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Old 02-18-2015, 09:39 PM   #5101
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I finally have the Topping VX1 hooked up with all the proper cables. I say proper because I was using some older Monster M-Series M550i's and a generic USB until the new IC's and audio USB arrived.

I have to say, for what I paid for this device, it's impressive and very capable . The build quality belies the price and the performance IMO makes me wonder if I really need anything beyond it. Don't get me wrong, it's not the Oppo HA-1 by any stretch of the imagination. It may have deficiencies, as you would assume when compared to higher priced units, but,...... let's just say it's very effective and it makes the price difference hard to justify.

It has a 24/96 Burr Brown DAC and a very capable amp, which I doubt I would use unless I connected it to my Macbook and my recently acquired Audioengine AP4 computer speakers.
To tell you the truth, the game plan was that I would test the VX1 on the main system and if I was satisfied, I would then use it with the laptop. Now that I've discovered how nice a device it is, I want to keep it connected to the main system for a while, gaining as much as I can from the concept then eventually upgrade to a higher end headphone amp.

The 24/96 DAC function only happens via the USB connection. So I have the USB connected straight to the HTPC. The connected IC's are routed from the Rotel by way of the PS Audio DLIII. So, I can listen with the headphones in two different ways. I'm still trying to determine which is more effective. That's how nice the Topping VX1 is. Upon initial listening, it's hard for me to determine which one I prefer.

The deficiencies are as follows:

If I want to use the DAC within the VX1, I must go into the sound setting of the HTPC and select the VX1 as the default audio device. Then I must go into the JRiver settings and change the output mode to the VX1 (USB). By the way, in the current configuration, I can only listen to the files on the HTPC (JRiver) when using the VX1 DAC. Here's the kicker, I have a lot of 24/192 files along with 24/96 files. Listening to 24/192 files thru the VX1 would be defeating the purpose and benefit of the higher 192 KHz frequency.

The VX1 max's at 24/96. So I have made exclusive folders for both 24/96 and 24/192. So I only listen to lossless FLAC and 24/96 thru the VX1's USB connection. Apple TV is out of the question bacause it's route directly to the PS Audio DL III. Now I could connect the Apple TV directly to the VX1 which would be fine benefit because all files on the Apple TV are 16/44.1. Currently, when listening to the Apple TV which is routed to the DL III, I set the upsampling to 24/96 anyway.

Another deficiency is there's no remote functionality. So I must get up and manually switch settings. Not difficult, due to the front fascia buttons, (Aux, HP, Amp, On/Off) and Volume/Gain knob. It's still a PITA.

If I want to listen to the headphones via the PS Audio DLIII and Rotel Pre-Pro, or just listen thru the main system (fronts), I must go into the setting of both the HTPC and JRiver and swithch the output back to HTO Omega Clario 7.1 sound card. I'm not sure if this is the norm for most, but I can see it becoming tedious over a period of time and I know I will eventually be in search of more efficiency and simplicity.

Overall, it's a pretty sweet device and an inexpensive, but quality introduction into the outboard headphone amp application.
I'm glad you are experimenting with different gear. That's the best way to do research IMO. As for the DAC setting on the HTPC that is common if your configuration is as complicated as ours. For example, my dac is set up via USB when I use foobar and jriver, which is perfect for 2 channel listening. However, when I watch a movie I am using the digital connection via the Yamaha receiver I have to use the computers sound card and HT bypass. That's the only way I could separate the 2 channel from the 7.1 listening. My DAC has a way to select the input on the front controls but I could not get that to work for the life of me.
For now I just do the same thing you are doing. it does become an inconvenience sometimes but I only switch it when I watch movies on my HD. Once I figure out a shortcut I will let you know.
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Good Morning LDogg!!!!!!!

It was great seeing you on the pages yesterday and thanks for dropping a photo of those gorgeous interconnects on my thread

I just hope it doesn't take too long before you provide me with a link .....

[Show spoiler]After all ........ I STILL haven't received those photos from my visit
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Good Morning LDogg!!!!!!


Dude ............. I scored



[Show spoiler]And ........ I STILL haven't received those photos from my visit
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I hope your week is progressing nicely.

......and thank you so much for the kind words once again you left me on my stereo setup.
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Just doing my duty ............. sir
And still at it ........................ I hope your weekend went well

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Just doing my duty ............. sir
You know .........................

This is getting rather tiresome

I just placed my third order for some more IC's
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