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post #7891 of 7902

Have you considered the Capella? In the Beresford thread some people own the LCD-2 and say it sounds fabulous with the Capella. I myself cannot afford the LCD-2 but the bass on the Capella is terrific. You can even adjust it for best performance. I think all headphone amp should have such a control so that all headphones can perform to their best.

post #7892 of 7902
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Originally Posted by porridgecup View Post
 

What balanced DAC would you recommend with the BHA-1, preferably under $1500 (and honestly, preferably a lot cheaper than that even, but I'll spend that much if necessary)?

 

I'm the wrong guy to ask this question. I have a pretty good DAC but it is not balanced. I would love to have a balanced DAC but I love my Pagoda so much I just can't stand the thought of pushing it to the side.

 

That said; using a balanced headphone cable is what is needed for sure. I use a 4-pin jobbie instead of the dual 3-pin cables.

post #7893 of 7902
Krell ksa5 clone is very good match to LCD-2.2.
SMSL dac M8 is very good economical solution for the phones.
Chinese presence is strong in this auiophile world.
Let these cheap amp and dac pair run your phones.
The prices are many times less than you expect.biggrin.gif
post #7894 of 7902
An old schitter here. , but you have to try the Oppo Ha1. A swiss army knife of headphone amps. Built like a tank, and WOW, does it ever sound good with my LCD 2.2 pre fazor.
It really is that good!
Edited by aqsw - 4/7/15 at 6:29pm
post #7895 of 7902
+1 ^^^^^
post #7896 of 7902

Anyone here attend Canjam Socal and listen to the Cavalli Liquid Carbon.  It goes on sale for a limited production run tomorrow at $599.  It's rated at 1500 Mw output.  Will that drive the lcd-2f adequately?

post #7897 of 7902
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Anyone here attend Canjam Socal and listen to the Cavalli Liquid Carbon.  It goes on sale for a limited production run tomorrow at $599.  It's rated at 1500 Mw output.  Will that drive the lcd-2f adequately?

 

I drive LCD-2F from Schiit Asgard 2, which is rated at 1000mW output. It has tons of power to spare even on low gain.

post #7898 of 7902
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Originally Posted by porridgecup View Post

I have definitely read the reviews of the BHA-1, and it's certainly tempting. I know it's a great amp. But I also read many complaints about sizzling treble when in use with bright headphones.

Of course, I do have the option of EQing some of the treble down, but it would feel kind of wrong to spend well over $2000 on, say, the HD 800, BHA-1, and some DAC, and then artificially neuter it. I do obviously want to optimize my listening experience with the LCD-2, but amps are pricey enough that I don't want to buy this now and then have to go and throw down another $1000-2000 on another amp while also spending $1000-2000 on another pair of headphones.

I am willing to give it a shot; it might be a long time before I buy a different pair of headphones. It's also quite possible the HD 800 is simply not for me (though I have not auditioned it yet, so can't be sure) and should be avoided.

What balanced DAC would you recommend with the BHA-1, preferably under $1500 (and honestly, preferably a lot cheaper than that even, but I'll spend that much if necessary)?
Audiolab.
post #7899 of 7902
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Originally Posted by pippen99 View Post
 

Anyone here attend Canjam Socal and listen to the Cavalli Liquid Carbon.  It goes on sale for a limited production run tomorrow at $599.  It's rated at 1500 Mw output.  Will that drive the lcd-2f adequately?


Triple post, steady there ! Someone will answer if you wait...

post #7900 of 7902

The 2F needs 0.5W+. Older versions need 1W+. That's all according to Audeze, which seems to be a lot of power when you do calculations, but IME, it helps with quiet sources and tracks. So I still think it's a good guideline.

post #7901 of 7902
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Originally Posted by AN94Master View Post

How is the LCD2 with the Lyr 2? How does the bass come out?

 

I just switched to the Lyr 2 and immediately thought THIS is what I've been missing! LCD-2f is just effortlessly putting out ridiculous bass.

post #7902 of 7902

@Fernando Pancho

 

+1 for the Capella.

 

Have tried the following w/ the LCD2f's:

 

JDS C5

O2

Magni 1

Cayin C5

Emotiva Mini-x A-100

Capella

 

 

The Capella has been the best performer so far from memory. Very transparent, best bass response of the lot. Love the tweakability, especially in tuning the bass response.

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