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Monoprice Monolith THX 887 Balance Headphone Amp: New Champ?

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Appears to be a stripped down, single ended, lower powered entry level THX.
 

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Honestly I don't know why they didn't do an AMP/DAC combo with one of the better THX offerings, that is what everyone wants
 

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It basically looks like a JDS Atom clone, in THX AAA housing, pre-amp and all.
The fact that it'll be cheaper might make it work for drop..
 

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I'm hearing "2000 mW at 32 Ohms, 1000 mW at 16 Ohms, and 275 mW at 300 Ohms" (think 32/16 is swapped). To he honest, this is probably a pointless product with stuff like the Atom/Heresy in existence, especially if they can't beat it in price.
 

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I'm hearing "2000 mW at 32 Ohms, 1000 mW at 16 Ohms, and 275 mW at 300 Ohms" (think 32/16 is swapped). To he honest, this is probably a pointless product with stuff like the Atom/Heresy in existence, especially if they can't beat it in price.
I hope they price it well under $200 if they want it to succeed...
 

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Appears to be a stripped down, single ended, lower powered entry level THX.
I bet 99,999% wouldn't hear the difference between any of them. :)
 

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Here you go, looks quite interesting..
That product has been out for years and has already been reviewed here https://www.audiosciencereview.com/...ements-of-monoprice-thx-desktop-dac-amp.7483/

It has power but honestly at the $500 price they are asking, the measurements fall short compared to newer stuff, it's using older THX chips, and it's missing out on features that some of those other products offer like wireless streaming, higher bitrate playback etc. (thinking of the DX7 Pro for example). Just doesn't seem like a good value and monoprice has added shipping costs outside of North America
 

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That product has been out for years and has already been reviewed here https://www.audiosciencereview.com/...ements-of-monoprice-thx-desktop-dac-amp.7483/

It has power but honestly at the $500 price they are asking, the measurements fall short compared to newer stuff, it's using older THX chips, and it's missing out on features that some of those other products offer like wireless streaming, higher bitrate playback etc. (thinking of the DX7 Pro for example). Just doesn't seem like a good value and monoprice has added shipping costs outside of North America
Ah, it was just reviewed by Joshua, so I was thinking they refreshed it.
 

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Ah, it was just reviewed by Joshua, so I was thinking they refreshed it.
He is way too late with this one. It's old and definitely not worth nowhere near $500.
 

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I wonder what the power amp 'equivalent' to the THX 887 is in terms of value to performance? I consider this the 'budget' version of the Benchmark HPA4, I wonder if there are any (THX) power amps that will emerge as the 'budget' version of the Benchmark AHB2.
 

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I wonder what the power amp 'equivalent' to the THX 887 is in terms of value to performance? I consider this the 'budget' version of the Benchmark HPA4, I wonder if there are any (THX) power amps that will emerge as the 'budget' version of the Benchmark AHB2.
The most obvious one that comes to mind would be amps using the Purifi 1ET400 modules, followed by the Hypex NC400- and NC252MP-based amps. Depending on how high the noise floor of your listening room is, they may well be completely indistinguishable from an AHB2.
 
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I streamTidal via the Bluesound Node 2i analog out to the Monolith 887 via the balanced output to Focal Clear headphones. I compared this set up with the Node 2i analog out to the new Schiit Magni 3+ . The Monolith has a better channel balance and a slightly bigger or more forward presentation to me but the soundstage is narrow and at time inside my head. By far The Magni 3+ has a bigger soundstage but loses its channel balance as the volume goes up which produces a shuffled sound stage if you will. i.e cymbals being off in the distance. Both amps reveal the best of good recordings and the worst of bad recordings. I really like the Monolith BUT where's the soundstage ?! The "In your head" sound of the Monolith is not for me. I've ordered the Schiit Heresy and will compare that next.
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I streamTidal via the Bluesound Node 2i analog out to the Monolith 887 via the balanced output to Focal Clear headphones. I compared this set up with the Node 2i analog out to the new Schiit Magni 3+ . The Monolith has a better channel balance and a slightly bigger or more forward presentation to me but the soundstage is narrow and at time inside my head. By far The Magni 3+ has a bigger soundstage but loses its channel balance as the volume goes up which produces a shuffled sound stage if you will. i.e cymbals being off in the distance. Both amps reveal the best of good recordings and the worst of bad recordings. I really like the Monolith BUT where's the soundstage ?! The "In your head" sound of the Monolith is not for me. I've ordered the Schiit Heresy and will compare that next.
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Uh-huh, sure.. odd that others don't hear this sound stage issue.
 
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