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Poll Results: Which is more important when using the Audeze LCD-2's?

Poll expired: Sep 24, 2013  
  • 17% (5)
    Amp
  • 82% (23)
    Source (DAC)
28 Total Votes  
post #16 of 22

Right now i'm using my http://us.store.creative.com/PCI-Express-Sound-Blaster-XFi-Titanium/M/B001BDPLJA.htm for my LCD2. I have the Woo 6Se coming soon... would spending money on source a diminishing return?

post #17 of 22

Some will say the source is most i.portant. Because it garbage in garbage out kind of principle. I think it is all important in a system. Als0 do not neglect the interconnect cable as the better your gear is the more noticeable differences you will hear

post #18 of 22

I've been switching sources and amps recently, with my LCD2s; originally I was using a Marantz CD5003 disc player, DACMagic, and Woo WA6SE.  Very good sound, but I was looking for an overall quieter background, inside and outside of the headphones.  

 

I'm now using a Mac Mini, with an AIFF iTunes library, going out to a Stage DAC and then to a Concerto.  Slightly different sound signature than with the Woo, but I'm liking it a lot.  Actually the difference in sound between these two amps is less than I thought it would be, but besides the music, there is now no other noise!  Totally black background.  

 

So for me, the source or the amp could be the most important; it would be whichever contributes most to the silence between the notes.  I may have a Woo for sale soon . . .

post #19 of 22

Am frankly surprised this has even come up.

 

When you are talking about planar headphones or speakers, amp is HUGELY important. More so than the source IMO. 

post #20 of 22


 

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Originally Posted by sachu View Post

Am frankly surprised this has even come up.

 

When you are talking about planar headphones or speakers, amp is HUGELY important. More so than the source IMO. 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Totally agree with this. The source always plays into an easier load; the amp. The input impedance of the amp will be around 47K which is easy for any bog standard op-amp to drive into. And yes, far easier a load than the beloved LCD-2s presents to most amplifiers. That doesn't mean to say both aren't important, it's just that the source always has the easier job.

post #21 of 22

Oh, and I should add that once you do have a decent amplifier that can handle the LCD-2s with aplomb, rather than get rid of the source one could try a few mods (systematically if budget is limited). Most commercial DACs are moddable quite easily; a few regulator upgrades can transform the sound most DACs and elevate the sound into high-end stratosphere. 

post #22 of 22

I'm have gone through quite some "pro" sound cards in my time. I personally would not go for something less than an Apogee or RME AD/DA converter. I own the latter and is the best sound I have had so far. I'm sure Apogee converters are better but I got a good deal on an RME ADI-8 Pro. 

 

Just my 2 cents...

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