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Massdrop Liquid Carbon X + SDAC DAC/Amp

Massdrop Liquid Carbon X + SDAC DAC/Amp

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Hi everyone,
The Massdrop Liquid Carbon X + SDAC DAC/Amp has arrived at the warehouse and the team is wrapping up quality control checks. We estimate that the DAC/Amps will ship by this Friday (June 15).
We’re looking forward to you receiving the Massdrop Liquid Carbon X + SDAC DAC/Amp!
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Yea the lcx box itself was more than good enough to handle the rigors of cheap shipping lol
AveryC
Shipped 2 days ago via DHL (shudders because they don't have a shipping office here and if they don't hand it over to Canada Post it could add extra delays) but the tracking # doesn't being up any results on DHLs website.
We received many requests for a version of the Cavalli Liquid Carbon X (LCX) with the Grace Standard DAC (SDAC) inside.

Thank you! Turns out, this is an extremely versatile system. :)
The LCX+SDAC is all you need with your computer and headphones or in-ear-monitors (IEMs) to have a great musical experience.
And, this DAC/Amp combo can be used to test other gear (if you ever wish to):
-LCX+SDAC allows you to compare the internal DAC with an external DAC. The LCX can be fed from external sources (DACs, CD players, digital audio players).
-The LCX+SDAC can be used as a DAC into another amp. You may want to try a tube amp on top.
-Single-ended versus balanced operation…you can try your headphones and in-ear monitors on both outputs.
-The LCX+SDAC can accept single-ended or balanced DACs.

The LCX+SDAC is a very high-quality audiophile Swiss Army Knife for sound.
Topology - Quiet, Powerful Alex Cavalli and I have had many conversations over the course of the past year about what makes the Liquid Carbon amplifier topology special.

The original purpose for the Liquid Carbon was to make a high-quality, low noise balanced IEM amp with a gain of 1x, with the additional features of having a gain of 3x and a single-ended output for convenience.

The LCX utilizes unity gain current feedback discrete operational amplifiers derived from the output buffers used in the highly-regarded Liquid Glass amplifier.
The Liquid Carbon’s balanced & bridged design rejects noise in the circuit, and can produce the clean power needed for both IEMs and headphones.

Grace Design Standard DAC (SDAC)
There are phase-splitters in the LCX that convert the SDAC signal into balanced.
I've done my own testing and can definitely tell a difference between the balanced and single-ended outputs with the SDAC.

Using Noble K10 IEMs with balanced cable (and adapter to 4-pin XLR), I can report that the Noble K10 balanced out of the LCX+SDAC is a great pairing...
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This right here. I'm interested in where the phase splitter is in the lcx.
zbells
Phase splitter is at the SE input only. When you give it a balanced signal it does not go through a phase splitter.
Hi Massdroppers

I have a pair of Denon AH-D7000's (4-Pin XLR modded) and would be interested to know if the LCX+SDAC would partner well with the Denon's ?

Cheers
I’ve searched here and found a little info, like this is considered darker, and with the HD 6xx being darker it may not be ideal. Then I read it’s a good pair. I’m trying to decide between this and the CTH dac amp also available now for the next few hours.
Is there a concensus on what would be better for the 6xx... this, the Arist also for sale on here, or the slightly less expensive CTH with the tube?
anyone who is getting theirs now how is the finish? when touched does it leave whitish marks all over? almost like a powdery finish? i have one of the first 500 of the stand alone lcx and its great except for the finish. if the finish is better on these i may get one of these and sell off the original one. my cth finish was fine.
mastershake
doesnt seem to have white residue when touched.
Mine just arrived! Got to say, this is definitely the first time I have fully driven my modded Fostex T50RP headphones and wow, just WOW. The instructions do mention an optional 100 hour burn in but this thing sounds amazing out the box and I will update you as the sound evolves on the actual sound compared to my other humble audiophile options.

Wolfie13
I'm on the hype train now :D
Can we get the non-dac version please?
Sorry for the noob question, I'm not sure how to read the specs and this is the first time I've seen either either of these products on MassDrop. I have Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro (250 Ω), and my current amp is USB'd into my computer (FIIO QOGIR with a FIIO Alpine docked on top of it (chinese amp and dac that're cheap).)

Can I 1/4" my 250 Ω headphones into the amp? And can I USB the DAC into my computer?

edit: Wait apparently this drop comes with 2 magic boxes? What... cables and stuff do I need to make these work with each other?
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I may still end up getting this setup. My current DAC/amp was cheap to begin with, and now it's a pretty old. It seems like this LCX/SDAC is way overpowered for my current headphones, but it would allow for growth if I get better headphones in the future. At any rate, thanks again for the info, it was super helpful!
I may still end up getting this setup. My current DAC/amp was cheap to begin with, and now it's a pretty old. It seems like this LCX/SDAC is way overpowered for my current headphones, but it would allow for growth if I get better headphones in the future. At any rate, thanks again for the info, it was super helpful!
Thinking of getting rid of my Schiit Bifrost 4490 and Asgard 2 to get this. Man, I hate these decisions......
MannyAkim
still sitting with my lyr 2... and still enjoying it. remember balanced is a meme, it's not going to magically make your gear sound better
Uzuzu
I guess I can agree with you. I purchased it anyhow. I'm going to A/B it and compare, then sell what sounds the worst.
I got really excited for a second, then I noticed that this was not the THX AAA 789.
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I too like my amps the way I like my women; performance is top priority. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more, etc.
The_Jniac