Compendium updated: March 17th, 2021.
What does $140 get you in 2021? Just ask TOPPING, the company selling the MX3, a DAC/Amp with 4.0 Bluetooth and 24-bit decoding.
We’ve compiled reviews of this impressive little desktop DAC/amp from across the web for your reference. What you’ll find here are the TLDR versions of the full reviews (which you can access with the provided links). We’ll continue updating this compendium as reviews come in.
From Audio Science Reviews’ review of the TOPPING MX3, first published on April 15th, 2019:
"The only bright spot in the Topping MX3 performance is its headphone amplifier especially with low impedance headphones. Outside of that, the MX3 disappoints. While nothing is broken and design clearly verified (Audio Precision graphs are included in the manual), the bar was set quite low to meet the price point.
"Is the MX3 transparent enough? Probably for most people. Is it transparent enough for me to recommend it? No. You are much better off with discrete components. You will be paying more though to get that performance.
"Am I being too critical? We had fish chips yesterday at our favorite waterfront restaurant and it cost $57 for the three of us. Two of those meals and you can have the Topping MX3. So the value is incredible. Let me know what you think."
From Z Reviews’ review of the TOPPING MX3, first published on December 17th, 2018:
From iiWireviews’ review of the TOPPING MX3, first published on November 27th, 2019:
"In the end, you can’t judge this unit against dedicated components of the same price because they will always do their job better. But when you look at it for what it is – a full integrated amplifier with both digital and analog inputs, Bluetooth and headphone output – it’s hard to file any complaints."
From Sound Perfection Reviews’ review of the TOPPING MX3, first published on August 14th, 2019:
"The MX3 is a solid buy for the money, it offers great features and flexibility along with having a good amount of power on tap. Yes if you search around you can get a good hifi amp for the price, but I doubt the headphone out will sound as good, and it most certainly won’t be as small or have a built in DAC. For a desktop system, or a small bedroom setup you really cannot go wrong with the MX3.
"Sound Perfect Rating: 8/10 (Great sound and features for a modest price)"
Editor’s note: Emphases ours.