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Was getting ready to order but lack of LX option makes me want to sit this one out...hope you add some more for the Mobile Audiophiles here
Please explain the use case you have in mind for the LX.
If I may, here's my (partial) reasoning:
" Some Internet writers have proclaimed the LX to sound more transparent and clear than the original DACport. Given that the only substantive difference is the replacement of the volume potentiometer with a pair of resistors, I found that hard to believe. I therefore compared the two versions, adjusting the original DACport's volume control to match the levels at 1kHz. (This was at 3 o'clock with the output jack set at 12 o'clock.) With "Ron Carter," from Bill Frisell's Blues Dream (Apple Lossless file ripped from CD, Nonesuch PRCD 300361), the descending fifths on double bass that begin the track had equally good weight and definition through both DACports. I listened again to Frisell's "Nowhere Man" with the DACport, then switched to the LX. Then back to the DACport. Then back to the LX.
Well, I'll be buggered. The LX did sound that little bit clearer. The well-recorded drums were set back a little more in the soundstage, the guitars slightly better differentiated. The lack of a volume control, of course, will be a limitation if you want to use headphones, though Pure Music's level control is a way around that problem if you use a Mac. (The iTunes volume control sounds broken in comparison.) But I have to say that the LX went that essential bit further than the original DACport—not at all what I expected to hear!"
I'm exclusively interested in a DAC only unit; no need for an amplifier in my case. Hence, the LX it is, or no go for me it seems.
Thanks for the explanation. I accept.
We will ask Massdrop to add a drop down menu for the 1 Ohm mod and LX mod.
Thank you so much, on both accounts!
Really interested in the LX, thanks for adding it!