.
 

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Yes, but only the first time. The last setting is then saved.
Not always.
 

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Does the manufacturer also say "not always"? )
User experience is sometimes better.
And this is not applied only in the particular dac but in every device that uses digital VC.
If that is the only way of controlling levels turning it on before anything else and checking it's output is the only sensible way.
 
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GPJ

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There is nothing wrong with making people aware of possible issues. A software control of voltage output has the potential to be faulty. And, it has been well documented these occurences DO happen.

As with everything, do as you wish. No guns to anyone's head on any of this.
 
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