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Old 21st January 2013, 01:17 AM   #31
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has anyone try this amp?
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Old 21st January 2013, 04:06 AM   #32
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It's 'better' in that it has trimmers for DC offset, has no badly executed Tone controls that need immediate removal and it's fitted with fake (?) wima caps.
No shiny case though.
Go ahead.. risk the $14
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It's 'better' in that it has trimmers for DC offset, has no badly executed Tone controls that need immediate removal and it's fitted with fake (?) wima caps.
No shiny case though.
Go ahead.. risk the $14
How can one tell a fake Wima from a real one?
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Old 30th December 2013, 02:44 PM   #34
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I just plugged in a topping TP20mark 2. Awesome!!! Straight out of the box, it gives my Pass F5 a run for its money. Absolutely amazing.

I have owned a Chalize mark2 in the past, and that was also a breath taker, but I lost it so can't give a direct comparison.

The topping however is a total steal.
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I just plugged in a topping TP20mark 2. Awesome!!! Straight out of the box, it gives my Pass F5 a run for its money. Absolutely amazing.
Wwwwhat !??! That is amazing. Please relisten after it has had few hours. Still have all the parts for building an F5 but after reading this....
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Old 30th December 2013, 03:15 PM   #36
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I know, what the hell?

I have a Havana DAC and a pair of full range MA alpair 10.3's in QWTL. A respectable set up, and the Topping is doing so much right, so clean and musical and plenty of bass. I'll post again in a week or two, keep th TP in the system and see if it matures, or perhaps becomes fatiguing.

But I can say, hand on heart, it's a beaut of an Amp and opens up some serious scope for bi amping with active crossovers or some kit from the mini dsp crew.

Do build the F5 if you have the bits, it's a great feeling to complete such a thing, and addictive I'm planning an Aleph J sometime soon, I like a tube like sound.

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Old 31st December 2013, 11:43 AM   #37
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Ok, I've had several hours to listen and compare now.

1. It's remarkably hard to choose between these two amps.

2. The F5 does everything people say it does, of the two amps it seems to be slightly more coherent in the mids and slight edge in the LF when the music gets complicated.

3. The Topping has more bass, and it's GOOD bass, nice and full with punch.
It also has a sparkle where the F5 exhibits precision, especially HF.

4. And I'm amazed to say it. The topping is more fun, more engaging musically.

5. The F5 wins with human vocals, so real that you could almost reach out and touch the sound. Topping is also excellent with vocals, just a shade more 2 dimensional.

6. F5 is analytical and precise, impressive all round, ALLWAYS. But every time I switched back to the topping I felt like I had just bumped into a dear friend, and thought, cripes your good.

One word for each? F5 masterful, Topping joyful.

One caveat - F5 has been suggested as not a love match in heaven with FR speakers. Digital amps regularly recommended as mates for FR.

Sorry if I just muddied the waters further but I would grieve the loss of either of these amps equally.
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