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post #5161 of 7519

Well I guess you're talking about alpha (generalizability to a population of samples, 'truth' in one definition) whereas I only meant variance accounted for (treating my 'measurements' - listening impressions - as merely a datapoint in one sample, definitely nothing more privileged).

 

Since you raise it though, I think we're doing better but not too much better than our very worn coin!

 

IDK, and at the risk of digressing from the topic, can we expect better from head-fi do you think?

 

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So actually statistically it's a meaningless coin toss? In which case a monkey could use random generator to make reviews and sometimes it would be right. biggrin.gif

post #5162 of 7519

I am considering purchase of a Bryston BHA-1 for my LCD-2. Right now I am powering the LCD-2 from a Lavry DA10 or an Oppo BDP-105. 90% of the time I use the Lavry.

 

I'm a solid state neutral + detail oriented kind of guy and I really like the DA10 and the Oppo because they are pretty much to my tastes. However I am suspicious that the power available from the sources I have is really not enough to maximize the potential of the LCD-2.  

 

So what do people think? Is the BHA-1 really going make a big immediately obvious difference over the Lavry amp? Or is it going to be a small difference and perhaps just really marginal?

post #5163 of 7519

While I haven't heard the Lavry amp I can say that the LCD-2 responds to a quality amp very well. It's not a subtle change. I've only used the term 'night and day' twice and one of them was the first time I heard the LCD 2 on an LF.

 

The Bryston is a good amp, though not my favorite with the HD800 I could see it doing very well with the LCD 2.

 

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Originally Posted by ehlarson View Post

I am considering purchase of a Bryston BHA-1 for my LCD-2. Right now I am powering the LCD-2 from a Lavry DA10 or an Oppo BDP-105. 90% of the time I use the Lavry.

 

I'm a solid state neutral + detail oriented kind of guy and I really like the DA10 and the Oppo because they are pretty much to my tastes. However I am suspicious that the power available from the sources I have is really not enough to maximize the potential of the LCD-2.  

 

So what do people think? Is the BHA-1 really going make a big immediately obvious difference over the Lavry amp? Or is it going to be a small difference and perhaps just really marginal?

post #5164 of 7519
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Originally Posted by ehlarson View Post

I am considering purchase of a Bryston BHA-1 for my LCD-2. Right now I am powering the LCD-2 from a Lavry DA10 or an Oppo BDP-105. 90% of the time I use the Lavry.

 

I'm a solid state neutral + detail oriented kind of guy and I really like the DA10 and the Oppo because they are pretty much to my tastes. However I am suspicious that the power available from the sources I have is really not enough to maximize the potential of the LCD-2.  

 

So what do people think? Is the BHA-1 really going make a big immediately obvious difference over the Lavry amp? Or is it going to be a small difference and perhaps just really marginal?

 

The LCD-2.2s are a perfect match with the BHA-1 and will be even more so using the DA10 as the DAC.  I've also read where the LCD-2.2 are really good with the Mjolinir as well.

 

Price per performance will point to the MJ.


Edited by preproman - 12/4/12 at 4:44am
post #5165 of 7519
Go for bha 1 for versatility you get mini output on those.

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just got bha-1 . galen audio provided free pralines with it mmm & they offered to let me try their high end power cables.. i might call them up and give it a try. this amp is miles away from my singlepower mpx3. just what i wanted. driving the headphones like a champ. i thought the headphones were ok when i got them, they seemed just a little better than my westone 4s because i was using a tube amp that diddn't have enough umph for me. It was the smoothest amp i've ever heard but i wanted more. this amp is pretty spot on according to my aggressive life style. and blows all my iems out of the water
Edited by crossjeremiah - 12/4/12 at 3:24pm
post #5166 of 7519

Yesterday I visited my bud's house.  He's a Bryston fan-boy, has Magneplanars (as do I, but his are bigger 3.7's) powered by Bryston 7B-SST amps, plus the BDA DAC and most recently the BDP-1 music player + the Bryston headphone amp.  I'm more of a tube guy, and generally find the Bryston's strong and clean and perhaps a bit on the bright side of things for my taste.

 

Anyway, I brought along my Audeze LCD-2.1 headphones for a listen and I was extremely thrilled with their performance on the Bryston BHA-1 headphone amp.  Much deeper and richer bass than my poor little tube amps produce, and a lot more air and soundstage on top.  Strongly recommended for an audition.  I was worried about loss of musicality, but the tone and timbre were nicely produced for the two string quartets and the various female vocalists (Vienna Teng, Rachael Yamagata & Heather Nova) we listened to.

 

Per the above discussion about coin flips and internet BS, you should never buy on a recommendation like this, but definitely try to audition!

post #5167 of 7519

I have the BHA-1 with the LCD-2r2 and a W4S DAC-2 since 6 months. Absolutly spectacular set-up! Musical, full-bodied and with lots of resolution. Can't go wrong with the BHA-1 - LCD-2r2 match-up. It's like the components were designed to work togheter.

 

I had the chance to compare to the Mjolnir once. Clear win for the Bryston. Last week, I compared the LCD-2r2 and the LCD-3 on the Bryston. Still prefer the LCD-2r2. I choose dark (but still highly detailed and resolved) fun over ultimate accuracy.

 

Steve

post #5168 of 7519

Opinions seem pretty lopsided on this one. Five coin flips coming up heads. I think I'll give it a try. What's to lose except maybe return shipping?

post #5169 of 7519

i've done extensive research from scouring all the threads for anything bha-1 related or mjolnir. apparently dallas headfi meet did a survey on the mjolnir vs the bryston . bryston won performance wise but mjolnir won price value for how much it cost. i wanted versatility as in i wanted the single ended output as well as the xlr out put

post #5170 of 7519

When you start thinking about recabling 3 or 4 headphones for a balanced only amp that can add up to significant money too. 

post #5171 of 7519
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Originally Posted by Lappy27 View Post


I compared the LCD-2r2 and the LCD-3 on the Bryston. Still prefer the LCD-2r2. I choose dark (but still highly detailed and resolved) fun over ultimate accuracy.

 

 

I also prefer the LCD-2 Rev.2 versus the LCD-3.

 

I'd be curious to compare the Mjolnir and the Bryston eventually.  I should receive the Mjolnir next week.
 

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Originally Posted by ehlarson View Post

When you start thinking about recabling 3 or 4 headphones for a balanced only amp that can add up to significant money too. 

 

Tell me about it.  All my amps are balanced.  So all of my headphones got re cabled to balancedblink.gif

post #5173 of 7519
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Originally Posted by pfillion View Post

 

I also prefer the LCD-2 Rev.2 versus the LCD-3.

 

I'd be curious to compare the Mjolnir and the Bryston eventually.  I should receive the Mjolnir next week.
 

Let me know when your Mjolnir will have at least 100 hundred hours of burn-in, maybe we can plan a meet to compare the two if you're interested. I am from Montreal too.

 

Steve

post #5174 of 7519
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Originally Posted by Lappy27 View Post

Let me know when your Mjolnir will have at least 100 hundred hours of burn-in, maybe we can plan a meet to compare the two if you're interested. I am from Montreal too.

 

Steve

 

Very good idea :)

 

Maybe after the holidays ?

post #5175 of 7519
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Originally Posted by Loevhagen View Post

I've had the Reaga DAC for quite some time and still have the V800. Have used these with V200 + LCD2R1. The Rega adds more color to the music than the V800. The Violectric sounds "cleaner" (not leaner). Eventhough the Rega is quite good, it had to go. 


Thanks Loevhagen --- that's exactly the type of information I'm looking for!

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