Introducing Drop + THX AAA ONE Linear Amplifier
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With the success of the AAA™ 789 Linear Amplifier (and now the Panda Wireless Headphones), our partnership with THX is only getting stronger. Now, we’re excited to announce our latest collaboration: the Drop + THX AAA™ ONE Linear Amplifier.  The ONE will be the new entry point for ultra-clean, linear sound in a desktop headphone amplifier. Just like the 789, it’s designed to optimize your audio experience. While the 789 provides more power with its balanced design, the ONE will still drive most headphones with ease. It’s also built with an all-metal enclosure to protect the technology inside. Now we’re including a pre-amplifier output that allows you to connect the amp to a powered speaker and switch back and forth between headphones and speakers on the fly.  Here are some other highlights:
  • Ultra-low distortion AAA™ circuit with high-voltage swing
  • Ultra-low noise THX architecture (less than 1 uV of output noise)
  • Power to drive demanding headphones with ease (Up to 2000 mW at 32 Ohms, 1000 mW at 16 Ohms, and 275 mW at 300 Ohms)
  • 3-position gain switch (allows for fine-tuning of signal-to-noise with any headphone or IEM)
  • Ultra-low noise pre-amplifier output (Use the ONE to drive active desktop speakers or a dedicated power amplifier in a home stereo setup, and easily switch between headphone-out and pre-out with a dedicated button)
  • High-quality aluminium chassis (which also works to shield the electronics from RF and other external noise)
  • $199 MSRP Target
We can’t wait to bring this amp to market. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks—and as always, if you have any questions or comments, leave them below. Best, The Drop Team
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MaxRayder
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Sep 23, 2020
I have a set of 58X Jubilee headphones and a Logitech Z625 speakers. Would it be right to use the preamp of this amplifier with the Z625? Since the sub powers the speakers it probably has it's own preamp (I don't know for sure, since I'm new to all this stuff) so I'm left wondering if connecting the preamp of this headphone amplifier to the sub could potentially damage it (or any other part of the Z625) 🤔 Can somebody help me with this?
sosya2000
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Sep 8, 2020
[DROP + THX AAA ONE LINEAR AMPLIFIER] What amplification method does this amplifier use? EX) CLASS A? CLASS AB? CLASS D?
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sosya2000
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Oct 6, 2020
i See. Thank you for your kind answer. By the way, I want to get it shipped quickly. March 2021, it's too late. Sad~
jm090
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Oct 10, 2020
It isnt even released yet.. this is just the announcement.
BruntFCA
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Aug 23, 2020
will this power bookshelf speakers?
joshrhymerr
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Sep 21, 2020
I can tell you it won't power passive bookshelf speakers. Not sure if you can find a way to hook up powered monitors, but this is a headphone amp first and foremost, and a darn good one if the 789 is anything to go on.
AuxiliaryFailur
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Jul 16, 2020
Does/can this - or many other amps etc - come with a UK plug? We don't all live in the US or Europe (of which we're no longer a part anyway!).
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newmagrathea
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Jul 1, 2020
I really wish this had at least two inputs, that would make it much more useful. I think one input should be able to function as a phono input.
Acidleak
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Jun 25, 2020
Shipping date March 2021? That's quick for Drop.
Evshrug
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Aug 19, 2020
Tubes aren’t necessarily bad, Or the best thing ever, I’m just cautioning that the reality is you have to work for them a bit, which sometimes distracts from sitting down and listening. Some people feel the ritual and effort makes them focus and appreciate the music more, similar to vinyl aficionados. But if tubes achieve anything, it’s that newer doesn’t necessarily mean better, and you don’t necessarily need to wait for the latest upgrade to get an extremely good sound. The Amperex tubes with the “bugle boy” stamp on them are generally regarded as very good, so I’m not saying you should immediately discount them. It’s just MY sample is super sensitive to bumping the table, and I think there’s actually a low, persistent ringing sound just on the edge of my hearing. Could just be mine, but that’s the risk of trying these eBay deals. Researching tubes and watching eBay for good deals can be a fun treasure hunt, but it does take time and might pull your focus away from just enjoying music. I also have a well-recommended JAN tube that’s good but a bit grainy, a second Amperex that’s clearly a dud, and four Vokshod Soviet tubes from the very early 80’s, and I’ve only tried one because it has no ringing and sounds so good (and also my bias pots seem stuck, but the voltmeter readings are good). My first tube that was supposed to come with my custom made amp actually shattered in shipping – I almost cried, and I had to carefully clean splinters of glass out of the amp and RCA jacks! Lastly, all tubes have a lifespan, and eventually burn out... but it’s not so bad, that Soviet tube I mentioned was running in my only amplifier for two years of use, and I still come back to it sometimes. Tubes aren’t automatically “better” or “worse,” they’re just different. You’ll see people raving about how the Woo Audio fireflies amp is so pretty (and not bad sounding either), and has made some great sounding tube amps as their flagships, and Sennheiser’s $60k HE-1 Orpheus “system” includes an amp with eight tubes of comparable quality to the best Telefunken tubes. Sennheiser also put the tubes inside of quartz vials to protect them from EMI... it’s actually an electrical hazard to have bare tubes out in the open where you can touch them during operation, not to mention leaving them to be like antennas for the squelches and squeaks of cellphone texts and other wireless signals. So, I don’t hate tubes, I just think it’s worth understanding what the reality is like. If you do decide on checking out tubes, I do like Woo Audio, Felix Audio, Glenn’s custom tube amps, and I do hope someday to hear a Darkvoice. For beginners, I really like Garage1217, which is a small business in the US that follows a similar design as the Bravo and Indeed amps (and my SET hybrid), except it comes with most of the capacitor and design upgrades you would eventually want from a Bravo. I would also recommend something to act as a Faraday cage or an EMI Shield to go over the tube.
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Workinon1t
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Sep 4, 2020
Sorry for the late response but I just wanted to thank you for all the information you shared with me. I will definitely refer back to this in the future when I start to get into you. Thanks a ton!
JBZ28
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Jun 20, 2020
I would love if this unit had multiple Inputs. It would be great to be able to plug at least two or three sources into it since it can be used as a preamplifier.
Elsid
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Jun 18, 2020
Single ended can be built just as powerful and clean as balanced. Balanced with todays tech is just a money making scam.
like The guy who posted this message to which you also had replied, I too mean “today’s tech”. But the 299 for the thd amp is a midrange price imo. It’s single ended and it has better numbers than many older balanced amps. So imo, it’s a waste of money if you buy a balanced amp spending more than 300 thinking it would be better than the single ended.
ds60
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Jul 9, 2020
But the balanced out on the 789 is better, assuming that's what you're talking about and not the One.
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https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?attachments/massdrop-thx-aaa-789-headphone-amplifier-power-at-50-ohm-balanced-measurement-png.16943/
https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-and-measurements-of-massdrop-thx-aaa-789-amp.5001/ The balanced output allows for a much higher power output with slightly less distortion, making the balanced output cleaner at the same relative volume as the single ended. Of course, the difference isn't audible at these levels. The 789 is already a great example of how a balanced connection can give you better performance. And it should be noted "fully" or "true" balanced is not what we're talking about here in regards to the 789 (the engineer mentioned it didn't need to be because there would be no benefit), it's all about the connector. OP is correct in that single-ended output can be engineered to be just as powerful and clean as a fully balanced setup as far as our ears can tell, but that doesn't mean it's always "just a money making scam." For example, check out the Topping A90, which is even better than the 789 for a similar price (pre Drop price reduction) and better balanced output performance. https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/topping-a90-headphone-amplifier-review.13592/
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nottheseapples
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Jun 13, 2020
why this when sp200 is already out with 888 chip?
nottheseapples
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Jun 23, 2020
If it didn't have the slant it would be better for sure
Malin
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Jun 23, 2020
yes, Ihve seen a steady drop of its price most probably because having such a slanting chassis wont sell as much as expected.
Malin
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Jun 9, 2020
the 789 has the 789 chip. but what chip does ONE have?
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