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post #6316 of 7561
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Originally Posted by sling5s View Post

Marantz depending on the model maybe too warm for them. 

Yes!

post #6317 of 7561

Hi all, I would like to hear some opinion. Burson Conductor may be out of my budget and I would like to know what is the second preferred option to drive LCD-2. Not going for Conductor SL since there is no dac out.

 

I narrow down to a few which were popular for LCD-2:

(1) Burson HA-160D

(2) Burson Soloist + entry level dac 

(3) Woo Audio WA7

(4) Centrance Dacmini CX

 

My concern for (2) is the synergy of dac due to different brands.

 

Cheers

post #6318 of 7561
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Originally Posted by leafs View Post

Hi all, I would like to hear some opinion. Burson Conductor may be out of my budget and I would like to know what is the second preferred option to drive LCD-2. Not going for Conductor SL since there is no dac out.

 

I narrow down to a few which were popular for LCD-2:

(1) Burson HA-160D

(2) Burson Soloist + entry level dac 

(3) Woo Audio WA7

(4) Centrance Dacmini CX

 

My concern for (2) is the synergy of dac due to different brands.

 

Cheers

DAC and Amp synergy not so much exists just a matter of sound matching. Bright/neutral amp + neutral DAC, you always want the DAC to be as neutral as possible, hearing is believing. Synergy between amp's and headphones make the night and day difference. 

 

For the LCD2's, the Soloist is good (not my favourite). The bright or slight neutrality of the Soloist cancels out or balances the laid back tonality of the LCD2's. A good entry level DAC would either be the Schiit Modi or the ODAC. Both are neutral sounding and good for the value with the ODAC bit more expensive.

post #6319 of 7561

Not seeing as selections for use with LCD2s: the Schiit Gungnir dac and Mjolnir amp. Not knowing what budget is but still these two components are just awesome with the LCDs. I will be using them with my new 3s when I get them. Would most definitely recommend at least thinking about these components if they fit in the budget.

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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

DAC and Amp synergy not so much exists just a matter of sound matching. Bright/neutral amp + neutral DAC, you always want the DAC to be as neutral as possible, hearing is believing. Synergy between amp's and headphones make the night and day difference. 

 

For the LCD2's, the Soloist is good (not my favourite). The bright or slight neutrality of the Soloist cancels out or balances the laid back tonality of the LCD2's. A good entry level DAC would either be the Schiit Modi or the ODAC. Both are neutral sounding and good for the value with the ODAC bit more expensive.

Thanks for sharing. I'm considering pairing Soloist with Modi for a start. Then upgrade the dac at a later stage. I will look into odac too. 

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Not seeing as selections for use with LCD2s: the Schiit Gungnir dac and Mjolnir amp. Not knowing what budget is but still these two components are just awesome with the LCDs. I will be using them with my new 3s when I get them. Would most definitely recommend at least thinking about these components if they fit in the budget.

I took them off my list when I got a quote from my local direct dealer. I am not sure how they compute the price, but the total price of both actually cost more than Conductor. And the difference is pretty big, which I can get a good cable for my LCD-2. I even find Modi expensive. But all this is due to tax and import fees.

 

I find the price of Burson and Woo Audio quite reasonable after tax and import fees. Nevertheless, I read great comments on Gungnir and Mjolnir. Good stuff.

 

Thanks for the opinion.

post #6321 of 7561

Hello everyone,

I just got a pair of Audeze's and am in need a recommendation for a DAC and amp.  I currently have a Gamma 2 and Yamaha A-S500 (speaker amp) and was looking to upgrade.  I was looking to spend around $600 for each.  I do not mind buying used or demo gear.  I also don't mind a balanced system but would need to have single ended outputs and inputs as well.  

I was looking into the Bifrost + Lyr  also about Meier Audio Classic + Daccord.

Thanks in advance biggrin.gif


Edited by Zashoomin - 6/13/13 at 12:47am
post #6322 of 7561

You'd be downgrading if those Yamaha's internal's are good. 

 

Try through the headphone out or speaker taps. Personally I'd avoid the Lyr for the LCD2's because it will smear the music due to the already warm/laid back/dark sound sig of the LCD2's. What you need is something that can drive the LCD2's with authority, an amp that is either neutral or bright sounding will pair with the LCD2's wonderfully. Powering them with tubes is the last thing you'd want to do unless you like an extremely coloured warm flabby sound.

post #6323 of 7561

The Yamaha is quite good but I feel like I could find something better as and also it is very inconvenient for me to plug my headphones into it.  But I definitely feel like I could do better on the synergy as well as the DAC as well. Alright so no Lyr then do you have any recommendations?

post #6324 of 7561

Not within $600 for a DAC and amp no. For $1400 yes, the Mjonir + Gungnir or just the Mjornir itself and some cheap DAC.

post #6325 of 7561

It would be great if this thread had a poll... Or perhaps someone wants to begin another thread with a poll... Or perhaps there should be a feature where you can view the most popular/highly rated headphones and then follow a link to a page where there is a list of the most highly recommended amplifiers for those headphones biggrin.gif Or has that already been made? So many ideas and questions haha.

post #6326 of 7561

There was a thread like that but not sure where it went probably locked. Too many variables to distinguish what amp's every LCD2/3 owner thinks is best of the said headphones, then you add in things such as favouritism and bias.

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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

There was a thread like that but not sure where it went probably locked. Too many variables to distinguish what amp's every LCD2/3 owner thinks is best of the said headphones, then you add in things such as favouritism and bias.

 

This.  What ever amp someone ownes is the best amp with said headphones..

post #6328 of 7561

I'm more or less decided on Burson Soloist.

 

Next is a decent Dac. W4S Dac-2 looks working great though, but currently out of reach. confused_face.gif

post #6329 of 7561
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I think you may put this on your list of dac. I read somewhere that there's a home trial of this as well.

https://sites.google.com/site/jkciunas/ciunas-dac
post #6330 of 7561
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Originally Posted by leafs View Post

I'm more or less decided on Burson Soloist.

 

Next is a decent Dac. W4S Dac-2 looks working great though, but currently out of reach. confused_face.gif

 

 

There’s a thread for that™ ;¬)

www.head-fi.org/t/508721/does-anyone-own-the-wyred4sound-dac-2

(you are probably aware of it, but since your profile doesn’t indicate you’ve participated in it, I thought I’d give you a heads-up)

 

 

My 2 cents, maybe this : resonessencelabs.com/concero/

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