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Hi! Any advice to getting the best out of tidal masters ? Laptop to dac to rca to amp?




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 A budget  may help  advice

I have a topping d70 which is not MQA   but Topping  perform well for the $

They sell well here if you need to move it on for any reason 


I am awaiting the release of the new  topping d90  mqa version to run in another system  which should be soon 



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Also, what is rest of music chain including software e.g. Roon? Do you want to consolidate e.g. a streamer DAC or just a standalone DAC? 


Personally, I did not find MQA tracks on Tidal any better, so did not bother looking for a DAC just to play Tidal Masters.

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I use the Brooklyn DAC+ and can highly recommend it. More pricey (I paid $3,200 in Jan 2019) but it is in my main system fed from Roon Nucleus and outputs to an integrated amp, a headphone amp and an AVR (and does 5.1 surround sound) so I feel I get the value out of it (in fact listening through it as I type).  Good luck with your search and listening. 


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If you're looking for MQA, the SMSL M500 is also another good option, and also has a headphone amp in it as well.

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