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post #7276 of 8081

I would say Mjolnir below 1000$ and Bryston BHA-1 below 2000$, if you are looking for some kind of consensus.

post #7277 of 8081
You forgot
Bryston bh1
Auralic taurus
M2tech marley
(Balanced amps seem provide a better sinergy But I never tried )
post #7278 of 8081
Someone say yolung a18 as well
post #7279 of 8081

Ok, I've added:

 

- Bryston BH1
- Auralic Taurus
- M2tech Marley

- Yulong A18

 

Any more to add or maybe any controversial ones that should be removed from the list?


Edited by PTom - 4/22/14 at 5:07am
post #7280 of 8081
+1 for the Little Dot MK VI+.

I love the tube sound with the LCD2. The LD can be a very neutral amp with the right tube, and the improvements to soundstage/imaging/dynamics are immense. I have heard but cannot confirm, that the VI+ is better than the VIII+ for the LCD2.

Also, I can say that I've tried the Mjo, the V200, and the MKVI+, and I preferred the MKVI+.
post #7281 of 8081

but i wrote the conductor because you were asking for a dac/amp

actually the amp section of the conductor is exactly a soloist

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post #7282 of 8081
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Originally Posted by levinhatz View Post

+1 for the Little Dot MK VI+.

I love the tube sound with the LCD2. The LD can be a very neutral amp with the right tube, and the improvements to soundstage/imaging/dynamics are immense. I have heard but cannot confirm, that the VI+ is better than the VIII+ for the LCD2.
 

That's my daily rig and I enjoy it very much !

I've tweaked the VI+ by the way (coupling caps + 5W resistor) and it's big improvements to LCD-2 became huge.

A no brainer below 1000$ for me (spare some for tube rolling and maybe amp tweaks).

Don't forget you must go balanced with it, it's poor on SE input/outputs.

post #7283 of 8081
Don't forget the KSA5 clone.....or the real one. smily_headphones1.gif
post #7284 of 8081

I'm trying to get more information on the KSA5 clone. What price range is it and is it widely praised with the LCD 2? Isn't it a DIY amp? Regarding the original, isn't it super rare and super expensive? 

post #7285 of 8081
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Originally Posted by PTom View Post
 

I'm trying to get more information on the KSA5 clone. What price range is it and is it widely praised with the LCD 2? Isn't it a DIY amp? Regarding the original, isn't it super rare and super expensive? 

The price range depends on the if it is original or a clone.  The original is really expensive and really rare to find while the DIY one can range in price greatly.  I think you are looking at a minimum of $750-$2000 for someone to build it for you.  I think in parts you can get away with $400.  It does sound amazing though.

post #7286 of 8081
It's a DIY much like the Beta22 already on the list but without a large following yet. A self build should be between 700 and 1000 depending on case quality. The original is rare and expensive. Widely praised.....not yet. I don't think there are enough of them out there yet, so maybe that disqualifies it from the list.
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Originally Posted by PTom View Post

I'm trying to get more information on the KSA5 clone. What price range is it and is it widely praised with the LCD 2? Isn't it a DIY amp? Regarding the original, isn't it super rare and super expensive? 
post #7287 of 8081

How the hell did I not run into this thread?

 

Hi, I'm a new LCD 2.2 owner.  

 

I just received HE-6 today, man is it hard to drive even with Beta 22 2 channel.

post #7288 of 8081
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Originally Posted by SilverEars View Post
 

How the hell did I not run into this thread?

 

Hi, I'm a new LCD 2.2 owner.  

 

I just received HE-6 today, man is it hard to drive even with Beta 22 2 channel.

For an HE-6 I think you will need 4 channels out into balanced operation.  

post #7289 of 8081
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Originally Posted by Zashoomin View Post
 

For an HE-6 I think you will need 4 channels out into balanced operation.  

The Beta has enough juice to drive the HE-6 to potential from what I'm experiencing.  I say it's seems hard to drive is because I'm used to comfortable volume level to listen to at pi/2  :D

post #7290 of 8081
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Originally Posted by PTom View Post
 

So the updated list of the most widely recommended amps for the LCD 2 within different price ranges is:

 

Below $2000:

 

- Auralic Taurus

- Beta 22

- Burson Soloist

- Burson Conductor (DAC/amp)

- Bryston BHA-1

- Decware Taboo MK II/MK III
- M2tech Marley

 

Below $1000:

 

- Audio GD SA31SE/MFB 6/Master 9

- Audio GD NFB 28 (DAC/amp)

- Lake People G109

- Little Dot  MKVI+/MKVIII

- Meier Concerto/Classic

- Schiit Mjonir/Lyr

- Violectric V200 

- Yulong A18

 

Below $200:

 

- O2

- Schiit Magni/Vali

 

As mentioned before, I'm looking for the most widely recommended amps for the LCD 2. Any more suggestions? Are there any in the above list that should be removed since they are not universally praised with the LCD 2 or are uncommon?

 

Update

 

Added: 

 

- Bryston BH1
- Auralic Taurus
- M2tech Marley

- Yulong A18

- Decware Taboo MK II/MK III

 

Add the Nuforce Icon DAC as being truly great with the LCD-2 rev2, and during the close to half-price sale it's only $199

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