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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. Th3Drizzl3
    kind of a jerk move imo price jump of 51$. especially for the people who tried and tried and they sold out in seconds. i even know someone who literally took the day off of work to get one and he still couldnt and he was up and waiting to go. and now those people have to take the hit. imo they just know they will sell at a higher price and are going to take advantage of that fact.
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  2. BananaOoyoo
    Yeah it sucks that there was a sudden price hike. I know that for the 6XX, there was a significant backlash that got Massdrop to bring down the price again, but I don’t see it happening with the THX. (Not with 15000+ requests for it and likely limited availability)
  3. Hifihedgehog
    Good thing I subbed this thread. My plan is working. Now? Just to sell off a lightly used, two-week-old JDS Labs Atom.
  4. How could I miss this damn thing twice. Irritation. Glad the atom exists.
  5. stimuz
  6. the interface of that amp reportedly sucks. I'll wait.
  7. stimuz
    A lot of hearsay about that amp. I wonder where you heard the negative stuff. Oh, ASR. Go look around for other complaints.
  8. ASR describes the interface problems. Stupid design decisions. I can wait. I don't like the way the monoprice unit looks vs the massdrop unit anyway.
  9. Hifiboi69
    I just jumped on some stax, so I'm okay with missing out on this for a little while...
    Aug 30, 2019 PT

    It's UP!
  11. whohasaquestion
    Any mentioning of the # of units available?
  12. headblid
    Interesting times - got the notification email, happily clicked through to get in and was greeted with the 400$ price tag vs 350$. As much as I'd like to give Massdrop the benefit of the doubt, that's a 12.75% price hike.
    Taking a quick look at the product description, I don't see any added functionality that justifies the hike. I may be missing something, thought I'd come check here - if not, it would seem that the excellent reviews and the used market pricing along with limited availability has pushed massdrop to raise the price by such a margin.
    This maybe too big of an increase - they should have at least repackaged the product to make it easier to swallow.

    If it's really that they completely underpriced the 789 to get hype out, then I hope the 400$ price works for them in the long run. Guess I'll be sitting this one out.
    Hope everyone willing to spend 400$ gets in, still a better price than the crazy prices on the used market :).

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  13. alpovs
    For $400 I'll go with the fully balanced Jotunheim with no opamps.
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  14. Voxata
    As someone who had both the Jotunheim and 789 I'd strongly recommend the 789. Measurements aside the soundstage was absolutely huge on 789 where Jotunheim was much closer with an upper mid forward presentation. YMMV, blah blah.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2019
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  15. RestlessZombi
    Feels like they must have had about 10 to sell.. it was up and it was over just as quick.
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