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post #7186 of 7727
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post
 

Moar watts always wins! Seriously though it just depends on the synergy, between the two. 1 watt from a Tube amp can be plenty for the LCD-2, I think they are very good with the WA7 which I think puts out around 1 watt. Have you any chance to listen to them both?

No place to audition, only buy and hope they work out, the 3 watt does offer a 14 day no question return for refund

post #7187 of 7727

What amps are you looking at specifically?

post #7188 of 7727
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Originally Posted by joespride View Post

I am considering buying the lcd-2.2, and an amp to drive them. One of the amps I am looking at has a max output of 1 watt,  and the other amp has 3 watts output, according to Audeze website they suggest between 1 and 4 watts.  I am inclined to believe the 3 watt amp is a better choice as the first is only able to produce the minimum watts suggested.  does anyone have experience with amps rated at 1 watt with the lcd-2, and if so what were your impressions in regards to having enough power



 



Both amps i am looking at are tube amps, single end topology  (I refrain from posting company names as I'm not looking for biased opinions given because someone likes company A better than B)



 



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Get the one with the better transformers. If a 3W 2A3 amp can fill my mid-sized room to ear-bleed levels with 94dBW speakers, a 1W SET amp will drive your LCDs plenty loud, unless you really do listen to music with 120dB peaks.

(I assume you mean single-ended amplification design)
post #7189 of 7727

or SET design.

post #7190 of 7727

Just jumped on the LCD 2.2 bandwagon and I'm enjoying my cans immensely....on a DIY O2 amp > iFi iDSD nano > FLAC from either PC or iDevice.

 

I have heard them on a beefier setup before and I have to say that the O2 is more than sufficient for the job - which is surprising given that it's not putting 1W into 60 ohms that Audeze recommends.  

 

That said, I'm still looking forward to auditioning amps with sufficient power output but given how well it's been going so far, I can take my own sweet time, thank you very much.   

 

I love these phones.

post #7191 of 7727
Can anyone comment if this amp would be ok to use with the LCD2 off the speaker taps?
http://www.hifiengine.com/library/jvc/a-x1.shtml
post #7192 of 7727
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Originally Posted by bassboysam View Post

Can anyone comment if this amp would be ok to use with the LCD2 off the speaker taps?
http://www.hifiengine.com/library/jvc/a-x1.shtml

I don't see there will be any problem, I connect my LCD2 to LUXMAN L-504's speaker out, and I think it's much better than headphone out.

post #7193 of 7727

i just read somewhere about how the taps are grounded or something like that where one needs to be careful??

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After many years and much money, of searching for "Audio Nirvana" via the full range speaker with separate tube components I inadvertently stumbled on the Audeze LCD 2's. My only other exposure to this type of listening experience was a pair of Quad ESL 67's. It is very difficult to overcome the room influences in a full home stereo system.

I first tried the LCD 2's with  Music Fidelity's MPHA 1 headphone amp and at that time, thought I was blown away. I started reading about the power requirements for these ortho's and how they could be connected to the speaker outputs of a power amp, using a divider network. I purchased a small tube amp from Sophia Electric called the "BABY". It is 10 watts/ch in triode mode. I hooked up my LCD 2's using an 8ohm resistor in parallel. All I can say is WHOW!!!!

This amp retails for around $800.00 USD but can be picked up used for between 4-5 hundred. The only mods I had done were to replace the coupling caps with a Russian paper in oil. Much smoother.

This amp gets quite good reviews on various sites but no mention of it being used in this type of application. In all honesty I have never enjoyed my music so much even in comparison to my $50,000.00 plus full range speaker system. 

If you have the chance give it a try and post your thoughts.

post #7195 of 7727
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Originally Posted by kahldog View Post

After many years and much money, of searching for "Audio Nirvana" via the full range speaker with separate tube components I inadvertently stumbled on the Audeze LCD 2's. My only other exposure to this type of listening experience was a pair of Quad ESL 67's. It is very difficult to overcome the room influences in a full home stereo system.
I first tried the LCD 2's with  Music Fidelity's MPHA 1 headphone amp and at that time, thought I was blown away. I started reading about the power requirements for these ortho's and how they could be connected to the speaker outputs of a power amp, using a divider network. I purchased a small tube amp from Sophia Electric called the "BABY". It is 10 watts/ch in triode mode. I hooked up my LCD 2's using an 8ohm resistor in parallel. All I can say is WHOW!!!!
This amp retails for around $800.00 USD but can be picked up used for between 4-5 hundred. The only mods I had done were to replace the coupling caps with a Russian paper in oil. Much smoother.
This amp gets quite good reviews on various sites but no mention of it being used in this type of application. In all honesty I have never enjoyed my music so much even in comparison to my $50,000.00 plus full range speaker system. 
If you have the chance give it a try and post your thoughts.

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post #7196 of 7727

It definitely won't bother the LCD 2's. If your amp is putting out 30W/ch into 8 ohms it will only be putting out about 4.8 watts into your 50ohm Audeze's. If you notice hum or other noise you can run an 8ohm resistor in parallel between the positive and negative speaker taps and this should lower the noise. I have done this with a 10 watt amp and it works great. I believe Audeze states you can hook these up to an 80 watt amp. I'd be very careful with that. Good luck. By the way it is recommended to use a wire wound, non inductive resistor. 10 watt value should be OK.

post #7197 of 7727

They need to have a common ground. This can be confirmed by running a continuity test with a multimeter. Simply put one lead on each negative speaker terminal and if you get tone then you have a common ground.

post #7198 of 7727

Interesting, never tried the Baby with direct speaker out to my LCD2's but I'll give it a go. I did find it too coloured and euphonic for my liking for various bookshelfs and powering my Stax via SRD-7 mk2 adaptor. There are also identical clones of the Baby floating around the internet you can buy for $230-300. 


Edited by DefQon - 3/17/14 at 7:27pm
post #7199 of 7727

I'm using LUXMAN L-504's speaker out to drive my LCD2, it's better than headphone out IMHO.

post #7200 of 7727

Woo Audio WA22, upgraded tubes listening with new LCD2.2's with a new Artemis Medusa cable. I'm sound drunk. Unreal and the Woo is is barely breathing on the volume knob.  What a treat.  

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