Drop + Grace Design Standard DAC Balanced
Drop + Grace Design Standard DAC Balanced
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Following the success of the Massdrop x Grace Design Standard DAC, we’re excited to release the much-requested balanced version. It’s the least-expensive small standalone balanced DAC on the market, designed to complement high-end balanced amplifiers like the Drop + THX AAA™ 789, the Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Liquid Carbon X, and more Read More
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HWYDSGNR
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Nov 27, 2020
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Nice Addition
Nice addition to my THX amp. Great value in a balance DAC.
RiceIsGood15
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Nov 25, 2020
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After Over a Year Of Use Its Practically Flawless
DISCLAIMER: If you aren't certain you need a DAC in your system but are still looking for an upgrade I would suggest looking to buy a headphone amp that fits your budget and then, ONLY then happily add the SDAC to create a great stack for the price. Recently with the audiophile market growing quickly over the years along with other niche communities like the mechanical keyboard community due to the Internet and gaming, price has been dropping in this once expensive hobby. The great build quality is just the cherry on top of simple clean processing from top to bottom. If you want transparent audio for less this is it. I haven't even experienced the slightest hiccup with this thing running on Windows 10 for countless hours. Factor in the included XLR outputs and you've got a happy customer. Gone are the days where you had to pay hundreds or thousands to barely achieve 24bit processing and that's not even considering inflation. The only real negative is that it's USB powered although that might be a bonus for those who are trying to minimize cable clutter. Luckily, new computer motherboards aren't the electrical interference disaster they were in the past and it isn't a straight up dealbreaker that you can't use a separate power source to get 32bit audio. But the truth is something like this wouldn't have existed just 5 years ago and Drop is doing a great thing supplying true audiophile quality to the masses and other companies are starting to follow suit. I look forward to the day where even this becomes overpriced because $150 still ain't that cheap. It's still much cheaper than current alternatives and its plug and play functionality lowers the bar for use. There's a reason why its popularity only continues to grow and Drop is currently having trouble keeping up with the demand. I know it might seem like I'm fawning over nothing like wow!! 32bit?!? Whether or not you are a skeptic of higher end processing because humans can only hear so much yada yada, I'm just happy to see to see the audiophile space grow big enough to make the days of having to spend thousands to taste studio grade audio obsolete. Shelling out that much cash is practically a scam for the vast majority of people these days. The day Drop collaborated with Grace Design, who are true audio specialists, marked the beginning of studio grade audio for all. After using the SDAC for over a year with an Atom amp on 600ohm Beyerdynamic DT880s I'm still confident and content with a purchase that would've been impossible to make just a few years ago. This has been my daily driver for a reason and it doesn't seem to have changed a bit since I first got it out of the box and isn't like those other big corporate budget products that magically break down after the warranty ends. Drop ain't a perfect company but this product really is something else and sets the bar for affordable quality. TL;DR Very slight imperfections can be found but if you want to upgrade your sound this is it. There's no bells or whistles it just gets the job done and to do noticeably better you're gonna have to spend double-triple the price. The marketing and hype ain't a lie and it feels good
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TheOldCrowTV
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Nov 25, 2020
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Compact, quality, worth the money.
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I use mine DAC with a nice tube amp and my main headphones are Focal Elegia but I have DT990 pros, HD6XX and all 3 sound great. Would suggest for people wanting a balanced output using the XLR cables.
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Zeal-Peterson
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Nov 24, 2020
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good sound
For the price and the reliability you are getting from Drop, I like this product. It was simple to set up, especially for someone who doesn't know much about audio gear.
cflesuras3
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Nov 18, 2020
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Multi-purpose. Discrete.
To my ears, this little DAC sounds great and I have it running to both the THX 789 for headphone listening and a Topping PA3 for desktop speakers. But, my favorite “feature” might be that it can be powered over USB. With all the toys on my desk these days, it’s nice to have one less thing to plug into a standard socket.
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dmlroad
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Nov 12, 2020
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Awesome Balanced DAC
Connected it to my Cavalli Liquid Carbon Headphone Amplifier and what a pair! Better than much more expensive DACs I have tried.
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xing2027
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Nov 5, 2020
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clean and reasonably priced
I pair it with the THX AAA 789 and fit my need
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AlbB
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Nov 4, 2020
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Nice, clean and balanced
The combination of this great, balanced DAC with the limpid HD 6XX headphones and the remarkable THX AAA 789 amp works marvels. But you know that, don't you?
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Dr.Streets
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Nov 3, 2020
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Clean, balanced, reasonably priced
Nice little balanced dac, clean enough for the price, great pair for the THX AAA 789.
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planarmagnetism
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Nov 2, 2020
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Awesome balanced DAC for COAX SPDIF source
Like so many, I'm using this DAC with my THX AAA 789 and couldn't be happier with its performance and utility. Of course, if you want “features”, you’re probably better served by an SU8, DagMagic Plus or something along those lines. I use the COAX input exclusively with an Allo DigiOne streamer and am completely satisfied with the synergy between the components in my signal chain. Assuming your use case is like mine, you’ll probably need to spend 3 to 4 times more to get an appreciable improvement in sound quality. If you need balanced output from your DAC and want to conserve your funds for various amps or phones, then this is the way to go!
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