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sheldonkreger
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Feb 26, 2018
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Is there a recommended DAC to pair with this product?
Feb 26, 2018
joshy_bennett
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Feb 27, 2018
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Monoprice basically has the same product on their website but with a dac built in. It's $450
Feb 27, 2018
Knut
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Feb 27, 2018
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I don’t think the monoprice has balanced output.
Feb 27, 2018
joshy_bennett
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Feb 27, 2018
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Feb 27, 2018
Knut
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Feb 27, 2018
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You are correct sir. I swear I have looked at that dac/amp a half dozen times and coulda sworn. I shoulda looked before piping in. Thanks for correcting me.
So dac/amp for $480 or amp for $350
hmmm
Feb 27, 2018
joshy_bennett
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Feb 27, 2018
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I think Monoprice has theirs set to release a couple weeks after Massdrop's drop opens.
Feb 27, 2018
Bobthedespot
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Feb 27, 2018
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Monoprice 788 was announced at 399, not 480. I like the way it looks too, and I'm curious about the differences.
Also wondering if a 888 implementation is available.
Feb 27, 2018
ulogin
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Feb 27, 2018
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But it says 480 there?
Feb 27, 2018
joshy_bennett
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Feb 27, 2018
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Maybe it has to do with demand or stocking issues, or cost of manufacturing changed. Way too many variables to tell for sure.
Feb 27, 2018
shimage
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Feb 27, 2018
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I wonder how similar the monoprice amp is to this one, though. The monoprice description states that it's 1.5W/channel (along with a lower-power wallwart). Also, Dirac Sensaround is available with both analog and digital inputs, which makes me think the analog inputs are sent through an ADC, and volume is controlled digitally. Can you strip the dac out of that and still say it's the same thing?
Feb 27, 2018
Bobthedespot
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Feb 27, 2018
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Probably.
If this amp sounds 50% as good as it measures, it will replace B&O Icepower as the best-value modular amplifier.
What I'm not exactly sure about yet is whether this is the bga implementation... I'm feeling likely not (hoping anyways).
Feb 27, 2018
shimage
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Feb 27, 2018
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Well, I'd be listening at -60dB on the monoprice (not so great with digital volume), but I guess most people wouldn't be that low.
Feb 27, 2018
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