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The 788 is Monoprice's old amp. I think it might have been a DAC/amp.

Not in Canada are you?

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Yes I am in Canada. I have not used the Monoprice 788 amp.
 
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Yes I am in Canada. I have not used the Monoprice 788 amp.
I was asking in regards to the Elex headphones. Just wondering what you might be asking and if any trades might be considered.

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I was asking in regards to the Elex headphones. Just wondering what you might be asking and if any trades might be considered.

Shane D
PM me to discuss it further.
 
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Do you mean the THX 789? In any case I think I'm going to sell my Elex. Despite sounding great (though a bit bright) I can't get past their heavier weight vs my HD6XX. I can't wear the Elex for long sessions. Plus I get itchy around the ear cups.
I have the Monoprice Monolith THX AAA 788 dac/amp which is different then the Massdrop THX 789.

I understand about the weight with the Elex. I too find them heavy and a lot heavier then most of my headphones, especially the HD600.
 
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I have the Monoprice Monolith THX AAA 788 dac/amp which is different then the Massdrop THX 789.

I understand about the weight with the Elex. I too find them heavy and a lot lighter then most of my headphones, especially the HD600.
You think they are lighter than the HD600? I still want to try the HD600 btw. I was just watching Zeos review the Monoprice 788. Lots of features compared to the Drop 789. I'm listening to some Dire Straits through my 789 now.
 
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You think they are lighter than the HD600? I still want to try the HD600 btw. I was just watching Zeos review the Monoprice 788. Lots of features compared to the Drop 789. I'm listening to some Dire Straits through my 789 now.
Ooops sorry for the typo, still trying to wake up. I mean heavier then the HD600 and heavier then most of my other headphones.

I edited the other post, the proof of my error is in your quote :)
 
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I was just watching Zeos review the Monoprice 788. Lots of features compared to the Drop 789. I'm listening to some Dire Straits through my 789 now.
The 789 and 788 are similar but totally different. The similarity basically ends with the THX tech. The 789 has more power but the 788 has the DAC and Dirac and equalizer. I really enjoy the 788, it is my baseline amp for all my reviews.
 
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The 789 and 788 are similar but totally different. The similarity basically ends with the THX tech. The 789 has more power but the 788 has the DAC and Dirac and equalizer. I really enjoy the 788, it is my baseline amp for all my reviews.
I have my 789 paired with the SDAC-B via SE connection. Using my HD6XX right now. The 789 is on low gain with volume a bit below 12 o'clock. I'm curious about the Monoprice 788 but not sure I can justify putting out the money right now.
 
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I have my 789 paired with the SDAC-B via SE connection. Using my HD6XX right now. The 789 is on low gain with volume a bit below 12 o'clock. I'm curious about the Monoprice 788 but not sure I can justify putting out the money right now.
I am in the opposite corner, I have the 788 and the SDAC-B and LCX, and don't see a legit reason to justify paying for a 789.
 
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Back on subject, my dream set-up is one super neutral amp and one amp with some "flavour".

I.E. Monoprice THX AAA 887 and Schiit Lyr 3.
That's why I use both the Schiit Asgard 3 and Massdrop x Cavalli CTH.

Each one has it's own unique sonic flavor. If I want a more linear, hard-hitting sound, I'll go with the Asgard 3. If I want a slightly smoother, more inviting sound, I'll go with the CTH.

They both are great sounding amps, but it's always nice to have the option to get more than one take on something.

I'm a huge fan of the CTH and the LCX will probably be my next SS amp. :sunglasses:
 
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This amp is back on sale for $200.00. This is, IMO, a great buy! You will never mistake this amp for a THX amp, but that's not really what it's for. It is "unneutral" and offers an interesting flavour. I recently bought a Liquid Spark (super deal on an open-box) and was going to try it out and move on since I already have an LCX.

Now I am thinking I will keep the Spark as my SE Cavalli and the LCX as my balanced Cavalli.:yum:

A Cavalli shouldn't be your only amp, but it does make an interesting addition to any collection.


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I just received the Monoprice Monolith THX AAA 887. Perfect for use with headphones that are just too dark with LCX. Though if I could only keep one, it would be the LCX.
 
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@Shane D Yup a favorite here too, the version including the SDAC is only another $50, quite good deals IMO.
LCX
LCX + SDAC
 
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I just received the Monoprice Monolith THX AAA 887. Perfect for use with headphones that are just too dark with LCX. Though if I could only keep one, it would be the LCX.
Those two amps are definitely polar opposites. Nice combo!

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Hi all. I'm tempted to buy the LCX now that it's $199 (or maybe I'll go for the SDAC version at $250). Is the LCX worth buying if I have a 789 and CTH? Some context:

1. Current setup (all headphones are balanced but I also have SE cables) : Airist R2R || 789 || Little Dot 3 || CTH (incoming, hasn't arrived yet) || HD800S || HD650 || Shure SRH1540 || Fostex E-Mu Teak or Purple Heart (next purchase)
2. I'm a sucker for perfect form factor matches - like the above Drop stack (mild case of OCD I guess)
3. I enjoy a wide variety of music, mostly rock, some pop, singer song writer and on the electronica front: lounge, deep house and techno. Not really into classical (yet)
4. I love my 789. It's super clean and resolving. But sometimes I want more colour in my SS amp sound... which is what brings me here
5. I'll have some serious damage control with my wife if I buy the LCX now... but the current price is really enticing

So what will the LCX give me that my current rig cannot give me? and... is it really worth buying the LCX now?
 
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