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Okay, so the question is, why would I buy this when the Monoprice version actually has a built in balanced dac? what cheap balanced Dac can I use with this??
yes, but that drop hasn't been seen in awhile, sorry to be rude but unless I can buy it outside of massdrop's sitethat is useless.
edit: oh I see it doesn't drop until 2019.. well then I should elaborate, this pairing is still more expensive than the monoprice offering, and while this amp may be slighty better (? 788 vs 789) It's $50 cheaper to buy the monoprice DAC/AMP
The Monoprice is expexted to be available in December, but they have been moving the launch date. Probably the Monoprice offers better value, but we don’t know yet. Massdrop has that inexpensive balanced DAC because people wanted an inexpensive balanced DAC, but everything in Massdrop takes time. So you can have this amp now and pair it with whatever DAC you have, or wait to see if the Monoprice is as good as it seems.
If you want a 'cheap' balanced DAC perhaps look for an SMSL product. Their VMV line is decent. I have the D1 but it's not what you would call 'cheap'.
The only downside to the monoprice unit is that it has much lower power output, not the best for inefficient planars.
Thank you for noticing that, i haven't really grasped how to read the mW per Ohm tables and dunno what's high output and what's low, so this is good to know.
Neither of these are low output, and are capable of powering almost any headphones on the market. T50RP and it's respective mods are power hungry and scale up to 3 watts @ 50ohms, but unless they're moded they're not balanced. So like everything else in the world of headphones, you have to determine your needs based on the headphones you own, and your source files.