Massdrop Liquid Carbon X + SDAC DAC/Amp
Massdrop Liquid Carbon X + SDAC DAC/Amp
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This DAC/amp brings two of the community’s favorite designers together in one convenient, great-sounding package. It features the Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Liquid Carbon X amp, built by the founder of Cavalli Audio—a legend in the world of headphone amps Read More
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well worth the money for a starter
An excellent starter piece of equipment. I used it for serval months before upgrading to something much more expensive -- and to be perfectly honest, could hardly tell a difference. Well worth the money for a starter.
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krabbypatie
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Sep 30, 2020
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great
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MapMaker7
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Sep 19, 2020
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Great AIO Unit
Really happy with this unit. Perfect AIO (all in one) with excellent sound. I ended up taking this to my office to use as my daily driver. I picked up a THX 789 with a Schiit Modius for my home setup. This has warmer sound signature compared to the 789 and the SDAC is a good entry into the audiophile realm.
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Beaflag
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Aug 8, 2020
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Good Value, but Potentially Better Options
This was my first DAC / AMP purchase and at the time it was a good value for $250. The unit is nicely shaped, but does get warm on my desk. The problem with this unit is that if you have ideas of moving into better headphones and really getting the most out of things you'll end up replacing this. Considerably more expensive, but I ended up moving to a Topping D70 and AAA 789. They run way cooler and offer much better clarity at low volumes where most of my listening takes place. If you need an all in one unit this'd be a strong recommendation, but otherwise it's hard to argue against the Schiit Modi and Magni combo. They also tend to retain their value very well so that if you do decide to move onto something else you can recover a good bit of your funds very easily.
allu245
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Jul 10, 2020
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Amazing
I love it
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HOLY GET IT NOW
This amp is amazing. I've been using it with my LCD-2Cs and I cant stop listening to music.
Vyhdra
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Apr 28, 2020
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Great enthusiast value
For the money, I've not found something I like more. Sound was really close to my X7S, and I think I like the sound on this even better. With the integrated DAC, it's just a fantastic value. I got this during the audio sale, and after months of listening, I decided to get rid of my other solid states. Really, really enjoy this on all of my headphones.
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Soundiego
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Apr 26, 2020
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Great sound and full of power
I drive my 300ohm headphones with no stress.
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OniRamen
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Apr 15, 2020
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Great unit
I absolutely love this unit. Works well with everything I've thrown at it. Great for pairing with planars. Very detailed.
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SpeleoFool
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Apr 14, 2020
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Too Good to Keep
I only managed to hang onto the LCX+SDAC for about a week. I brought it into the office along with a Topping DX7s to do some head-to-head comparisons of balanced outputs with a variety of headphones. Both were excellent, and I had a hard time choosing between the two. After just one week of listening, I let a coworker borrow the LCX. He refused to give it back, so I sold it to him for what I paid. The DX7s became my everyday work unit and life went on, but I still have fond memories of the LCX. It's the unit that showed me that balanced out could make a real difference on IEMs--a discovery that surprised me. Both the DX7x and LCX+SDAC live in a middle ground between inexpensive single-ended components and pricier separate DACs and Amps. Although balanced isn't everything, it's a nice option that might add a smidge of extra detail and generally gives a nice boost in output power. If space is important, it's nice to have both a DAC and amp in the same chassis. And if aesthetics are important, it's nice that Drop has maintained a consistent size, look and feel across their line so you can expand, mix and match. If you're simply looking for the best sound quality on a budget, then units like JDS Labs Atom and Geshelli Archel 2.5 have impeccable measurements at bargain prices. But you'd still need to pair a DAC with either of those units, adding the minor hassle of finding one with a chassis to match up, plus some extra cabling. And you'd be foregoing the balanced out, which while not the end of the world, it still a nice option to have. The great value of the LCX+SDAC is in being a simple unit that sounds great, looks great, and has everything you really need for quality listening with good headphones plus some room to grow. My coworker uses the RCA outs to drive some speakers in his office that get use after hours when people go home or the work stops and socializing begins. The LCX+SDAC is a unit you won't outgrow until you start collecting ~$1000+ headphones. And even then it will do them justice. The game is always about making sure every link in the playback chain is as strong as possible, and it's not until you get into really hyper-resolving headphones that it's really worth moving beyond the LCX+SDAC (to something like a super-clean balanced DAC and the Drop+THX 789 amp). If you get to that point, just retire your LCX to a secondary listening station--it will still be great!
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