Note: This article is based upon the video "Is this the Next-Gen COMBO to beat? \\ Topping DX5" made by Z Reviews on his YouTube channel and is printed here in partnership with Z Reviews. The review was originally posted on May 23rd, 2022. Edits have been made for clarity and length. The TOPPING DX5 DAC/Amp is available on Apos Audio.
“If this was $300, I’d be like, this thing is fantastic, phenomenal, I don’t even care how it sounds because it has so many features. But it’s $450, which means that that extra $150 had better go towards sound quality. And it does. I would be fine with this being the only thing on my desk. It performs as well as I was hoping it was going to perform–maybe even a little better. The IEM performance, in particular, is incredible: how clean it is, how dark it is. It feels like THX in the sense that there’s no background hiss, but it has vibrant power.
“It’s perfect. This would literally have to blow up my headphones to make me not like it. It has accomplished everything I wanted except for one thing. It doesn’t do full output while also letting you still control the front. I wish it did that. Other than that, I am amazingly happy while listening to it. It’s very pretty, and I think it does at least as much as I thought it should do. It’s a quality unit, and TOPPING has impressed me once again.”