Topping MX3 Power/Headphone Amp w/ Bluetoothsearch

Topping MX3 Power/Headphone Amp w/ Bluetooth

Topping MX3 Power/Headphone Amp w/ Bluetooth

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Was the problem where the subout would output while on headphone only mode ever fixed on these units?
Hi, i was thinking of getting this for my PC along with a pair of Q-Acoustics 2010i. Main source is Tidal (Up to 24/96). is this good enough in terms of amplification ? Does it sound sharp or brittle ?
I was going to use a vintage entry level kenwood KA-60 and buy a separate dac when i stumble on this. seems much simpler and also really cheap...
opinions needed !
Soldano
This is much better for sure.
Can this amp output 2 audio sources at once? I was thinking of plugging in my Avaya IP phone at work over the aux input and my phone and tablet over Bluetooth and listen to my mobile device while on the phone.
What price was mass drop selling this for?
Rensek
It was $100.
Anyone tried the Bluetooth function on this? I tried using Google Pixel -> Bluetooth -> MX3 -> Headphone and it lags from time to time.
I was using Spotify and I tried Google Play it's the same thing, and I plug straight to phone and it's all fine again.
Anyone else notice this?
I'm currently using a Yamaha RX-V379 as a headphone amp and as my amplifier for two Klipsch B-3 passive speakers. I kinda want to "downgrade" to a more compact unit. Can the MX3 "beat" the Yamaha?
LarsVG
Beat it in what sense? I'm using the MX3 to drive a set of Fluance SX6 bookshelf speakers and, currently my VE Zen Lite earbuds being fed from my PC/PS4/Switch. I have run the Sennheiser HD6XX out of it as well without issue.
It's a great little all-in-one unit, and I'm strongly considering grabbing a second one to create a clone setup in another room. My one major complaint is that the remote is complete trash, and I haven't found a reasonable solution to that issue yet.
Anyone know if the subwoofer output signal is controlled with the volume control; i.e. matches what is being sent to the speakers? This is the case with the SMSL Q5 pro which I already have, but I'm looking at comparing the two since the SMSL's subwoofer signal distorts pretty badly at 35/60 and above.
Infrasonik
It's variable.
I found this link on the Topping site to manuals for the current products. http://en.tpdz.net/support.html
Has anyone used this with AKG K712's? I was looking for a cheaper solution while I am waiting on my Darkvoice. Just wondering if this had enough power to drive them correctly?Thanks for any info/knowledge.
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While we're on the topic, would anyone know if this can drive T50RP MKIII? It's suppose to be hard to drive "properly". But what's "proper" is kind of debatable lol.
Hyde
I tried that, I was running, These at 90 and my computer was at 40-45 and MKlll works fine at that level but when I switched to AudioGD R2R11, it was better. But this definitely is a good unit
Anyone know if there are any alternative remotes for this thing? The amp itself is wonderful, but the remote is required for some features, and to be honest, it's a complete piece of garbage.
LBartley
I have seen some forum posts on audiosciencereview and head-fi that reference using the logitech harmony remotes with the Topping DX7S. They emailed logitech and added the remote codes to the database. You might be able to search and find the info you need. I recall one user picking some other brand's code and getting some functions to work too.
I'm debating to get this or the Schiit Fulla 2 to pair it with my Google Pixel when listening to music at work.
If I get this I'll use the Bluetooth function so I can charge my phone while using it, with Fulla 2 it has dedicated power too but it will take up the USB C slot on the phone (for audio signal) so I can't charge it (granted the power draw will be low).
Anyone can comment on the sound quality of this vs other headphone DAC/Amp?
Hyde
It would be better than the Fulla2 for sure, that is really a poor device overall. From the cheap pot, to the power interference problems, to the really poor soundstage...
Jimster480
Ahhh good to know, ok I'll definitely be going with the MX3 then, thanks!
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How do you hook up active speakers to this thing?
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Why wouldn't you? I have JBL monitors (MD flavored series 3XX) and run them through a dac/amp unit. Yes the speakers are powered but that doesn't prevent them from benefiting from the DAC circuit. My unit has separate preamp outs where this one doesn't seem to, but I'm guessing the manual covers that connection. The other nice features offered are obviously the bluetooth connection and the remote control--I wish I had both on my Jotunheim!
it is mono, or summed. per Topping support. "Your MX3 is normal. We do this is because some users will use MX3 as a pre-amplifier, they will connect the power amplifier from the headphone jack, and they need subwoofer output at the same time. So if you need to use headphone only, please pull out the subwoofer output."
is it dac aswell?
Eyal
yes, indeed.
Any updates on shipping?
anyone get any info yet? still waiting on shipping updates etc?
is this shipping start ? my mx3 is not :(
mansu
I've had mine for about a week
Good luck finding a useful review of this unit on YouTube!
My amp was outputting to the Sub-Out even when in headphones mode and when it entered the automatic low per mode would emit a really loud popping sound out every channel (speakers, sub AND headphones if plugged in). It was loud enough I worried it would blow my speakers and I returned it as defective to Massdrop. Just wanted to share my experience with this brand/amp...
Keuller
thank you for share your experience with us this is really helpful to me
Keuller
Same- thanks for sharing this info
Hi, it is enough tout drive a Beyerdynamic DT150? Thx ;)
Thinking about using this with my Polk R150s (100 watt passives). Anyone got similar experience on how clean and loud this can push?
i plan to this amp for my desktop speakers(monitoraudio BR2) and smartphone by bluetooth so i wonder ad18 vs mx3 which one is better for me? i don't use headphone or earphone. i mean never :D mx3 is looks better though. any advice gratefully accepted thank you :)
p.s now i'm using topping 30 since 6 years? ago. i guess
I've got a brand new unit for sale in Canada (Toronto). It's the black version. Comment here if interested.
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email me: massdrop@alcanuser.xyz @Hyde
cloverunderling
E-mail sent, LOL sorry for the long rambling but please check your e-mail.
Thanks!
Alright. Stupid question. How would this connect to a desktop PC? The audio card in it has only the 3.5mm Jack's. Or does that connect via usb? Thank you. I am using beyerdynamic dt880 cans without an amp or dac currently.
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Corvis
Connect via USB (to a PC). Look at the pics!
How well does this work with (medium-sized) floor speakers?
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jimmyt
Didn't try blasting it, but was able to get the MX3 to easily fill a living room and adjoining kitchen and dining room with clean sound on my fairly large Polk Audio Monitor 70 floorstanding speakers (8 ohm)
jimmyt
the factor power supply is rather weak, i upgraded my smsl ad18 to a custom power supply and tried out the 6.6a 24v DC (about twice what came with it) supply that it came with and the difference is night and day. with the factory power supply the mx3 would turn off at anything over 76 with my desktop speakers (R-15M) and be a little distorted towards the max. now it goes to 100, no problem and sounds even better.
Upgrading from a Fiio E10k, first step into the big boys game
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Definitely enjoy this sound better, it has adjustable treble and bass, the e10k just has a bass switch
ThePotato
Sweet that's awesome to know, thanks!
EDIT: I'm upgrading from uDAC3 which is comparable to E10K that's why I want to see if it's worth the upgrade, thanks again for your feedback.
Do anyone have the MX3 and the schiit stack or o2/odac combo? Just wondering how does the headphone portion of it fair against those.
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As far as I know Audiosciencereview hadn't measured the MX3. The typing D30, D50, DX7 & DX7s are well regarded though and use a whole different class of DAC chip.
The MX3 is really a speaker amp though and headphone is an afterthought.
AudioSciencereview is measurement obsessed in not quite convinced that measuring something and hearing something are 100% the same.
I will admit I've never been sold on Schiit for some reason this do not own one of their products. I do however own some Audio-GD that I like and enjoy that is afternoon considered poor measuring by the audioscience people.
I do plan at some point to compare my audio-GD great to some audio science review approved gear and decide for my self.
RojasTKD
I kust assumed the Dac was similar to the D10 an D50 they measured. But i agree that it doesnt actually give any clue regarding the actual sound itself...
WIll this amp drive a 250 Ohm Headphone like the Beyerdynamic T90?
SuperChief
I like that this unite can drive both speakers and offers decent power for headphone, but to me this is primarily a speaker AMP with a headphone option. I'm sure it would do OK running you T90, but you wouldn't be doing them justice.
If you running expensive headphones like the T90 I'd suggest investing a little more in a dedicated headphone AMP that will get the most out of you higher end headphones.
I've had budget rig my headphone ok, but when I got my NFB-11 I eventually realized why you get better gear for your higher end headphone. It was cleaner, had greater dynamic range and made the bass tighter more impactful.
In short if you've invested in good headphone, invest in a good headphone DAC/AMP.
If you also want to run speakers and be able to use your headphone also this seems like a decent option. I probably going to get one for my back patio speakers, even though I have a SMSL AD18 running them now, because this also has a Subwoffer out (YES!).
Received shipping notification this morning!
The SUB stays on when I am in headphone mode. Very inconvenient for nighttime listening. Can anyone else confirm if theirs does this? Is there a way to disable the sub in headphone mode or do I have to reach over and unplug the sub every time?
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Bobby9265
That does sound like a silly thing to do. Sometimes when we go with Chi-Fi (Chinese HiFi) we have to deal with silly things, I guess.
I do this for a different reason, but it might help here too. I have my Desktop monitors (JBL LSR 30X), my DAC/AMP (NFB-11) and sub-woofer all on separate pulgs with wireless remotes. So if I don't want my sub playing at night I jut hot a button and it powered off.
Also as the rest of the gear has the power button at the rear, making it a pain to turn on and off, I just leave them on and use to remote to tun them on/off. When I powering off my NFB-11 my PC defaults back to it on board audio, which I use for general computing. Turning on my NFB-11 I I get higher quality audio. Then I can turn on the sub If i really want to feel the thump. Luckily I got them remotes all on three different channels (A, B, C).
Perhaps this is a viable solution for you.
This is what I got : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OBYGW4Y/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
it has three outlet per unite, there are models with just one plug if that all you need.
RojasTKD
it's not an issue for me as i use the mx3 primarily has a headphone amp but also drive some bookshelf speakers with it. i refuse to have a subwoofer near all my hard drives.
Having a problem: audio is popping/clicking and dropping out a lot. MX3 is connected via Toslink to the TV (Panasonic GT30). The display keeps changing back and forth from the volume setting to 48 kHz.
Signal path: uverse cable box hdmi to TV, TV Toslink to MX3, MX3 to Dayton Audio MK402 speakers via 16 awg speaker cable.
I know my Toslink cable and TV is good because the past few months it's been connected to speakers with built in amp+DAC via Toslink and sometimes to a sennheiser wireless headphone receiver via Toslink with no issues.
Edit: left the cable box, TV, and MX3 off for ~1 hour and now it's working normal. No idea why though. Previously I had unplugged and re-plugged the Toslink multiple times and power cycled everything multiple times. Hope it keeps working normally.
M3TAl
So... I've found out that my issue still happens but only when physically touching/using the volume knob on the amp. If I never physically touch it and use only the remote it works fine. What's up with that? Some kind of electrical short or improper grounding?
M3TAl
Sounds like a grounding issue. Try connecting it to the TV with a conductive connection (aux / coax). You don't have to use it, just connect them so they share a ground. Maybe that'll help.