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How do you find the LS50 for nearfield listening? Can't imagine they'd be ideal just on a desk, monitor width apart and close to a wall. Tell me I'm wrong. I want those speakers.

 


off topic: they are amazing even from up close. Ofcourse, they will sound better when they have some room to breathe but overall they are one of the best stereo bookshelf speakers you can buy.

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LCD-2 UPDATE (if anyone still cares about my impressions):

 

Very nice review HeadphoneAddict, It's glad to see you prefer the new revision LCD-2 and HE-6 over the others.

Would you say that the LCD-2 is your most forgiving headphones (easy to drive)?

 

Also i guess it's due to us using different amps, but i feel as if the LCD-2 is actually more forward than the HE-500, HE-500 being more forward than K702.

 

Tim

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Lcd-2 should arrive Tuesday and the Sieveking Omega Zebrano stand will follow a few days later! This thread seems to be dwindling so what are everyone's favorite albums/artists for these headphones? I'm thinking about starting them off with either Stevie Wonder or Rage Against the Machine!

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Either of those artists would be great for the LCD 2s. I'm a fan if both myself.
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Just ordered some LCD2.2's along with some Silver Dragons from Moon Audio. Will be using them from Metrum Octave to Soloist and am very much looking forward to a new toy to play with.Curious as to how they sound as opposed to the HE-6.

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I got my LCD-2 rosewood's a couple weeks ago,fortunate enough to get em for $899 before the price increase.Also got a VIolectric V200 at the same time,at first I was concerned about the sound,bass was sloppy and the highs just weren't there.After 200 hours the bass is much tighter,seems like there is less bass,but I am sure that's because it's tighter.The highs have come through and is much more extended.Most of the reviews here are similar to my findings,the mids and bass is terrific,and the highs seem to be a slight bit recessed,but I wanted a setup with that was easy on the ears.One thing I really enjoy is the impact and slam I get from this combo,really enjoyable.Also got a Q silk cable,can't really say what it has done for the sound,as I had too many things burning in at the same time,but egoronmics of the cable alone are almost worth the price alone.
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Junior mints, there's a thread called something like 'LCD2, LCD3, owners and the music they enjoy' IIRC.

And - as advertised - it is full of owners and their suggested albums!
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I got my LCD-2 rosewood's a couple weeks ago,fortunate enough to get em for $899 before the price increase.Also got a VIolectric V200 at the same time,at first I was concerned about the sound,bass was sloppy and the highs just weren't there.After 200 hours the bass is much tighter,seems like there is less bass,but I am sure that's because it's tighter.The highs have come through and is much more extended.Most of the reviews here are similar to my findings,the mids and bass is terrific,and the highs seem to be a slight bit recessed,but I wanted a setup with that was easy on the ears.One thing I really enjoy is the impact and slam I get from this combo,really enjoyable.Also got a Q silk cable,can't really say what it has done for the sound,as I had too many things burning in at the same time,but egoronmics of the cable alone are almost worth the price alone.
I'm curious where you found them at that price? I bought mine about the same time and it seems like everywhere the price was 995 with no variation
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I've had my LCD-2's for about six months now and couldn't be happier...I'm running them out of the Schiit Gungnir/Mjolnir combo with Norse Audio cable and interconnects and the sound is just orders of magnitude better than anything else I've ever heard.

 

To be fair, I jumped straight to these cans from the D2000's and TF10's so that's to be expected, but still...when I first heard these I was amazed at just how much better they sound. 

 

Anyway, long story short I'm a fan. :)

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Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post

LCD-2 UPDATE (if anyone still cares about my impressions):

 

I started out with LCD-2 rev 1 the summer before the HE-6 came out, while I still had the HE-6 prototypes on loan for a couple of weeks.  I think that was in August 2010?  I always thought they were slightly dark and at the same time occasionally resonated or echo'd at some lower frequencies while being slightly fatiguing.  I was enjoying the HE-500 just a little more, especially due to the high clamping force of the LCD-2.

 

Last October, after RMAF I moved up the LCD-2 Rev2 with the second version of slightly angled but "all-wood cable jack housing", not the new 45 degree angle added-on cable jack housing that came out last year.  They had the older stiffer LCD-2 Rev 1 style ear pads (not as thick and soft as Rev3).  They were still a great improvement over the Rev1, and still had great synergy with my DACmini like the Rev 1 did.  But they seemed slightly more mid-forward than the Rev 1 when used with amps like the Nuforce HAP-100.  I also wanted to believe that they were 1-2 dB more efficient due to the change in the mids.  The synergy with my ZDT amp got even better, and I was quite pleased.  Previously I'd spent more time with the HE-500 than the LCD-2 Rev1, but after the move to the Rev2 I could enjoy the LCD-2 as much or more.  Everyone was saying to get the new lambskin ear pads for another jump in sound quality (including Tyll), but I didn't want to deal with swapping pads.

 

Well, two months ago I managed to acquire a newer version of LCD-2 with the current drivers, new black angled cable connector, and newer softer thicker ear pads.  I still have the older cable and the older foam headband pad that I still prefer.  The drivers, cups and pads are like those in the photo of the Rev3.

 

 

 

 

I wasn't able to compare them to my rev2, but these seem to be even better sounding.  However, since 2011 I have been using the same Moon Audio Silver Dragon V3 cable, and not the stock one.  The music flows better and seems more effortless and without any grain, and the overall frequency balance seems a bit more correct.  The pads are more comfortable and I don't think these clamp my head nearly as hard as the older ones.  It's hard to believe these use the rev 2 drivers and that the pads/cups are responsible for all the improvements. I almost thought I got some LCD-3 by accident, but for the materials which give them away.

 

Personally I think Audeze have come a long way in a little over 2 years - even more so above the LCD-1 that I tried in 2009 at RMAF in Los Angeles.  While I still love my HE-500 to death, the LCD-2 rev3 seem to get picked up a little bit more these days.  In my bedroom rig I use the DACmini or HAP-100 amp + LCD-2 rev3 a lot, followed by the DACmini + HE-500, or HAP-100 + HD800.  It's good enough that it's been quite a while since I fired up the big basement rig with HE-6 or SR-009.  Both of those phone require strong amps like my EF6 or Blue Hawaii to get the impact and weight that is needed, and with anything less those phones might not be on a higher level than phones costing 1/2 as much.

 

I still think no dynamic headphone rig is complete without all of these - HE-500, LCD-2, HD800 and HE-6.  I wouldn't want to let loose any of them, as they each have their pros and cons.  The LCD-2 and HE-6 have a little bigger soundstage than the HE-500 which sound a little more forward; but if I could get the impact, timbre and tone of the HE-6, LCD-2 or HE-500 with the huge soundstage size and sharp micro-detail of the HD800 then I'd have the perfect headphones.  

 

If I could only pick two of my dynamics but keep the SR-009 with Blue Hawaii, I'd pick the LCD-2 rev3 and HE-6 since the SR-009 with KGBH are like a smoother less fatiguing HD800, with good impact and great soundstage size.  

 

The problem is the LCD-2 sound best with my ZDT amp and the HE-6 really need the juice of the EF6 amp, although they're still good with the ZDT.  The EF6 amp is slightly more aggressive than what the LCD-2 call for, and the EF6 gain is a little higher than optimal as well, so there's not enough range on the volume unless using a pre-amp to affect the EF6 volume with the LCD-2.

^ I still look forward to your impressions Larry. And glad to have you back...hope you're feeling better! 

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Originally Posted by AiDee View Post

Junior mints, there's a thread called something like 'LCD2, LCD3, owners and the music they enjoy' IIRC.

And - as advertised - it is full of owners and their suggested albums!
thanks! I'll check that out and report back here once I've had a fair amount of lcd2 time!
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Originally Posted by mhorava View Post

I've had my LCD-2's for about six months now and couldn't be happier...I'm running them out of the Schiit Gungnir/Mjolnir combo with Norse Audio cable and interconnects and the sound is just orders of magnitude better than anything else I've ever heard.

 

To be fair, I jumped straight to these cans from the D2000's and TF10's so that's to be expected, but still...when I first heard these I was amazed at just how much better they sound. 

 

Anyway, long story short I'm a fan. :)

Same experience here I moved straight to the Audeze / Mjolnir / Gungnir from a set of Beyer DT990's which I was seriously disappointed with. But to be fair part of that problem may have been that [I think] they were insufficiently amped to try to shine. What ever that package got returned and now have my current rig and wow what a revelation. I would like to try a silver braid cable with it but still have serious doubts about whether there would be any real demonstrable gain in sonic performance but at least there may be some ergonomic and aesthetic benefits to be had I suppose...

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Also got a Q silk cable,can't really say what it has done for the sound,as I had too many things burning in at the same time,but egoronmics of the cable alone are almost worth the price alone.

 

Comparing the Q cotton to the Audeze stock, connecting/disconnecting them while playing songs from Abbey Road, I heard a subtle improvement across the board. Biggest thing was slighter bigger soundstage. Everything sounded a little better. A little.

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Originally Posted by Deverica Wolf View Post

 

Comparing the Q cotton to the Audeze stock, connecting/disconnecting them while playing songs from Abbey Road, I heard a subtle improvement across the board. Biggest thing was slighter bigger soundstage. Everything sounded a little better. A little.

A little is all you need!

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Any here would be interested in a trade with HE-400 for LCD2.2. Of course, I will top up cash into the headphone.

Please refer to this thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/658473/he-400-v2-for-lcd2-2-fostex-th600

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