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post #76 of 18459
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Originally Posted by Silenced View Post
Aesthetics have some importance... maybe not as much as comfort but I'd rather have both. This is where Stax, k1000, Jecklin Floats all fail. There is something to be said for dignity (even if nobody see's you wearing them, there is self-respect) and not looking like a *victim* of audiophilia ( people who to ANY ends to get a sound which is incrementally better at the sacrifice of practicality and aesthetics). The HE-5 looks good and from the reports sounds great... and also people have not complained about comfort.

Don't mean to disagree w/ someone who is far more knowledgeable than me but that is just my opinion, sorry

You can have both, but looks always come down to individual preference. And there will be designs that some people think are ugly and others think are fine. The K1000 is a case in point. It has a very very well designed headband and coupling mechanism for the drivers. One which should be the basis of a new design for the TakeT H2, which has a dreadful headband design. Certianly the worst of any headphone of its price. I happen to think the K1000 looks nice too.

The best headband design imho is the one on the stax 4070, which is derived from the fixed-arc design of the O2. It's very handsome and mechanically ingenious. Completely self adjusting.

Jecklin Floats don't have a headband in the standard sense, but the design was altered a little for the Ergo headphones which offer vertical adjustment at the expense of mechanical solidity.

Then theres ancialliary concerns like the version of the AKG double arc headband on the K701 having those ridges on the headpad, making them very uncomfortable for those with very short or no hair.

All factors involve compromises. The LCD-2 would do well to adapt something along the lines of the 4070 or the AKG double arc imho. But I know first hand how tricky it is getting a headband to function well on a large ortho headphone. (coathangers and pads just doesn't cut the mustard).
post #77 of 18459
Never heard any Orthodynamic headphone (or any full-size headphones for that matter) but these look really good. Guess I'll be making the plunge when they are released.
post #78 of 18459
^I like the risk-taking and decisiveness
post #79 of 18459
They're new, they're different, the price is right and the audio quality seems excellent, at least from the graphs. Also, they're made in the USA/Canada and they're using wood: they fit ALL my requirements, even the secondary ones!

I am tired of my IEMs, and I was looking at full-size cans, mostly mods like the Terminator v4 and the Vixen from Headphile, but the LCD2 just piked my curiosity.

I'll probably regret asking this, since it will send a cold shower on my enthusiasm: the headamp pico isn't good enough to drive these, right?
post #80 of 18459
It will drive them but not as they should be heard..dB

( much like my vintage ortho's from the mini3 )
post #81 of 18459
^^ x2

get a proper speaker amp and make an adapter to drive the orthos at the very least.

Else upgrade your amp to something more substantial like a CK2III, M3, CTH, EHHA, B22 etc..
post #82 of 18459
What's the claimed sensitivity on these cans?
post #83 of 18459
If you don't need portable , my recommendation would be in line with Sachu and thinker's experience wiht the competition ( ie they sing driven off Krell monoblocks )

For kicks I plugged mine ortho's into my cyrus amp - just lovely , highly recommend plenty of muscle be it headphone amp or speaker amp.

..dB
post #84 of 18459
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Originally Posted by BrainFood View Post
What's the claimed sensitivity on these cans?
Sensitivity of the LCD-1 driver is a claimed 96dB.

The LCD-2 driver while a slightly improved design over the LCD-1 should have similar close figures. Await a few more days for them to release full specs and details including a full on frequency response plot.

Of course, depending on the damping scheme involved in the final iteration of the LCD-2 the sensitivity may decrease.

Regarding portablility, both the HE-5 and LCD-2 being fully open orthos they'd make horrible phones to carry about. Other vintage orthos are better suited for this role.
post #85 of 18459
No way a Pico will drive them - they will need some serious grunt to drive them well. Not as bad as the HE-5, but a portable ain't gonna cut it.
post #86 of 18459
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Originally Posted by dBel84 View Post
If you don't need portable , my recommendation would be in line with Sachu and thinker's experience wiht the competition ( ie they sing driven off Krell monoblocks )

For kicks I plugged mine ortho's into my cyrus amp - just lovely , highly recommend plenty of muscle be it headphone amp or speaker amp.

..dB
Ahhh! You have been working out...your muscles are showing!
post #87 of 18459
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Originally Posted by achristilaw View Post
Ahhh! You have been working out...your muscles are showing!

lol , I hadn't done this for quite some time. I did when i initially got interested in orthos but it is a huge pia to tear down my rig in order to play with the orthos. One thing it did affirm is that my headphone amp is no slouch either

..dB
post #88 of 18459
Sorry, I really fail to get my head round the concept of driving a pair of headphones with 300-watt monoblocks. That's plain stupid.
post #89 of 18459
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Originally Posted by BrainFood View Post
Sorry, I really fail to get my head round the concept of driving a pair of headphones with 300-watt monoblocks. That's plain stupid.
I agree..but 'audiophiles' will always defy the norm .

However i do use my vintage Sansui AU-217 to drive my Wharfedale ID-1 at times..quite possibly one of the most inefficient headphones out there apart from the Taket.
post #90 of 18459
how much are these babies going for? I wonder if my minimax will be able to handle them. I have never tried any orthos before.
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