Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Tube Hybrid Amp (CTH) - Dropping Monday
Nov 4, 2019 at 7:19 PM Post #1,186 of 1,397

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What dac should I get for my CTH?
Like how does this work... I connect my dac to my cTH Using rca cables. Then do I connect my source like my phone to my dac then my headphones to the amp. What do y'all re command I order to get the best quality. I'm lost and want to start using this amp

You're exactly right. Get a USB A to USB c or micro USB converter for your phone if you want to use that as a source. I'm using the topping d70 dac, you can just get an sdac if you only want a dac for the CTH. I liked the SMSL su-8 but it is more digital sounding than the sdac, it's more detailed as well however .

Edit: topping d10 should work well too
 
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The mx3 didn't have a rca out that's why. Can you guys recommend some dacs that will work that I can also use my phone to play music through since my pc isn't functional until a couple weeks. Could I get like a ES 100, a fiio mk2 or q5. I can spend like $150
Well since this a going to be a desktop dac I would go with a desktop dac. A Modi 3 would be my choice as it is a competent dac and good support and has separate power and usb inputs so you can use any phone as a source that can go OTG which most will and even iPhones.
 
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Well since this a going to be a desktop dac I would go with a desktop dac. A Modi 3 would be my choice as it is a competent dac and good support and has separate power and usb inputs so you can use any phone as a source that can go OTG which most will and even iPhones.

I keep forgetting the modi upgraded to 3. I vote for the modi 3 as well :ksc75smile:
 
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What about topping d50 or the smsl m100 that seems to be really good for $80
D50 has a lot of popularity for its measurements , but I would take the Schiit warranty and it's good resale value over D50. Not sure about the m100.

I know it isn't in your budget, but I would steer away from getting the modi multibit. For the price there are better DAC's
 
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What about topping d50 or the smsl m100 that seems to be really good for $80
Probably not bad either just have no experience with it.
 
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Nov 5, 2019 at 1:23 AM Post #1,196 of 1,397

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I would only buy the SU-8 if you see yourself getting a balanced amp in the future, and even then, if you're going to get one you'll probably end up wanting a better dac eventually. No reason to spend more than $100 honestly. Whatever you like though!

That's why I liked the smsl m100 for $80. 32 bit 768K. DsD 512 bits, dual dac function. That's pretty good specs for $80
 
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I'm just confused on how crap is supposed to hookup lol. Like. Could I use a es100 into my cTH. Or like a rca from my cTH into a fiio k3 line out then use a aux cord from my phone into the headphone in port of the fiio k3 then plug in my headphones into the CTH. How is it normally hooked up.
 
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