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post #6451 of 7569
I don't know the first thing about tubes. I've been very tempted to pull the trigger on a Woo amp loads of times but the price of tubes and the confusion surrounding them (all those numbers) has always put me off. The WA22 looks lovely but the premium parts upgrade is way too expensive for me. Having said that, it'd probably be easier than changing amps every few weeks like I seem to be doing at the moment.
post #6452 of 7569
The Consonance M10S tube amp sounds very good with the LCD-2's. The amp sells for around $1100. Canadian. It is switchable from triode to ultra linear mode at the flip of a switch. ( the amp needs to be turned off for about 5 mins, prior to switching ) and runs at 12.5 watts in ultra linear, and 8 watts in triode mode. It's an El34 based amp but I'm told you can use KT88's by rebiasing the amp. This is a very smooth sounding amp that's very musical. I actually prefer it to the Yulong A-18 which is also a great match to the LCD2's. I think a lot of the younger crowd may prefer the A18 as its a little more analytical and detailed than the M10S, but the latter is more musical and analog sounding in my opinion. smily_headphones1.gif
post #6453 of 7569
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Originally Posted by commtrd View Post

Both Audeze phones sound awesome with the Mjolnir/Gungnir IMHO. For the capital outlay to acquire that stack really hard to beat them with the 2r2s and the 3s. However that is not to say that the HeadAmp GS-X MkII would not be just phenomenal with either as well. In my experience the Schiit stack was (is) a really synergistic set to go with the 2r2s or LCD3 phones. Great value for the money.
+1. And, IMHO, the HE 500 as well.
post #6454 of 7569

I understand this is the LCD 2 amp thread but do you guys have recommendations for the best DAC for $200 or lower?  I'm 99% sure I'll be getting the Lake People G103 as my amp and I would be using that amp and what ever dac I can get for the money with HD600s I own right now if that means anything. Thanks.

post #6455 of 7569

The Schiit Modi is a good option, so is the O2.  Or if you are into DIY the Gamma 1 or Gamma 2 are also really good dacs.  

post #6456 of 7569
Anyone managed to compair one or more of these with a lcd2:
Centrance dacmini
Woo audio wa7
Burson soloist
Schiit mjolnir
Wa6se
post #6457 of 7569

Hi Taliesin,

 

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Originally Posted by Taliesin View Post

Anyone managed to compair one or more of these with a lcd2:
Centrance dacmini
Woo audio wa7
Burson soloist
Schiit mjolnir
Wa6se

 

See my earlier post to this thread (regarding DACmini CX vs. Burson Soloist, for LCD-2).

 

And this post, too.

 

Mike


Edited by zilch0md - 8/2/13 at 3:17pm
post #6458 of 7569
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Originally Posted by Taliesin View Post

Anyone managed to compair one or more of these with a lcd2:
Centrance dacmini
Woo audio wa7
Burson soloist
Schiit mjolnir
Wa6se

 

 

yeah. i did WA6-SE vs. Soloist.

 

both where great with LCD-2 and i can't really say one is better than the other. the WA6-SE is a little warmer cause of that tube sound, the Soloist is more defined, a little faster still, and tighter cause its an SS amp.

post #6459 of 7569
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post


yeah. i did WA6-SE vs. Soloist.

both where great with LCD-2 and i can't really say one is better than the other. the WA6-SE is a little warmer cause of that tube sound, the Soloist is more defined, a little faster still, and tighter cause its an SS amp.

+1
That's correct, but depending on the tube, 6se can have more extension on its treble.
The mids of 6se always warmer than soloist.
Sound stage width about the same (using sophia, while 596 slightly smaller) and depth is better on soloist.

Soloist a little faster if 6se using sophia, but with 596, it's about the same.
Regardless the tube, imaging and resolution on soloist is slightly better than 6se, imo.
But doesn't mean that 6se imaging and resolution is poor though, it's quite good.
It's better than my old v100, v200 (belong to a friend) and wa7 (based on my poor audio memory from 10-15 min audition =) )

Mjolnir is the fastest I guess (but never heard dacmini).
Imo, if lcd2 is the only phone, mjolnir is my pick (provided don't mind going balance).
But if other phone involve, 6se or soloist is better (from rs1i, hd800 or th900), imo of course.
post #6460 of 7569
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Originally Posted by jsgraha View Post


+1
That's correct, but depending on the tube, 6se can have more extension on its treble.
The mids of 6se always warmer than soloist.
Sound stage width about the same (using sophia, while 596 slightly smaller) and depth is better on soloist.

Soloist a little faster if 6se using sophia, but with 596, it's about the same.
Regardless the tube, imaging and resolution on soloist is slightly better than 6se, imo.
But doesn't mean that 6se imaging and resolution is poor though, it's quite good.
It's better than my old v100, v200 (belong to a friend) and wa7 (based on my poor audio memory from 10-15 min audition =) )

Mjolnir is the fastest I guess (but never heard dacmini).
Imo, if lcd2 is the only phone, mjolnir is my pick (provided don't mind going balance).
But if other phone involve, 6se or soloist is better (from rs1i, hd800 or th900), imo of course.

 

596, the 6SE sounds very SS like, more than the big rectifier tube would suggest. 

 

besides the audeze, i really like how grados and fostex/denon pair with WA6-SE (th-900, d2k,d7k) as well. i also liked pairing with the AKGs and the 300 ohm senns.

post #6461 of 7569

Has anyone tried the Yulong DA8 with them? I'm actually planning on pulling the trigger for my LCD2.
 

post #6462 of 7569
Burson Conductor arriving tomorrow. Cannot wait :-)
post #6463 of 7569
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Burson Conductor arriving tomorrow. Cannot wait :-)

Wow congrats!!
post #6464 of 7569
Thanks DG. I've been using and enjoying the Violectric stack for the past few weeks but I decided that I have too much audio equipment lying around my house so a 3-in-1 like the Conductor fits my needs perfectly. There will be a Violectric 200, a Beyerdynamic T1 and an LCD-2 going up for sale in the coming weeks. With the proceeds I'll buy the LCD-3 and a decent USB interface and then I'm done with headphone obsessing - for a while anyway smily_headphones1.gif
post #6465 of 7569
I thoughtconductor had decent usb
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