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Originally Posted by RedBull View Post

Wow, cs600 is better than cs300xs. Unfortunately, he did not mention which part of the sound is 'better'.
Actually, Denon and most headphones have flat impedance curve though. Only the Sennys have weird impedance curve, which can only be 'solved' by constant current amps like Transformer coupled design like what all the Leben models has.

 

Very true indeed, I stand corrected. But still - I've seen people cherishing the LCD-2/CS-600 while several are not happy at all with the (even lower impedance) Denon  D5000/D7000

 

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Now that the Furutech fuse is broken in and I have to say it's much better than the stock one. I swapped the Furutech out for a few minutes and immediately put it back in. I didn't realize how much it transformed the amp.

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In what way?

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Now that the Furutech fuse is broken in and I have to say it's much better than the stock one. I swapped the Furutech out for a few minutes and immediately put it back in. I didn't realize how much it transformed the amp.

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The CS300xs is lush, seductive, and more lively with the furutech fuse. At first the liveliness reminded me of a McCormack DNA amp. Interestingly, it was Steve McCormack's endorsement of the furutech that sold me. He was right.

 

Easily the biggest bang for the buck upgrade. No going back to the stock fuse after you've lived with the furutech. In fact, I think all CS300s should ship from the factory with the furutech installed.


Edited by vert - 10/5/12 at 6:27pm
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Which Furtech fuse are you using? 

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And how much you pay for it?

post #1312 of 2118

Furutech fuse: slow, 6.4mm x 30mm, 2A

 

I paid about $47 plus shipping from Acoustic Sounds, but I would recommend purchasing it from a place like Music direct that allows returns just in case.

 

The only thing is it's a bit warm sounding. But once you've had it in your system for a week, I don't think there's any going back.

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It is hard to believe that the Leben needs more warmth.

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The dimensions I listed are from Leben Japan. The fuse size you want is large, slow, 2A.

post #1315 of 2118

Any recommendations for headphones? I'm thinking of picking up a pair of LCD-3s.

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It is personal preference but the LCD-3/Leben combo is about as good at it gets.
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It is personal preference but the LCD-3/Leben combo is about as good at it gets.

I completely agree biggrin.gif
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OK, I'm obligated to pick up a pair then. wink.gif

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Originally Posted by dminches View Post

It is hard to believe that the Leben needs more warmth.

 

I know, but the furutech is simply amazing. I would recommend every CS300 owner to try one out.

 

I'm not sure if there is a burn-in time with fuses, but a flip switched and it is airier and much more liquid (less fine grain) than the stock fuse. And the noise floor is lower. Who would've thunk?


Edited by vert - 10/7/12 at 6:59pm
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Does it bring you beer as well?

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I know, but the furutech is simply amazing. I would recommend every CS300 owner to try one out.

 

I'm not sure if there is a burn-in time with fuses, but a flip switched and it is airier and much more liquid (less fine grain) than the stock fuse. And the noise floor is lower. Who would've thunk?

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