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In Reply to: RE: Old Macbook Pro, best way to turn it into a budget audio source? posted by horst on September 20, 2023 at 02:21:41
In my most recent configuration, the best sounding has been my MBP, 2016 model, connected to my Topping E30 with a Chinese Odin clone USB cable. For convenience though I usually have the Topping connected to a Raspberry Pi 4 running Volumio as a DLNA receiver, and the MBP running AV as the source.
The MBP just sounds much better direct connected, and my thought is that Audirvana just does a better job at reducing the noise than Volumio on a RPi.
I'm testing the Topping E30 II right now, along with some of the cheaper options listed above, and so far it sounds ridiculously good.
It's just a bit bright sounding, with an emphasis on upper mids and treble, but that might well be an issue with the amp or other parts of the system, which are revealed by this DAC.
It's right now the MBP, USB 2.0 (some mid priced 'audiophile' USB cable from Aamzon), into the Topping E30 II (filter 4, DAC mode), Luminous Audio Synchestra Signature interconnect cables, to the old NAD 3020e, and some solid core speaker cables into my Celestion SL600s.
It doesn't take much to get a great sound these days.
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