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post #7021 of 7648
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post
 

Say what ALO Pam and RWA good with the LCD2's? This is news to me and I've heard both (both pretty bad and overrated).

 

Most people (those have had there fair share experience with both the popular tube and solid state amps available) would tend to agree that the best for the LCD2 is the Mojo, Soloist/Conductor (excluding the $2k+ range amps). You don't hear many people nowadays rave about pairing a tube amp with the LCD2, at least back in the Lyr days where we didn't have the Violectric and Burson offerings, there are better stuff now and for less too.


just to show how subjective this hobby is, in direct comparison, i owned both at the same time, i kept the lyr, sold the soloist, different strokes, different folks

post #7022 of 7648
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post
 


just to show how subjective this hobby is, in direct comparison, i owned both at the same time, i kept the lyr, sold the soloist, different strokes, different folks

 

I too am thinking of selling my soloist... I find the sparkling treble unbearable. Yes its really subjective, because to you come from grados and you are opposite of me ; )

post #7023 of 7648
To continue the trend, again another differing opinion. I have the Lyr and Soloist. The Lyr is not being used much.

All three recently mentioned amps are good with LCD 2 in my opinion. By order of preference and percieved quality, its Soloist, Lyr, PanAm.

I have to respectfully disagree with DefQon here. The PanAm is not a bad amp, and worth the price for what it delivers. I obviously don't have as much experience as others, but having these side by side it sems to me they all have strengths and weaknesses, but none of them I could call bad.

Bad synergy with some cans, yes, but great with others.

Anyhow, this just illustrates the subjectivity of perception in anything, really, not just in this hobby. Best way, try before you buy. Failing that, find opinions of people you trust and share musical tastes with. Emphasis on the shared musical taste for better reference methinks. biggrin.gif
post #7024 of 7648

and my selling the soloist was no statement on whether its good or bad, its very good.

i have two (very diff. sound sigs)cans right now,  and with those two cans, the lyr was the better to me at driving both.

for me, i made a compromise(a small one) that serves my needs, and preferences. happy, happy !

post #7025 of 7648

Hi Guys,

 

Been reading quite a bit but after about 200 pages got bored :D

 

Just purchased some LCD2's that are on the way, I have a HA160 that has worked well and I feel its time for an upgrade. Can you recommend a better amp than the 160 that has a similar signature (deep bass, smoothness) that is a little more detailed?

 

I will also be using this amp with LA5000 and Q701. DAC is DA8.

 

I was thinking Buson Soloist (non SL) but have heard mixed reception of this.

 

Cheers.

post #7026 of 7648

What about the woo audio WA7? is it any good with the lcd 2?

post #7027 of 7648
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Originally Posted by Trendin View Post
 

What about the woo audio WA7? is it any good with the lcd 2?

 
Honestly folks, the LCD-2 sounds pretty fantastic no matter what you plug it into, but I think I've seen better results from the Woo WA-6SE with the right set of tubes (for me it was the RCA 6DR7s and the Sophia Princess) but the Woo WA7 sounded great too. Powerful tube amps are probably the way to go. 
 
I ended up powering mine with a Little Dot MKVI+, and chose some nice RCA black plate tubes for it. Drive tubes are Tung-Sol 6SL7GT and it sounds really nice and punchy/powerful. Soundstage and separation are great with this amp.
 
But I'd say as long as you are giving the LCD-2s at least 1 watt worth of headphone ampage, it's probably going to sound great.
post #7028 of 7648
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Originally Posted by gibbro View Post
 

Hi Guys,

 

Been reading quite a bit but after about 200 pages got bored :D

 

Just purchased some LCD2's that are on the way, I have a HA160 that has worked well and I feel its time for an upgrade. Can you recommend a better amp than the 160 that has a similar signature (deep bass, smoothness) that is a little more detailed?

 

I will also be using this amp with LA5000 and Q701. DAC is DA8.

 

I was thinking Buson Soloist (non SL) but have heard mixed reception of this.

 

Cheers.


I'm listening to them with the Burson Conductor, and I find them to be a great match, obviously the Soloist is a great choice if you don't want the built in DAC. The Conductor is supposed to be a pretty big improvement from the HA-160 from what I read, but I couldn't say for sure as I haven't heard it.

post #7029 of 7648
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post
 


I'm listening to them with the Burson Conductor, and I find them to be a great match, obviously the Soloist is a great choice if you don't want the built in DAC. The Conductor is supposed to be a pretty big improvement from the HA-160 from what I read, but I couldn't say for sure as I haven't heard it.

having owned both, there is no question but that the Soloist(Conductor) is a large step up from the HA-160....and the HA-160 is not exactly chopped liver......

post #7030 of 7648
Yeah that seems to be the sentiment, large step and not just incremental improvement.
post #7031 of 7648
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Originally Posted by levinhatz View Post
 

Thank you for the tubes precisions.

I have the same setup as you since a month, and don't know exactly what to roll.

I'm waiting for a pair of RCA 6sl7, and about to pull the trigger on some.

post #7032 of 7648

Thanks for the tips guys.

post #7033 of 7648
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Originally Posted by G600 View Post
 

Thank you for the tubes precisions.

I have the same setup as you since a month, and don't know exactly what to roll.

I'm waiting for a pair of RCA 6sl7, and about to pull the trigger on some.

 

The power tubes I have are RCA 6AS7G and compared to the stock tubes they are full of that warm, potent goodness that you look for in tubes, but they're also pretty all-round. Great way to do justice to the LDMKVI+ without shelling out $500 for tubes.

post #7034 of 7648
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post

Yeah that seems to be the sentiment, large step and not just incremental improvement.

 

I've wondered about that, personally.   Small improvements I can get - but a large improvement?  It isnt as if amplifier technology has suddenly taken a giant leap forward, so what gives?   

post #7035 of 7648

Thanks for the opinions, I was also considering a V200 as I hear it will synergize well with my other cans (although you never know until you actually hear it). However so does the Soloist and the Soloist is marginally cheaper. I never thought changing an amplifier would be a large step, considering the HA160 was no slouch in the first place. I guess I will have to find out.

 

I hear the non SL version is better with a stepped attenuator like the HA160 and double the power output as the SL, can someone please explain how it would affect the LCD2's or my other cans (the Q701's like a bit of current) as I would be selling the HA160.

 

This might be a question for another thread, apologies if it is.

 

I appreciate any comments, thanks.

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