HiFi Pig: "It is rare for a first product to be so good. Doug Schroeder: "Unforgetable sound. Download Brochure. Download User Manual. The Topping D1 Mk2 came into the picture and this little device performed beyond my expectation! From the first touch, it looked and felt expensive. This little thing delivered a good weighty bass punch to my music. Having listened to the D1 Mk2 , I know what bass Aria is talking about here. This is not a bassy or bass heavy source.
The bass quantity is rather normal and well balanced with good clarity as well. What Aria is getting excited about is the bass impact. A word about appearance.
It has a quiet, black background. The sound stage is not wide, but rather into depth. Layering was obviously felt by my ears and it made guitars and others sound lively. The sound was warm, dark, quite fast, but less in your face than the D-Zero. It made the D1 more versatile and great for modern music to acoustic music. It was just the right amount and quality and it brought the music even more alive. The D-Zero is the flattest of the four.
The E10 has the best depth but narrowest width. The D1 falls between the E10 and the E wider than the E10 and though not as deep it has a good amount of depth. I was surprised to found how relaxing the overall sound was.
Listening to Jazz at The Pawnshop Vol. The recordings were intimate and natural. Then I switched to Will. However, the D1 also came with some downsides. One, being bit resolution only gave more space for noise which made the music sounds grainy.
Maybe it was the recording. Who knows. I wish it had a built in battery like the D-Zero to use as a portable amp. The build quality, though looking fine, was actually prone to dent from accidental fall.
I thought it was extremely clean and with a good black background. Bass punch on the Bithead was good, but the D1 had a bit more weight to the punch though less aggressive.
Mid-range was definitely fuller on the D1. Sound stage was wider on the Bithead but the D1 had more depth. The Bithead had more sparkly treble which easily lead to shrillness.
I also found that the D1 was more natural sounding than the Bithead. Compared to the Hud-Mini, the D1 was a bit darker. Bass punch of the Hud-Mini was nowhere near the D1 and was also slower. Mid-ranges were similar in characters, but the D1 had a fuller presentation. He is keen of hearing and can perceive sounds even with subtle differences. The three share a common interest in hifi and decided to start COS three years ago. Here Stephen is in charge of electronics, Oliver is responsible for the digital filter and C.
It will be an amplifier to match the D1. The systems of our three founders you asked about and the one we use in the office are as follows. Maggie then wanted to know whether I'd use my own power cord.
If not, she'd source an adaptor to suit Switzerland's own 3-prong outlets. Very professional. Most far more established companies ship me utterly useless Schuko cords. I told her not to bother. If the D1 acted accordingly, the main diff would really be paid-for optical favours. Nothing wrong there. Combining performance with top looks to bridge lifestyle and audiophilia is, at least in my book, the new frontier in our sector.
Where would the D1 fall on that axis? It does however lack remote control over its volume which many, myself included, consider vital for true preamp replacement. For another upscale hifi brand from Taiwan, think Arte Forma Audio who make both solid-state and tube electronics. Once unpeeled from its tight-fitting foam caps and slipped out of its grey cloth bag, the D1's fit'n'finish peaked beyond anything I'd seen in a very long while. My wife referred to the hewn-from-solid appearance and matte finish as icy.
As always, emotional reactions are in the eye of the beholder. Where Wow Audio's far louder metal work had invited the obvious comparisons to Jeff Rowland, COS Engineering's ultra-fine sand-blasted finish spoke to far quieter far older money which no longer fancies the distinction of flash. Whilst not sharp enough to really cut yourself on, the edges and fitting tolerance were a few - um, cuts above normal.