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post #4981 of 7721
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Originally Posted by dagothur View Post

I somehow doubt Audeze used monkey testicles in the manufacture of their cables.

Or as a comparative standard...rolleyes.gif
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Edited by sphinxvc - 8/30/12 at 2:47pm
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Anyone tried the LCD-2 with the Lehmann BCL? (Apologies if this has already been asked).

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Yes I have LCD-2 with BCL and it sounded very very good. Very detail, fast and very good open soundstage and depth with smooth, clean high. Timbre is spot on. No flabby bass here, bass control is superb. I am looking for an SS upgrade but have not found yet. Maybe Master 8, but I am still waiting for more comparison.
Edited by RedBull - 9/2/12 at 3:30pm
post #4985 of 7721
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Originally Posted by RedBull View Post

Yes I have LCD-2 with BCL and it sounded very very good. Very detail, fast and very good open soundstage and depth with smooth, clean high. Timbre is spot on. No flabby bass here, bass control is superb. I am looking for an SS upgrade but have not found yet. Maybe Master 8, but I am still waiting for more comparison.

 

 

RedBull,

 

I see your an Audio-gd guy.  That's cool.  I guess you can say I'm a DIY guy..  Anyway there good choices which ever way you go.  I just haven't gotten into tubes yet.  I was thinking about a EC BA.  Any thoughts on that?

post #4986 of 7721

I'm not yet fully assimilated Audio Gd man preproman biggrin.gif

 

I only have his DACs so far. 

I was impressed with most comments about his DAC, but to avoid dissapointment, I try half heartedly his mid level NFB-2.  I was not dissapointed, so I go all the way to his top DAC.  I'm very very happy so far.

 

Now, I'm curious how his amp sound like.

 

I read a lot and take notes people comments about amps. 

I have some kind of simple 'knowledge base' compilation about amps.  I avoid amps with comments like bright (obviously), slightly hot treble, slightly soft/rounded bass, borderline bright, thin, light, grainy, dry, smearing some details, narrow/shallow soundstage, colored, stepped attenuator, hum, slow, slightly, amp that can potentially cook my headphone biggrin.gif warm!

 

I like, smooth, wide and deep soundstage, clean high, tight controlled bass, FAST, dynamic, detail, , non fatiguing, liquid, neutral (subjective).

 

Amps like Burson 160, V200, Lyr, WA22, GS-1, WA2 have some character that I don't like.

Well, Leben is slightly colored, but I like its color.  wink.gif  deep soundstage, dynamic, sexy timbre.

Phonitor/Auditor is very smooth and neutral, but my main headphone is LCD-2, I don't think they can drive orthos to its potential, but it sounded the best from my HD650.

 

Audio Gd sound description seems to meet most of criteria, but I haven't try their amp in detail yet.

I tried Phoenix before with HD650 and T1 in SE (which I believe it's not the best match) before I have LCD-2 and I thought it sounded smooth and non fatiguing.

 

Now, to answer your real question, I haven't tried the BA, but I read comment that "The bass is a little bit rounded - not as controlled nor tight compared to certain amps, i.e. (Apex Peak/Volcano, Dynahi, etc.)" - now, I don't have to crave about it, but I certainly will try when I have a chance.

post #4987 of 7721
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Originally Posted by RedBull View Post

I'm not yet fully assimilated Audio Gd man preproman biggrin.gif

 

I only have his DACs so far. 

I was impressed with most comments about his DAC, but to avoid dissapointment, I try half heartedly his mid level NFB-2.  I was not dissapointed, so I go all the way to his top DAC.  I'm very very happy so far.

 

Now, I'm curious how his amp sound like.

 

I read a lot and take notes people comments about amps. 

I have some kind of simple 'knowledge base' compilation about amps.  I avoid amps with comments like bright (obviously), slightly hot treble, slightly soft/rounded bass, borderline bright, thin, light, grainy, dry, smearing some details, narrow/shallow soundstage, colored, stepped attenuator, hum, slow, slightly, amp that can potentially cook my headphone biggrin.gif warm!

 

I like, smooth, wide and deep soundstage, clean high, tight controlled bass, FAST, dynamic, detail, , non fatiguing, liquid, neutral (subjective).

 

Amps like Burson 160, V200, Lyr, WA22, GS-1, WA2 have some character that I don't like.

Well, Leben is slightly colored, but I like its color.  wink.gif  deep soundstage, dynamic, sexy timbre.

Phonitor/Auditor is very smooth and neutral, but my main headphone is LCD-2, I don't think they can drive orthos to its potential, but it sounded the best from my HD650.

 

Audio Gd sound description seems to meet most of criteria, but I haven't try their amp in detail yet.

I tried Phoenix before with HD650 and T1 in SE (which I believe it's not the best match) before I have LCD-2 and I thought it sounded smooth and non fatiguing.

 

Now, to answer your real question, I haven't tried the BA, but I read comment that "The bass is a little bit rounded - not as controlled nor tight compared to certain amps, i.e. (Apex Peak/Volcano, Dynahi, etc.)" - now, I don't have to crave about it, but I certainly will try when I have a chance.

 

 

Wow with a criteria like that I'm not sure there is an amp out there that will fit your needs.  Very high standards.  I guess that's why I have multiple amps and for the exact reason you stated above.  However, I happen to love an amp or two that you dislike biggrin.gif  "GS-1"

post #4988 of 7721
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Originally Posted by sphinxvc View Post

 

Monkeys seem to get along fine with their nuts, and the Audez'e get along fine with their stock cable.

biggrin.gif lol

 

Yeah as far as stock cables go, I'd say it's very good.

post #4989 of 7721

I have experience with the NFB 10SE and it fits all of your criteria.  Fast, neutral, transparent, detailed, smooth and with enough power to drive pretty much any non-Stat headphone.

post #4990 of 7721
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Originally Posted by dagothur View Post

I have experience with the NFB 10SE and it fits all of your criteria.  Fast, neutral, transparent, detailed, smooth and with enough power to drive pretty much any non-Stat headphone.

Hmm..HE-6?

post #4991 of 7721

I have one sitting on my desk with a HE-6 hooked up to it. It puts out 6 W at 50 ohm, 2 W more than Lyr at this resistance (Lyr puts out 6 W at 32 ohm). Listening volume is doable at 15/48 on high gain. 

post #4992 of 7721
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Originally Posted by steve2151 View Post

I have one sitting on my desk with a HE-6 hooked up to it. It puts out 6 W at 50 ohm, 2 W more than Lyr at this resistance (Lyr puts out 6 W at 32 ohm). Listening volume is doable at 15/48 on high gain. 

Do you notice any etching or smearing? Only ask because I did with the Lyr. 

post #4993 of 7721

I thought it was a pretty good match with no smearing issues. The frequency response worked to very close to neutral in my book, with liquidy mids and the deep sub bass balancing out the crystal clear highs. My HD 800 do sound slightly etched on occasion, but hopefully the Arete/Volcano combo I have on the way will fix that. 

 

Note that several people did prefer the NFB-10/LCD-2 combo since they thought the HE-6 was a too bright in this pairing. 

post #4994 of 7721

The NFB is a very slightly bright piece of equipment, but matches well with nearly everything that's well recorded.

post #4995 of 7721
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Originally Posted by RedBull View Post

Yes I have LCD-2 with BCL and it sounded very very good. Very detail, fast and very good open soundstage and depth with smooth, clean high. Timbre is spot on. No flabby bass here, bass control is superb. I am looking for an SS upgrade but have not found yet. Maybe Master 8, but I am still waiting for more comparison.

 Thanks RedBull. No background hiss at all? And how do you find them comfort wise?

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