Is anyone using this not only DAC but as Preamp, too? I am trying to reduce the box count and wondering how good the preamp section it is.
I see that Topping also have dedicated Pre90 Preamp and if I have analog source then it would be good addition but if I use digital source only, then do I still benefit using dedicated Pre90 instead of one box solution like E50?
Hi -: yes after several re tests (can't do them blind before some rear ended retentive asks - as I have to change the connections myself!) using it as a pre amp sounds much better than the one in the 6000a I have into the power amp input.
This seems in line with the better specs dynamics etc of the DAC compared to the pretty good integrated's pre amp.
Using the E50 as a pre seems to give better defined bass notes as for a test on Amy Winehouse Lioness
Also fainter ambient sounds are clearer.
The 6000a loses note definition which particularly on those heavy double bass notes is easy to do!
Using the Coax of course - which also sounds clearer than the toslink output on my cd deck.
Forgot to mention also route my Wiim mini & TV via hdmi spiltter though there too - also sound better & clearer than the onboard dac of the 6000a. A bit fiddly but the better sound is well worth it.
Just my own direct experience & six ha'porth! Have fun! ; )