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I've got mild tinnitus too, but it's mild enough that I only notice it when it's very quiet, like when I lay down at night to go to sleep. Normally there's enough of ambient noise that I don't notice it.

 

The LCD-2 is actually quite sturdy--at least mine is. The wood is fine and the blocks on mine never cracked, so even though I did get the replacement ones from Audez'e, I haven't had to use them. It's the heaviest headphone I own but it's comfortable. Some people are more sensitive to the weight though.

post #62 of 86

I got mild headache the first few days of use, but after a week, I'm used to it.

post #63 of 86

What's the length of that Stax cable ?


Edited by Audio-Omega - 1/31/11 at 4:00pm
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What's the length of that Stax cable ?



About 8 feet (2.5m)

post #65 of 86

Interesting thoughts on the O2 Mk2 vs LCD-2.

 

I want to listen to an LCD-2 and compare it to my O2 MK1 setup.  All the comments on the LCD-2 have peaked my interest.

post #66 of 86

^ good, let us know your thought as well.

post #67 of 86

Or even two thoughts, if you happen to have more than one. tongue.gif

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Interesting thoughts on the O2 Mk2 vs LCD-2.

 

I want to listen to an LCD-2 and compare it to my O2 MK1 setup.  All the comments on the LCD-2 have peaked my interest.

I finally received my O2s! To bad I still don't have an amp for it. =/

When I heard the LCD 2 and the O2s, I felt the LCD 2s were a very nice pair of headphones when compared to other dynamics, but they can't touch the O2s. Completely different league, completely different time zone. No dynamics can compete with the Omegas yet unless you like the heavy, pressured sound of dynamics more.

 

BTW great review Lunatique! You were so right about the elegance of Stax. It sold me to Stax too. I also got a Voxengo eq (your suggestion from another thread) and it's working wonderfully.


Edited by wind016 - 3/1/11 at 7:01pm
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I finally received my O2s! To bad I still don't have an amp for it. =/

When I heard the LCD 2 and the O2s, I felt the LCD 2s were a very nice pair of headphones when compared to other dynamics, but they can't touch the O2s. Completely different league, completely different time zone. No dynamics can compete with the Omegas yet unless you like the heavy, pressured sound of dynamics more.

 

BTW great review Lunatique! You were so right about the elegance of Stax. It sold me to Stax too. I also got a Voxengo eq (your suggestion from another thread) and it's working wonderfully.

 

Congrats! They are the MK2 correct?
 

 

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Congrats! They are the MK2 correct?
 

 

I bought the MK1s actually. Apparently I heard the MK1s, not the MK2s at the meet so I decided to purchase the same model that I fell in love with :)  I wish I could have heard the MK2s. I actually like how the MK2s look over the MK1. I doubt there would be much difference though.
 

 

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It probably would be my ideal as well, and I guess I shouldn't totally rule it out for the future. However, apart from the cost there's the fact that I'm 64 with (mild) tinnitus, and I'm not sure my ears deserve a $1000 headphone (A bit like that cartoon I saw once where the shop assistant in a hi-fi store is shouting at a customer, "I SAID, YOUR EARS DESERVE THE BEST, SIR!"). Also I have constructional concerns with the LCD-2. It doesn't look very sturdy, there have been early hiccups and even cracks in the wood.  It's something I think I may need to look at again in another 12 months.   



Ok, it's time to come clean and eat some of my words. A used LCD-2 came up on Ebay and I grabbed it, and frankly, apart from some comfort issues, I'm glad I did. Those who said it's the natural progression from the 650 are right; I recognised the sound signature the moment I put it on. I still had a period of adjustment; there were even moments when I wasn't sure I'd be keeping it, such was the unnatural, fetishistic hold the 650 had over me. However, I gradually came round, no doubt the LCD-2 burnt in a little more (the previous owner claimed 10 hours use), and now it's been officially crowned in Westminster Abbey as my new headphone. I still consider the 650 an all-time classic and wish I could afford to keep it, but I'm afraid I don't have the stratospheric budget of some here; and I'm not a believer in owning more than one phone anyway, except for the purposes Lunatique needs his for.

 

One thing surprises me. People keep calling the LCD dark, but I actually found them bright in the beginning, and even now don't wish for more treble. Or maybe I shouldn't be surprised, since I long ago tried all the favoured mid-price phones and found them much too bright--even the HD600. The 650 was the porridge that was just right for me, as the LCD-2 is now. My judgement of phones is based entirely on live accoustic music heard from a reasonable distance, and anyone who's been to a symphony concert or even just stood down the corner listening to the Salvation Army blasting out some hot gospel brass will know that phones like the Beyer 880, AKG K702, AT AD900, Denon D2000 or just about anything with GRADO on it are unrealistically sparkly. They may be accurate by other criteria, like standing onstage at a jazz club or rock concert, but by the criteria I use they just don't cut the mustard.

 

So there it is. A 650 owner bites the dust; an LCD-2 owner rises from the same dust, to be Biblical for a moment. All I have to do now is strengthen my neck muscles and find a way to reduce the clamping that's causing my head to become even more oval-shaped than it is. Anyone got any ideas on the latter?  

 

  

 


Edited by pp312 - 5/2/11 at 7:24pm
post #72 of 86

Which one has a better sound stage?

post #73 of 86

OmegaII

post #74 of 86

hmmm by a lot?  or just a little?  Would it justify the price of it?  I would like to get a set of cans.  I like the way the MK2 seems to sound but also is there a big difference in the Japan version and the world version?  I mean it was mentioned that the japan version was more... neutral sounding.  Does the MK2 only need to be run out of the star amps or would I need to have cables replaced for other amps.  They require a lot of amping don't they?

 

What about the LCD-3 is the sound stage still larger than it?


Edited by Hawaiiancerveza - 12/11/11 at 7:31pm
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Nothing? frown.gif

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