A very nice little box dropped on my porch this week containing the brand new Topping D50 DAC.
Here is a summary from Massdrop:
Topping has gained a loyal following for its line of accurate, competitively priced DACs, which includes the DX7 series and the D30. For those looking to pair their DAC with a high-end headphone amplifier, look no further than the Topping D50. It’s stocked with all the specs you could want, including dual Sabre ES9038Q2M DAC chips with high accuracy, leading dynamic range, and outstanding THD+N levels. This unit also features the XU208 USB interface, which allows better support for DSD native. You’ll find inputs for USB, coaxial, and optical, and through the USB input, the DAC can support Android, Windows, iOS, and Mac OS X. Massdrop
I got lucky by getting in on the very first shipment and received it in less than a week from China!
Using my custom Burson Lycan headphone amp rig with swappable discrete op-amps, it was immediately clear that this DAC is ready to compete with the best. It also gives access to seven apodizing filters built into the Sabre 9038Q2M so you can further tailor the sound to your liking.
If you are curious about testing the most advanced ESS Sabre DAC to date, the Topping D50 could be your gateway drug!