Any one have info on this T-amp with DAC :Topping TP30. How is the quality?
Well laid components it might be very good for mini stereo setup .Approx 5k via ebay.
The DAC is USB PCM 2704 based.
This is something Kaushik had suggested to me to put an end to my stereo woes!
I am seriously considering this along with a used Arcam alpha 5 plus and Marantz pm40. I would very much like to know the sound quality of this dac+amp and its ability to drive a pair of floorstanders( I have mission m33i in 180 sq ft room.)
The Tp amp would also solve my source problem as i could feed usb from my laptop to the usb dac.
It uses the TA2024 chip, so it'll be slightly inferior (as an amplifier) to the TA2020 based Topping TP20, which I will be getting my hands on shortly (as a birthday present). And the PCM 270X based DACs are not supposed to be terribly great are they? Or is the 2704 an exception?
Psychotropic - how did you come up with the Topping T20? Did you have an audition of the component? Curious to know..
hmm the rated sensitivity of the missions M33i is 90 db, but 180 s. f.t is a moderately large room and the 2024 is even less powerful than the 2020. It might be a marginal solution for your needs. Why don't you invest in a good USB DAC like the Musiland DAC and a TA2020 based t-amp. The combined cost would be about 200 dollars if you went for a Lepai or under 250 USD if you went for a Topping TP20. None of these things (except the Lepai) I have heard of course, so I am slightly talking through my hat.
Where are you based iaudio? Bangalore? Let's see if I can arrange for you to audition the TP20 that I am going to get (it is going to come to bangalore first).
hehe nope! I've only heard the Lepai (with the TA2020 chip) and this Topping also has the same chip but better other components....claims to have nichicon caps and dale resistors and all that....gold plated binding posts, gold plated RCAs.....and comes with a 12V, 5A power supply.
Basically my friend said "how about i buy you one of these tripath amps for your birthday"....i said okay and i read up a fair bit about the cheaper ones and the choice was between a brand called HLLY and Topping......Both seemed to have the same level of quality, but Topping was slightly cheaper and had also gone through some modifications based on feedback. And I read many many user reviews where the Topping TP20's sound has been rated quite high, so I thought I might as well go for it.
Once I get my hands on it i'll know how much all this counts for ....but it's a gift anyway....so even if it sounds like crap, it's not a big loss
I know I can google this but still being the lazybones I am - can I trouble you by asking what exactly are tri-path amps and how are they different from normal integrated amps?
TP21 too has good reviews. Rs 3555 only here. Shipping too is free. Thought of pulling the plunge. But only credit cards accepted and I got none.
Reviews are promising. But seriously, we have these big 1ftX1ft plus AVRs from Onkyo, Yamaha etc. My Onkyo 606 is soo boomy on my C6s. Movies ofcourse sound great. Now, how hard is it for them to accommodate a small Tripath kinda chip/board in such a huge box? that way they can make both movie buffs and budding audiophiles (like me) happy.