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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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HedleyLamarr
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Jul 19, 2021
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Go to amp
I use this amp generally with the Drop SDAC and I love it. It's my go to, every day headphone amp with fantastic detail and power. I really like the Drop form factor and simple design. At the time I bought it the price was great, and very competitive. At this time there are probably better buys at least in terms of the original price but I still love it.
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AngryPersian
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Mar 2, 2021
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Pretty situational for me, but not bad
It’s not that bad. Plays well with my Focal Clears but it left me wanting more using the 6xx and the Drop+Grace SDAC. Problem is it mainly plays nice with my low impedance “efficient” over-ear headphones.
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brandonwhm
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Jan 13, 2021
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Overall a solid amp choice for the money
Sounds the best in balanced so anyone looking for a decent balanced amp around this price range, its a fantastic choice. Plenty of power to drive planars like the Arya or the Edition XX
brandonwhm
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Jan 24, 2021
I bought mine off Amazon (new fantasia I think?) It's reasonably cheap and does the job but is pretty microphonic. Or you can get some from known companies like hart audio cables or periapt and so on. Jus take sure you get the correct cable for your headphone (newer hifiman use 3.5mm connectors and some older one side 2.5)
Hankho
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Jan 24, 2021
Awesome and thank you :) ya I was looking at the same cable from Amazon and wondering if it's any good. Guess I'll look at more options now.
SilverFolfy
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Dec 9, 2020
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Great powerhouse with a unique sound
I recently upgraded from a small single-ended Objective2 Amp to this here, and it was immediately clear that this thing really got power! Initially I used it only in single-ended input and output mode (balanced cables were still in transit), and while it sounded great to my relatively "untrained" ears it wasn't that much of a difference to my old O2 Amp, but I expected as much. Now that my new balanced output cables for my HD6XX have arrived from CustomCans UK I can say that these headphones seem to absolutely love this newfound power through the balanced output. They really expanded on the lower end sounds, which (for me at least) makes for a unique sound that is just much more *fun* to listen to, without compromising the details of the mid- and highrange. Granted, I still input to the Amp from a single-ended source (Grace Standard DAC - unbalanced) just because the balanced SDAC has not arrived yet, but I am really liking it already! I only have to turn up the volume to about 20% on 1x gain and it gets pretty loud, and that's already with the volume in the software at 50%, so yes, much power to drive basically anything. I also paired the upgrade with some new velour pads for my HD6XX, I'll be reviewing them separately here on Drop. These also added some more "umpf" to the low end sound, but had some impact in the midrange clarity. In summary, I can fully recommend the Liquid Carbon X! Footnote for non-US customers: You will need a fitting power adapter, since this ships with a polarized US plug only. One of my adapters did not fit as one of the prongs is "thicker" than the other (hence polarized plug), so make sure you get an adapter that fits the plug type where one hole is slightly "longer" than the other. Oh and also get some duct tape to affix the plug to the adapter, those US plugs are extremely loose and therefore quite frankly seem somewhat dangerous, but that's just my 2 cents.
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fendrix
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Dec 5, 2020
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Met or Exceeded All Expectations
SE or Balanced out, 2 gain settings, nice clean/undistorted power and powers everything I have easily. What's not to like? This is a fantastic buy at $200 and I have no regrets.
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Nov 29, 2020
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Just buy the CTH
Try the thx or Jot if you really want SS
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Rboggyz
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Nov 22, 2020
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Plenty of power for all your needs
Firstly, I would like to point out that the build of this amp is great. A bit industrial, a bit elegant. You've got a choice of inputs and outputs, both balanced and unbalanced, and if you want, you can stack it with the CTH as it has an unbalanced passthrough. It has plenty of power to drive anything you want and plays well with the headphones I've owned and tested (DT 770 Pro, HD580 Precision, HD650, Sundara, Elegia, Elear, HD800). Would definitely recommend.
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Wekwek
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Nov 22, 2020
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Build quality isn’t great but the sound makes up for it
It’s sounds beautifully and at around $200 with a balanced output I’d say it’s a good amp. The build quality though, specifically in the buttons, aren’t great and definitely shows where they cut corners to get it at this price. The buttons, especially the power button, feels super flimsy and wobbly. I feel like I can just rip it out of the amp with little force.
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AC47
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Sep 28, 2020
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Very good sound with no audible background. Running balanced with sensitive iems I find that I can't really turn it up at all because it supplies so much power, but that should come in handy if I ever need to drive more power hungry sets in the future.
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snackle
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Sep 23, 2020
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Had to buy one after borrowing from a friend
As others have said, this definitely has a bit of color to it. It's not a precise, analytical amp if that is what you are after. If you do enjoy just a slight touch of warmth, I don't think you can find a better value in this price range. Everything else I have used, while excellent, is just giving you the straight business. This has a bit of fun with it. Slightly underpowered SE compared to others but no slouch either. If you are ok with those notes, easy buy.
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