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need quick advice re: DX3 Pro vs Schiit Stack etc. while DX3 Pro is on Drop

  1. MonoJon
    Hello Forum,

    I have been considering the following DAC/amp/bluetooth options. My current IEMs are all 16-32 ohm, and I am considering purchasing AKG K553 MKII for my first full-size cans (also 32 ohm). I want a combo of DAC, amp and bluetooth receiver that can drive these at low to moderate listening levels while also being suited to 300+ ohm models should I decide to upgrade in the future.

    I am feeling pressure because the Topping DX3 Pro is back on sale on Drop for $180. Will this suit my needs well, and should I pull the trigger on this now or wait until the 11/11 sale on AliExpress?

    Other options I am considering are:

    - Topping D30 + Topping A30 + 3rd party bluetooth receiver
    - Schiit Modi 3 + Schiit Magni 3 + 3rd party bluetooth receiver

    In summary, which of the three options is best suited to my needs, and should I jump on the DX3 Pro now or wait for 11/11 sale?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. buke9
    Sorry but this makes little sense to me. What is the purpose of the Bluetooth receiver?
  3. MonoJon
    Oh, that's just for if I am laying in bed and want to stream a podcast or Spotify to my Klipsch 2.1 channel powered speakers, or if I'm feeling too lazy to get up and walk three steps to the album library to grab a CD and instead want to stream lossless files from my cell phone (my phone is Sony and supports all the latest codecs, including LDAC).
  4. PurpleAngel Contributor
    I've listened to a Schiit stack and it does sound nice.
    But I like an all in one unit, so I vote Topping DX3 Pro LDAC.
    Also check out the Massdrop Sennheiser HD58X (150-Ohm) headphones.
  5. MonoJon
    @PurpleAngel Thank you for your thoughts. There is a lot of appeal in an AIO unit as my desk space is at a premium. I have two 27" 2k monitors for photo editing work, and for my 9-5 gig in data analysis, so don't want a bunch of other do-dads on my desk if I can help it. I will research the Sennheiser HD58X. What kind of response/profile does it have? I am a fan of pretty much all types of music, so I want something that is a great "all-rounder".
  6. PurpleAngel Contributor
    I've bought about 30-40 headphones over the past 8 years, but currently using my HD58X for TV and computer listening.
  7. MonoJon
    I just learned that the new version of the Topping DX3 Pro (V2) has much worse headphone output specs that the V1 version - 10 ohm output impedance and -70 dB crosstalk. I don't think it will be suitable for my low-impedance headphones, so I am left to wait for them to improve it or consider another option, unfortunately.

    ~ Jon
  8. PurpleAngel Contributor
    Check out the Xduoo XD-05 Plus.

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