Originally Posted by William Abraham
Hey, I have my Yamaha A-S2100 amp paired with a Topping D70 Chi-fi DAC and it is spectacular man. You can get this for 400 bucks on drop.com if you have some patience. I sold my 2500 dollar Shiit Yggdrasil piece of sht after i heard this Topping. I also audited the PS Audio stellar DAC on my system. It did not cut it for me either. Don't underestimate the finesse and value provided by Chinese engineering. I have worked with engineers from different parts of the world and i have yet to see a dumass Chinese engineer. But, i can safely say that i've worked with plenty of dumass engineers in our God's own country and Europe. Give this Chi-fi DAC a shot before you drown 2500 dollars or 5000 dollars on some overpriced piece of sht DAC just because some anti-Asian bigot propagandist audiophool told you so. Most of these bozos source all Chinese parts, source slave labor from Asia on their "Made in the USA/Made in England" hifi anyways and add a 900% markup. God bless.
The Topping D70 was measured over at another forum and got a rave review. My DAC is the Stellar GCD. It is the first and only DAC I've owned, so I have not frame of reference. And I didn't know anything about DACs when I got it. I assumed that, being by PS Audio, it would be a first class DAC. However, that same forum measured the Stellar DAC and found just about the worst SINAD performance they have ever tested.
Because of that, I'm looking to replace it with a top flight DAC. I do need a product that can also serve as a pre-amp with home theater bypass analog inputs, and that can also drive my Krell power amp. Right now, I'm leaning towards the Benchmark DAC3, which also measures out in the top tier of DACs.
FAMILY ROOM--Legacy Signature II towers(Front L/R), PSB Image 5T towers(Surrounds), Polk LSiM706 center, Denon AVR-X5200W, Krell FPB 400cx, AR ES-1 turntable w/ Audioquest 404-B cartridge, Oppo UDP-203 UHD Blu-ray Player, RCA HD-DVD player, Sony 75" 900E.
MASTER BEDROOM--Dynaudio Audience 82 tower speakers, Outlaw LFM-1 sub, Onkyo TX-NR809, Oppo BDP-83 Universal Disc Player, Panasonic 60-ST60 plasma TV.