OH MAN. LFD, eh?
Which model? How much? What else did you try first?
Someone over at SH suggested LFD to me for the HL5 as well.
K701 - DT880 - RP-DH1200 - Superlux HD668b - SR325is - D2000 - HD669
Matrix M-Stage - V-DAC II - DT880 - K701 - Vintage Technics SU-Z45
PS: The K701 have a band mod, it has k601's one.
Great pick. I'll be auditioning LFD for sure once the time comes to get either the CS600 or something else.
Didn't really consider it with the current rig because the Leben sounded instantly good to me and I just wanted it.
EDIT: And they have kick ass phono stages, too.
I don't think the majority of your tracks would shine on any DAC. Lotsa dubstep/EDM stuff there. Will likely need some reference tracks to tell the difference. Then again, if dubstep is the majority of your listening, a decent headphone out of a Macbook Pro would do just fine too (which is how I listen to the stuff at work).
At home, it's a different set of albums/tracks that I wind down with and definitely can tell the differences between playing on a low/mid-end DAC vs a higher end. Obviously the law of diminishing returns come into play in the high-end audio industry, but there are obvious differences.
I have no desire to keep searching after getting the WA2 and a stash of nice tubes. I've been listening to the HD650's for about 7 years and the WA2 squeezed everything I could ask for out of the HD650's. I'd like to get set of HD600's in the future, but otherwise, the WA2 and HD650's are it for me.
Yup, that's the PS Audio UPC 200 power conditioner.
Also, the cable is a Moon Audio Blue Dragon. Pretty decent cable, but not worth the price unless you can find one used. Stick with the stock HD650 cable, it isn't microphonic, is very durable, and doesn't have any major sonic issues.