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post #7531 of 7690
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Originally Posted by Lohb View Post
 


He just wanted a tip for a DAC/amp at entry-level and stuff higher up as well. Right now I'm only familiar with entry-level stuff...sub-$500.


Ah, a DAC+amp, not just an amp. That does bump the price a bit higher.

The Benchmark DAC-1 and Grace m902 or m903 are both what I would consider well designed, well built from high quality parts, reference quality and sonically transparent.

By "sonically transparent" I don't mean to imply they sound exactly the same... but both being well designed for clean, neutral, transparent response, with measurable distortion below audible levels, they can't help but sound similar, even if not identical.

If he's looking for something different, like that tubiliciuos sound, that's a whole 'nuther thing.

post #7532 of 7690

Is there any decent tube amps I could try without breaking the bank? ~200$?

Preferably something with a good resell value, as I'd end up re-selling it if I didn't like it.

 

(Even if it costs more, as long as the company has a really good return policy I'd be ok)

I mostly want to demo it in-home for a week or so, out of curiosity!


Edited by DarrenLays - 7/15/14 at 6:30pm
post #7533 of 7690
Schiit lyr used. Excellent resale value.
post #7534 of 7690
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Originally Posted by DarrenLays View Post
 

Is there any decent tube amps I could try without breaking the bank? ~200$?

Preferably something with a good resell value, as I'd end up re-selling it if I didn't like it.

 

(Even if it costs more, as long as the company has a really good return policy I'd be ok)

I mostly want to demo it in-home for a week or so, out of curiosity!


Contact Garage1217 and see if Jeremy can send you a demo. Doesn't hurt to ask.

post #7535 of 7690
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Contact Garage1217 and see if Jeremy can send you a demo. Doesn't hurt to ask.

 

What sort of amp should I ask to demo? I'm really quite new to this scene!

post #7536 of 7690
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Originally Posted by DarrenLays View Post
 

 

What sort of amp should I ask to demo? I'm really quite new to this scene!


Depends what you want. If solid state then ask for the Polaris. If tube rolling then the Ember, Starlight or Sunrise III.

 

Personally I'd ask for the Ember if possible but the others are good choices.


Edited by Amish - 7/15/14 at 10:58pm
post #7537 of 7690
Just took delivery of the Musical Paradise Mp-401 mk2. I am very impressed with the headphone output of this tube integrated amp. This is a great pairing with the lcd-2. The MP-401 mk2 has smooth midrange of the Woo Audio wa6 and the slamming bass of the Mjolner. The sound stage is huge. My lcd-2 never sounded better. As an added bonus, this amp has 18 watt se speaker output. Another thing, this amp is dead silent. Just like the wa6.
post #7538 of 7690
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Originally Posted by Yitaro View Post

Just took delivery of the Musical Paradise Mp-401 mk2. I am very impressed with the headphone output of this tube integrated amp. This is a great pairing with the lcd-2. The MP-401 mk2 has smooth midrange of the Woo Audio wa6 and the slamming bass of the Mjolner. The sound stage is huge. My lcd-2 never sounded better. As an added bonus, this amp has 18 watt se speaker output. Another thing, this amp is dead silent. Just like the wa6.

 

How much did it run ya?

post #7539 of 7690

DarrenLays,  it cost me $830 plus $150 for the shipping.  This amp is very well build and it sounds just amazing.  Been looking for tube amp that has the attributes of the WA6 and Mjolner combined and I found it in the MP-401 mk2.  With the Mjolner, the bass guitar sounds like a bass guitar but with the MP-401 mk2, the bass guitar sounds like a bass guitar being plugged by the musician's fingers.    Instruments and voices sound so real.  The only time I heard something similar  to  this was with the Woo Audio WA6 SE but the MP-401 mk2 has better bass attack and bigger sound stage.  I am happy to pay the asking price just for the headphone section.  It is that good.

According to Garry, the owner of Musical Paradise, the MP-401 mk2 provides 2.88 watt of power at 50ohm.

post #7540 of 7690

Has anybody heard the LCD-2 with an Emotiva Mini X?

I found one for cheap, and I'm not sure if it'd be worth the upgrade from my objective 2?

post #7541 of 7690

i have the chord how do u see its fits the audeze lcd2 rev2, is there a better mobile amp/dac than chord to suit audeze lcd 2 rev2

post #7542 of 7690
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Originally Posted by hykhleif View Post
 

i have the chord how do u see its fits the audeze lcd2 rev2, is there a better mobile amp/dac than chord to suit audeze lcd 2 rev2

 

If you mean the Chord hugo, Yes. But i prefer use it as a Dac with a separate headphone amp for better results with Audeze LCD2 and other planars 

post #7543 of 7690

I am thinking about getting LCD 2.2. I currently have Centrance Hifi-M8 and have a couple questions:

 

1. How does M8 pair with LCD 2.2? 

 

2. What other desktop amp and DAC would pair better with LCD 2.2? My budget is ~$1000 for both amp and DAC.

 

Thanks!

post #7544 of 7690
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Originally Posted by fabio-fi View Post
 

 

If you mean the Chord hugo, Yes. But i prefer use it as a Dac with a separate headphone amp for better results with Audeze LCD2 and other planars 


any great portable amps that can drive the  audeze  and have bass boost using chord hugo as dac

post #7545 of 7690
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Originally Posted by sexhero View Post
 

I am thinking about getting LCD 2.2. I currently have Centrance Hifi-M8 and have a couple questions:

 

1. How does M8 pair with LCD 2.2? 

 

2. What other desktop amp and DAC would pair better with LCD 2.2? My budget is ~$1000 for both amp and DAC.

 

Thanks!

 

1.4W, it would do it but it wouldn't be happy with it.

 

I would probably go have a look at some of Schiit's offerings

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