Massdrop x Grace Design Standard DAC
Massdrop x Grace Design Standard DAC
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Made in collaboration with Grace Design, a company known for its incredibly accurate, transparent studio gear, the Standard DAC sets a new standard in entry-level DACs. It applies Grace Design’s pro-audio expertise to a simpler, more accessibly priced model that makes a great addition to any home or office system Read More

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FittedPanda
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Jul 22, 2020
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Sheesh this is so clean and minimal. I'm wondering what set of nice and neat cables I can use to stack this DAC with the O2 headphone app?
Jul 22, 2020
Maxidw
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Jul 20, 2020
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Hi, my SDAC randomly gets disconnected from my Macbook Pro 16". I try changing USB port, three different adapters (two of those is powered), and using one port/adapter exclusively for the SDAC. The adaptors I tested are: my dell monitor, an Aukey USB-C hub 4 ports, Vava 9-in-1 adapter, Anker powered USB 3 hub. Any hint? I couldn't find a support page for the product. Thanks
Jul 20, 2020
flanker
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Jul 24, 2020
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Same issue here. All I have to do is remove and reinsert the usb connection. Couldn't find any solution online.
Jul 24, 2020
nitzang
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Jul 26, 2020
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@Maxidw Same here. I read a previous post from @omcnoe which find a resolution: https://drop.com/buy/massdrop-x-grace-design-standard-dac/talk/2659283 But it's not working for me And another one here: https://drop.com/buy/massdrop-x-grace-design-standard-dac/talk/2661105


@Michael_Grace Please advise! It make not sense to do these workaround/hacks to make the SDAC work constantly. Thanks!
Jul 26, 2020
rhinocerosbladder
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Jul 10, 2020
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I have a bit of a small issue/question: I use the 3.5mm out on the back for my active speakers, and the RCA output runs to my amp. Audio comes through both my headphones from the amp and the active speakers connected to the DAC. Am I doing something wrong? I thought I remembered reading about auto-switching here but I may be missing something obvious.
Jul 10, 2020
Chimera123
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Jul 6, 2020
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@Michael_Grace and Drop, Please consider making a matching Volume knob, which will not color the sound Thank you
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*Another request, for people who want to do high quality recording, an (stereo 2-channel) ADC to connect to a preamp. I dream of the day I could connect my tube preamp straight to a high quality AD converter minimalist box like this, especially while recording on the road, without carrying a whole interface (other minimalist ones are usually of lesser quallity)
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Jul 6, 2020
Michael_Grace
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Grace Design
Jul 9, 2020
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Hi Chimera123, Thanks for the suggestion (and the nice illustrations!). We will take these ideas in to consideration. Best, Michael
Jul 9, 2020
Chimera123
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Jul 10, 2020
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Thanks! :)
Jul 10, 2020
Interceptor69
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Jun 27, 2020
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I need a bit of advice-I'm looking for an inexpensive DAC to go from my laptop running Audirvana to my AVR. Would this be a good choice or something like a Dragonfly Red/Black/etc? I'm not looking for bleeding edge DAC performance-I have another system for that. This is inexpensive but sometimes one gets what one pays for...
Jun 27, 2020
Michael-Q
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Jun 29, 2020
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I wouldn't call this inexpensive. The FX-Audio DAC-X6 is a dac/amp that takes multiple input types, decently powerful amp, and at a price that has to be scam ($45 on drop - about half this price). I've seen dac/amp dongles on amazon for $10... Dragonfly Red/Black are also Dac/Amps of decent quality but are also specifically trying to be as small and portable as possible so you'd be paying extra for that feature. The SDAC listed here is minimalist design. The performance is basically as good as you can hear - beyond 16bit cd quality. I guess it has issues with non-window based pcs? I don't own this but view it as a trustworthy product. I lack experience using AVRs so I can't really say what the best solution is for you. I would think a HDMI cable would be all you need (assuming your laptop also has the port and your AVR is newish).
Jun 29, 2020
Interceptor69
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Jun 29, 2020
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Thanks for the reply. The AVR has rca inputs and optical inputs. Don't want or need an amp- just a DAC.
Jun 29, 2020
r-gordon-7
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Jun 25, 2020
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I just received my SDAC moments ago and expected to be able to connect it to my one of my laptop's USB ports and use it right away by plugging my K7XX headphones directly into the SDAC's 3.5mm jack on the back of the SDAC, while I await receipt next month of my pre-ordered Drop 02 amp. However, I see the "Setup Instructions" card that comes with the SDAC says with respect to this 3.5mm jack (referring to it both as a "connector" and a "port"), "2a. Connect to an amplifier via the 3.5mm connector. (Don't use headphones with this port.)" Just to be safe, am I correct to assume that despite the parenthetical in the foregoing instruction, it is safe to use my headphones plugged into this 3.5mm "port", when I want to use the SDAC without an amplifier, as I certainly THOUGHT was the case when I placed my order for the SDAC?
Jun 25, 2020
r-gordon-7
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Jun 27, 2020
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Thanks, Michael-Q. Probably best for me to just wait until my pre-ordered Drop O2 amp arrives (in August?) before trying out the SDAC at all...
Jun 27, 2020
Rowdy2026
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Aug 1, 2020
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....as already mentioned, you will be missing the single most important part of your chain for getting a suitable listening level (if any at all). Just wait for your amp. 👍
Aug 1, 2020
omcnoe
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Jun 17, 2020
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Sadly I seem to be having an issue with this device on my mac... When I stop playing audio, after maybe a minute or two of silence the SDAC will not start playing audio again til I unplug it and plug it in again. It's quite frustrating as this means I have to have some audio playing constantly to be able to use the SDAC. Is anyone else having this same issue? What is the solution?
Jun 17, 2020
nitzang
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Jul 9, 2020
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Feels like power management "feature" on MacOS. Thanks for sharing. I'm going nuts when it's happens (MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports - MacOS Catalina 15.15.5)
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Jul 9, 2020
apchouston
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Jul 19, 2020
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I use multiple DAC's on my Mac mini and only the SDAC seems not to reconnect when you switch to another DAC and back to it. The Mac sees it but there's no audio. The solution that worked for me was using two sets on 12 port powered USB hubs and connection only USB 3 devices to one one hub and USB 2 and USB 1 to there other hub. Or make sure you don't mix it with devices using USB 3 using the same hub.
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Jul 19, 2020
lorem
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Jun 8, 2020
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Stacks nicely with the o2, works as advertised. Probably the last DAC I’ll ever purchase
Jun 8, 2020
Narrative
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May 30, 2020
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Help please, SDAC or SDAC Balanced for SP200? Or maybe SMSL Sanskrit MKII? And why. Thanks.
May 30, 2020
Michael-Q
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Jun 3, 2020
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My thoughts (not super knowledgeable) : The difference between balanced and not balanced can be measured in some situations, but for many users setups it wont' really be measurable. Oddly many find balanced sounds better regardless of measurements. Thus to be safe that you have the best setup you need balanced... If you know you're in a electronically noisy area, get balanced. If you want to use really long cables between your dac and amp, get balanced. If you want to save some money and believe in measurements, don't get balanced.
Jun 3, 2020
Narrative
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Jun 7, 2020
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Thank you very much for your opinion, man.
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Jun 7, 2020
Kevinke
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May 27, 2020
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No problem under windows 10. Under Manjaro it only works for 10sec before disconecting itself. Is it a compatibility issue?
May 27, 2020
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