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Topping D50

Discussion in 'Dedicated Source Components' started by junki, Apr 8, 2018.
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  1. Baten
    D50 fixes the intermodulation bug (not sure if audible) that many ESS DACs show.

    Also there was an A50 coming and a LPSU for both to make a triple stack. But I'm not sure the A50 is still coming... Topping had difficulties iirc considering the anticipation compared to other DACs like thx, Atom, liquid spark.

    The scene is getting so competitive nowadays!
  2. carlmart
    Why do you want a balanced output? You have a balanced headphone amp or a power amp with balanced inputs?

    If you can solder stuff, it's pretty easy to solder three wires at the D50 output, on each +/- analog IC chip, and voilá: balanced output!

    You need three wires per channel: + output, - output and ground. The IC chips would work as drivers.
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2019
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  3. Acke
    maybe eitr needs 5V from USB for something?
  4. Ripper2860
    That's what it looks like, but strange as it has an external 6v power supply. :confused:

    Oh, well. Neither here nor there, I suppose. Just a curiosity.
  5. Th3Drizzl3
    yes actually i have many amps with balanced out. i dont just have a few amps though lol. the d50 is what was running some of my smaller non balanced amps but i would rather something that can do both and some like the su8 are coming out that can do both. the d50 is great i cant say anything bad about mine it sounds awesome but if they were going tp upgrade it i would have liked to see a balanced out to compete with the likes of some of the other stuff coming out in this price range. i may try that but i did not want to really crack it open if i was going to sell it. ill have to think about it. mine has VERY little usage because i have been using other dacs mostly
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2019
  6. Th3Drizzl3
    the one good thing about the d50s is it gets rid the ess imd hump the plagues ess based dacs. i sent them a question if there will be a a way to upgrade the d50 with firmware and the answer is in fact no the regular d50 will never be able to have this corrected.
  7. Ripper2860
    I saw that about the D50s. Not really sure how audible that particular 'hump' in IMD really is, but it would be nice if the D50 could be corrected, as well. Sadly, not the case.
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  8. Fawzay
    so~ is it worth an upgrade from topping d50 to d50s?
  9. adeadcrab
    Not unless you want to use bluetooth, imo.
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  10. carlmart
    You can use your D50 to interface with balanced inputs without modifying it. I suppose you know that. Passively I mean.

    You just need an RCA to XLR3 cable that connects the balanced pins accordingly.

  11. Th3Drizzl3
    i do. however me being pretty ocd..... haha. again the d50 is a great piece. but i dont see why the d50s would entice anyone to upgrade who already has the d50 unless they really need bluetooth
  12. carlmart
    Unbalanced to balanced output.jpg There's a third passive solution which I recommend, that can be easily added inside the cable XLR connector.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2019
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  13. Ripper2860
    Any of you fine folks use HQ Player with the D50. Worth a shot with the eval? Any tips or suggestions?
  14. Vosya
    When using the ASDM7 + minringFIR-mp combination for PCM to SDM (DSD) conversion - I get sound from the D50 significantly better than when playing the original PCM.
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  15. carlmart
    Can you explain what are ASDM7 + minringFIR-mp?
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