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(News) Topping Releases "D90LE": Flagship Desktop DAC With ES9038Pro DAC Chip

Topping D90LE

Topping D90LE


Topping D90 flagship Desktop DAC has got a new model today, the all-new Topping D90LE. D90LE is going to be the second iteration of the famous D90 DAC along with the D90SE which is also available simultaneously. The only difference between the D90LE and the D90SE is the MQA rendering support. The D90SE supports full MQA decoding while the D90LE won’t and as a benefit, it comes at a discounted price too. Topping D90LE is launched officially for 799$ while the D90SE comes at 899$. You can check out more details here.



  • Flagship ESS9038Pro DAC chip.
  • Hi-Res Audio and Hi-Res Audio Wireless Certified.
  • 2nd Gen XMOS USB Receiver.
  • High-res Bluetooth V5.0 connectivity with LDAC codec transmission.
  • Ultra-clean performance with ultra-low THD+N ratings.
  • High-Res PCM(32-Bit/768kHz) and Native DSD512 decoding.
  • Multiple input options including USB, IIS, Coaxial, Optical, AES, Bluetooth, etc.
  • Ultra-low Noise Pre-AMP support.
  • Remote Control.
  • Selectable RCA & XLR output ports.


Output Parameters(RCA)

  • THD+N(A-Weighted): <0.00007%@1kHz.  
  • THD+N(No-Weight): <0.0008%@20Hz-20kHz.  
  • SNR: 127dB.  
  • Dynamic Range: 127dB.  
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-40kHz(±0.3dB).  
  • Output Level: 2.1Vrms@0dBFS(4V Mode), 2.6Vrms@0dBFS(5V Mode).  
  • Noise: <1.3uVrms.  
  • Crosstalk: -124dB@1kHz.  
  • Channel Balance: 0.3dB.  
  • Output Impedance: 100Ω.


Output Parameters(XLR)

  • THD+N(A-Weighted): <0.00005%@1kHz.
  • THD+N(No-Weight): <0.0003%@20Hz-20kHz.  
  • SNR: 134dB.  
  • Dynamic Range: 134dB.  
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-40kHz(±0.3dB).  
  • Output Level: 4.2Vrms@0dBFS(4V Mode), 5.2Vrms@0dBFS(5V Mode).  
  • Noise: <1.1uVrms.  
  • Crosstalk: -139dB@1kHz.  
  • Channel Balance: 0.3dB.  
  • Output Impedance: 100Ω.


Premium ESS Sabre DAC Chipset

Topping has equipped the D90LE with a flagship-grade DAC chip from Sabre Technologies. It houses the ES9038Pro chipset, a 32-bit 8-channel DAC chip that provides impressive performance while decoding Hi-Res audio signals. It achieves an ultra-low distortion rating of 0.00005% THD+N values.


2nd-Gen 16-Core XMOS USB Receiver

Topping D90 series of desktop DACs houses a high-end XMOS USB processor chip. The D90LE is equipped with 2nd gen XMOS XU216 16-core USB processor chip. Over USB input, the D90LE supports high-resolution PCM(32-Bit/768kHz) and native DSD512 decoding.


High-Resolution Bluetooth Input

You can feed the signal input to the Topping D90LE using high-resolution Bluetooth wireless connectivity. With the help of the latest CSR8675 Bluetooth chipset from Qualcomm, D90LE supports high-resolution LDAC wireless transmission codecs.


A Hub Of Digital Inputs

Topping D90LE is a flagship-grade Desktop DAC chipset. It houses multiple digital input ports including USB, AES, Optical, Coaxial, IIS, and Bluetooth. Connect it with any digital source and enjoy a high-resolution music experience with ultimate clarity and detail.


Selectable Line-Out & Pre-Amp Out Functions

Topping D90LE supports both Pre-amp and line-out functions. If you are using it with a high-end headphone amplifier like the Topping A90 or something else, you can use the Line-out function of the D90LE. In case you want to connect it to power amps or high-end speaker chains where volume is not available on the power amp, you can adjust it using D90LE’s Pre-AMP function.


Selectable Output Function

We can choose the output to be fixed line-out or pre-amp with the adjustable volume level. Topping D90LE also allows its users to select the output port between the balanced XLR and the single-ended RCA outputs.


Pricing & Availability

Topping D90LE offers flagship performance with crisp high-resolution audio signal decoding. Priced at 799$, D90LE brings high-end audio performance to your desktop chains. Check out more details here.


Topping D90LE

Topping D90LE

Topping D90LE