The bass to midrange balance is wrong, and the bass quantity, beacuse of this reason, becomes excessive in the reproduction. [..]
The midrange sounds empty and vocals emotionless. If the midrange was more present, the aforementioned bass reponse would add up in most situations; the same stands true for the overly exaggerated highest frequencies.
Given the U-shaped reponse, unfortunately, the bass + high dominance makes for the tonality I have called “clinical”.
If taking the LCD-2 as “raw material”, one must accept to deal with this faulty midrange balance in order to fix it as much as possible.
Eventually, I sold the LCD-2
And the reviewer was using the same DP1 DAC/headamp combo that I'm using, so not quite a $99 O2 this time.
That's also what I hear when comparing the YH1 to the aniso HP1, the latter gives much stronger bass but less mids and SS, duh....I'm here for the mids, for Pete's sake
Edited by leeperry - 1/9/13 at 5:56am