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Topping MX3 - Desktop Ammplifier

Posted: 13 May 2018, 13:11
by se99paj
A friend of mine has a very old Creative Labs DTT3500 speaker setup and he's thinking of replacing them, he's found a neat desktop amp (http://en.tpdz.net/products_detail/productId=35.html) that he likes the look of, it appears to have digital input (Including USB/Bluetooth/NFC) and as far as I can tell there are no separate amplifiers required so they'll power passive speakers.

They look like they can do everything he needs, look great and don't break the bank - But other than a few sellers on Ebay/Amazon I can't find anything about them which seems a bit odd to me, what do you guys think?

Does anyone have any experience of these Desktop combined DAC/Amps?

Topping MX3 - Desktop Ammplifier

Posted: 30 May 2018, 01:22
by Johnmcl7
I'm not quite seeing the point of this over a decent soundcard? It doesn't look like it can be separately used as a portable headphone amp like the Fiio units could. I use a PCI-E soundcard for my desktop and don't need an amplifier for my headphones.

John

Topping MX3 - Desktop Ammplifier

Posted: 31 May 2018, 12:42
by se99paj
I think this is just an alternative to an internal soundcard and allows you to use passive speakers - I think there is a theory that an internal soundcard can get interference, but it isn't something that I've noticed - But I'm definitely not an Audiophile (That's probably why I don't understand Headphone amps either).

I guess you can also link any other devices like a mobile phone and its useful controlling the volume without messing around with the settings on your PC.

I'm guessing that a pair of decent powered speakers and onboard sound would be just as good

Topping MX3 - Desktop Ammplifier

Posted: 01 Jun 2018, 01:58
by Johnmcl7
Headphone amps do make a lot of sense as a lot of standard devices don't have the power to drive bigger headphones (I have some headphones only more specialist mp3 players can drive, the likes of mobile phones don't have a high enough output), I can also see the benefit of combining that with a USB DAC. This device just seems a really odd mix of features, I guess it's trying to be a jack of all trades but there's a lot of better solutions that do a single job better. USB for an audiophile device seems odd as the high CPU usage is usually not good for sound, even the PCI-E bus isn't that great due to the latency.

John