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Massdrop CTH + SDAC DAC/Amp

Massdrop CTH + SDAC DAC/Amp

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Hi Everyone,
The Massdrop CTH + SDAC DAC/Amps are on their way to our warehouse in New Jersey! Once they arrive they will go through receiving and quality control checks. We are on track to meet our estimated ship date of February 27.
We are looking forward to everyone receiving the first production of the Massdrop CTH + SDAC DAC/Amp!
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how does it pair with the hd 6XX any noticeable sound improvements? Is it $300 improvement or just slightly better?
BaconToast
Better...versus what?

This compared to, say, the included dongle with my Pixel 2 is a massive difference. It's a lot better than my iPad's headphone jack too. Versus my old DragonFly Red? This is clearly better, but it's up to you to say if it's worth the price. My opinion is that the synergy between the HD6XX and this piece of kit is excellent and sounds great, but I you kinda have to give me a reference point to start with.

So...short answer is...yes, it's worth it?
Just got mine today!!!!! Right outta the box worked awesome!!! Cant wait for the tube to get warmed up and the sound to get even sweeter!! Will update down the road to let you all know.
WAVZ
It is sounding better and better as the tube is getting used more and more. loving this combo more then I thought I would.
Just took delivery on one of these and I have a question regarding using it with powered speakers. I have the powered speakers plugged into the 3.5mm jack on the back. Is there a way to set it so that when headphones are plugged in sound comes through the headphones and when they're not plugged in it comes through the speakers, similar to how my Fulla and Magni work?
Does anyone USB connect this to Nintendo Switch in dock mode? I'm looking for something that can work with both my pc and the Switch.
I have the usb from laptop to the micro usb in the back of this amp and the power cord is plugged in. The amp turns on, the light turns white, and my input is extended signaling that it is using the internal SDAC. For some reason I cannot hear anything from the front XLR or 1/4" headphone jacks. The rear 1/8" works however I feel like this is bypassing the amp or something as the volume knob on the front will not affect the sound and is only affected by the volume on laptop. Using that 1/8" port, I can even hear music when turning the amp off so I know it's basically listening through my computer. Any suggestions? What am I doing wrong and how do I get the amp/sdac to work properly?
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AnyColourYouLike
I am having the same issue. It is as if you have written your post after trying to use my amp. Someone, please help us!
Mark
Bigmak72
I'm also having the same issue, if anyone has any input that would be great!
Not relevant to the DAC/Amp, but does anyone know what cable is on the 6xx in presented images?
tksk1
That'd be the Venture Electronic Cable, Exclusive Massdrop blue color. https://www.massdrop.com/buy/venture-electronics-headphone-cables

I've got balanced versions for the Sennheiser and HiFiMan. They're rather nice cables, and reasonably priced. They drop every few months, or you can go to Venture's site and custom order direct.
Fayne
Thanks man
Can anyone help me understand how it works? Thank you so much.

My unit haven't arrived yet but I'm guessing that I should connect my PC to the DAC input, which is a micro-usb port, and then connect the DAC 3.5mm output to the RCA Amp input, and then connect my headphone to the 4-pin XLR or 1/4 in TRS Amp output.

I'm really new into this area, please let me know if my guess is right, or it works other ways, so that I can go by some adapters if it's needed.

Thank you so much
LuciferSama
Just connect the amp rear micro usb port to your pc then plug your headphones into the front audio jack.
bruc3
Oh that's way easier than I thought
Thanks haha
Is the output from the DAC a line output or preamp controlled by the volume knob? Also, is it simultaneous or triggered by pressing the power button and turning off the amp stage?
Please ignore my previous question. Now I see the input selector button on the front.
If both the USB and analog inputs are hooked up, how does the unit select which one to use?
Hello, if anyone would like to help and alex cavalli.

The specification for the amp is that this unit pulls a maximum of 35 watts and only 9 watts when idle.

My question is, when using a watt meter, what wattage does this amp pull from the wall? And when does this amp go into idle mode and what wattage reading do you guys get when in idle mode?