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New Grace headphone amp...and it's only $500.
« on: October 28, 2015, 03:54:40 AM »
Saw this the other day. Looks pretty nice. I've been looking for an "affordable" headphone amp for my desktop. This might just fit the bill.

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/grace-design-x-massdrop-m9xx-dac-amp
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Re: New Grace headphone amp...and it's only $500.
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2015, 07:35:02 AM »
I saw that, too.  I am pretty intrigued, but a bit sceptical of massdrop.  Do you have any experience with them?  I know a lot of people that say their timelines are worthless and that sometimes the products are not as described...

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Re: New Grace headphone amp...and it's only $500.
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2015, 08:00:39 AM »
I ordered some headphones from them. They arrived before they said they would. Great deal too.

I would expect Grace would not let them screw people over. It sounds like Grace made these at the request of Massdrop so it's not like they got the amps from the grey market. Grace is directly involved, and we all know they are about as good as you get in the customer service dept.
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Re: New Grace headphone amp...and it's only $500.
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2015, 08:38:03 AM »
Yes, I trust Grace.  The very fact that they put their name on it says something.  Good to hear you have had a positive experience with massdrop, too.  $500 isn't nothing...

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Re: New Grace headphone amp...and it's only $500.
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2015, 02:24:38 PM »
Already a 10+ page thread over on Head-Fi about it. > http://www.head-fi.org/t/785553/grace-design-x-massdrop-m9xx-dac-amp-review-first-impressions

A lot to slog through but will be keeping an eye on this. 

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Re: New Grace headphone amp...and it's only $500.
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2015, 04:03:51 PM »
^ Thanks for the link!

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Re: New Grace headphone amp...and it's only $500.
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2015, 11:14:28 PM »
Rent, schment...   I'm in!       ;D

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Re: New Grace headphone amp...and it's only $500.
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2017, 12:33:44 PM »
This drop is live again.

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Grace updates m9XX and releases m900
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2017, 12:42:26 PM »
Just a heads up for anyone interested.  Grace Designs has updated the Massdrop-exclusive m9XX by adding a SPDIF input and rebadging it as the m900.  Same price, added functionality, and no longer only available via Massdrop. 

I've had the original m9XX for a while and can say that it's a great little DAC/headphone amp.  Excellent design and functionality for those of us that don't need/want to pony up for the m920.

m9XX - http://www.gracedesign.com/products/m9XX/m9XX.htm
m900 - http://www.gracedesign.com/products/m900/m900.html

 

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