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post #7126 of 7690

Lol 2A3's, KT88/66/77 and 300B family tubes are all very expensive to roll.

 

I'd personally avoid the entire Woo line up of amps if you have the LCD's.

 

Solid state camp:

 

Common candidates

 

GS1, GSX MK2, B22, Soloist/Conductor, Mojo, Master series from audio-gd or vintage amp/receiver or DIY

 

Tube/valve camp:

 

S.E.X, Decaware lineup, Schiit's tube stuff, Manley Neo or Stingray II (bloody great on taps for the HE-6), Eddie Currents stuff and DIY

post #7127 of 7690
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post
 

Lol 2A3's, KT88/66/77 and 300B family tubes are all very expensive to roll.

 

I'd personally avoid the entire Woo line up of amps if you have the LCD's.

 

Solid state camp:

 

Common candidates

 

GS1, GSX MK2, B22, Soloist/Conductor, Mojo, Master series from audio-gd or vintage amp/receiver or DIY

 

Tube/valve camp:

 

S.E.X, Decaware lineup, Schiit's tube stuff, Manley Neo or Stingray II (bloody great on taps for the HE-6), Eddie Currents stuff and DIY

 

Fantastic post, a big help. Thanks mate!

post #7128 of 7690
I have a budget issue unfortunately being only a student. I have to limit myself to $1500USD . I found a used Woo audio wa 2 about 1 year old selling for about $780 USD ith stock tubes and thought of getting that. What do you guys think ? Should I avoid the entire Woo audio line up with the LCD-2 ?
post #7129 of 7690
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

Lol 2A3's, KT88/66/77 and 300B family tubes are all very expensive to roll.

I'd personally avoid the entire Woo line up of amps if you have the LCD's.

Solid state camp:

Common candidates

GS1, GSX MK2, B22, Soloist/Conductor, Mojo, Master series from audio-gd or vintage amp/receiver or DIY

Tube/valve camp:

S.E.X, Decaware lineup, Schiit's tube stuff, Manley Neo or Stingray II (bloody great on taps for the HE-6), Eddie Currents stuff and DIY
I was thinking of getting a used Manley Stingray ll because of the great reviews it has but I can't find one locally and I have trust issues with buying used products from ebay.
post #7130 of 7690
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Originally Posted by White Lotus View Post
 

 

Fantastic post, a big help. Thanks mate!

No problems, there's a whole bunch of other integrated tube/solid state/mono-block/headphone amp's that I've heard but I'm too lazy too list them and the ones I listed are the more better bunch for the LCD2's sound and synergy wise speaking.

 

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Originally Posted by Brendanz View Post

I have a budget issue unfortunately being only a student. I have to limit myself to $1500USD . I found a used Woo audio wa 2 about 1 year old selling for about $780 USD ith stock tubes and thought of getting that. What do you guys think ? Should I avoid the entire Woo audio line up with the LCD-2 ?

Sure you can get the WA2 for $780 but it won't suit the 50ohm LCD2's well at all period unless you like to do a bit of modding.

 

Grab yourself a Mojo and call it a day.

 

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I was thinking of getting a used Manley Stingray ll because of the great reviews it has but I can't find one locally and I have trust issues with buying used products from ebay.

Yeah I hear ya, since the Manley stuff ain't cheap $3k+ I'd recommend you audition one locally or somebody who owns one. ebay is alright sometimes even for expensive amp's but be sure to ask for lots of pictures, any past tampering (i.e modding and such), warranty transfer and ownership etc.

 

I've only recently tried the Stingray II for a few speakers I was auditioning till I ripped out the HE-6 and a friends LCD2's I borrowed (mine are in pieces) and boy was the sound great. 

post #7131 of 7690
If the Wa2 is not good for the LCD-2 and I have budget issues , I should settle for something cheaper like a Schitt audio Lyr or something? If I increase my budget , what would you guys recommend ?
post #7132 of 7690

I have the chance to pick up a 2nd hand Audiotailor Jade with aftermarket tubes..

 

Bad idea? I'm pretty sure it's OTL.

post #7133 of 7690
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Originally Posted by Brendanz View Post

If the Wa2 is not good for the LCD-2 and I have budget issues , I should settle for something cheaper like a Schitt audio Lyr or something? If I increase my budget , what would you guys recommend ?

IMO, Lyr is plenty good.

post #7134 of 7690
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Originally Posted by Brendanz View Post

If the Wa2 is not good for the LCD-2 and I have budget issues , I should settle for something cheaper like a Schitt audio Lyr or something? If I increase my budget , what would you guys recommend ?

WA2 is not very good with the LCD2's but is a very very good amp with higher impedance headphones.  The lyr is a wonderful amp but if you can stretch your budget just a little bit get the schiit mjolnir. 

post #7135 of 7690
Other than woo audio what other brands make a full tube amplifier that has enough power for the LCD-2 .
post #7136 of 7690

if you can stretch your budget the Burson is pretty good or the Mjolnir (pretty good for LCD-2, but not my favorite).

post #7137 of 7690
I meant Tube amplifiers. I don't quite like the sound of SS amps , I like something which is very lush ,warm ,smooth and dark sounding. I might be able to stretch my budget to at most 1800.
post #7138 of 7690
Decware Taboo Mark III is supposedly a good tube amp for the LCD-2, though I haven't heard it for myself yet, hope too soon though.
post #7139 of 7690
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post

Decware Taboo Mark III is supposedly a good tube amp for the LCD-2, though I haven't heard it for myself yet, hope too soon though.
I heard of decware but they don't seem as highly regarded/ famous by the community or rather famous as the woo audio products.
post #7140 of 7690
I don't know, I haven't heard it myself like I said, but I have read pretty good reviews on it. Other tube amps to check out besides the Woo are the Schiit Lyr if your on a tight budget and if cost is no object I would myself want an ALO Studio 6.
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