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TOPPING - D90SE

Balanced Desktop DAC With MQA Decoding Capability
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Chi-Fi
Excellence

1 Year of
Warranty

Ideal for
Audiophiles

Ideal for
Indoor Use

For Studio &
Professionals

Bluetooth with
LDAC, aptX LL, aptX HD, & AAC

Pair with Laptop
via USB

ESS ES9038PRO
DAC Chip

Connect With USB
Coaxial, Optical & AES

Remote
Controls


The D90 SE is perhaps the best measuring DAC in the world, at any price point. The 'rationalists' swear by the D90's incredible detailing and measurements. But for me, along with the A90, it's perhaps the best desktop stack money can buy for full-sized Headphones.
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RAGHAV SOMANI

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About Raghav Somani

Raghav Somani is the Founder & CEO of Headphone Zone. An avid audiophile and musician since 2008, his choice of headphones include STAX Electrostats, Audeze LCD 3, and for music on the go, the JH Audio Roxanne + Astell&Kern SP1000 is never too far away. On his playlist, you'll find A.R. Rahman, Michael Jackson, and the Eagles.


DESCRIPTION

UNIQUELY-TUNED, PREMIUM ESS SABRE ES9038PRO DAC CHIP FOR AUDIO PERFECTION

For an ultra-high-end audio performance, the TOPPING D90SE employs a highly advanced ESS SABRE ES9038PRO DAC chipset featuring 32-bit Hyperstream architecture. Each channel of the D90SE is arranged in parallel by 4 conventional balanced channels for a whole new level of audio excellence. The D90SE is uniquely designed to carry out independent I/V conversion for the 8 channelled ES9038PRO DAC chip and bring them together in parallel, to highlight the real potential of the "4 x DAC parallel connection". This unique tuning makes the D90SE stand out from other DACs that use the same chipset.

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A FULL-FLEDGED MQA DECODER REVEALING SONIC MAGIC THAT ARTISTS CREATE IN THEIR STUDIOS

The Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) is an audio codec approved and authenticated in the studio. It all begins with audio capturing and recording after which the MQA folds the file to make it suitable for streaming in a process called music origami. The entire goal behind this process is:
1. To offer audio that's better than CD quality on any device
2. To offer original master recording when paired with an MQA decoder
Equipped with a full MQA decoder, the TOPPING D90SE unfolds MQA files in the highest possible audio quality. This unfolding process is done using precise file and platform-specific DAC compensation and management to reveal the true musical magic that artists create in recording studios.
To know more about MQA, visit www.mqa.co.uk/how-it-works.
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NOTICE SONIC DETAILS YOU’VE BEEN MISSING ALL THIS WHILE

Taking audio performance to a whole new level, the TOPPING D90SE offers less than 0.00005% of Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise (THD+N) while the Signal-to-noise and distortion ratio (SINAD) is at 126dB @ 1Kz which means that the music you listen to on the D90SE sounds clear and highly detailed.

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HI-RES LDAC TRANSMISSION POWERED BY BLUETOOTH 5.0 AND ES9038PRO CHIP

Certified for Hi-Res Audio Wireless and LDAC, the TOPPING D90SE comes with a CSR8675 chipset. This chipset extends support to a range of audio codecs including SBC, AAC, AptX, AptX LL, Aptx HD and LDAC. To ensure uncompromised sound quality over Bluetooth 5.0, the D90SE decodes its digital signals using the highly advanced ES9038PRO, instead of the in-built CSR8675.
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STRESS-FREE PLUG AND PLAY CONVENIENCE USING ALMOST ANY AUDIO SOURCE

With easy plug and play convenience, you can pair the TOPPING D90SE with almost any audio device supporting Windows 10, MAC, Linux, iOS or Android. Kindly note that if you are using the D90SE with your PC, you will have to install and set a custom Thesycon ASIO driver (For Windows 10). The MAC however does not need a driver to achieve ASIO.

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JITTER-FREE & MQA DECODE ENABLED USB, COAXIAL, OPTICAL, AES & BLUETOOTH AUDIO INPUTS

The installation of 2nd-gen 16-core XMOS XU216 enables the TOPPING D90SE to support full MQA decode along with PCM32bit768kHz and DSD512 native. The MQA support on the TOPPING D90SE is not limited to USB input but includes Coaxial, Optical and AES inputs as well. This allows you to listen to your music in a higher than CD-Quality sound. All the inputs mentioned above are compatible with all the 3 MQA formats: Renderer, MQA and MQA studio. Regardless of which inputs you use, the D90SE will always have a jitter-free output as it uses CLPD to process the clock and to optimize the digital signal that brings down the jitter to as low as -160dB.

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A DEDICATED IIS INPUT WITH MULTIPLE SETTINGS THAT SUPPORTS PCM & NATIVE DSD

If you are keen on sending the IIS signal directly to the ESS9038PRO DAC chip of the D90SE, use the HDMI cable as it helps the chip with better audio decoding. Compatible with up to PCM32bit768kHz and DSD1024native, the dedicated IIS input on the D90SE pairs seamlessly with almost all digital interfaces that use HDMI to deliver IIS signals. Explore a range of settings on the IIS input including phase settings, DSD channel settings and DSD indicator pin selection settings.
Note: Kindly note that the IES function uses the HDMI interface to transmit IIS signals and not the standard HDMI signals. Therefore it cannot be connected to the HDMI interface on your PC, TV and Setup box.
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CHOOSE FROM SELECTABLE BALANCED XLR AND SINGLE-ENDED RCA OUTPUTS

Featuring balanced XLR output along with single-ended RCA output, the TOPPING D90SE has enough space for all kinds of audio setups. Choose either "XLR only", "RCA only" or "XLR+RCA" selectable outputs for all possible applications. To widen the scope of applications the TOPPING D90SE has versatile XLR 4V/5V and RCA 2V/2.5V outputs that take audio performance to a whole new level. If you select XLR 4V and RCA 2V, you can use the D90SE with more devices whereas with XLR 5V and RCA 2.5V the performance goes up a notch.

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GET BETTER CONTROL OVER THE VOLUME OUTPUT WITH THE DAC+PREAMPLIFIER MODE

While you can use the TOPPING D90SE in the DAC mode, which gives you a fixed output level, you can use the D90SE in the DAC+Preamplifier mode as well. Under this mode, you get to control the volume output using either the front panel or the remote control. For best results, you can pair the D90SE with a power amplifier or monitor speakers.

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PAIRS WITH ALMOST ALL HEADPHONE AMPS BUT WORKS BEST WITH THE A90

Engineered with a completely balanced NFCA module, the TOPPING D90SE offers 0.2uV ultra-low noise, 0.00006% ultra-low THD+N and 0.1-ohm output impedance. WIth wide gain setting and high output voltage, the D90SE can be paired with almost all kinds of headphone amps. Having said that, pair the TOPPING D90SE with the TOPPING A90 headphone amplifier for the best possible audio setup. With the TOPPING D90SE, you get 2.1Vrms @0dBFS (4VMode) and 2.6Vrms @0dBFS (5VMode) for RCA output. Whereas for the XLR output, you get 4.2Vrms @0dBFS (4VMode) and 5.2Vrms @0dBFS (5VMode). Additionally, the output impedance on both the RCA and the XLR output is 100Ω.

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SPECS

INPUT RANGE
USB IN PCM: 44.1 kHz-768kHz/16bit-32bit
DSD (Native): DSD64-DSD512
DSD (DoP): DSD64-DSD256 (DoP)
MQA: Renderer, MQA , MQA studio
IIS IN PCM: 44.1 kHz-768kHz/16bit-32bit
DSD (Native): DSD64-DSD1024
DSD (DoP): DSD64-DSD256
MQA: Not Supported
COAX/OPT/AES IN PCM: 44.1 kHz-192kHz/16bit-24bit
DSD (Native): Not Supported
DSD (DoP): DSD64
MQA: Renderer, MQA , MQA studio
BT PCM: AAC/SBC/APTX/APTXLL/APTX HD/LDAC
DSD (Native): Not Supported
DSD (DoP): Not Supported
MQA: Not Supported
LINE OUT RCA
THD+N @ A-WEIGHTING <0.0007% @ 1 kHz
THD+N @ NO-WT 90KBW <0.0008% @ 20-20 kHz
SNR @ A-WEIGHTING 127dB @ 1 kHz
DYNAMIC RANGE @ A-WEIGHTING 127dB @ 1 kHz
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20Hz-20kHz(+/- 0.1 dB)
20Hz-40kHz(+/- 0. 3dB)
OUTPUT LEVEL 2.1Vrms @ 0dBFS(4V Mode)
2.6Vrms @ 0dBFS(5V Mode)
NOISE @ A-WEIGHTING <1.3uVrms
CROSSTALK -124dB @ 1kHz
CHANNEL BALANCE 0.3dB
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE 100 Ohm
LINE OUT XLR
THD+N @ A-WEIGHTING <0.0005% @ 1 kHz
THD+N @ NO-WT 90KBW <0.0003% @ 20-20 kHz
SNR @ A-WEIGHTING 134dB @ 1 kHz
DYNAMIC RANGE @ A-WEIGHTING 134dB @ 1 kHz
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20Hz-20kHz(+/- 0.1 dB)
20Hz-40kHz(+/- 0. 3dB)
OUTPUT LEVEL 4.2Vrms @ 0dBFS(4V Mode)
5.2Vrms @ 0dBFS(5V Mode)
NOISE @ A-WEIGHTING <1.1uVrms
CROSSTALK -139dB @ 1kHz
CHANNEL BALANCE 0.3dB
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE 100 Ohm
IN THE BOX
BOX CONTENTS 1. TOPPING D90SE
2. Remote Control
3. USB Cable
4. AC cable
5. Bluetooth Antenna
6. User Manual
7. Warranty Card
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1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this TOPPING D90SE comes with a 1 year warranty on the Amp/DAC and 6 months warranty on the battery. TOPPING's warranty covers all manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

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