Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Tube Hybrid Amp (CTH)
Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Tube Hybrid Amp (CTH)
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Built from the ground up by Alex Cavalli, a legend in the world of headphone amps, this hybrid amp combines a solid state section, a tube amp section, and an entirely new circuit design. It delivers the current required by planar magnetics, along with the voltage drive that dynamic headphones need to perform their best Read More
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avastwasteland
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May 31, 2020
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Great Amp for the price.
This is a really well made design, and for $175 dollars, you're not going to find much better, for the money. So, what's wrong with it? Well anything at this price is going to have shortcomings-- or it would be much more expensive. This makes perfect sense. I think, for starters, this amp is too powerful. Wait... TOO much power? How can that be!? Plug a basic headphone into this amp, barely crack the pot open and it's blasting. Worse, because it's throwing so much at the headphone at once, you quickly lose definition, detail, and spatiality as volume increases. It's got a feeling that it's jamming everything together in one blast-y sound wave. If you attenuate the input signal (bring it down), things get better, but then you begin to pick up noise. So what's there is fine, and you can work around it-- but let's get to the worst issue. THIS: I can't find a headphone that pairs immediately with it. I want to say-- Oh yes-- The TR-X00 is ideal. But it's not. That headphone sounds better when paired with my other gear. And at $175, I'm not seeking a lot of headphones to pair it with. So it sits on a shelf, looking for a mate that will likely never materialize. I would think, given its size, this amp would be PERFECT for a great pair of in-ears. Nope. It sounds even worse than when matched with mid-fi headphones. My IEMs prefer the ALO Continental V5 to this amp. Now the V5 costs more, but it delivers a better soundstage and more airy separation, and it's portable. Don't bother-- you can't buy it any longer. Ouputs: 1/4" and 4-Pin XLR. I doubt many people will bother with running the balanced out of this amp, I think it would have been more appropriate to add a 1/8" in its place. Inputs: RCA Only. You will out-grow this fast. Build-- Looks great, but the buttons and knobs are cheap, and feel like they're fragile. It doesn't have "built to last" quality-- nor should it at this price. So I CAN recommend the product. If you're looking for a good, low-cost amp, this will do the job. But if you're climbing to higher ground with your gear, I'd aim higher. You will out-grow this fast.
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May 31, 2020
fendrix
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May 23, 2020
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Exactly what I was looking for
I was looking for a good, clean amplifier that was a tube hybrid so I could dip my feet into the world of tubes without having to go all the way in by getting something like a Dark Voice, not yet. This is exactly what I was looking for. It provides just a very nice, noticeable "taste" of tube-ness, with some added warmth when I listen on my 6XXs. It's a very clean, warm sound and at the $175 price point I am extremely happy with my purchase.
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May 23, 2020
yihon_guo
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May 21, 2020
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Solid choice for $175
What's not to like for its price?
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May 21, 2020
JoeSerp
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May 21, 2020
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Horrible noise
The known issue of hiss fro the left channel is really bad and unacceptable. Very poorly done.
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May 21, 2020
Haynews
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May 10, 2020
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Beautiful sound
Great price point for a first amp, but solid enough for a seasoned listener.
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May 10, 2020
magicscreen
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May 5, 2020
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Great.
The MCTH is so much better than the Jds Labs Atom or the Loxjie P20. It is a huge improvement.
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May 5, 2020
PandaTheBoy
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Apr 20, 2020
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Sounds Great
Great balance of tube and SS, has unlocked the potential of my HD6XXs
Apr 20, 2020
ValiantEnterprise
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May 2, 2020
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What DAC are you using if you don't mind me asking?
May 2, 2020
PandaTheBoy
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May 7, 2020
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I'm using an M-Audio Air 192|8 audio interface. I have powered speakers as well, so it lets me go Computer USB>Audio Interface Then the audio interface has separate outputs, 1/4 inch for my speakers and RCA for the CTH
May 7, 2020
MaverickAH
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Apr 17, 2020
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Rock solid!
I've had this hybrid amp in service for over 2 years now without issue. I actually have a 789 in reserve but it just stays there because I feel no compulsion to pull my CTH out of service. Now I do have a couple of planars that theoretically should benefit form the solid state 789 but the CTH itself is surprisingly neutral & the sound emanating from it provides a very happy medium for my entire collection. Power & dynamics are very good. The only negative I can possibly point to is that you will hear the noise floor if you're using highly efficient IEM's or headphones but I will say that all sort of disappears once the music starts. This headphone amp was my 1st dip into exploring the world of a dedicated headphone setup & tubes. I couldn't have asked or expected a better experience! The only bad thing is that I'm now fully headed down the rabbit hole! Based on my personal experience, it's a steal at its current sale price & a hearty recommendation for anyone setting up their first system for home or office. That tube will certainly draw attention & questions! FTR...… My CTH has remained stock since day 1. I say this knowing that I've probably just jinxed myself!
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Apr 17, 2020
TB-1
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Apr 15, 2020
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All about the tone.
The CTH is a perfect alternative to the LCX. Has similar lively dynamics to the LCX but adds a touch of tube tone and texture that is just wonderful. Solid Drop build and I actually like the stock tube. Superb value and highly recommended!
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Apr 15, 2020
Audio2018
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Apr 11, 2020
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Looks great, easy to use, great value
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Apr 11, 2020
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