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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postalsvc
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Jul 12, 2019
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The CTH+SDAC no longer shows up in my sound preferences on my Mac. @Michael_Grace -- I am running a Mac Mini with OS 10.14.5. I have tried swapping out the cable, resetting power, restarting the computer, etc. I have followed all of the other suggestions in this thread but haven't had any luck. @CEE_TEE -- any other suggestions would be helpful.
Jul 12, 2019
momotan
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Jul 10, 2019
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audio noob here -anyone know if it is safe to leave this DAC/Amp on for extended time (say 30-40hrs) with music playing? trying to burn in my new headphones and this thing seems to get really hot. the headphone terminate in 1/4 inch so can't just plug it to my PC. wouldn't want it overheating or catching fire or something while im away at work. grateful for any advice!
Jul 10, 2019
Camride
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Jul 12, 2019
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As a general rule it should be fine for the unit, just keep in mind that tubes do have a finite lifespan. It's likely to be longer than you'll own this device, and most tubes aren't terribly expensive, but it's something to keep in mind. Other than that it's fine to leave it running. If you're worried about a fire just don't leave anything flammable sitting on top of the amp or directly nearby.
Jul 12, 2019
tninjacuzzi
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Jun 29, 2019
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Hi, I picked up a MCTH+SDAC used and the power adapter was bent so much that it's unusable. Does anyone know where I can get a replacement 28v adapter that will work with the MCTH+SDAC? Thanks.
Jun 29, 2019
Zeedith
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Jun 23, 2019
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I am currently running an Audio Engine D1 DAC with my 6xx plugged straight in. Will this be a significant improvement?
Jun 23, 2019
Mavrx
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Jun 13, 2019
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Im new to all this. What is the purpose of one of these? What does it do? Can i hook this up to my pc to improve game sounds or is this just for music?
Jun 13, 2019
polarbear9977
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Jun 1, 2019
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AlterAnthony
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May 27, 2019
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My CTH+SDAC arrived a few days ago and everything is working fine in general. I've only noticed one weird issue. With the amp turned on and while wearing headphones, if I touch the volume knob, tap or run my finger on the chassis, I can hear the sound of my finger interacting with the metal through headphones. Not a hum, not static -- literally the physical sound my finger makes. Basically, it's as if the amp was acting like a microphone for mechanical vibrations. I was wondering if anyone here encountered the same issue with this amp or somewhere else? I'm at a loss as to what could be causing this. Perhaps the tube? Thanks!
May 27, 2019
AlterAnthony
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Jun 1, 2019
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For anyone who might encounter this issue in the future, @Shredder got it right: the problem was a faulty tube. Replacing the tube solved the issues.
Jun 1, 2019
Keno18
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Jun 5, 2019
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I'd put money on the tube. It's called microphonics. Some tubes are more prone to it than others. It's when the elements in tube (filaments, grid wires, etc.) pick up vibrations and act as a microphone.
Jun 5, 2019
SoundMix
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May 23, 2019
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Do yourself a favor. Buy something WITHOUT tubes. Tubes are meant to color sound, or as some say, warm-it-up. Get a Topping DAC, something without tubes, it will sound better. I've worked the past 40 years as a recording engineer in many studios. None of the equipment used for making music has tubes...none. So why muck it up with a tube now?
May 23, 2019
pezo0ooo
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Jun 25, 2019
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Wow.. Old yes (well sometimes!)...Obsolete...no. I'm sorry if you haven't had good experiences with analog gear in the studio, but a lot of these devices are still sought out. Never had any issue with the TLA desks except for the room heating properties haha, certainly a more positive experience than on Avid stuff, or Neve. These devices undoubtedly have a purpose, and I think you're being disingenuous to say they don't form part of contemporary sound engineering. You can reap great rewards on electric guitar and most amplified music, and certain styles of acoustic recordings. It's a tool, which is exactly why there are so many attempts to emulate it. And you don't have to use that tool but to say studios/engineers/artists are not doing so... I've even come across dance producers whose first outboard processing purchase was tube which I'll admit I found odd. And yeah I wouldn't use antique microphones either..except as a novelty..another tool. And I wouldn't be running out to grab an Ampex, that sounds like a horror movie to me. I would use a plugin. But I know there are artists who still want to bounce to tape, and ample forum threads discussing technique. Completely valid and reasonable argument on the home listening front, I can certainly empathise with that philosophy...there's such a bounty of wrong headed practices in the hifi & audiophile communities, but for recording - your use case is really not everyone's. I mean you can look up the house gear at a lot of studios.............which very quickly underlines my point.
Jun 25, 2019
SoundMix
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Jun 26, 2019
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I DO NOT have a problem with analog at all, I use it all the time. I have a problem with TUBES which are OBSOLETE in pro-audio! (period.) Exception - see my comment above about guitar amps. IMHO, guitar amp/speaker modeling sucks in the studio. FWIW I like AVID, Neve, Ampex, SSL, Harrison, 3M, Otari, Studer, etc., all great stuff that have helped me create some great music and movie soundtracks. As for house gear listings, much of it is crap used to create a looooong list of stuff. Been there done that, I have a lot of that unused stuff in the closet. Want to use it, fine... no problem, you're the client. Plug-ins...cheap alternative and good choice for those who cannot afford or have no means of using hardware. I prefer knobs. Back to work...
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Jun 26, 2019
Solderboy23
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May 6, 2019
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Do the RCA inputs on the back of the unit act as an output as well in case someone wanted to use just the DAC section of the unit into another amp?
May 6, 2019
Lisasonictower
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Jul 10, 2019
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You use the 3.5 output on the back to use just the DAC. 3.5mm > RCA.
Jul 10, 2019
Aardonnad
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May 5, 2019
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Can this unit be used with speakers?
May 5, 2019
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