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Heefty
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Mar 18, 2018
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I keep expecting to see some reviews posted here but it hasn't happened yet. Seems somewhat out of place given how many I saw early on with the Cavalli amps. I still think I'm interested enough to break my cost without auditioning rule on this one, but I would like to see what reviewers are saying about it.
Mar 18, 2018
shimage
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Mar 19, 2018
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I don't remember seeing any "early on" impressions of the LCX. Who did Massdrop send preview units to?
Mar 19, 2018
Heefty
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Mar 19, 2018
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Maybe it was only the CTH that I'm thinking of. I'm not really sure. For some reason I had it in mind that there were quick reviews on both of them...
Mar 19, 2018
shimage
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Mar 19, 2018
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The CTH went out to a lot of people, yeah. I feel like that was the exception rather than the rule, though.
Mar 19, 2018
Heefty
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Mar 19, 2018
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That's probably true for amps. Collab headphones however all seem to get immediate reviews.
Mar 19, 2018
ElectronicVices
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Mar 20, 2018
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yeah but the LCX is essentially a liquid carbon in Massdrop attire, this is an entirely new design. The lack of reviews from people I know, the comments that "things might change" from THX, along with the longest lead time I have yet seen from a MD collaboration caused me to drop out. Well those and the Noble K10 dropping again... :)
Mar 20, 2018
shimage
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Mar 20, 2018
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LCX was the same sort of amp from a different maker and with an entirely different power supply. The sort of person that values listening impressions of amps should have wanted reviews of that amp too. Supposedly, there are measurements coming from Jude, for whatever that's worth.
Mar 20, 2018
Heefty
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Mar 20, 2018
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That's more of a comparison than a review, but it's a good start.
Mar 20, 2018
ElectronicVices
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Mar 21, 2018
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The tech was also used in the Benchmark AHB2 but that is a speaker amp and a few years old at this point... I haven't checked that thread in a while but last I looked Marv was the only one with any real impressions in and he speaks to it in reference to the Jotunheim. As I don't own that amp and Marv certainly has his biases, I am going to stay out of the drop until more reviews/measurements show up. Shimage is splitting hairs on the LCX vs Liquid Carbon... different power supply and made in China... same topology as the original... the only thing we have to compare this to is a speaker amp that can be polarizing based on the reviews I've read. I am just going to pickup a Cayin IHA-6 in a couple months... plenty of consensus/opinions on that one.
Mar 21, 2018
Heefty
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Mar 21, 2018
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What the hell... I want to give this one a shot.
Massdrop has never let me down on a collab item. Here's to hoping that they don't on this one.
Bye $350... Hello birthday present that my wife doesn't know she's getting me.
Mar 21, 2018
Jimster480
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Mar 21, 2018
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I think that actually the tech is used in the UDAC3 from benchmark with the integrated amp.
Mar 21, 2018
CEE_TEE
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Mar 21, 2018
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Hoping to have some more samples in time for the Los Angeles CanJam April 7th/8th. Sorry it has been slow getting some graphs up from Jude- they have been prepping for Singapore CanJam this weekend... I was happily surprised when I spent time with one in the office, your wife is getting you a very nice gift! :)
Mar 21, 2018
ElectronicVices
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Mar 22, 2018
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Can't find any reference to the THX tech on their website for the DAC2/3 models but some of the wording sounds like you're on to something, would you by chance have a link for me validating the THX AAA tech?
Mar 22, 2018
CEE_TEE
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Mar 22, 2018
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Here is John Atkinson of Stereophile measuring the Benchmark THX amp back in 2015: https://www.stereophile.com/content/benchmark-media-systems-ahb2-power-amplifier-measurement Not sure if Benchmark uses the tech anywhere else at the moment...
Mar 22, 2018
ElectronicVices
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Mar 22, 2018
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Appreciate the reply CEE_TEE but I'm familiar with that one, I was hoping Jimster might have the link regarding the DAC2/3 from benchmark. Keep up these fantastic collabs, I just won't be in on the first round of this one as I like to compare multiple perspectives/measurements to try and gain a consensus. The one's based on existing products I can draw inferences from the stated changes relative to the existing product information. You guys still got my money it was just on the K10 instead of this drop.
Mar 22, 2018
CEE_TEE
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Mar 22, 2018
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Thanks ElectronicVices, I'm trying to get some more samples for more impressions as well. If I can have one down at SoCal CanJam in a couple of weeks, I will let people listen. Enjoy the K10!
Mar 22, 2018
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