Supercharge Your Headphones on a Shoestring Budget
It’s time to shake up the entry-level market! TOPPING has just released the DX1, a $99 DAC/amp combo that features a brand-new AKM DAC chip, dual gain settings, and two headphone outputs.
The first thing you’ll probably notice about this thing is that it’s tiny. Here it is riding on top of the TOPPING L30 II…
Small though it may be, it boasts some big names in hardware. Its two-channel AKM DAC chip decodes 32-bit/384kHz PCM and DSD256 (Native) in a stunning 120dB of dynamic range. Its USB controller is made by XMOS.
And while this is a far cry from a feature-rich all-in-one, TOPPING were thoughtful in their implementation of certain features. A high/low gain option and two headphone jacks (6.35mm and 3.5mm) give you everything you need to run IEMs and full-size headphones alike.
Another neat feature is the Discrete LNRD circuit, which filters out noise and interference from the conveniently-sized yet notoriously noisy USB 5V power supply. This circuit plays no small part in the unit’s fantastic <0.0002% THD+N.
How about power though? 280mW x2 @32Ω is not too shabby, especially if you’re planning to run IEMs and dynamic driver full-sized headphones.
All in all, this is an exciting product from TOPPING that is sure to command the entry-level conversation going forward.
- Hi-Res Audio
- AKM AK4493S DAC chip
- <0.0002% THD+N
- XMOS XU208
- Discrete LNRD
- 280mW x2 @32Ω
- 2 gain settings
- 6.35mm and 3.5mm outputs
- Line out
- -160dB of jitter