Topping D50 officially introduced: ES9038Q2M at heart

Topping introduced their latest DAC, the desktop-focused Topping D50. In a sense, it is a mix between the notorious (an well-regarded) Topping D30 and the more expensive Topping DX7.

The Topping D50 inherits the modern and sleek appearance of the DX7 while keeping the compact size of the D30; its shell is made of aluminium and it is roughly squared. It is similar to the DX7 in that it has a screen on the front to display all the relevant information about the currently-playing stream.

Inside the shell there are a XMOS XU208 USB controller that manages the connection to the PC and two ESS Sabre ES9038Q2M DACs. Despite there being two DAC chips, there is no balanced connector on board – output is limited to RCA.

Unlike the DX7, the Topping D50 does not feature neither a built-in headphone amplifier nor a built-in linear power supply. The device supports native DSD up to DSD512, DSD over PCM (DOP) up to DSD64 and PCM streams up to 32 bit / 768 kHz. Input can be either USB, optical or digital coaxial.

The retail price is $249: it is halfway between the D30 and the DX7/DX7s. Both the siblings will stay on the market, granting Topping a better coverage of different price points and thus giving more choice to the users. Additional information on the device can be found on Topping’s website.

About Riccardo Robecchi

Living just outside of Milan, Italy, I got the the passion for music listening as a legacy from my father and my grandfather. I am currently studying Computer Science at Università degli Studi di Milano. I also happen to have reported on technology since 2011.

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