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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We received many requests for a version of the Cavalli Liquid Carbon X (LCX) with the Grace Standard DAC (SDAC) inside.
Thank you! Turns out, this is an extremely versatile system. :) The LCX+SDAC is all you need with your computer and headphones or in-ear-monitors (IEMs) to have a great musical experience.
And, this DAC/Amp combo can be used to test other gear (if you ever wish to): -LCX+SDAC allows you to compare the internal DAC with an external DAC. The LCX can be fed from external sources (DACs, CD players, digital audio players). -The LCX+SDAC can be used as a DAC into another amp. You may want to try a tube amp on top. -Single-ended versus balanced operation…you can try your headphones and in-ear monitors on both outputs. -The LCX+SDAC can accept single-ended or balanced DACs.
The LCX+SDAC is a very high-quality audiophile Swiss Army Knife for sound. Topology - Quiet, Powerful Alex Cavalli and I have had many conversations over the course of the past year about what makes the Liquid Carbon amplifier topology special.
The original purpose for the Liquid Carbon was to make a high-quality, low noise balanced IEM amp with a gain of 1x, with the additional features of having a gain of 3x and a single-ended output for convenience.
The LCX utilizes unity gain current feedback discrete operational amplifiers derived from the output buffers used in the highly-regarded Liquid Glass amplifier. The Liquid Carbon’s balanced & bridged design rejects noise in the circuit, and can produce the clean power needed for both IEMs and headphones.
Grace Design Standard DAC (SDAC) There are phase-splitters in the LCX that convert the SDAC signal into balanced. I've done my own testing and can definitely tell a difference between the balanced and single-ended outputs with the SDAC.
Using Noble K10 IEMs with balanced cable (and adapter to 4-pin XLR), I can report that the Noble K10 balanced out of the LCX+SDAC is a great pairing...
Jan 24, 2018
Hawaiiancerveza
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Jun 28, 2019
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Haha I can't seem to find my question. I appreciate the reply, but I forgot what I had asked.
Jun 28, 2019
Hawaiiancerveza
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Jun 28, 2019
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oh was it about the Schiit gear?
Jun 28, 2019
cyanide814
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Jul 19, 2019
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AMP keeps cutting out by bumping the cable. Is it the USB Cable or likely the USB-C Port? I noitcied today when i bumped my amp everything stopped working. After troubleshooting I found out that If I place it a certain way everything works again. It has to do with either the Cable or the USB-C Port. I'm really hoping it's the cable and not the port because this is only like 5-6 months old and has never moved other than a few inches here and there when adjusting. I have a MASSDROP LIQUID CARBON X + SDAC DAC/AMP. I tried looking things up but can't find anything related to this exact post. It's like when your phone charger is messed up you have to apply pressure to the cable connector to work. That is what my amp is doing.
Jul 19, 2019
GUTB
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Jul 17, 2019
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Compromised with a trashy switching power brick. You'll have to find an appropriately sized linear PSU to make this even remotely feasible for a serious audiophile. Remember, switching power is the enemy of audio.
Jul 17, 2019
MrMackey
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Jul 3, 2019
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300 for us and 500 for eu? wtf? tax is never 66% of the f-ing cost
Jul 3, 2019
shark65
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Jul 4, 2019
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its 380 for US and 480 here
Jul 4, 2019
Chunboon
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Jun 29, 2019
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Any recommendations on a good pair of speakers to go with this?
Jun 29, 2019
Abood
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Jun 27, 2019
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Can it some how be hooked with ps4 ?
Jun 27, 2019
Abood
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Jul 2, 2019
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My dude please , just want to know if the sdac works with the ps4 via the usb
Jul 2, 2019
rslatara
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Jul 2, 2019
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What? The usb that feeds the dac?
Jul 2, 2019
TrueEbag
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Jun 26, 2019
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Would this work well and power studio grade monitors?
Jun 26, 2019
rslatara
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Jun 23, 2019
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Can someone get me the output for SE and balanced at 32 ohms.
Jun 23, 2019
LowFi42
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Jun 30, 2019
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0.3 watts
Jun 30, 2019
drwattsesq
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Jun 20, 2019
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Is this unit compatible with iPhone or iPad using an Apple lightning to USB adapter?
Jun 20, 2019
Books.Soaked.In.Olive.Oil
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Jun 18, 2019
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Anyone know the depth of the unit minus the knob, or just the feet end to end? I wanna figure out the surface area.
Jun 18, 2019
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