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biggrin.gif Thats what I just said. Previous setups and some of my other gear, when on listening sessions, there's that creeping thought in your mind that says "that was good! But it could use a bit more [insert adjective here]."

The Soloist+NAD M51 paired with the LCD 2.2 banishes such thoughts away. I guess I'm lucky there are no meets up my way. Heehee. Otherwise, I think upgradeitis will have its way.
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Hey guys,

 

I am running a Modi > Mjolnir > LCD-2.2 setup right now.

 

I know that the Modi is the weakest part of the chain right now. With that in mind, it seems like my LCD-2s are lacking bass. They sound fantastic, but there is not a lot of bass slam or anything, and it doesn't sound impactful nor punchy. If anything, it sounds like the same quantity of bass as my HD650s, which were pretty polite about bass.

 

I suspect it is the Modi. Is it possible that the Modi is somehow causing a lack of bass with my LCD-2s?

 

I wonder which affordable DAC would solve this problem (if this is indeed a DAC issue).

 

Thanks!


Edited by Pepper - 10/2/13 at 12:48am
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Originally Posted by NZheadcase View Post

biggrin.gif Thats what I just said. Previous setups and some of my other gear, when on listening sessions, there's that creeping thought in your mind that says "that was good! But it could use a bit more [insert adjective here]."

The Soloist+NAD M51 paired with the LCD 2.2 banishes such thoughts away. I guess I'm lucky there are no meets up my way. Heehee. Otherwise, I think upgradeitis will have its way.

Ap2 + m51 + Soloist setup make me bought hd800 (hate this phone before)
It is a really nice dac.
One of the good dac in my book.
M51 + Mjolnir is a nice setup for Abyss =)
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The Mjolnir has been on my radar for a while as well, but I don't feel the need to shift just now. From what I read, the Mjolnir is really a great amp for Audeze's cans and HiFiMan cans as well.

 

I'm holding out for impressions on the Schiit statement once they come out - specifically the tube hybrid version in 2014. Jason mentioned he is confident they can squeeze out a bit more performance from the topology used in the Mjolnir. That also has a single ended out, which will be good as I don't think I will reterminate my current SE dynamics. 

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Originally Posted by Poladise View Post
 

I don't think any dullness was reported. Its more like turning the colour control all the way down on a TV.


I got a similar impression from the Soloist actually (with LCD2). I tried one for a week and all my music sounded unnaturally colourless / cold / pale.

 

I have same feeling regarding MF M1DAC

"unnaturally colourless / cold / pale"

post #6861 of 7739

Well I ended up puling the trigger on a Soloist which arrived this afternoon.

 

 

Not bad, not bad at all. The added treble energy is a nice change of pace from what I'm used to. Bass is tight and punchy, mids are pretty neutral. Definitely a brighter sounding amp compared to my HA-160 or Mini-X.

 

More listening required...

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Burson recommends 30 minutes of burn in time before use. I used to not put much stock in that but through experience, the longer the Soloist is on, the better the overall experience you get. It also does need a bit of burn in time before it fully gives you all its got. 

 

Waiting for impressions. :)

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Originally Posted by ninjapirate9901 View Post
 

Well I ended up puling the trigger on a Soloist which arrived this afternoon.

 

 

 

Not bad, not bad at all. The added treble energy is a nice change of pace from what I'm used to. Bass is tight and punchy, mids are pretty neutral. Definitely a brighter sounding amp compared to my HA-160 or Mini-X.

 

More listening required...

 

It's a nice improvement over the 160 series, once it reach the 50/80+ hours mark its a whole new level of performance. 

post #6864 of 7739

Is it me or are the newer LCD2's actually getting lighter in wood tone?

post #6865 of 7739
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Originally Posted by NZheadcase View Post

The Mjolnir has been on my radar for a while as well, but I don't feel the need to shift just now. From what I read, the Mjolnir is really a great amp for Audeze's cans and HiFiMan cans as well.

I'm holding out for impressions on the Schiit statement once they come out - specifically the tube hybrid version in 2014. Jason mentioned he is confident they can squeeze out a bit more performance from the topology used in the Mjolnir. That also has a single ended out, which will be good as I don't think I will reterminate my current SE dynamics. 
Im not too excited about the new statement amps..I believe the MJ will still come out on top at a better value.

The MJ is great with every planar, it was built around planar phones afterall.
Edited by DarKen23 - 10/3/13 at 11:14pm
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Please don't tempt me! Lol! Well, at least if the new statement gear does not blow the mjolnir out of the water, maybe I can score a good deal on a hand me down from the classifieds.

Though since it is supposed to used the same core design, I do expect it to be at least a Mjolnir Plus.

Meantime, the LCD 2's will be driven happily here by the soloist. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by NZheadcase View Post

Please don't tempt me! Lol! Well, at least if the new statement gear does not blow the mjolnir out of the water, maybe I can score a good deal on a hand me down from the classifieds.

Though since it is supposed to used the same core design, I do expect it to be at least a Mjolnir Plus.

Meantime, the LCD 2's will be driven happily here by the soloist. wink.gif
If you are happy with the soloist, wait till you hear the LCD with MJ..

The beating of the wallet continues...
post #6868 of 7739
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Originally Posted by ninjapirate9901 View Post

Well I ended up puling the trigger on a Soloist which arrived this afternoon.




Not bad, not bad at all. The added treble energy is a nice change of pace from what I'm used to. Bass is tight and punchy, mids are pretty neutral. Definitely a brighter sounding amp compared to my HA-160 or Mini-X.

More listening required...
Great photo btw.
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Originally Posted by Barry S View Post

The LCD2 sounds great with the GS-X mk2. I like the LCD2 just a hair more with the Mjolnir because it brightens the signature a bit, but both amps are amazing pairings with the LCD2 and LCD3. The GS-X also pairs well with brighter headphones that sound harsh on the Mjolnir, like the HD800. No question, the GS-X is a better all-arounder.

I should think so. It's about four times the price wink.gif
Price should not be a factor with "which sounds better". While the GS-X may be the better amp while costing plenty more in this case, it does not indicate that spending more guarantees better sq in a similar scenario.

I wouldnt be surprised and go bananas if the Mjolnir proves to be the winner with the LCD lineup.
Edited by DarKen23 - 10/4/13 at 2:18am
post #6870 of 7739

Anyone using LCD 2 (or 3) try out the AuraliC Taurus MK II amp ? Just read a review and got my curiosity perked up.

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