BACK IN STOCK! - Massdrop x THX AAA™ 789 Linear Amplifier
Audiophiles rejoice... The Massdrop x THX AAA (TM) 789 headphone amplifier is now back in stock!
Take advantage of limited quantities and see why this is one of the most critically acclaimed and best testing headphone amplifiers ever.
Detailed specs and product info here: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-thx-aaa-789-linear-amplifier/reviews?commentId=2288538
Review from Passion for Sound:
The Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Tube Hybrid: In With the New
The new Cavalli Tube Hybrid is an evolution of the original Compact Tube Hybrid DIY project.
The new “CTH” has significant improvements to the original design: Higher power output, approximately 1W into 50 ohms. The new CTH has some global negative feedback reducing the gain from the mu of the triode to a more manageable gain of 8x. By reducing the gain, we are able to make the amp work with the widest array of headphones through a very simple design to operate. The unity gain, discrete output buffers on the new CTH are updated versions of the buffers used in the Cavalli Audio Liquid Glass amplifier and provide the same or better performance.
CHECK OUT THE DROP FOR THE MASSDROP X CAVALLI TUBE HYBRID HERE: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-alex-cavalli-cth-tube-hybrid-amp
The original CTH used a 24VAC wall wart power supply. This is suitable for a DIY project, but this type of power supply is uncommon and introduces raw power line AC and...
Massdrop x THX AAA™ 789 Headphone Amplifier Reviews
Hey Massdrop'ers, the reviews for the new Massdrop x THX AAA ™ 789 Headphone Amplifier are starting to trickle in as folks from the first drop begin to receive their units. Check out what some of the audiophile community has to say below...
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I have no clue how these flew under the radar but I had an ad pop-up advertising this new headphone. I haven't been able to find a ton of info on it but apparently it's already on sale: https://www.moon-audio.com/focal-elegia-headphones.html. I don't know what other shops are selling this but there are TONS of pictures here.
If this sounds like a closed-back version of the Clear (this is using the copper voice coil), I think I'll be in heaven. They also come with the Focal hard case and the pad design looks different compared to current offerings.
Color me excited.
EDIT: Just found measurements and I like what I see: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/focal-elegia-measurements.890447/
Focal finally updated their website too: https://www.focal.com/en/headphones-0/headphones/home/elegia
Benchmark HPA4 Review - Andrew Everard, HI-FI NEWS
"Benchmark describes its product as a 'reference Stereo Headphone Amplifier and Reference Line Amplifier with Relay Gain and Input Control', which should give you some idea of what's going on here, but only hints at the fact that this is actually two completely separate products packed into one relatively compact unit.""Unlike most headphone amps able to do double duty as a preamp, this one doesn't split its output ... but actually has discrete amplifier sections for the two functions.""The headphone section is powered by a power amp from THX, employing the same AAA (Achromatic Audio Amplifier) technology first used by the company in its AHB2.""Benchmark's line amplifier uses relays for input selection, gain control and muting while four independent 256-step attenuators ... feed the the headphone ... and preamp outputs.""As PM notes in his Lab Report, this design gives the HPA4 not only outstanding performance, but also rather impressive - to say the least - signal delivery."
What amp & DAC, or combo would you recommend for DT 990 pros?
Looking to play games mainly. But also listen to and produce music. I’m not really looking for the very top of the line in price range btw.
also if you have a any other headphone, amp, DAC, setups I’d be glad to take recommendations!
The DROP CAN "a headphone amplifier capable of working with many different cans, but tailored to match DROP's Sennheiser HD 6xx in a very interesting way!
At the push of a button, its fully analogue EQ filter pushes the HD 6xx to the max.
Come and see us at CanJam NY! Test the DROP Sennheiser HD 6xx with and without the DROP CAN's 6xx tuning! Hear the difference.
You’ll not be disappointed. See you there."
Fostex TR-X00 Stock Cable - 3 or 4 wires at termination?
If I cut the 1/4" TRS connector off of the stock cable will I find 3 or 4 wires? Cheap cables connect the L&R ground cables in the Y splitter then run a single ground wire down to the plug for a single termination on the sleeve. Better cables have two ground cables (plus R&L positive cables) running the entire length of the cable with both grounds terminated on the sleeve of the plug. I'd like to convert the cable to balanced but that won't work if there is only a single ground wire. Has anybody actually cut off the plug and knows what I would find? Considering how Drop likes to cut corners my gut is telling me that they probably saved a few cents and connected the grounds in the splitter but I'm hoping that I'm wrong.
They seem to ship to most countries? It seems odd that Japan just isn't available on the list? I would love a pair of HD6xx. The HD650 cost 450 USD in Japan so factoring in shipping and tax it is still far cheaper to get them here.