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post #5431 of 7727
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Originally Posted by wewso View Post

OK, been reading about what amp I should get with my LCD2 and I currently feel like I'm playing chess with my wallet. Its a bit of a tough one really... my budget for the amp is $200 and that's already 100% up from the original budget. I do realize how much of a difference a proper amp can make to the sound of the LCDs but that doesn't change the fact that I simply can't afford it. That said I'm looking for an amp that will squeeze as much sonic juice out of my cans without going above my price limit. I work as a producer, making bass-heavy music so heavily rely on my monitoring system for my mixes. That means I'm aiming to get a balanced and dynamic sound with clear transients and minimal spectral distortion. Luckily I have a fairly decent audio interface so at least I don't have to worry about DAC.

I know it sounds like I'm trying to do the impossible here but I really am in a tough situation money-wise. 

I'm currently looking at Hifiman EF2A,O2, VCan, Little Dot, ect but I can't judge the sound without hearing them. Really hope you can help me with this as I'm pretty badly versed in amps. 

 

Thanks. 


It depends weather you need an internal dac, which some of these do. There's a used EF2A for $129 right now on eBay, and you get a DAC. The V-can is has a got TONS of volume. The little dot, at least the MKII, claims to have gain control options that lets you be able to use it with any headphone. 

post #5432 of 7727

I would personally stay away from OTL amps like the little dot mkii and iii, they have have got lots of voltage which is great for high impedance cans like the 650, but the LCD2's are only 50 ohms and require lots of current to shine. If you are to go with tubes I'd suggest a hybrid such as the Lyr. Or even the little dot mk1+ on the budget scale.  

post #5433 of 7727
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

I would personally stay away from OTL amps like the little dot mkii and iii, they have have got lots of voltage which is great for high impedance cans like the 650, but the LCD2's are only 50 ohms and require lots of current to shine. If you are to go with tubes I'd suggest a hybrid such as the Lyr. Or even the little dot mk1+ on the budget scale.  

 

I really didn't like it with the Lyr, lifeless and missing a lot (but that's just my opinion). I can't say I've found a tube amp that makes it sound as good as the V200 and I've heard quite a lot

post #5434 of 7727
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Originally Posted by Ultrainferno View Post

 

I really didn't like it with the Lyr, lifeless and missing a lot (but that's just my opinion). I can't say I've found a tube amp that makes it sound as good as the V200 and I've heard quite a lot

Yeah, to be fair I much prefer SS with orthos. Especially the LCD2's. They really don't benefit from any added colour from tubes. I think they benefit from the speed and attack that you only get from a good SS amp.

post #5435 of 7727

Agree :)
 

post #5436 of 7727
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

Yeah, to be fair I much prefer SS with orthos. Especially the LCD2's. They really don't benefit from any added colour from tubes. I think they benefit from the speed and attack that you only get from a good SS amp.


How about a good portable amp with plug in and a battery? Maybe that would give a more consistent current from a cheap source?

post #5437 of 7727
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How about a good portable amp with plug in and a battery? Maybe that would give a more consistent current from a cheap source?

Absolutely. I've tried my LCD's on a little Necosoundlabs portable and they sounded great. Cmoy amps can provide a lot of current for low imp phones, I could'nt get passed 8'oclock on the dial on mine!

post #5438 of 7727

I just bought the Red Wine Audio Bellina HPA ( DAC/AMP with SE + Balanced output).  Will it be a good amp for the LCD ?  Has someone own or tested its predecessor, the Isabellina HPA ? 

post #5439 of 7727
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post

I just bought the Red Wine Audio Bellina HPA ( DAC/AMP with SE + Balanced output).  Will it be a good amp for the LCD ?  Has someone own or tested its predecessor, the Isabellina HPA ? 

From what I've read, It'll be glorious biggrin.gif

post #5440 of 7727

The Corvina SE sounded very nice with lcd-2.2. Like a sweeter more euphonic Burson Soloist.

So I'd imagine your 5W balanced version with its made to match dac will sound amazing.

There are reviews of the Isabellina if you seach headfi. It should just be an improvement on that.

Look forward to your impressions.


Edited by Poladise - 1/25/13 at 4:06pm
post #5441 of 7727

O2 with TLE2062CP (U3 & 4) and OPA2277PA (U1) for 1x and 2.5 gains, desktop? Any DIYer assembled this before?

post #5442 of 7727

Built (2) O2's with:

 

NJM2068D for U1

NJM4556D for U3, U4...

 

The 2062 is the low power version etc dont know anyone that has done that.

 

Alex

post #5443 of 7727

Guys I just bought myself a pair of second hand LCD 2.2s, and I now I'm also in the market for an amp to power these bad boys as well! I've tried reading through the 300+ pages of this thread but I don't really have the time... So, as of now, what is the best $1000 amp for the LCD 2.2? I won't really need a DAC I already have a pretty capable one, so a standalone amp is fine, but if there is a DAC/amp combo so good that I NEED to get it I would consider it :) Thanks in advance!

 

Side Note: I also kinda need this amp to power my other headphone, a HD650. From what I've heard amps like the Schiit Lyr and Burson Soloist the like are good options, but I like having more options :D

post #5444 of 7727

wewso just buy an O2 and be done with it. 

post #5445 of 7727
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Originally Posted by Noobmachine View Post

Guys I just bought myself a pair of second hand LCD 2.2s, and I now I'm also in the market for an amp to power these bad boys as well! I've tried reading through the 300+ pages of this thread but I don't really have the time... So, as of now, what is the best $1000 amp for the LCD 2.2? I won't really need a DAC I already have a pretty capable one, so a standalone amp is fine, but if there is a DAC/amp combo so good that I NEED to get it I would consider it :) Thanks in advance!

 

Side Note: I also kinda need this amp to power my other headphone, a HD650. From what I've heard amps like the Schiit Lyr and Burson Soloist the like are good options, but I like having more options :D

 

For sub 1K amps my vote would got to the Mjolnir to pair with the LCD-2.2s.  The BHA-1 is another good option a little above the 1K mark.  Of course the Soloist would be good as well.  

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