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post #31 of 129

Hey Mike I appreciate your in depth response. Thanks a lot. I guess I´ll pull the trigger since my main concern was that the power output would not be enough. I´ll also get the black magic Q cable.

 

I´ll write my impressions as soon as I have some time with the rig.

post #32 of 129

That's cool, Bolardito!

 

I had pretty much concluded that Ian has THE transportable LCD-2 rig of choice, given the outstanding reputation of both the CLAS and the Stepdance, but that Lisa III could actually kick things up a notch further still.  I know of people out there who have the CLAS or they have the Lisa III or they have the LCD-2, but I don't know of anyone using all of these components together.  (Not that  I get around much!)

 

Ian will be interested in your impressions as well, I'm sure.  Do post a picture of your stack when you get it assembled!

 

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Mike

post #33 of 129
Thanks Mike!

Bolardito. I too still toy with the idea of the Lisa III, I will be very interested in your views on the synergy, something tells me it will be excellent. Thanks to Mike's tireless work on the subject of power supplies for the stepdance I now enjoy a quite remarkable sound with my rig. This is not only a proud owners view but a number of folks with nice equipment have heard my set up and can't believe so much can come from a portable amp and portable system.

The ultimate accolade has come from well worn HiFi salesman! One of them once called to a colleague and said. "Eh, come listen to a $100,000 portable HiFi"! ( I make no apologies for repeating that as I loved his comment as you can imagine!).

I can highly recommend the Stepdance and safely recommend the new one coming as Jan has said it is all but the same as the original with a few tweeks. The extra weight of the battery pack is worth it. It makes a wonderful amp a stunning amp. I just wish Skylab could have tried the Stepdance with the external battery pack and given his thoughts. Mike and I both have the feeling the race would have been even closer than it was!

I still look at the Lisa and may bite the bullet one day. I like the design ethos of it.. Who knows!
Edited by ianmedium - 6/13/11 at 9:24pm
post #34 of 129

Yeah, I wish I had been there to hear that salesman's comment!

 

It's so true!

 

Mike

post #35 of 129
The DACPort does great with the LCD if y are off a laptop and don't need self-powered amps. I find 650mW to be more than adequate, but I also don't go for LOUD.

The D12 was not adequate, it felt on the edge at normal volumes, especially if it was bass heavy. I am upgrading to a D6.

I like having the DAC/amp as the resolution is high enough to hear the improvement.
post #36 of 129
Have any of you compared the Lisa III to the DACPort, btw?
post #37 of 129

I have a Dacport and love it with my LCD-2's

post #38 of 129

Hey guys, new to the forum but a bit of a lurker, but I didn't want to start a new topic since this one will more or less address my question. I recently purchased some LCD-2s as my first big jump into audiophile-ness, and I'm loving them, but I'm definitely aware that my portable amp needs an upgrade for these phones (It's currently an E7, which can actually drive them fine as far as volume is concerned, but I feel like I'm missing a significant amount of quality by not having a better amp).

 

If I'm on a bit of a budget, it looks like the Stepdance is the best way to go, but I saw that the 2Stepdance just recently came out. Has anybody tried this with their LCD-2's yet, and if so, is it as good? The sound signature is supposed to be identical, just with a thinner case and better power consumption. Either option I'm assuming is leagues ahead of using an E7.

 

Also, pardon my naivety, but I keep seeing the term "CLAS". What exactly is this?

 

Thanks in advance for any replies. The world of audiophile is a lot to take in over a short while.

post #39 of 129
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Hey guys, new to the forum but a bit of a lurker, but I didn't want to start a new topic since this one will more or less address my question. I recently purchased some LCD-2s as my first big jump into audiophile-ness, and I'm loving them, but I'm definitely aware that my portable amp needs an upgrade for these phones (It's currently an E7, which can actually drive them fine as far as volume is concerned, but I feel like I'm missing a significant amount of quality by not having a better amp).

 

If I'm on a bit of a budget, it looks like the Stepdance is the best way to go, but I saw that the 2Stepdance just recently came out. Has anybody tried this with their LCD-2's yet, and if so, is it as good? The sound signature is supposed to be identical, just with a thinner case and better power consumption. Either option I'm assuming is leagues ahead of using an E7.

 

Also, pardon my naivety, but I keep seeing the term "CLAS". What exactly is this?

 

Thanks in advance for any replies. The world of audiophile is a lot to take in over a short while.


Do you have to have portable amplification?  You will get much better bang for your buck if you forgo the portable thing.

 

post #40 of 129

Anyone tried the Audeze'e with the TTVJ Slim?

post #41 of 129

 

PinSquid,
 

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Also, pardon my naivety, but I keep seeing the term "CLAS". What exactly is this?

 

"CLAS" is the acronym for Cypher Labs AlgoRhythm Solo:  http://www.cypherlabs.com/

 

Mike

 

post #42 of 129
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Do you have to have portable amplification?  You will get much better bang for your buck if you forgo the portable thing.

 


I do, unfortunately, although if you have any recommendations for desktop amps I'd like to hear it. It's just that right now, and probably for the next few years, I'll be on the move a good deal.

 



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PinSquid,
 

 

"CLAS" is the acronym for Cypher Labs AlgoRhythm Solo:  http://www.cypherlabs.com/

 

Mike

 


 

Thanks very much. I never knew that was the proper acronym for that.

post #43 of 129

Hey I just wanted to ask if the ALO RX Mk2 is capable of juicing up the LCD-2 
Since I intend to buy the LCD2 in the near future.

Thanks!

post #44 of 129
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Hey I just wanted to ask if the ALO RX Mk2 is capable of juicing up the LCD-2 
Since I intend to buy the LCD2 in the near future.

Thanks!

I found the ALO Rx to work surprisingly well with the LCD-2s.  Clean and balanced, with surprising dynamics from a portable.  From what I've read the Meier Stepdance is supposed to do well also, but I haven't heard it and I own the Rx and the LCD-2s.
 

 

post #45 of 129

I find my RSA SR-71B with CLAS drives the LCD-2 better than RX Mk-2.    More punch and especially great for rock and pop music.   

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