Massdrop CTH + SDAC DAC/Amp
Massdrop CTH + SDAC DAC/Amp
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The Massdrop CTH + SDAC DAC/amp brings two of the community’s favorite designers together in one affordable, easy-to-use package. It features the Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Tube Hybrid Amp (or CTH), built from the ground up by the founder of Cavalli Audio—a legend in the world of headphone amps Read More
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TheIzzardKing
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Dec 7, 2019
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2 years ownership. very happy for what it is, great blend of warmth and precision.
at this point there is not much i can add that hasn't already been said, i just want you guys to know that this is a purchase that will last for years to come, funnily enough my one of mesa guitar amps uses the same tubes as this amp does, i've had great results using different tubes in this thing and really does make a difference, i check in on this site every month or so, if you want the product info on the mesa tubes i'm using let me know and i'll get back to you. you won't regret buying this if you're into mid-fi and budget minded audiophile gear, i have yet to find fault with this and the fact i've gotten years of use out of it, in my dusty workshop none the less, i can do nothing but sing praises about how well it's built and that this may truly be a product that lasts normal people a lifetime. just very well constructed and solid....i've also very happy with the sound but suck at relaying that sort of experince as it's so subjective, I'll leave the flowery descriptions of sound to the other guys....i do have a bunch of audio gear in or around this price range and is certianly in the upper echelons in this price range imo.
Dec 7, 2019
CeddySZN
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Feb 18, 2020
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You seem like you know what you're talking about. I'm prob gonna buy this amp/dac for my sennheiser hd650s but I also wanted to ask if you know other headphones that are great at the $200-$350 price range that I could buy(that would actually sound different compared to hd650s) because I want to buy more headphones.
Feb 18, 2020
md77
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Feb 22, 2020
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I would pickup the Massdrop Meze 99 Noir. Amazing headphones for $200.
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Feb 22, 2020
tkyc1234
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Nov 25, 2019
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Great Combo
I bought this DAC/ Amp combo to replace my Schiit Vali/ Modi 3 setup. So far, I have really pleased with the results. It sounds great. I am still using the Modi 3 and not the built-in amp, so I can keep my Schiit Loki Tone Control hooked up. I may start using the built-in amp though, as I have not found the need to alter my headphones much with the Loki. I have several other sound setups of excellent quality and the Massdrop CTH+SDAC DAC/ Amp competes very well and is clearly in the same league. I have not heard the really expensive gear out there but I have been an Audiophile for 45 years and I am in heaven listening to this setup.
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Nov 25, 2019
SmoothDistortion
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Nov 20, 2019
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My headphones are revealing themselves all over again
Cannot believe the experience this combo packs. Sure you take a step back from raw dynamics and slam factor, but everything else you gain is incredible. Tried it with everything from my budget gear to ZMF. It all sounds more airy, spacious, and overall gives sound this alluring character that just draws the listener in. For $220 I am proud to say I did not miss this sale.
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Nov 20, 2019
GeneralSpacey
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Nov 17, 2019
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weird popping happening 2-3 times a day.
Weird popping happening 2-3 times a day. I've tried a littany of procedures to fix this problem, to no avail. I've tried replacing the USB cord, trying a USB cord with a ferrite choke, switching the USB port, switching the power strip that the amp is connected to. None of these work.
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Would not recommend to a friend.
Nov 17, 2019
rastus
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Dec 25, 2019
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Have you tried a nice NOS tube?
Dec 25, 2019
rpcarvalho
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Nov 14, 2019
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Overall, very impressed with everything.
Very nice build quality, sound and performance is Top. One of the best Hybrid amps out there, totall recomendation.
Nov 14, 2019
Mitchismo
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Nov 6, 2019
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WOW! 6XX Owners, look no further.
I have a Dragonfly Red—and it's very good for a small, portable DAC/AMP—but it's nothing like this. Out of the box with the included tube BRAND NEW sounds more open and more full to me than the Dragonfly. And it looks lovely to boot. What a joy. Clear, rich, and deep. It's all you need, if not all you could want. And the price is bonkers (especially with their discount).
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Nov 6, 2019
Oldtechfart
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Nov 5, 2019
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Can be tube-rolled !
I have read in these reviews and also in the manual, that this combo does not really benefit from using any other tube than what comes with it. Well, i was not impressed with the original output and ordered a "cheap" adapted GE 5670W from Tubedepot https://tubedepot.com/products/ge-5670w-and-5670-to-6922-adapter-combo, after a tip in this thread. Through my hedphones (open-mod M1060C), the clarity, separation (and most of all) the fuller body and definition of the bass was imediate, even for a non-expert as myself. I have only tried this one tube, and therefore cannot vouch for other tubes, but if you have some laying around, dont be afraid to try them out (no matter what the manual says). Currently i go back and forth between my FiOO K5 Pro DAC with the The Loxjie P20 (with some Russian 6N3P -E OTK tubes) and the Drop CTH+SDAC. Both combos fit my taste. The FiOO/Loxjie combo beeing the warmer ones, CTH+SDAC more defined and dry.
Nov 5, 2019
xrscott
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Nov 2, 2019
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Sounds great paired with HD6XX
Two things I wish I knew before buying the amp: 1) The 4-pin connector is not balanced - They say it's for convenience but I'm probably not the only one who thinks balanced when they see the 4-pin connector. They really need to make that clear on the web page. It's single ended, not balanced 2) The DAC power is supplied from the connected device - Some Apple devices (iPhones/iPads) can't provide enough power. There are work arounds such as using a powered hub or camera adapter but results vary. If you plan on using an iPhone or iPad, this probably isn't for you. That being said, when DAC/Amp is connect to a computer and a decent set of headphones, it sounds great.
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Nov 2, 2019
Mr.Nosely
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Oct 25, 2019
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I truly think DROP should offer an Alex Cavalli Tube pack for like $50 and put a few NOS Russian, Chinese and maybe an American mil spec tubes I replaced mine with a NOS JAN Sylvania 6922 For $60 or So..... Ordered it with the following upgrades Balanced Triodes (add $2.00 each) High Gain (add $2.00 each) Low Noise & Microphonics DOUBLE Burn in and SUPER LO noise requested.... will report back once it has 100 hours on it  -Sucky that there is no balanced output and the XLR is for convince/False and NOT BALANCED.... NO Bueno!! Not cool guys!! JUST SWAP THE TUBES from http://tubedepot.com/ for it..... I hope drop comes out with a Cavalli sampler pack.
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Oct 25, 2019
Sain
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Aug 21, 2019
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Worth serious consideration at the price point.
So let's get the obvious out the way; are there better options out there and does Drop sell some of them? Clearly yes. However for the $ out of the door, and knowing you can tube roll this thing nicely, you'd be hardpushed to find a better desktop DAC Tube Amp combo, that pumps out the quality of sound this does, with the build quality and aesthetic this has. If this in your price range and meets your objectives give it some serious consideration.
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Aug 21, 2019
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