Alright, time to duly post some impressions of Headphone Connect - Delhi!
Let me start with the venue; The Pint Room outlet in Vasant Vihar, D Block Market is a good beer cafe in a fairly quiet neighborhood I thought; a good place to hang out with friends. So as far as quiet beer pubs go, this would probably be it. But frankly I think an event like Headphone Connect deserves to be in a much quieter setting, maybe someone's home, maybe a rented hall; we shall have to figure this out later. But as of now, I have to say the first edition of Headphone Connect was, to me, a really good place to be at!
So when I reached the venue with a couple of my friends early and introduced myself to Raghav Somani, I was met with an immediate reaction, "So you're Shreyas! Now we do have a face to know you by, and not just a user name."
This felt good, because, I think this is what meets do; you get to know your online pals better, give faces to their user names.
Right then, on to the cans!
So, after chatting with Raghav about this great initiative and how this had all been fueled by their desire to convince brands like Audeze that India did indeed have enough enthusiasts to buy their luxurious products, I got on to trying out those very cans, which until now, I'd only seen online, mostly through posts and reviews on Head-fi, and a few other websites. And I have to say, in spite of all the noise in the pub, in spite of how ridiculously heavy the cans were, and in spite of their sheer size and how geeky they made you look after wearing them, boy did they sound good! I am of course talking about the Audeze line-up.
Here are my initial impressions on the three models they had for demo; the LCD-2, LCD-3 & LCD-X.
I plugged in my portable setup (FiiO X3 1st gen + FiiO E12A using FiiO L16 interconnect) to the LCD-2, changed the setting to high gain, and put on a great track called 'Burn On' by Greylag. Boom. The details in the bass automatically put a smile on my face, and needless to say, the smile stayed on till I reluctantly took off the cans and mounted them back onto their stand. The western styled electric guitars which I like so much were so detailed that I realized I had to spend quite a lot of time listening to my favourite tracks to even experience what these cans had in store, which unfortunately wasn't possible in the very limited time available.
The LCD-3 was connected to the Audeze Deckard desktop amplifier, and I realized that the outside noise was too much to have a good listen. Need more time on these. Definitely.
The LCD-X sounded to me like a more efficient version of the LCD-2, at least for what an initial impression is worth anyway. Which meant that the LCD-2 smile came right back on. Nice!
Next up I tried on the AKG K612, brought for demo by a Harman employee, and shifting from the Audezes, when I picked up the K612, what a relief! Did not feel as if I was picking up a piece of ammunition. Good. I then put them on, and listened to my own setup and tracks. Very good indeed; initial impressions were very good. Detailed clear sound, but bass detail wasn't as awesome as the Audeze's (LCD-2/X). The fit of the pads was the major issue for me anyway, with the circular pads not sealing the ears properly for my slightly large ears.
I'm already half asleep as I'm typing this, listening to High Hopes Live in Gdansk through my HD558, and the acoustic guitar ending is just so soothing, that I have to pause this post at this moment, and continue later..when I can truly fathom what I'm typing. Cheers folks, and enjoy the music!
To Be Continued (with some hastily taken pics of course, and more impressions)
Edited by ShreyasMax - Yesterday at 12:37 pm