Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Liquid Carbon X Amp
Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Liquid Carbon X Amp
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Made in collaboration with Alex Cavalli, a legend in the world of headphone amps, the Liquid Carbon X is a solid-state, fully balanced, bridged amp with a clear, transparent, non-fatiguing sound. It has the same topology as the celebrated Liquid Carbon, along with updates to the form factor, switching power supply, and input and output jacks Read More
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wzapajr
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Aug 12, 2020
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Worth the money
It’s been a good investment so far. I have the amp connected to a Bluesound Vault 2i and use Roon and Tidal for music listening. I recently burned my CDs into the Vault 2i. I’m driving different headphones via both XLR and 3.5 connectors: Audeze LC-3, Master & Dynamic MH40, and Seinnheiser HD 650. I use the XLR primarily and drive my planar headphones with enough power so far and for Seinnheiser as well. Worth the money. Looking now for a tube amp with greater than 2W continuous power over 32 ohms.
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Aug 12, 2020
panchopin
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Aug 12, 2020
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Great sound, very capable amp!
The LCX really provides an amazing sound to my 6XX, I really didn't expect that much of an improvement, but when using the balanced input/output, it really gives it a bump that I want getting with anything else in my setup. Really pleased I picked it up!
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Aug 12, 2020
Ayub
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Aug 1, 2020
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Sounds great
Very nice sound. Balanced op is awesome sounding with the 6xx
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Aug 1, 2020
mspk
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Jul 29, 2020
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Good amp with solid build quality.
Bought it before I bought the AAA789, keeping it as it sounds different to me and has a bit more warmth and character. Paired it with a SMSL SU8.
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Jul 29, 2020
theMillerDave
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Jul 18, 2020
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The gateway drug?
I wouldn't call myself an audiophile, nor could I use the correct language in describing the characteristics of this amp that set it apart from anything else I've tried in the price bracket - but I can say definitively that this thing is a f******g bargain and is likely the piece of equipment that I will look back on as the one that got me hooked. A little personal history: My first "real" audio purchase was here on Drop - the initial release of the AKG 7XX - a solid pair of open-back cans that made me realize why anyone would need to purchase a headphone amp. So I took the bait and picked up a piece of Schitt: an Asgard 2. The local seller threw in a decent USB-DAC, and off I went re-ripping my CD collection to lossless format - cursing my former self for thinking a 160kbps eMPty3 sounded fine. Fast forward a couple of years, and I find myself getting that itch again, justifying another purchase for an upgrade to my portable gear (a modded iPod classic and a FiiO Alpen E17). I picked up a FiiO Q1 MKII, a modest bump over the E17 - because I didn't think spending hundreds on a nice pair of balanced IEMs would really make that much of a difference... I couldn't resist the HiFiMan HE-4XX at the then price of $130, picked up a budget LinSoul 2.5mm terminated balanced cable, and finally used that "other" output jack on the Q1. I won't say I was blown away, but there was a huge difference in sound (not necessarily better, definitely not worse) between that pairing and my aging desktop setup of the 7XX and Asgard 2 - enough to kill the cat and start to see what else was out there. I have always been a "go big or go home" enthusiast of many cultish hobbies, and I am a firm believer in the Hunter Thompson mantra, "If something is worth doing, it's worth doing right"... Enter the v2 Campfire Audio Andromeda iems and an iBasso dx200... By this point I'm thinking I've reached my personal portable endgame, and it was high time I started looking into the next desktop stack upgrade. Rather than jump in the deep end, I figured I'd be a LITTLE more frugal - and that takes us to today: the Cavalli Liquid Carbon X amp... I did my homework and basically gave myself an ultimatum: if I'm not blown away, I will go back to throwing money into my wardrobe and watch box. To make sure I didn't sell Alex short, I picked up another piece of Schitt: the new Modius DAC, some decent XLR cables, and the perfectly timed 2.5mm to XLR adapter here on Drop (fortunately, as a result of the Q1,) allowing me to give both the Andromedas and the HE-4XX cans the full balanced experience they crave. For less than half the price of either of my CA iems or the DAP ($200 for the Modius, $200 for this bad larry, and $20 for the adapter), I replaced my desktop stack. I don't know if my ears aren't quite as refined as the folks who wax poetic about sound stage and the nuances of different frequency ranges across the sound spectrum that comes from truly high-end audio equipment, but for the money (I've heard of cables costing more - and bless any of you who can justify the cost difference between a $50 cable and a $500 cable) - I have been blown away with this setup driving either the CA iems, the balanced HE-4XX, or the AKG-7XX for any genre from Jazz, to Hip-Hop, Metal, Classic Rock, House, Pop, Funk, Classical and everything in-between (can't speak to country music, unless you count bluegrass and/or Johnny Cash). Given the literal fortune one can spend on audio equipment, if this kind of (mid-range?) budget is within your reach - consider this a resounding endorsement from a relative noob who thinks he knows what sounds "good"... and my poor wallet is going to have to come with me on more adventures to see what else is out there. Thanks again, Drop, for putting together yet another amazing product offering at an irresistible price point, putting fanatic-level performance within reach of the masses. Ooooh, how about changing your name to "MassDrop"... ever consider that ;) ?
Jul 18, 2020
GoldenGoose
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Jul 8, 2020
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Sweet and relaxed sound
I'm very happy for my decision to buy them especially for 200$. My daily amp is THX 789 but sometimes with few headphones it sound too clinical for me. So I decided to buy Liquid Carbon X for pleasure listenings. Of course I use it only balanced because SE output is bad. I use all my cans balanced so I don't use SE output. I can describe the sound of this AMP in two words sweet & relax. What I can hear it nicely reduces a little touch hights so it matches bright headphones. It has no problem to drive hungry cans in balanced mode. For the price of 200$ I recommend them a lot!
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Jul 8, 2020
inputnull
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Jul 7, 2020
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Insane bang for your buck
I am a tad biased (big fan of cavalli sound signature) but I love this amp. I listened to the original liquid carbon back when it had internal AC rectification and supply circuitry and costed a bit more, so was quite excited to have this at a great price point. Fit/finish and form factor was better on the old one, but you can't beat this sound, especially in a balanced amp at this price point. Would recommend for anyone trying to get into balanced audio (maybe pair with external grace balanced sdac) or looking to get a cavalli amp at a cheap price!
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Jul 7, 2020
tehenlim
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Jun 28, 2020
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Good sound but finishing could be better
Good sound. Finishing marks easily and the casing and knobs feel a bit cheap.
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Jun 28, 2020
TamPrs
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May 19, 2020
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Very nice sound
Very nice, sound pretty damn good for 200$. Haven't used single end and nit planning to. Very good packing super thiccc protective foam. Shipping a bit sh*t tho. 3 months to my country.
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May 19, 2020
Smathy
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May 7, 2020
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Good.
My first balanced amp. I like the sound but have recently upgraded to the 789. Still would prefer a larger enclosure even if the parts don't need because it feels so light. otherwise its a good simple black box amp.
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May 7, 2020
VinylAddict
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Jul 29, 2020
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What headphones are you using and which amp do you prefer out of the two?
Jul 29, 2020
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