SMSL SP200 THX AAA 888 Balanced AMP!
Nov 28, 2019 at 6:07 PM Post #181 of 1,108

Shane D

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Well fellas, I just ordered one on amazon.ca! Super stoked.

It will be my benchmark dac1 to the 888.

So, did you buy an El DAC?

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Nov 29, 2019 at 2:05 AM Post #183 of 1,108

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Would appreciate your quick say as I am about to checkout from Amazon:

Which is a better pairing with the SP200 amp:

Topping D30 DAC? OR SMSL SU-8 DAC? They have similar reviews in terms of sound quality, even with the balanced output of the SU-8. The D30 is cheaper.

My application is competitive FPS gaming with the AKG K702 and HE-4XX cans.
 
Nov 29, 2019 at 4:38 AM Post #184 of 1,108

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Would appreciate your quick say as I am about to checkout from Amazon:

Which is a better pairing with the SP200 amp:

Topping D30 DAC? OR SMSL SU-8 DAC? They have similar reviews in terms of sound quality, even with the balanced output of the SU-8. The D30 is cheaper.

My application is competitive FPS gaming with the AKG K702 and HE-4XX cans.
I would recommend the topping d50s. It doesn't have the was hump and has convenient bluetooth connection. (A feature that you may come to appreciate). It measures and sound good as well
 
Nov 29, 2019 at 8:46 AM Post #188 of 1,108

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But the Topping D50s does have an ESS Sabre chip as well.
It has no hump if you look at the measurements. But measurements are not the whole picture. In my opinion, topping d50s is smoother and has a more versatile feature set
 
Nov 29, 2019 at 3:57 PM Post #189 of 1,108

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Magnificent sound!!
 
Nov 30, 2019 at 2:25 PM Post #192 of 1,108

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Using my SP200 with the Grado's today and it sounds pretty good. I am pretty much completely at peace with the SP200 sound now. As with my Burson Fun-Classic I use my Schiit Loki with the SP200 to "tune" my Grado's and my Beyer's. Just a little shot of bass and mid range.

This amp certainly took getting used to, just like my Cavalli LCX. To me, both sounded bad out of the gate. It will now be really interesting to see how my other amps compare after using this so much.

I can't wait to get back to the Koss system, l love the Cavalli sound and want to explore tubes further, but this amp is a great addition to the collection. Great sounds and a great variety.

Shane D
 
Nov 30, 2019 at 2:30 PM Post #193 of 1,108

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But the Topping D50s does have an ESS Sabre chip as well.

It has no hump if you look at the measurements. But measurements are not the whole picture. In my opinion, topping d50s is smoother and has a more versatile feature set

Yea the typical ESS Sabre Hump adds like an edge to things, some hear it as "harsh" if you've never heard it. It'll come across as "sharp"

It's adds a some what unnatural emphasis to things but for gaming you may want that, the few ESS Sabre Dacs I had with the "hump" sound overly focused. Again bad for music but maybe good for gaming. Have you reached out and read over @Mad Lust Envy gaming thread about what Dacs work well for gaming?
 
Nov 30, 2019 at 7:06 PM Post #195 of 1,108

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Have you reached out and read over @Mad Lust Envy gaming thread about what Dacs work well for gaming?

It's a one sided thread with no capacity to have a conversation about anything other than the soundblasterX G6 as a solution to everything.
 
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