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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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allie_cat
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Jun 22, 2021
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love this amp, lots of power which is perfect for my planar headphones
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Hohenheimsenberg
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May 29, 2021
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Get the one without the DAC and invest on a tube
For those getting this for its tube sound, go away. It isn't tubby or warm at all. The AMP is very transparent, if you keep the stock tube it is slightly warm but sounds bad, specially if you rise the volume. I got an A90 and the A90 sounded way better, until I got the Genalex E88C/6922 tube everyone is talking about. At first I wasn't sure to buy the tube, but I decided to buy it. Now when I compare my A90 to this amp it sounds really close. Unless I rise the volume way up, I can't tell the differences, except the CTH has a slightly warmer bass and the sound isn't as open. But the topping costs twice, and the sound isn't twice as good. At least my ears can't hear it that way. Then the SDAC isn't on pair with the AMP from my point of view, before having a D90 I used to have schiit modi multibit, and even that sounded better than de SDAC using USB as input. I tried a couple of full sized headphones and some iems. The iems sound bad, at least with the stock tube, I still have to check how it sounds with the new tube. Conclusion The amp is very worth it's price, instead of getting the combo get a better DAC like a schiit. If you want to upgrade from here get a genalex tube. If I had upgraded the tube before and had had the opportunity to test the topping A90, I wouldn't had buy the topping. I would probably had bought something warm, like class A amp. DACs: SDAC, Schiit Modi Multibit + Schiit Eitr, Topping D90 AMPs: CTH, A90 Tubes: Electro-Harmonix 6922(stock), Genalex Gold Lion 6922 Headphones: Focal Clear, Hifiman Arya, Dunu Falcon C
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I read somewherre amperex are warm. Since I already have the A90 I'm looking for something that makes the cth sound warmer, do you think this is warmer than the others?
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Dynaway
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Jul 15, 2021
i dont find this amp to be warm type.. more like dark sounding to me
Nonomobe
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May 11, 2021
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Ok i was using it wrong
But its working now omg was i missing some gain in my life run it with better 6922 tube u will be shocked even more thank god i didnt return it
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Jankanan
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Mar 12, 2021
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Very good sound quality. Works as expected. To be honest, I can't say that I can hear the fabled "tube sound", but I still liked it. Maybe I have to use it more.
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Dynaway
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Jul 7, 2021
try with a different tube like Amperex 7308 PQ, Siemen CCa
Axonterminal
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Jan 30, 2021
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Simple solution without going broke
So I got this unit to start off with my HD6XX and HE4XX. I find it great for both. Obviously there are better choices out there for more cash. But I find this is a nice starting point. Been using it for 2 years now with no issues. Will recommend for sure.
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billieluong
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Dec 1, 2020
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Works
I use this with my AKG-K712 Pro and it works perfectly fine. After a year, I got some new tubes after hearing some noise when the potentiometer was at its minima and maxima and it's back to sounding clear. This was my first AMP and DAC, so I can't compare it to others, but I've enjoyed my experience with it.
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ZeroLoyalty
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Nov 18, 2020
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Arrived defective very disappointed only product of many I’ve had any issue with. Even more disappointing was Drops reaction to my claim. Loyal customers don’t matter here folks they basically told me I shoulda bought the extended warranty. Buyers Beware!
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Revehl
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Nov 5, 2020
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Enjoyed it while it lasted..
25 weeks in and it suddenly doesnt even turn on anymore. I'm extremely disappointed.
Peru
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Dec 13, 2020
same here
monkeysixtysix
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Sep 15, 2020
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Highly recommended, especially for the price.
One of the best values in personal audio imo. Well built and sounds great (I tried numerous headphones, including ones by Sennheiser, Focal, and Audeze). Highly recommended.
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Boontarin
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Sep 2, 2020
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Very satisfied, worth it.
Easy to use, great sound. I'm no audiophile by any mean, but I can't hear any hiss / background noise. The sound is impressive, detailed in every frequency. Amp is powerful enough to drive my Hifiman HE400i and Focal Elear to the level I can't bear, and still good in lower volume too. Build quality is great, not so much heat when using it too. And it's looking great on the table as hell, simple yet so attractive. Only thing I don't like is the micro USB jack instead of something looks and feels more robust like USB type-B.
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