Massdrop aune x1s + x7s for 400 usd

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by YUUHUU, Feb 24, 2018.
  1. YUUHUU
    hello guys i just found this deal on massdrop i can get the aune x1s and x7s for 400$ or the x1s for 200. I currently have the hifimam 400i and the sony mdr z7. I use my htc 10 to drive them but it lacks the power to drive my 400i do u think this a good deal ? Or can i find something bettet for 400$. i dont want to spend more money honestly that the max my budget cam handle :p, and i dont trust used units.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Mayonnaise
    The x7s is a great clean amp for the money and has balanced if you ever want to play around with that. I hear people stack the x1s and x7s but personally i don't see the point. Id just get the x7s with a stand alone dac (ol dac or modi for example) and save $100. you can sometimes find b-stock for cheaper on their websites.
     
  3. zephyrstar
    I have the Aune x1s and x7s stack on my nightstand as my bedtime listening station and to be honest I quite like it. Both for $400 is a good deal, I paid quite a bit more for mine.
     
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  4. Mayonnaise
    I got the x7s for 200 and just used my maverick audio d2 for a dac which i purchased used for 150. I hear a lot of people like the synergy between the x1s/7s stack but I didn't understand why buy two amps just to use one as a dac in the end you'd pay more for the amp portion. although, I haven't tried it so maybe i'm missing out and I have to admit they do look pretty good stacked on top of eachother.
     
  5. mindhead1
    I also have the X1S/X7S stack. It sounds and looks great. I bought the X1S before the X7S. The last time I saw it in Massdrop you could get both for $380. IMO, the X1S is a great DAC and average amp. The X7S is a great amp when it come to driving power hungry headphone. The X1S does well with my easier to drive headphones, but shows it’s limits with headphones such as the 6xx or BD 880 600ohm. The X7S has no issues with those cans.

    If money is tight, get the X7S and a cheap DAC and save $50 - $100. Otherwise I think the X1S/X7S is a nice stack for $380-$400.
     
  6. ProtegeManiac Contributor
    X7S will drive the HE400i better, but to really maximize the X7S, you'd have to get balanced cables for the HE400i, so that's another $50 unless you can solder on an XLR cable onto your stock cable.

    You could just get a Modi2 and Asgard2 and not need a recable for $350.
     
  7. mindhead1
    [QUOTE="ProtegeManiac, “but to really maximize the X7S, you'd have to get balanced cables for the HE400i”[/QUOTE]

    Have you used your 400i with balance cables. I’m debating on whether or not it’s worth it to invest in a balanced cable for my 4xx. I have balanced cable for my 6xx and found it to be worthwhile.
     
  8. ProtegeManiac Contributor
    Have you used your 400i with balance cables. I’m debating on whether or not it’s worth it to invest in a balanced cable for my 4xx. I have balanced cable for my 6xx and found it to be worthwhile.[/QUOTE]

    No, I'm basing that on how much power the HE400i needs and how much power you'll get, although my memory was sketchy. Just checked it now and it can still spit out 1000mW at 32ohms - way more than what the HE400i needs, albeit at Class A/B already. It's advertised as a Class A amp, but not a Full/Pure Class A amp, and indicates that it operates in Class A only until 200mW of output. Chances are under normal listening you'd be well within Class A but when you have loud peaks it will likely switch over, although I wouldn't suspect it to be like one of those bad A/B amps where crossover distortion is jut short of obvious (ie you'd have to run it back to back with a full Class A amp or a more powerful Class A/B that won't switch over).

    That said, for $250, the Asgard runs pure Class A, so you don't have to worry about crossover distortion at all.
     

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