CEntrance DACport LX USB DAC
CEntrance DACport LX USB DAC
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mrmonk
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Nov 19, 2017
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When this drop active again? I need one!
Nov 19, 2017
ljcabc
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Mar 5, 2014
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I have been in the market getting lx for my HD650, it's a steal with the current price. Now I just need to wait for a drop on crack.
Mar 5, 2014
stjj89
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Feb 3, 2014
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I would be interested in getting this if there was another drop too. Please bring this back Massdrop!
Feb 3, 2014
DoctorX
301
Jan 3, 2014
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You know, I have changed my mind on this one after recent research. Apparently the LX has the same headphone amp as the regular Dacport, except -3 gain compared to the Dacport.
So it would mean that it can function as a dac/amp, except the volume control has to be at the OS/software level and you lose some volume.
I know some people would be like "oh no, you can't use software volume, you lose bits and it degrade sound!" However the alternative is worse because the volume pot they use on the Dacport audibly degrade sound vs the LX, so compare theoretical bits vs audible signal degradation I'd say losing that pot is a net gain.
Apparently it can still make the HD650 plenty loud at about 70% volume, so unless you want to use this to directly power planar magnetic/orthos like the HE-500/LCD2/3 - which the original Dacport arguably can't power adequately anyways, then the LX is actually a better dac/amp than the Dacport itself.
Weird huh? Turns out the DAC-only version of the Dacport is a better amp than the Dacport.
Losing the low quality pot also means you don't get channel imbalance when using IEMs, very nice!
If there's another drop on this I might just jump in.
Jan 3, 2014
ljcabc
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Dec 13, 2013
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So sad I missed it. Didn't know about the massdrop back then.
Dec 13, 2013
dillon.mendenhall
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Nov 8, 2013
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All right you fourteen commiters, how about we change over to buy so we can at least get this for 169.95. Still a great price for a good dac.
Nov 8, 2013
lusername
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Nov 8, 2013
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Not interested in this myself, but I have frequently thought that it would be nice if Massdrop gave us the option to commit at something other than the lowest price.
Nov 8, 2013
rola
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Nov 7, 2013
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such a shame that It'll probably won't reach the lowest price point
Nov 7, 2013
Antima
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Nov 7, 2013
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I wish we could commit to any price level we choose, I think if it can at least get to 160 it would be an unavoidable deal for me...
Nov 7, 2013
MassDropFan
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Nov 5, 2013
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What the Dacports do is sound very musical to me with just a touch more roundness and sound stage width that most other 'very good' Dacs in similar categories. There's something special about these in my opnion. Committed to one if they can get to the $140 range. This is a ripping amazing price!
Nov 5, 2013
PilotChup
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Nov 5, 2013
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Why arent these selling? The price on this compared to Amazon or anywhere else is absolutely incredible. People also say this is an extremely good DAC, so I don't get why it isnt doing well.
Is there something I don't know? Why isn't this a huge success? I need a DAC but I'm hesitant.
Nov 5, 2013
dillon.mendenhall
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Nov 5, 2013
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I think this is still a great DAC to get. I've seen the LX compared to the HRT Musicstreamer II+ and they were considered to be on the same level. Different but both good. I've heard of people happily using the LX with $2000+ amps and $1000+ headphones. There are some seriously good DACs available around this price range and the LX is one of them. At this price I think it would be a great compliment to the T1s.
Nov 5, 2013
DoctorX
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Nov 5, 2013
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Don't get me wrong, all that means is at 2013 they're *one of* the great DACs at the $250-ish price point, just not *the* great DAC at the $250 price point back then. So almost half off is amazing for a great piece of gear.
Still, from the way things look getting this at $140 is unlikely at this point.
Nov 5, 2013
MassDropFan
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Nov 5, 2013
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This is a ridiculously good price for a good portable dac. I am surprised that there's only one buyer so far.
Nov 5, 2013
dillon.mendenhall
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Nov 4, 2013
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Most the comparisons I've read between the LX and the Dragonly put the LX on top.
Nov 4, 2013
PilotChup
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Nov 3, 2013
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How does this compare to the AudioQuest Dragonfly?
http://www.amazon.com/AudioQuest-DragonFly-Digital-Analog-Converter/dp/B00882U782/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383545948&sr=8-1&keywords=audioquest+dragonfly
The dragonfly is newer, and from what I've read.. the dragonfly dethrones this DAC as the best DAC in this class. In fact, people say the dragonfly beats almost every DAC out there up to 1000$! Anyone have experience with these two? I really wish massdrop would do a dragonfly drop.
Nov 3, 2013
PilotChup
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Nov 5, 2013
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Can you please link me to this? I havent read this anywhere. I am trying to figure out what DAC to get and appreciate the help.
Nov 5, 2013
DoctorX
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Nov 5, 2013
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Just google "HRT microstreamer vs dragonfly" and you'll get loads of result.
For example here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/656072/hrt-microstreamer
You get ppl say things such as "Enter the MicroStreamer. I've had it about 5 days now with maybe 30 hours of head time. I'm in love. It seems to right the wrongs of the DF, but I can't quite say it bests the ME or will esp. once the impedance issue is corrected." and "I recently auditioned the Microstreamer and Dragonfly - sound quality wise, I greatly preferred the Microstreamer. Considerably more life and dynamics to my ears, whereas the Dragonfly was more restrained."
You might see people mentioning PC problem with the HRT, however if you read later replies you'll see that it's just buffering setting being set too high in the music players, which interferes with async USB audio, lower it below 50 solves the issue.
Nov 5, 2013
aj-kun
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Nov 3, 2013
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If i hadn't already had a microstreamer I'd be tempted to get this too. (WHY NOT BOTH?)
Nov 3, 2013
JohnJohn
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Nov 2, 2013
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The only thing I dont like, and this is a personal preference thing, but it doesnt feel like a real desktop dac, talking about size and dimensions here. but at the final price of $140... its mighty hard to resist!
Nov 2, 2013
CEntrance
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Michael Goodman
Nov 2, 2013
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Output impedance is 10 Ohms. Many folks on head-fi use it as a headphone amp. That works great, as long as you control the output level in the computer.
Nov 2, 2013
JDWarner
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Nov 3, 2013
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Indeed, you can do this.
This DAC has a "bigger brother" which is identical in every way, except it has a variable volume pot instead of a fixed resistor. The adventurous DIYer could probably cautiously disassemble it and replace that resistor with a different one to properly match the sensitivity of your 'phones from most sources on the PC.
(The more adventurous DIYer might be able to install a low profile pot instead, effectively upgrading this to its larger, more expensive sibling).
Nov 3, 2013
matt999
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Nov 2, 2013
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This is a really excellent DAC and the final drop price is ridiculously cheap. I'm getting one for my music server to replace a Fiio optical DAC.
Nov 2, 2013
qwerty
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Nov 1, 2013
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This DAC gets great reviews everywhere. Supposed to be one of the best values at the full $250 price. Hoping the deal goes through so I can pair it with the bottlehead crack I got from here.
Nov 1, 2013
JohnJohn
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Nov 1, 2013
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That is supposed to be a killer combo~
Nov 1, 2013
DoctorX
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Nov 1, 2013
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Really awkward form factor for me. If I'm getting a portable device, I'll get a dac+amp unit like the HRT microstreamer instead of dac only.
Nov 1, 2013
Jean-Pascal
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Nov 1, 2013
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Hum, after more research, seems like it's a dac only (LX version) so forget my question on output impedance.
Nov 1, 2013
Jean-Pascal
6
Nov 1, 2013
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What's the output impedance on this?
Nov 1, 2013
CEntrance
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Michael Goodman
Oct 31, 2013
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This has been on Stereophile's "recommended products" list for a couple of years.
Oct 31, 2013
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