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post #226 of 951

Just thought I'd chime in here since I'm hearing people using the D1 with the LCD-2.  I went to a head-fi meet a few months back and tried the LCD-2 with the D1 headphone amp, and while it was able to drive the LCD-2, other headphone amps did a better job at it; so just food for thought if you want to use the D1 for the DAC and go into a dedicated headphone amp you will get slightly better results, at least IMO. :)  Still a great unit and will suffice, but if you are looking for that last bit of high end refinement, you can get a bit better sound out of the LCD-2s'.

post #227 of 951

It was probably your Anedio D1 in this meet, it is close to girl with quite nice body bigsmile_face.gif she seems like guardian of your Anedio. Anyway it is shame that nobody wrote something about D1 in this NYC meet. 
 

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Edited by knopi - 4/26/11 at 6:15am
post #228 of 951
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Just thought I'd chime in here since I'm hearing people using the D1 with the LCD-2.  I went to a head-fi meet a few months back and tried the LCD-2 with the D1 headphone amp, and while it was able to drive the LCD-2, other headphone amps did a better job at it; so just food for thought if you want to use the D1 for the DAC and go into a dedicated headphone amp you will get slightly better results, at least IMO. :)  Still a great unit and will suffice, but if you are looking for that last bit of high end refinement, you can get a bit better sound out of the LCD-2s'.


The LCD-2s sound better than my 650s directly out of the D1 imo. If there is actually something to be gained from the Lyr with the LCD-2s then maybe...just maybe I could stop spending more $$ in the pursuit of that certain sound I'm looking for. (for awhile, anyway.)wink_face.gif


Edited by Balmoral - 4/26/11 at 8:07am
post #229 of 951
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It was probably your Anedio D1 in this meet, it is close to girl with quite nice body bigsmile_face.gif she seems like guardian of your Anedio. Anyway it is shame that nobody wrote something about D1 in this NYC meet. 
 

Yeah, well - apparently sitting right next to red wine audio didn't do good for the Anedio as people just walked right past it.  Also, I didn't have any headphones already going, so people had to bring their own - which apparently isn't what most people were looking to do, they mostly wanted to hear just the headphones.  But, I did learn a lot about the headphone amp in the Anedio, it just isn't at it's best with these harder to drive headphones - LCD2 HE5/HE6, etc.

 

Oh the girl is my wife, thanks. LOL, maybe she scared people away haha.

 

post #230 of 951

So I hooked up my M-Stage in the chain and kept swapping the LCD-2s back and forth between the D1 and the matrix. One thing I noticed is that the bass seems to hit harder with the matrix, but not quite as clear...a tad muddy for a lack of a better term.  The sound stage almost seems to have collapsed just a bit too.  It doesn't sound bad by any means, but I do think the D1 internal amp is a fair bit more transparent and accurate, but I also think that soulrider4ever is right...you may need a dedicated headphone amp for this combo, unfortunately the M-Stage isn't the combo for me...others may disagree with this though. It's all about the individuals taste after all.

 

I'm hoping the Lyr can really help these things perform to the level that I believe the LCD-2s are capable of.smile.gif


Edited by Balmoral - 4/26/11 at 8:53pm
post #231 of 951
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Oh the girl is my wife, thanks. LOL, maybe she scared people away haha.

 



:thumbsup:

 

I've finally gotten around to completely reading through this thread, and have to say good work doods. The Anedio is now on my short list of possible upgrades. In no particular order:

 

- AGD R7.1

- Anedio 

- Neko

- intrigued with the PS Audio PWD

post #232 of 951

 

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:thumbsup:

 

I've finally gotten around to completely reading through this thread, and have to say good work doods. The Anedio is now on my short list of possible upgrades. In no particular order:

 

- AGD R7.1

- Anedio 

- Neko

- intrigued with the PS Audio PWD


I'd be glad if you joined the club biggrin.gif pigmode

 

post #233 of 951
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I'd be glad if you joined the club biggrin.gif pigmode

 



Thanks wind16. I'm pretty excited with building up a new system, with an open mind and a willingness to experiment.

post #234 of 951

^ +1 to the D1's transparency and accuracy.  D1 are seriously detailed and spacious. :D

( but sadly my miracle is still note here !! :O

post #235 of 951
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I've finally gotten around to completely reading through this thread, and have to say good work doods. The Anedio is now on my short list of possible upgrades. In no particular order:

 

- AGD R7.1

- Anedio 

- Neko

- intrigued with the PS Audio PWD



Two of your shortlist are on mine, watching this thread like a hawk for anything W4S vs D1 related.

 

Edit: Buying the Eastern Electric Minimax DAC.


Edited by jfiveeight - 5/1/11 at 8:22am
post #236 of 951

How does this compare to a Grace m902?  I'm getting ready to bite the bullet and buy a amp/dac (combo/or separate) with about a $1000-$1300 budget and after hearing my friend's Grace was about to buy one until I saw a few recommendations for one of these.  Has anyone heard them both and strongly prefer one over the other.  I'll admit that I like the sound of the Grace, but realize it's not perfect, and there are lots of things that could be made better about it.  I've heard recommendations for a Burson 160D and several others including the Anedio D1.  Keep in mind that I won't have money left for a dedicated amp so unless the amp in the D1 is in the same class as the DAC I'll probably have to look elsewhere.

post #237 of 951

I haven't heard the Grace, but I can say that for the headphones you have listed the Anedio would sound awesome.  If you intend to go the ortho route or some of the higher ohm headphones at any point you may feel that the amp section would be lacking somewhat.  The LCD-2s for instance sound very good with it, but I believe something with more oomph will take them to the next level.

 

Best of luck in whatever you choose.smile.gif

post #238 of 951

This seems to be a great match with Audio Technica headphones without extra amping.

That gives me more option in the future

For now I'm thinking of using it only as a DAC and feed it to a DNA Sonett and then LCD-2.

post #239 of 951
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This seems to be a great match with Audio Technica headphones without extra amping.

That gives me more option in the future

For now I'm thinking of using it only as a DAC and feed it to a DNA Sonett and then LCD-2.


i woudlnt recommend the sonett for the LCD-2's, it doesnt have the power. i tried the combo at canjam

 

post #240 of 951
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How does this compare to a Grace m902?  I'm getting ready to bite the bullet and buy a amp/dac (combo/or separate) with about a $1000-$1300 budget and after hearing my friend's Grace was about to buy one until I saw a few recommendations for one of these.  Has anyone heard them both and strongly prefer one over the other.  I'll admit that I like the sound of the Grace, but realize it's not perfect, and there are lots of things that could be made better about it.  I've heard recommendations for a Burson 160D and several others including the Anedio D1.  Keep in mind that I won't have money left for a dedicated amp so unless the amp in the D1 is in the same class as the DAC I'll probably have to look elsewhere.


I owned the m902 for a while back when it was first released. Very solid unit that has a lot to offer. I felt it was definitely worth the asking price. As a DAC I felt it was just "average"..... By that I mean performing as you would expect a ~$1500 unit to perform..... and by that I mean very good but not "knock your socks off" amazing. The amp section is another story though. It's not exactly neutral, but for a fun warm amp it is one of my favorites. 

 

It's worth noting that the USB input on the Grace is significantly worse than the other options. I believe that was reflected in the measurements when Stereophile did a review (not that their measurements are perfect, but you get the idea). If you plan on using USB as your primary input, you would want to invest in a good USB to SPDIF converter. 

 

Used as just a DAC, I rank the Anedio on a whole different level from the Grace. Both have great amp sections, with the Anedio being more neutral and accurate, and the Grace being warmer and more smoothed over. Back when I had the Grace I didn't have any hard to drive headphones so I don't know which amp section is more powerful though. 

 

 

 

 

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