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Massdrop x Liquid Carbon X Discussion

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  1. jonman1
    Has anyone compared this version to the original liquid carbon v1 or v2 and not just sound but quality of parts?
     
  2. Zbell
    I gotta say, I'm really confused by the lack of reviews for the liquid carbon X. I really thought a Cavalli liquid carbon for $300 was a gamechanger, but real (non-speculative) reviews are nearly impossible to find for the first batch. Seems like there's way more info on the Cavalli tube hybrid amp which is strange. Anyway, whenever my liquid carbon x SDAC version arrives, I'll be sure to give my impressions.
     
  3. SpeedSmith
    Agreed! I was expecting more chatter on this amp. I'm in your boat on the dreaded wait for the SDAC version.
     
  4. Zbell
    Noticed you have a Bottlehead Crack and the Cavalli CTH. I've got a Bottlehead Crack and I'm interested in the CTH because it's always up on MD. Do you think the CTH is more akin to an OTL Tube Amp (because I love the crack and would like something for lower impedance cans) or is it more like a solid state? Would love to hear impressions on those two if you've got the time.
     
  5. SpeedSmith
    More solid state. Think rich, well-formed and slightly colored (slightly warm) solid state. By comparison the CTH could be considered neutral after a listening session with the Bottlehead. This of course is my unprofessional opinion. But I hope this helps.
     
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  6. PopZeus
    It's flippin' awesome. Does a great job expressing my DAC which I absolutely love.
     
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  7. GuddoggEli
    I asked about the lack off "ink" on the MLCX in the Massdrop community, but now I think most of the MLCX owners are simply too occupied with enraptured listening to have any time to comment.
     
  8. djj65
    I love the unit, simple design, great sound. I got it to drive my LCD2C, and with the gain on high, they sound amazing. I have also been using it to drive my Focal Elear, now Focal Clear. I use my Astell&Kern AK300 as an input and I am so happy with how this amp drives all of my headphones.
     
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  9. abvolt
    I'm in the same mind-set as you guys this amp is very nice sounding absolutely worth the 300.
     
  10. doggiemom
    I have the LAu, and this amp is definitely worth $300...... far more than 10% of the LAu's performance for less than 10% of the price!
     
  11. Zachik
    Between Massdrop and Monoprice, both reviving Cavalli designs - I hope those of us who did not buy the original Cavalli, will be able to buy a new "LAu" for $999 (or less) soon... :wink:
     
  12. philk34
    Mimby+LCX+HE 4XX give me lot of pleasure.
    I have not a lot of stuff to compare with so I just this short comment to let you know.
     
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  13. snip3r77
    What is LAu?
     
  14. Zachik
    Short for Liquid gold (Au). A very highly rated amp by Cavalli from several years ago. Limited quantity was produced, and I believe the price was $3,000 at the time.
     
  15. PopZeus
    I doubt a version of the Liquid Gold will get produced by Massdrop or Monoprice anytime soon. I feel like with current and upcoming Cavalli design collaborations, there were easy ways to reduce costs from the original design with little impact to sound, either by making something not-portable that was or by easing power requirements without reducing output gain. The Liquid Gold looks like an amp that doesn't have quick or easy corners to cut.
     
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