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Topping L30 Headphone Amplifier Review

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I can't speak for the M500 ... that's grossly diminishing returns territory for me.

The E30 is really a stellar product, like a 0 ohm resistor .... totally out of the way .... totally transparent. From purely a DAC standpoint, it will run neck and neck with M500 IMO.

E30 and L30 are cutting edge devices. $260 for a DAC / amp of this performance level is amazing IMO. THX amps alone were going for $400 last year! L30 is throwing up THX numbers at $130 .... lol .... great times for consumers looking for this stuff.
Yes, all that's missing is the streamer bit. Lots of ways to do that, but something matching or built into the DAC would be neater.
 

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Yes, all that's missing is the streamer bit. Lots of ways to do that, but something matching or built into the DAC would be neater.
I've got a Raspberry Pi 4 in FLIRC case sitting on top of my L30, E30 stack - Pi4 works really well as a streamer (using airplay; running RopieeeXL) as my bedside rig.
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I don't mind such low input impedance as long as it is called in the official specs so those who care can consider pairing issues with their gear.
How would I know how much current some DAC can emit, or what is the symptom of insufficient current?
 

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I've got a Raspberry Pi 4 in FLIRC case sitting on top of my L30, E30 stack - Pi4 works really well as a streamer (using airplay; running RopieeeXL) as my bedside rig.
So if you roll over and pull on the headphone cable, does it all tumble onto the floor? Right angle headphone plugs are dangerous for that.
 

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Sad how much more users with such headphones have to pay.
150 € for the topping L30, 500 € for the A90
You're kidding, right? Either A90 or L30 provide insanely good performance/price ratio. Speaking of A90: Such a performance was simply impossible to imagine, for 500€, only a year ago. Not to mention the L30 specs for 139€.o_O
But I imagine if you may afford 1600€ headphones, the A90 shouldn't be that expensive to you?;);)
 

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So if you roll over and pull on the headphone cable, does it all tumble onto the floor? Right angle headphone plugs are dangerous for that.
Luckily for me, the headphone cable is long enough that I can roll over and that doesn’t happen - however - the Etymotics definitely aren’t the most comfortable IEMs to have in your ears if you’re lying sideways on a pillow, given their barrels stick out a bit even with deep insertion.

I can assure you my last sentence wasn’t a euphemism... it does seem rather amusing reading it back.
 

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I've got a Raspberry Pi 4 in FLIRC case sitting on top of my L30, E30 stack - Pi4 works really well as a streamer (using airplay; running RopieeeXL) as my bedside rig.
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I always love a good coincidence. I've just placed an order for my first Raspberry Pi and have gone for the FLIRC case. I'll be using it with my existing D50s and Atom though, so I'm a bit off topic.
 
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I have an RPi 3 running OSMC and an RPi 4 running Volumio, but I mean something matching the Topping devices in appearance.
Just wait for aimpire to copy the E30, and then gut it for a raspberry pi. Simple.

In all seriousness, the flirc case is a great option, but I just found this on ebay. Not completely sure about it though.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Aluminum-A...ox-Protective-For-Raspberry-Pi-4/233391038397

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Silverston...-4B-Wall-Mountable-Aluminum-Case/333649774505


I should do the bedside streamer since I've got a D10 and JDS Atom collecting dust.
 

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If you are getting the SP200 for XLR phone output or input, save your money and get L30. There is zero difference between TRS and XLR on my SP200. And SE input is better than XLR input according to SMSL tech. Verified with nearly 10 different phones I use.

An E30 / L30 makes M200 / SP200 look needlessly expensive ... unless you absolutely need Bluetooth and "Sound Color" modes.[/QUO
 

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