Topping TP30 Class T Digital Mini Amplifier with USB-DAC 15 WPC
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- Tripath-based for fantastic sound reproduction
- USB-DAC input for multimedia sound applications
- Small footprint ideal for desktop or where space is a consideration
- Front panel 3.5mm headphone output
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Build quality is reasonable. Switches, volume knob, and speaker binding posts seem solid enough without being too cheap. Speaker posts for example are not spring clips, but they won't handle larger wire and it's possible to unscrew them and lose a piece if you're not careful.
There are a few sound quality concerns to be aware of. Frequency response is very obviously tweaked upward at the high end, which can be a bit bright with the wrong speakers or headphones. If you look around for measurements of T amplifiers, this is a common and easily measured issue in many of them, with this model's particular problems shown in its Audioheuristics review. And there's not enough power for the deep bass to be very exciting. Finally, the headphone output is only rated for up to 200 ohms. That's fine for most non-exotic headphones, but it further limits this from being a giant killer in the headphone DAC+amp category.
Works fine under OS X and Linux. You'll have to provide the USB cord. No, it doesn't sound better if you get an expensive one.
First, build quality. The all metal enclosure gives off the impression that this isn't some toy designed to be replaced in a year. The brushed metal case may not appeal to everybody, but personally I love it. The blue light isn't that bright, so its not too distracting, and adds a bit of high tech flavor to the look. It was really nice to see some quality binding posts for speaker connections and gold plated connectors everywhere.
I've used this little unit as both an DAC/Amp and just as an amp, and I'm continually impressed. As a DAC, its going to sound better than just about any PC sound card you pit it against (although this thing only puts out 2 channels of sound, its vastly superior to any sound card I've heard, and I've probably heard them all!). When paired with a nice set of speakers, this thing really shines. If you've never experienced a tripath amp, they really are the 2nd coming of high fidelity. While still somewhat inferior to their tube cousins, tripath amplifiers are just unbeatable when done right, and often at an incredibly low cost. For its price range, I've yet to hear a DAC/Amp combo that beats this one. Highs are smooth and crisp, but not unnaturally harsh. The lows are tight but the vocals are where this thing really shines. Dialogue and vocals are incredibly clear and present. Overall you cannot ask for much more, especially considering the incredibly low price of this unit. Remember this is a sound card (DAC) and an amp all in one.
Getting the unit to work on a computer couldn't be simpler.Read more ›
My one minor complaint is that the blue LED is a bit bright, but it takes a few seconds to fix: simply remove the knob and use a Sharpie to write over the LEDs. Now the light is much dimmer, but still enough to let you know that the unit is on.
The T30's very useful for office chores, too: the quality with Skype calls has to be heard to be believed. It is literally like talking to someone in person. So, so, so much easier to have long calls and understand every word.
Mine cost $87 shipped, and it was delivered, very well packaged, within 36 hours of ordering.
I would say that dollar for dollar, there is almost nothing you can do for this amount of money to increase your enjoyment of being at the computer so much.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's fine for the earbuds, but seems not powerful enough for over ear headphonePublished 19 months ago by HYK
Received the Mark 2 version. I use this as a headphone amplifier on my work PC. I opt to use the USB-DAC and bypass my sound card. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Phil
So I will start off by saying I'm not some snobby audiophile, who will only listen to top end equipment. Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by Squilky
I don't pretend to have golden ears, but I think it sounds pretty good. But what I love is the combination of DAC, Aux, Amp and Headset. Read morePublished on June 16, 2014 by Nick Kiest
The item in the picture is the Topping TP30 mark 1, I received the mark 2, which is a new model. As far as I know the mark 2 was released early 2014 and you will most likely... Read morePublished on May 16, 2014 by XXXdiabloXXX
I have the Topping TP30 paired with a set of the Andrew Jones Pioneer SP-BS22-LR speakers, and it is the best stereo listening setup I have ever owned, regardless of price. Read morePublished on April 29, 2014 by Nathan Frith
I purchased this for use at my desk at work. I spend quite a bit of time at my desk, and listening to music helps my productivity and drowns out office noise. Read morePublished on April 9, 2014 by Tom D.
I just needed something small for my work area and PC. I went overboard and got the NAD D3020. While it sounded good and had extra features, it wasn't 500.00 good. Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by John T
Despite being 15WPC, it seems to be more powerful than my old lepai ta2020, and I think it sounds a bit cleaner too, though certainly not a huge difference, since the lepai has a... Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Scott Johnston