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Dec 3, 2018
Not a lot to say about this amp that hasn't already been said:
  • It measures well, meaning it produces good neutral repeatable results. Pair it with a well-engineered neutral DAC, and you can EQ to taste with confidence.
  • The industrial design is on point with the rest of Massdrop's audio gear. It's, for lack of a better phrase, very "desk-friendly".
  • It hits a sweet spot for functionality: switchable single-ended (with pass-through output) and balanced inputs, balanced and two sizes of single-ended headphone outputs, three gain settings, and a comfortable volume control. I'd love a (togglable) balanced passthrough output as well, but that'd likely raise the cost an unreasonable amount.
  • And following up on that, $350 is a fantastic deal for this little collection of knobs and plugs.
My desk setup, at the time of this writing, is a Topping DX7s feeding into a JBL M-Patch 2 which switches between my monitors and this headphone amp, and I'm done: this is most likely the end for my office configuration.
Dec 3, 2018
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