Sep 18, 2017

Audiophile Custom Products DAC & Amp Update 9/18/2017

Hey Everybody,
UPDATES about our new Amp & DAC line as of 9/18/2017.
CTH+SDAC
Some good news…we are working to add the 3.5mm output to the SDAC in the CTH+SDAC. The 3.5mm output will be next to the microUSB input jack. You may use a 3.5mm to RCA cable for output. So, there is no pass-through on the CTH+SDAC but you can now get a line-out from the SDAC.
Massdrop O2+SDAC
We’re announcing this combo today and launching on 9/21 for 10 days. Just like the previous O2+ODAC that we used to sell, we’ll have this in the same chassis as before.
The line-up that is currently available:
· Massdrop x Grace Design Standard DAC
· Massdrop O2+SDAC
· Massdrop x Cavalli Tube Hybrid
· Massdrop CTH+SDAC
· Massdrop x Cavalli Liquid Carbon X
Rest of the year:
· Massdrop LCX+SDAC is in progress but not yet developed. (No guarantees, hopefully in 2017.)
· No other Cavalli amps planned in 2017.
· Massdrop Objective 2 amplifier in 2017.
· Liquid Crimson not planned for 2017, but thank you for the requests.
· Might be another amp or two this year but not a Cavalli.
When we kicked things off with the Massdrop x Cavalli Tube Hybrid, we hinted at stackability and ventilation for digital combos. We’ve been working on these products as quickly as possible to finish everything before the Chinese New Year break. As timing turned out, we’ll have 5 overlapping products available this month plus we allowed movement to one of these new products if you purchased the CTH.
With our platform and model…we develop the products and then close the drops to handle the production. In order to do this as quickly as possible, we’ll be closing the above drops on 9/30/2017 and getting to work building them. The goals for this line-up are simple. To bring the community the best designs as affordably as possible.
For various reasons, we’ll not always telegraph what we’re up to…but this quantity of launches in a short period of time leads us to share what are trying to accomplish and try to make it a bit easier for you. Hope you enjoy the new choices!
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can someone write a post on how / which to choose for dummy?
I understand the balanced out on the CTH is single ended. But will there be a "balance" version on the product road map? (Like the xDuoo TA-20 balanced headphone amp) I don't notice much of these types of amps on the market
can i still order the Massdrop x Cavalli Tube Hybrid (without the sdac)?
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no, since the drop is over. Same as if I canceled a drop after emailing customer service. They always make more than anticipated in case of defects and such but that doesn't free stock, because the stock isn't manufactured yet.
I have a CTH That I am likely to cancel. If you want to buy my spot, we can figure out a way to do that between us.
I was wondering if the LCX+SDAC will retain all of its inputs and outputs from the standard LCX, and how would the input selection work with these multiple inputs and SDAC?
Do you have any plan to work with Meridian?

I would be happy to see MQA capable Meridian Explorer 2 + O2 / CTH /LC combo (s)
Question about the LCX. Is it a Class A solid state?
I'm in for the CTH but I'm wondering if I should go with the Magni 3 instead. Either way I'm also going for the SDAC. Maybe I could even just use the Magni 3 as an amp for my KEF Q100 before going with a receiver down the line for them, or I could just use the Magni 3 as a preamp for the CTH? I'd really appreciate some thoughts on this.
I think Schiit just kicked the game up a notch. While I am not a fan of the brand it seems that the new $99 Magni 3 will be a giant slayer...
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GFY
no, at a certain point you were just insulting anyone because you were wrong. You were not even following the argument, just screaming the same idiotic talking points that you read on the internet.
TLDR: Massdrop has been selling UNAUTHORIZED/POTENTIALLY FAKE Chord products.

https://www.facebook.com/chordelectronics/posts/1161256660641020

WTF Massdrop????

And someone who joined the drop has confirmed the issue here https://www.massdrop.com/buy/chord-mojo-portable-dac-amp/talk/1817061

My comment may not be relevant to these MD made products, but it is related to audiophile stuff anyway. So you better have a proper answer to this, otherwise you will lose me and many other potential customers.

UPDATE: MD has answered to the issue here https://www.massdrop.com/buy/chord-mojo-portable-dac-amp/talk/1821097
TBH I'm really happy that I can put my trust in MD again. Hope that this will be a lesson for MD and for us as well.
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my point is I, and I believe many ppl here, don't want to receive old units, which we don't even know where they come from, or if they are even real. I really do hope those products MD sold were from grey mkt, but they should be more transparent and tell us upfront, and most importantly they should not be sending out old units. If you wanna save $50 to wait 6 weeks and then receive an old unit, be my guest.
yay I did it!!! After 2 years at MD, I finally got someone accused me of being employee of a company =)))) Sorry that I'm ignorant, and on behalf of those who upvoted the news link in Chord Mojo drop's talk, sorry too :P Sorry that we are ignorant of the fact that we will be receiving old units. Sorry that I broke my statement of ignoring you. Sorry :)
Thanks for being this transparent with us. This was a main point of discussion in many of the new massdrop-made drops and you clearly listened.

Is there a DAC coming up that has the same chasis (or at least the same depth and with) as the CTH and the LCX? If not, will the " Massdrop LCX+SDAC (WIP)" include RCA or maybe XLR outs?
Karnat
XLR outs is the most important thing to know for me before this drop ends in order to wait or not...
My wish list: a collaboration with Audeze and a portable version of TH-X00.
Buckbrick
I'd settle for a removable cable version of the TH-X00...
Is that a confirmation that a Liquid Crimson x MD is being developed??

Oh. And up for more updates like this!
Buckbrick
Seems so but I don't think it will be in 2017