Oct 7, 201612018 views

Audiophile Announcement

Hey everyone!
We want to give you a heads-up: Starting October 14, the Pro Audio Community will merge into the Audiophile Community. A significant portion of the Pro Audio Community is made up of audiophiles, and we believe we can better serve both communities if they are together.
So what’s next? We’d love to hear from everybody about their favorite audiophile and pro audio products—especially if you have insights that are not already in the polls. Please use this thread as a way to discuss what you’d like to see next!
andy gil, sixfoot-tallrabbit, and 34 others

this is sad
Oh man how I would die to see some schiit amps on massdrop.
Seeing how Schiit is averse to relying on discounts to move products I wouldn't hold me breath. They've been requested almost daily for years and it's not happened.
As much as I think you're right, I still hope that they will oblige in some way with what I and many others long for.
Yawn, got tired of waiting for Massdrop to add a Jotunheim drop; purchased it direct from Shiit, and even thought I paid full price. and it's on back order, it's guaranteed to arrive before I die of old age--something MD can't promise!
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It may well drop next week, but it won't ship 'till next Summer!
hahaha, good point
Focal Utopia @$2000 :-)
I'd like to see more Elac, Focal, McIntosh, and CD players/transports on the site please.
Jotunheim--one more time!
Benchmark would be great but I probably can't afford them... I am looking for a good headphone and passive speaker amp setup for my computer. I am intrigued by a couple of Emotiva products. First the TA-100 stereo preamp/DAC/tuner with an integrated amplifier. It has enough power to drive my near-field studio monitors and any headphones I may want to add. The DAC is pretty good, so it can free up my other ones, plus with two pairs of analog inputs I could come out of my PC sound card as well and still have another plug in if I want to check a iPad mix. (if if had a AM tuner it would be perferct.) Second, the Emotiva BasX A-100 has MORE power available for the headphones, about the same for the speakers, for a lower price, but dropping the tuner/preamp and the DAC. This would work for me, it just would not be as clean of a setup... One more item, they are both high-current short signal path Class A/B amplifiers for those who prefer not to go with class D amps...
How does one go about claiming on a Massdrop warranty??
Thanks in advance.
Cavalli Liquid Crimson pretty please!
Sennheiser Hd 800s as the hd 8xx...it will probably be another mass disaster !!!
Benchmark Dac3 HGC Benchmark Dac2 HGC
Allow people to listen and get their mix on
Beyerdynamic T1 Beyerdynamic T70
Abacus C-Box 3, PSI 21, please
Sennheiser X Massdrop Amperiors. Please.
Pleease get the Audioengine A2+ drop back
Bring the bongs, pipes, and grinders back!!!!
I would like to see the drop of HD6XX or ATH M50X
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Man i too would love an ATH--M50X drop as well
M50X is crap
As a lifelong spoiled studio musician, I got very indulgently used to wearing whatever set of highend cans. Now at home, I can't find an closed back over ear headphones that don't boost the bass, or feel like vise-grips after a couple of hou session. Any suggestions? You guys are great.
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I have MrSpeakers EtherFlow C. Expensive. Light and comfortable on the head. VERY responsive to a small amount of EQ. I run my DAC volume at 90% - 100% for full detail and use analog controls to manage the volume. Most closed back over ear headphones fatigue me after an hour. This the first that I can listen 6 to 8 hours without fatigue. Although the EtherFlow C are low impedance, a better amp will improve detail of the sound.
I think it is a nice decision.
Next? HD6xx drops again.
I think with the sudden outburst of popularity of the Monolith M1060 planars, a massdrop collab to offer other finishes than wood, further resolving the QC issues and offering better cabling and alternative pads to leather, as the Audeze LCD Vegan pads have become probably the most popular for these, would be a great hit. Especially for all of us who cannot buy in the US, massdrop acting as a bridge to bring us the M1060s to Australia, Europe and Asia would be a grand market, still untapped.
I miss the instruments.
I think this makes sense. There is often a lot of overlap already.
People are too focused on the idea that "pro" is somehow elitist. They aren't recognizing the fundamental difference between kit designed for listening to music and that which is designed for creating it. "Pro" doesn't mean that a certain kind of gear is more serious. It means that that gear is designed for tracking and/or composing. If MD members would prefer a more hierarchy-negating term like Music-Makers or Musical Instruments, that's fine. But audiophile is a specific term for high-end audio for the prosumer. It doesn't include instruments and equipment used for making music because that's an entirely different user-case scenario.
The Grace DAC is an example of a pro audio-designed DAC/amp that found an audiophile market because it performs a function that *works* for audiophiles. Studio monitors also can work in the audiophile section. Sadly, there is no such place for a music keyboard, guitar, electronic drum set, effects pedal or microphone. That kind of equipment is in a separate category and should remain so, with studio monitors and amp/DACs appearing under *both* categories.
Again, if you want to bypass people's preconceptions of a so-called elitist distinction by using words like Musical Instruments or Music Production, please do. Pro Audio shouldn't be an issue, since it's the correct industry term, but if it is, then the change is fine as long as things like keyboards and guitars have their own place.
If you absolutely must group everything audio related under a single category, then the first poster's Audio suggestion makes a lot more sense than Audiophile.
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idk what it's like there but in the Netherlands we have a Bax-Shop, sells all of those things, Thomann does the same and keymusic does too
Exactly my point. 🙂 Music stores everywhere sell the same things that audiophiles want to buy, but audiophile/Hi-Fi stores don’t sell music production equipment that musicians/producers buy. If guitar effect pedals and the like could be bought through this community, then calling this community “Audiophile” is a faux pas.
It seems the main reason for this merge is because there are so few pro audio drops. I would like to see more drops of recording and pro audio gear regardless of what the community is named. More microphones, audio interfaces, preamps, and studio monitors would be great for me personally.
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Well let me just pull out my Christmas list.....
Im looking at getting either a pair of JBL LSR305's or Yamaha HS5's, and the matching sub. I know both were dropped recently though (thats actually the reason I joined Massdrop).
A lot of people want ATH-M50X headphones, and I'm looking to get a wide variety of their mics. I think it would be cool to see some bundles from them. Maybe an M50X+AT2020/4033/4040/4050/4060 mic. Or a drop from Shure of a few sm57's, a beta 52, and one or two sm7b's. That would be great for me personally.
It would be really awesome to see some high end studio compressors/eq units/mic preamps/ word clocks and other things specific to recording music. I love to run bass tracks through a Joe Meek tube compressor, but alas I don't own one and don't have free access to one any more...........
Studio foam and bass traps are really important and completely underrated. Saw some on here recently which is really great, keep that going.
If Massdrop could get a drop on some Neumann mics there would be many happy people and much rejoicing. Or maybe some audio software? Protools, Logic, Reason, Ableton, ect.....or plugins for said software.
Even some general drops/bundles from gear in the "hobbyist" price range would be cooL. Or some of the studio essentials that everyone needs. But these things are affordable on their own, so I wouldn't prioritize it.
That's just my wish list, I'm sure there's other people with different lists just as long.
Actually, foam isn’t good. It just knocks down high frequencie, and the foam bass traps only go down to around 500 hz. You need 4 inches of pressed roxol boards or pressed fiber glass and corner traps. There are lots of companies that sell the materials, provide ready to install nice looking units and give you pro advice. Don’t waste money on foam.
It's all audio to me. I bought a certain pair of headphones I wanted at Guitar Center because 1) Pro Audio people use them and Audiophiles use them, so I don't see anything wrong with this update. So you might see a $500 guitar next to $500 headphones, so what. I always look at the drops and Pro Audio usually has maybe a dozen items or so lists as drops, and a lot of time you have an item in both as The AKG's are listed in both right now.
Well, this was an entertaining thread to read. People seem to be getting REALLY confused and/or REALLY salty over simple names.
I think it is obvious that the merge is happening because the Pro Audio community (while it has some amazing deals) doesn't have as many drops active at any given moment as most communities, and thus isn't as active of a community. Merging the two to have a more active music based community is definitely a smart move.
In the case of Massdrop, "Pro Audio" is generally referring to anything made for creating/recording/live music. If you could buy an item on Sweetwater.com/GuitarCenter.com, it would probably drop under the old "Pro Audio" section on Massdrop. If you actually visit a Guitar Center though, the Pro Audio section will be where most of the live audio gear is stashed. http://www.guitarcenter.com/Pro-Audio.gc
In the same vein, the "Audiophile" community on Massdrop isn't a community based just around uber high end audio replication gear. A lot of the stuff is great sounding, but budget equipment, which is GREAT. That is the stuff that generally really sells well. Obviously everyone has a drastically different budget for additions to their listening setup, and there is absolutely no reason to just want high end gear, or be so pretentious that you think anything less will not be worthy of the community. Having a solid mix of gear is just what we need, and I think MD has done a great job of providing gear for all budgets.
So it is absurd, and silly that some people are "concerned with the quality" of the "Pro Audio" stuff, like it will somehow taint the community. The two are absolutely different sides of audio, but will cater to many of the same people.
If the name bugs people, changing it just to "audio" or something could work, but I wouldn't get too upset over the names.
Sounds good ...please keep me in the loop...
That sounds fine to me.