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LCD-2 on Zana Deux?

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Thread Starter 

Has anyone experience pairing the LCD-2s to an EC Zana Deux?  I'm curious as I am considering these 'phones and wonder how they would work with my EC HD300.  Granted these are different amps but are close enough for generalization.

 

Steve

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My order is in for the LCD-2's, so hopefully in a few weeks I will be able to make some comments.  I'm sure others have plugged them into the Zana Deux.  I would be interested in what they have to say as well.

 

 

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Steve, they sound great out of the Zana Deux, make sure you set to High Impedence if you can.  I felt they had a tiny bit of brightness to them but my listening buddy begged to differ but we also disagreed on the effect of the aftermarket cable!  That said I'd like to acquire a pair.

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Originally Posted by Mr.Sneis View Post

Steve, they sound great out of the Zana Deux, make sure you set to High Impedence if you can.  I felt they had a tiny bit of brightness to them but my listening buddy begged to differ but we also disagreed on the effect of the aftermarket cable!  That said I'd like to acquire a pair.



 

HA HA HA Hey now!   :)

 

I had a chance to listen to the LCD-1 on both the Zana Deux and the Zana Deux Transformer models. I preferred the ZDT with the LCD-1. The ZDT had more authority and control over the planar driver. I'm not sure if the LCD-2 would create the same results with those amps though.

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I don't think the EC300 shares much with the Zana Deux. Isn't the EC300 a 6AS7 amp driven by a 6SL7? The 6C33C is an entirely different beast in a very different circuit.
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Thread Starter 

Erik:

 

Understood about the effects of topolgy on the sound. These two amps are close in output  / drive capabilities so I thought there was some relevance.  I can tailor the sound of the 300 through applications of various 6SN7 and 6AS7/ 6080 tubes.  Thanks for the response!

 

Steve

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I don't think the EC300 shares much with the Zana Deux. Isn't the EC300 a 6AS7 amp driven by a 6SL7? The 6C33C is an entirely different beast in a very different circuit.


Welcome back Erik...hope you had a great time!

 

Have you had a chance to listen to the Zana Deux with the LCD-2s?

post #8 of 16
Thanks, and we had a blast! Got back in around 7:30 this morning, hit the office, and am finally at the bar and trying to catch up on everything.

No, I didn't get a chance to try the LCD2 with the Zana. If I recall, Dallan has the LCD2 and I know he has a Zana. He's heard a lot of gear and gives good opinions, so I'd look back through his posts.
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Thanks, and we had a blast! Got back in around 7:30 this morning, hit the office, and am finally at the bar and trying to catch up on everything.

No, I didn't get a chance to try the LCD2 with the Zana. If I recall, Dallan has the LCD2 and I know he has a Zana. He's heard a lot of gear and gives good opinions, so I'd look back through his posts.


Glad to hear you had a great time!

 

Thanks for your response!

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I have the LCD2 with balanced silver clad Zeus copper cable and used it with the ZDT.  The LCD2 sound terrific in this

setting.  I have also  used the LCD2 with the Twag cable  with a very good result and is much better than the stock cable.

The ZDT can drive the LCD2 easily  at 9-10 o'clockand .  I listened with rock or metal music e.g. Pink Floyd, Rush, AC/DC, Metallica

 the ZDT can drive the LCD2 with authority and control.    It's like driving the LCD2 with a solid state amplifier .

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Enjoying the LCD-2 now with my new Zana Deux.  My initial impressions are excellent.  Still rolling various driver tubes but Iiking it better than the Leben.

post #12 of 16

it works well with the BA.

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I don't own either.  Recently I was able to listen for about 30 uninterrupted minutes to the LCD-2 with the Zana Deux and they played very nice together. Based on that short non-meet listen I would recommend the combo. 

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I've got an LCD-2 and ZD.  For the most part I like the pairing, although I think the ZD sounds best with hi-imp phones like the Senn 650.  My Violectric 200 drives the LCD with more authority/impact.  The ZD adds to the top end of the LCD-2, offering more detail and a larger soundstage vs the V200.  I usually prefer the V200 for rock and ZD for accoustic/vocals when listening to the LCD-2.  

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Enjoying the LCD-2 now with my new Zana Deux.  My initial impressions are excellent.  Still rolling various driver tubes but Iiking it better than the Leben.

 

 

My favorites, and I've tried a bunch, are the 1957 Valvos and short brown base Mullard ECC35's.  

 

It's funny,  I'm actually selling my ZD to fund the purchase of a Leben since I've heard it drives planar headphones so well, and I've gone almost exclusively with the LCD-2 and HE-6 as of late.  Maybe I'll hang onto the ZD to compare them side by side, although I already know the ZD cannot drive the HE-6 properly.   

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