- Sep 13, 2012
You surely can, it is intended for use as DAC, too. The A90 can be noise sensitive over single ended input, though.Can I use a 9038D as a DAC for my topping A90?
This is such an old myth and I hate it. Pretty much every modern device has an 'amp' or line level stage at the end of it for compatibility with upstream devices. Unless you are jamming a 1/4TRS to RCA splitter into a traditional head-amp's quarter inch output I really don't see the problem.Technically, that would be "double amping", as the 9038D already has an amp inside.
I mean the electronics are probably not gonna be damaged, but a lot of older audiophiles in the past told me that double amping can introduce noise from the first amp and amplify it on the second amp. Not sure, maybe check with the others who are more knowledgable with electronics.