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post #91 of 18459
They're going to be $650 - I think your Minimax will be able to handle them.
post #92 of 18459
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Originally Posted by dBel84 View Post
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
See....now you have an excuse to "expand" your equipment base
post #93 of 18459
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Originally Posted by fatman711 View Post
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.
Hey Jeremy

the word is that they will be pegged at 650$.
post #94 of 18459
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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.
In general (but not all) orthos take a lot more power than dynamics.

So while you can easily run a HD650 to volume out of your PC jack. People here spend $$$$ driving them outta fancy schamncy stuff.

And with orthos the effect is increased since they need more powerful amplification.

Its not a must, but just what those do to squeeze the last bit of performance.
post #95 of 18459
I'm affraid I'm not much into DIY amps. Would a Emmeline HR-2 or XP-7, or a TTVJ FET-A be a good amp for it?
post #96 of 18459
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I'm affraid I'm not much into DIY amps. Would a Emmeline HR-2 or XP-7, or a TTVJ FET-A be a good amp for it?
yes, a TTVJ Fet-A drives orthos quite well.

Other options include getting Misterx to build an M3, CK2III, SOHA-2 or any of the n- number of DIY amps that are on offer.
post #97 of 18459
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Originally Posted by Kabeer View Post
In general (but not all) orthos take a lot more power than dynamics.

So while you can easily run a HD650 to volume out of your PC jack. People here spend $$$$ driving them outta fancy schamncy stuff.

And with orthos the effect is increased since they need more powerful amplification.

Its not a must, but just what those do to squeeze the last bit of performance.
Completely understand but surely 10-30 watts would be more than enough? 300 seems OTT.
post #98 of 18459
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I'm affraid I'm not much into DIY amps. Would a Emmeline HR-2 or XP-7, or a TTVJ FET-A be a good amp for it?
Vintage speaker amps work well for vintage orthos as well and can be an inexpensive way to go.
post #99 of 18459
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Completely understand but surely 10-30 watts would be more than enough? 300 seems OTT.
I was just pointing out the classic cyrus 1 and 2 to Kabeer earlier today. They usually sell for under 100 quid on ebay uk and offer fantastic value for money when it comes down to performance and shear ability. Not to mention that you get a speaker amp and a good phono stage thrown in.

You don't need 300W unless you own apogee monitors but there are folk who couldn't live without them.

..dB
post #100 of 18459
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Vintage speaker amps work well for vintage orthos as well and can be an inexpensive way to go.
A lot of nice vintage Receivers are pulled into service to drive the Orthos I've noticed. Any of the British integrateds would work well.
post #101 of 18459
Yes, a good vintage receiver (or better, separate preamp and amp) from the Golden Age (late '70s to early '80s) will have plenty of grunt and good sound too, but as some have found out, vintage gear is big and heavy. But it will get you power supplies that will effortlessly pump out hundreds of watts for less than some people pay for interconnects (what we used to call "patch cords").

Yes, using a Krell is over the top. Quite. Ain't it great?
post #102 of 18459
I just got back from the NY meet, where both the LCD2 and HE5 were present. There were 2 pairs of the LCD2 and 3 of the HE5. I spent most of the afternoon comparing the two, as did many others, so hopefully there will be some good impressions soon. I will try to post my thoughts but I am not very good at impressions in general. Also, the meet got pretty noisy at points, but I think I listened for long enough to form a valid opinion.

The LCD2 that was present was a preproduction model, but it was very very good. The HE5 was also fantastic as well. Both shared many characteristics in terms of overall sound. Both were extremely detailed, very resolving and present from the low bass straight through the highs. It didn't seem to me that either had significant peaks but the HE5 was the brighter of the two. The HE5 was slightly brighter and more forward than the LCD2, which was rather laid back. I didn't really compare soundstage because it isn't important to me, but instrument separation was fantastic in both pairs.

I liked the HE5 more, but I really think that choosing between the two is going to be a matter of sound preference. I listen to mostly rock and I love the grado sound, so naturally I sided with the slightly brighter of the two. People at the meet seemed pretty evenly split as to which they preferred, which suggests that the two phones are very, very close in overall performance and differ mostly in sound.

Final note on amping: both sounded great out of my CK2III, but the Beta 22 and one of the big headroom amps ( vcoheda's. not sure what model. Home balanced?) really opened them up.
post #103 of 18459
Thanks for that- we all wanted to hear a comparison like this- more please!
post #104 of 18459
Thanks for that report...the fact that the LCD-2 isn't as forward as the HE-5 bodes well for me and a host of other ortho-ninjas am sure.
Plus the advantage of the LCD-2 in being tuneable is a huge plus.

Can you give details of the low freq response of the two head to head?
Associated equipment?
post #105 of 18459
Nice! I was hoping that it was really a preference thing.. had a feeling that with 2 orthos, $650 vs $600, it wasn't going to be a "Blowout" 1 way or another.
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