Warm Up Your Ears With The Drop + xDuoo TA-84 Tube Amp

Warm Your Ears With Your Favourite Music

The Drop + xDuoo TA-84 is one of Drop’s less expensive tube amps but it is hard to tell from the quality of playback.  Tube amps made it big when the guitar was the king of instruments and it truly does show in it’s performance.  The TA-84 emphasizes the guitar and bass frequencies, though that is not to imply the vocals are muted in the least.  For electronic music you lose some of what the TA-84 was designed for, however the added separation has a wonderful effect on your ears.

The Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX are a great match for this headphone amp, sitting at the lower end of the price scale for high impedance headsets.  They won’t cost you anywhere near as much as the Neumann headset that were the other headset available to test the TA-84 with, those are roughly triple the price.  If you do have a higher end set of cans, the TA-84 amp is still a great choice as it will bring out so much more than plugging them into a normal pre-amp.  That’s not to say you shouldn’t stick with the HD 6XX cans, they are stellar for their price point and an absolutely solid choice for anyone’s ears.

The TA-84 isn’t designed to work as a monitor, the tubes provide a warmth specific to that type of amp and not the flat sound curve you want from monitor speakers, earbuds or headphones.  If you love the sound tubes provide, then you should definitely keep an eye out for the next release which should happen in October.  The limited original run which Massdrop manufactured suggest they are a little worried about the size of the market for the TA-84, that they did sell out immediately suggests the worry might be unwarranted.  For the price, you get a lovely looking and very effective pre-amp for speakers or headsets, which can connect via USB or RCA without the need for extra software.  It seems an easy decision for someone in the market for an affordable tube amp.

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