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Drop + THX AAA 789 Linear Achromatic Audio Amplifier EXPIRED

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Drop has Drop + THX AAA 789 Linear Achromatic Audio Amplifier on sale for $199. Shipping is free.

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  • Note: All parameters measured at 0 dB gain, 1 kHz, with balanced inputs and 300-ohm load unless otherwise noted
  • Inputs: Stereo XLR-3 gold-plated Neutrik; Stereo RCA gold-plated
  • Outputs: 1/4 in (6.35 mm) TRS gold-plated Neutrik; 3.5 mm TRS gold-plated; XLR-4 balanced gold-plated
  • Frequency response: + 0.01 dB / - 0.03 dB 20 Hz–20 kHz; + 0.05 dB / - 0.15 dB 10 Hz–50 kHz
  • Input impedance: 50 kOhms balanced or unbalanced
  • Chassis: High-grade CNC-milled aluminum with bead-blasted finish
  • Power supply: 24 VDC inline brick, universal input 100–240 VAC
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 9.1 x 2.2 in (210 x 230 x 57 mm)
  • Weight: 3.4 lbs (1,520 g)
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Through September 20th or while supplies last, save $100 on the Drop + THX AAA™ 789 Linear Amp.

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kmogilinedi asked this question on 09-20-2021 at 11:44 AM
09-20-2021 at 11:44 AM
Chord Hugo is a $2500 product 🙄. Cobalt is a portable and you can get better alternatives for this like TempoTec Sonata E44 which is 79 bucks.

I like the 789 for IEMs and full size headphones (not many THX based amplifiers support IEMs like 789) and desktop setup with SU-8s.

The below recommendations from Andy vault.
1 TempoTec Sonata E44
2 Ovidius B1 Apogee Groove
3 Hidizs S9 Pro E1DA 9038SG3
4 Astell & Kern PEE51 Hidizs S9
09-20-2021 at 11:44 AM
If you own a chord hugo there's not really a reason to buy this imo. You could connect the Hugo output to the amp since the Hugo is very transparent, and you can gain the sonic properties of this amp. But most people probably want to keep the transparent output of the Hugo or go into a tube amp.
09-20-2021 at 11:44 AM
Chord Hugo has a very good but not state of the art DAC. The THX aaa 789 doesn't have a DAC. The Chord Hugo has a good headphone amp. The THX has a great and far more powerful headphone amp with cleaner sound.

Chord is great stuff, and is likely not worth replacing, but the THX headphone amps are better.

At the same time, I bet 99.9% of people wouldn't know the difference.
shilderb asked this question on 09-20-2021 at 11:43 AM
09-20-2021 at 11:43 AM
Yes, assuming you have a decent source/dac.
If the source is flawed, this will just make it louder.
09-20-2021 at 11:43 AM
Yes, I use it to power both hd6xx and 58 jubilee
MellowRain3662 asked this question on 09-20-2021 at 10:55 AM
RunningOnEmpty asked this question on 09-21-2021 at 01:06 AM
MarvinB asked this question on 09-21-2021 at 03:56 PM
natecmu asked this question on 09-22-2021 at 09:24 AM

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Quote from Frank_Nitty :
They say "a fool and his money are soon parted" so stay entitled to your opinion...
A fool or not, his (or your) money will be parted one way or the other, I say Smilie Kidding aside, this is a great deal. Drop has a 30day free return policy if you are on the fence. When I started this hobby 15 years ago, I had to spend 3-4 times for a lesser HP amp. There were a lot fewer quality options below 1k.
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Quote from paruchuribros :
Cool. This is the best desktop Amp you can start with 😊.
Actually the monoprice THX is better built and measures slightly better, I own the monoprice and prefer it over the Drop and the SMSL Sp200 THX amps. I also tried the Asgard 3 and preferred the cleaner and lower noise of the THX amps. There is also an improved version of these THX headphone amps and that is the SMSL SH-9. The SH-9 eliminates the potentiomer (variable resistor) volume control of all these 3 THX amps and replaces it with a array of resistors, which makes for an even more transparent sound. I am not advocating for any of these because the differences are very slight and would be system dependent, but am providing this info for potential buyers to consider.
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#108
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And pray tell, what would you consider not to be overpriced?

At $200, you're not going to beat this level of performance, based on objective, unbiased, reproducible measurements. I challenge you to give a recommendation if you consider this overpriced.
pretty sure between topping and smsl and schiit you can find a few comparable models that are regularly priced around 200. doesnt make this deal any better or worse, point is youve got options
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Quote from Duplicating :
what are these four pronged inputs and outputs i've been seeing on these amplifiers? i've always been used to just the analog inputs where you could plug banana plugs into
That's XLR-4, you see some on very high end balanced headphones.
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I don't even have a good pair of headphones but want this.
There is no such thing as "Good Pair of headphones", there are only expensive ones :-), all terms being relative.
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There is no such thing as "Good Pair of headphones", there are only expensive ones :-), all terms being relative.
Lots of expensive headphones are garbage, and some of the ~100 range headphones are darned good. But the best cost a lot, from what I've seen.
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pretty sure between topping and smsl and schiit you can find a few comparable models that are regularly priced around 200. doesnt make this deal any better or worse, point is youve got options
That's an example of a helpful post.

Unlike the other guy who says this is overpriced and then doesn't have anything to add.
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I have the Phillips SHP9500 + VMODA Boompro mic combo and would like more power, but I want to use the mic still. Is there anything else I can add alongside this to keep the functionality of my Mic? DAC maybe? IDK i'm new to all of this but always wanted to try a headphone amp.
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I have the Phillips SHP9500 + VMODA Boompro mic combo and would like more power, but I want to use the mic still. Is there anything else I can add alongside this to keep the functionality of my Mic? DAC maybe? IDK i'm new to all of this but always wanted to try a headphone amp.
mayflower electronics arc MKII
burson playmate 2 (this one is not for peasants LMAO)
thx onyx
creative g5/ g6
creative x3/x4
schiit fulla/hel

those are the dac/amp combos that I can think of that have a mic input. Im sure theres more
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Many people recommending to buy directly from China like SMSL and Topping brands which are available at the similar prices (not cheaper than this). Topping and SMSL have quality issues like 3rd harmonic on some of them with the design flaws.

If you are buying it from Topping or SMSL, IF there is a problem with the Amp or Dac, they don't have service centers in the United States. So, I would need to ship it to the China to get it repaired which is a pain the butt. If this is from Drop, they are responsible (even though it is made in China) and you will just ship it to the US Drop facility. This will cut down the waiting time and processing.
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