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Massdrop x THX AAA™ 789 Linear Amplifier - Impressions Thread

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by XERO1, Mar 1, 2018.
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  1. Nosaj1969
    Agreed. The Audio-gd is great, but different and as you say it's always subjective. Also agree that I think you are going to be hard pressed at this price point for a better amp out there fully balanced, and that's just after only a brief period of listening to it.
     
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  2. alphanumerix1
    Strange from my listen (albeit brief) I didnt notice distortion with the elex and nfb1. Look forward to some detailed impressions of the 789 vs nfb1 etc
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2018
  3. BrokeSkoolBoi
    How is the single-ended vs the XLR? I've read that LCX Single ended is quite inferior to it's XLR output (balanced or unbalanced). I'm not buying an XLR for all my headphones, so does anyone think the THX isn't worth using only Single ended?
     
  4. Gavin C4
    Does anyone have impression of this amp with Focal Utopia? I wonder does it pairs well.
     
  5. Voxata
    There's measurements out there showing SE and BAL identical in performance on the THX. Cavalli uses an opamp deal or "phase splitter" in fancy talk to bridge SE and BAL. I do not like my LCX using SE in or out. Using full BAL it's the best listening experience I've had while listening at low levels. Will see how the THX fares.

    Ref: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/...easurements-of-massdrop-thx-aaa-789-amp.5001/

    If you look a page or two in the SE is measured.
     
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2018
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  6. BrokeSkoolBoi
    Oh this is very interesting. thanks for the link and the personal testimony haha.
     
  7. CEE TEE Contributor
    Hi heliosphann,
    Definitely new units! Not refurbs or open boxes. :)
     
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  8. BucketInABucket
    Anyone know how this compares to the Project Ember II? Thinking of getting this as a replacement for that.
     
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  9. Voxata
    These are two very different amps. Depends if you like tube flavor or not. I'm a SS fan so.. this amp looks like a dream come true on paper.
     
  10. BucketInABucket
    Hmm, what everyone's saying is they seem to compliment each other so I might just keep the Ember II...
     
  11. Voxata
    These are two very different amps. I'd be getting the 789 out of the two without any hesitation based on specs alone.
     
  12. BucketInABucket
    I already have the Ember from a few years ago, pondering on whether I should sell it or not tbh
     
  13. oqvist
    Keep it if you are happy with it?
     
  14. BucketInABucket
    Money is a bit tight, sadly!
     
  15. smallcaps
    If you're going to own only one amp, make it SS. Build a good sounding reference system you can live with, then expand to more esoteric gear like tubes. My vote is to sell the ember, imho.
     
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