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The Conductor can be used to output to your speakers too. That's how I use it

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Originally Posted by citraian View Post

The Conductor can be used to output to your speakers too. That's how I use it


 Well, to active speakers.  For passives you'd still need a power amp correct?  It doesn't have that kind of juice does it?

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Sort of correct. You can use the Burson's with efficient speakers. The inefficient ones that require double digit watts @ whatever ohms require a dedicated power/integrated amplifier to get anywhere sort of decent volume (db).

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Okay, so I just compared the Schiit Mjolnir to the Bryston BHA-1 with my balanced Buffalo II DAC. I used the LCD-2 with an ALO Reference 8 with 4 pin XLR. In my opinion (so take this with a grain of salt), the Mjolnir sounded great and at times I would be wow'ed at the sound that was coming out of it, but there were also many times where it sounded great, but it didn't blow my mind. When I switched to the Bryston, essentially every song I listened to wow'ed me. As far as comparisons, the Mjolnir seemed to have more bass (quantity) but it was less textured and refined compared to the Bryston. The mids are where the Bryston pulls ahead. They just seem so much more forward and detailed. It really is a noticeable step up in that department, especially for vocals. For the highs, the Mjolnir seemed slightly brighter where the Bryston seemed smoother. Overall I really enjoyed the LCD-2 with both, but the Bryston seemed to have better synergy with the LCD-2. Having said all that, I'm not 100% sure I will go for the Bryston, considering the price difference ($700 for me). I hope to purchase the LCD-2 soon (before an amp) so that I can have some more time to compare the amplifiers to each other. I enjoyed the soundstage on both (must be my Buffalo II making that difference). I just need some people to buy my stuff I have listed so I can get the LCD-2 tongue.gif

Told you not to listen to the BHA-1 in balanced mode!

 

Jokes aside, your impression are really similar to mine from when I had the chance to compare the Mjolnir to the BHA-1. Refinement and smoothness goes to the Bryston but still with energic and engaging sound.

 

There is a Canadian fellow selling his BHA-1 for $1000.00 at canuckaudiomart. Maybe the guy will be willing to ship in Australia.

 

I don't know if you're like me but once I hear something better and it's within my budget reach (even stretched), I always go for it because I will always regret going for the second choice.

 

Hence: Buy it nice or buy it twice.

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Originally Posted by Lappy27 View Post

Told you not to listen to the BHA-1 in balanced mode!

 

Jokes aside, your impression are really similar to mine from when I had the chance to compare the Mjolnir to the BHA-1. Refinement and smoothness goes to the Bryston but still with energic and engaging sound.

 

There is a Canadian fellow selling his BHA-1 for $1000.00 at canuckaudiomart. Maybe the guy will be willing to ship in Australia.

 

I don't know if you're like me but once I hear something better and it's within my budget reach (even stretched), I always go for it because I will always regret going for the second choice.

 

Hence: Buy it nice or buy it twice.

Thanks, I will check it out. Unfortunately I bet someone will get it before I manage to scrape the cash together for it. I was planning on purchasing LCD-2 first unless a great deal on an amp popped up. Nevertheless, it could be a few weeks until I can save the cash to buy either of them. As far as hearing something and saving every penny for it, I typically do this, but the majority of my hobby purchases (not just audio related) have always been around the $300-$500 mark, so it's very difficult for me to spend so much on something (I am also terrible at saving more than a few hundred dollars at any one time). I heard a Stax O2 rig and I was willing to sell everything for them, but luckily (I think) someone snatched them up just as I was listing everything for sale biggrin.gif Now I just have to play the waiting game unfortunately. 

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Go Stax, you know you want to, you can't run away forever, the temptation only increases.

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Originally Posted by citraian View Post

The Conductor can be used to output to your speakers too. That's how I use it

Can I check that your connection to speakers are : source --> conductor --> DAC output to speakers?

 

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Originally Posted by barid View Post


 Well, to active speakers.  For passives you'd still need a power amp correct?  It doesn't have that kind of juice does it?

 

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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

Sort of correct. You can use the Burson's with efficient speakers. The inefficient ones that require double digit watts @ whatever ohms require a dedicated power/integrated amplifier to get anywhere sort of decent volume (db).

 

Thanks for the input mates. My speakers are active type. 

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Yep, I have PC > Conductor > Active speakers via DAC OUT

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Thanks mate. I will seriously consider Conductor. I need to work within budget, but I might just stretch for it if possible. gs1000.gif

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Go Stax, you know you want to, you can't run away forever, the temptation only increases.

You're bad for my wallet very_evil_smiley.gif; looking at the SR-009 but man, that price !

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You're bad for my wallet very_evil_smiley.gif; looking at the SR-009 but man, that price !

hehe you don't need to go for the 009 straight away, even the lower tier Lambda's are better than a large percentage of headphones out there including some flagships. If you like a fairly warm or slightly dark sounding stat, the 007 mk1, if you want neutral with bit of brightness but airy presentation the 009. The 009 actually sound like some of the vintage Lambda's on roids unlike the 007 mk1.

 

But if you do end up aiming for the 007 or 009, I recommend listening to one first before buying, not worth it wasting your hard earned money on an impulse purchase without hearing it first hand first.

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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

hehe you don't need to go for the 009 straight away, even the lower tier Lambda's are better than a large percentage of headphones out there including some flagships. If you like a fairly warm or slightly dark sounding stat, the 007 mk1, if you want neutral with bit of brightness but airy presentation the 009. The 009 actually sound like some of the vintage Lambda's on roids unlike the 007 mk1.

 

But if you do end up aiming for the 007 or 009, I recommend listening to one first before buying, not worth it wasting your hard earned money on an impulse purchase without hearing it first hand first.

Thanks. I am looking for the LCD sound but with a bigger soundstage and a bit more airiness. Actually, I've preordered the Kingsound so let's see where that takes me up the electrostats path. Finally, India sucks in the sense that there is no store here that carries any of these brands (I see a lot of Beats ugh !); hence any purchase of mine (have the 2.2s and the HE 400 & 500) comes from reading up on our community threads and pure instinct.

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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

hehe you don't need to go for the 009 straight away, even the lower tier Lambda's are better than a large percentage of headphones out there including some flagships. If you like a fairly warm or slightly dark sounding stat, the 007 mk1, if you want neutral with bit of brightness but airy presentation the 009. The 009 actually sound like some of the vintage Lambda's on roids unlike the 007 mk1.

 

But if you do end up aiming for the 007 or 009, I recommend listening to one first before buying, not worth it wasting your hard earned money on an impulse purchase without hearing it first hand first.

Hey - what flagships would you say you prefer the lower / higher tier Lambda's over (What Lambda's)?  I ask because I want to look into that headphone.  


Edited by preproman - 6/8/13 at 6:39am
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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post

Thanks. I am looking for the LCD sound but with a bigger soundstage and a bit more airiness. Actually, I've preordered the Kingsound so let's see where that takes me up the electrostats path. Finally, India sucks in the sense that there is no store here that carries any of these brands (I see a lot of Beats ugh !); hence any purchase of mine (have the 2.2s and the HE 400 & 500) comes from reading up on our community threads and pure instinct.

I see a SR-007 MK1 in your future.

 

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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

Hey - what flagships would you say "you" prefer the lower / higher tier Lambda's over (What Lambda's)?  I ask because I want to look into that headphone.  

If characterising by sound the most amount of advantages.

 

Prefer the Lambda, Lambda Nova Signature, Lambda Pro, Sigma Pro, Gamma Pro, SR-407, SR-202 and the SR-303 over my LCD2's, all the Hifiman except the HE-6 (haven't heard it long enough nor on proper gear), every Beyerdynamic can's made except the vintage DT150, all Denons and nearly all the Sennheiser except the HD580/600 and the 800.

 

Vintage:

The original Lambda's have a godly mid-range and quite damn neutral sounding.

The Lambda Nova Signature is possibly one of the most neutral sounding Lambda frame earspeaker made, some say the Lambda Signature is more but I haven't heard one so cannot comment.

The Lambda Pro is most the dynamic and bass fulfilling out of the Lambda frame family, run this off a SRD-7SB/MK2 energizer off an amp with bass and treble dial and enjoy some quality low-ends. Sort of U-shaped.

The Gamma Pro's, very forward sounding but not bright, lots of quality low-end when music requires it, great for rock and metal on a well powered amplifier. Think of a Grado PS1k but without the mid range mess in the PS1k.

Sigma Pro's have a very unique 3d sound presentation as if you are center position of a live performance in the auditorium, not front row nor the last row, just in the center. Not much bass due to the distance and positioning of the transducers to the ears but no other headphone has been able to recreate the soundstage and holographic imaging of this stat imo.

 

Modernish Vintage:

SR-202, balanced sounding, bit bright sometimes but has great depth and layering capabilities. Sort of reminds me of a treble tilted Lambda Nova Sig. Bit bass light compared to some of the vintages.

SR-303, balanced sounding and sort of laid back and relax sounding having the traits of the SR-202 and the 404, bit bass light compared to some of the vintages.

 

Modern in production:

SR-407, easily better than the 507 and 307 in my opinion. The 507 is just damn sterile and cold sounding but a detail monster. 407 is sort of balanced sounding but supposedly some have reported putting on 507 pads makes it better in the detail compartment.

 

Others worth mentioning:

SR-Omega: Detail monster and very large soundstage

SR-007mk1: If the LCD3 had sex with the HD800 and had its sibling in fit shape with some balancing. To some it could be bit laid back or dark sounding.

SR-207, need to hear this in depth but well regarded here. Spritzer loves it and the SR-2170 package (SR-207 + SRM-253 amp) is a good $600 package to e-stat sound. 

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Wow Def..  That's a lot of info.  "Thanks"

 

OK.  So for a stepping stone on the way up to the 009s - What will pair well with a KGSSHV that I can get my hands on?

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