- AKM high-end AK 4493 and carefully customized to maximize performance.
- 2 Japanese NDK clocks with extremely low phase noise, which significantly reduces the JITTER of the system
- Built-in high-quality power supply modules that deliver ultra-high performance with just USB power.
- Built-in gravity accelerometer switches the screen automatically!
- Compatible with cell phones, iPad, computers and other devices and compatible with Android, Apple system.
When it comes to budget desktop DACs in the $100/- range, the choice usually boils down to either the Topping E30, the SMSL Sanskrit 10th MkII, or the (slightly cheaper) Schiit Modi 3+ DAC.
I originally got the Topping E30 for a very specific requirement, i.e. to use as an external DAC for a decade-old Yamaha CDC-697 CD player, which is paired with an equally old Yamaha R-S300 stereo receiver. Yamaha tends to use Burr-Brown DACs in their equipment, which tend to be very warm, smooth and lush. When paired with the R-S300 stereo receiver, which also is a warm-sounding amplifier, it eventually became a case of too much of the same thing.
That is when I decided to try out a more current, external DAC; and having heard good things about the AK4493 chip's implementation in the Topping E30, went ahead and bought it. However, it turned out that the newer models of the E30 had replaced the SPDIF receiver from an AK4118 receiver chip to a Cirrus Logic CS8416 chip, which was known to have clock synchronization issues with SPDIF outputs from most old CD players, resulting in frequent skipping/missing of sound.
No such problems had been reported by anyone with the SPDIF receiver chip inside the SK10 MkII, and so, I replaced the E30 with that. It works fine as an external DAC with my old CD player, although reviews on Audio Science Review have reported that jitter is significantly higher on the SPDIF input when compared to the USB input. However, for 16-bit/44.1KHz CD music listening thru a stereo amplifier, I am not finding any audible issues.
Detail retrieval in the highs and mids seems to be better than the old, built-in Burr-Brown DAC of my CD player, while bass seems to have tightened up and become more taut. It is definitely more musical & warm than the drier, more analytical sound of the Sabre ESS90382M chip used in the FiiO BTA30 Pro Bluetooth DAC; and to me sounds a tad more musical than the Topping E30s implementation of the same AKM chip too.
I don't use it as a USB-DAC, but there are enough expert reviews out there to vouch for it's performance on USB - being as good (if not better) as the E30 or Schiit's Modi 3+ - so one can't go wrong with it in this price category.
This Dac makes a great pairing with the Topping L30 Amp. I use the combo to drive my Hifiman Sundara. This Dac adds a much needed midrange richness and warmth to the slightly cold sounding Sundara. I recommend this Dac especially for those who have neutral to bright leaning headphones. For example, headphones by Hifiman and Beyerdynamics.
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The greatest entry-level DAC for anyone looking to start their audio journey. The addition of a DAC to the earphones improves the sound quality.
Superb for music
This small device seriously improves the audio quality of your IEM. It gives boost to your IEM to run with its full potential..
I have paired this with my KZ ZSN Pro X nd Salnotes Zero nd there was a lot more improvement in the audio quality. The bass became tight, quality was improved everything sounded well. Before pairing they sounded different nd felt not upto the mark.
If you're on tight budget nd want to experience the audiophile journey then this is the best portable DAC you can start with. It costs less than 1.5K nd it performs way more than the price.
You won't be disappointed at all.
Extremely well made cable. Feels premium. Sound of the iem definitely got a boost
This is my first IEM, choosing BLON was not easy because there are so many options in that price sector. I was using SkullCandy Dime for music before this and HP gaming Earphone for my competitive gaming sessions. I wanted something that can fulfill my both needs so did some research and choose BLON. It's sound balanced, it's really good. I mostly listen to Jazz, Blues and Progressive Rocks in this days rarely some Pop and EDM's. Bass is there but not Heavy like BOAT's and not too low like Skull Candy. So in sound sector am happy.
Music is very clear. Great pair of drivers worth the price. First time iem buyers can surely go for it
I found this the be best entry level DAC.
Recommended for the beginner users.
The output is great and i have used with my IEMs. Sound output is nice ofcourse not as close to my LG v30 plus mobile.
If you have black/stealth styled IEMs like I do with the Truthear Hexas, and are seeking to use a balanced amplifier for them (I'm eq'ing them through the Qudelix 5K), the Tripowin Amber seem have the most congruent look for that setup. Matte black + copper looks quite suave in almost all settings.
Soundwise these cables do not diminish the original sound quality – they seem acoustically transparent. Could clearly hear the difference between my OG BTR5 balanced output and the Qudelix 5K's through this.
I prefer using my Sennheiser HD599 for long calls as they have a lighter clamp compared with my other headphones, but they do not come with a mic. This converter allowed me to get a Vmoda Boom Pro style cable and attach it to the HD599 for ultimate conference call bliss.
P.S. Works with my ATH M40x (and therefore the M50x too) as well! Might be an option for Sennheiser HD560S / HD400 Pro users as well since they use the same connector as the HD599
Delivers high quality music. Very convenient to use and carry
cables are good and working fine
Product is good but please check compatible devices with this .
Ow good product
I got these after listening to several reviews on YouTube. They are precisely what these reviews said they would be.