V5i opamp feedbacks
The DacMagic 100 has a standard NE5532 installed. The sound is OK but somehow unspectacular. Somewhat difficult was the installation of the SOP8 to DIP8 adapter. After replacing the NE5532 with the V5i, the DacMagic is unrecognizable. The complete sound is more precise, more open. Instruments are better recognized. The sound stage is wider and deeper. Equipping the DacMagic 100 with the V5i was one of the best decisions, taking the DAC to a new level. Thank you, Burson.
Holy hell! The Topping A30 is a very nice sounding little headphone amp stock. It’s very neutral to slightly warm. But the upper registers can sound a little veiled. I read some reviews and several mentioned Opamp rolling with the Burson V5i opamps. Being a newbie to headphones, but not audio, I researched and decided to pull the trigger. To be honest I wasn’t expecting much. I mean, I knew the Topping sounded a little veiled but holy hell, what a difference. Right out of the box. It’s amazing. Flight of the Cosmic Hippos hit with punchiness that the original amp just didn’t have. Highs are more detailed but at the same time less harsh. How the hell did you guys do that? Topping should be really proud to offer such a good amp at the $100 price point but they should seriously talk to you about offering a version of the A30 with these amps already installed. It’s a night and day difference. Seriously I’m in disbelief. I was just wanting to get an acceptable level of fidelity out of a headphone setup at my desk. After trying different headphones and amps I was starting to worry I was going to have to pay thousands to get a sound as pleasing as I have with just a Sprout 100 and some Elac UniFi UB5’s in my living room. This may not sound the same but it’s definitely pleasing to listen to now. I’m listening to the music and not trying to troubleshoot what the weak component is anymore. It’s pretty clear that 2 of the weak links in the chain were the OPA2134 opamps. Topping touted that those opamps had .00008%THD. I don’t know if the V5i’s compare on that front. To be fair, they didn’t sound bad. But they didn’t sound like these either. This simple mod made my little amp sound great! Really, really great! Thanks! Now I can get back to listening to the music.
Purchased this after reading reviews online, was originally eyeing the V6 classic but it was way over my budget. Wasn’t impressed with it upon installing it in my portable player but after the burn-in period, the sound i was hearing was beyond what my stock opamp sounded. Well worth it, i’ve been recommending this to my fellow enthusiasts looking for a premium opamp that won’t break the bank.