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post #46 of 125

I use my LCD2 Rev.2 with Graham Slee Voyager. It sounds great... very neutral sound. But LCD2 sounds so much better with my Graham Slee Solo UL. However, it's not in the portable amp category. I might try RSA SR-71A or SR-71B in the future.

post #47 of 125

and the ALO continental?  how does this compare?

post #48 of 125

I don't like the ALO Rx MK2 with the LCD-2. It sounded a bit dry in them...SR71B is much better, with a warm tonality. I will have to try 2Stepdance tomorrow.

post #49 of 125
Anyone have any information towards LCD2 + AHA120 combo? Looks like the new TriadAudio L3 is even better than the Lisa III so right now it's:

SR71B vs. 15volt Stepdance vs. L3 (vs. AHA 120?)
post #50 of 125

I have been lurking in the forums for a while and have yet to post so here goes...

 

Sorry if I'm highjacking the htread but I couldn't post a seperate thread on a related topic (maybe my post count wasn't high enough?).

 

I keep seeing talk of portable amps and DAC's with the LCD-2's - what about the player itself? What are you good people using?

 

The reason I ask this is because given the cost of portable amps, I think I will go with a desk-top first, then a portable later. If you don't have the option of having the portable amp available for whatever reason (cost, inconvenience of carrying etc..), what player would you guys recommend?

 


Edited by samthedog - 9/7/11 at 11:19pm
post #51 of 125
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Originally Posted by samthedog View Post

I have been lurking in the forums for a while and have yet to post so here goes...

 

Sorry if I'm highjacking the htread but I couldn't post a seperate thread on a related topic (maybe my post count wasn't high enough?).

 

I keep seeing talk of portable amps and DAC's with the LCD-2's - what about the player itself? What are you good people using?

 

The reason I ask this is because given the cost of portable amps, I think I will go with a desk-top first, then a portable later. If you don't have the option of having the portable amp available for whatever reason (cost, inconvenience of carrying etc..), what player would you guys recommend?

 


Some here use an iDevice with a CLAS (Cypherlabs Algorhythm Solo) paired with an amp.
Some may use a Hifiman HM-801 with an amp.
Some may use an iDevice with an HP-P1 with an amp.

Cowon J3, Fiio E7, or a Sansa Clip is good to use without a DAC.

If you cannot get an amp, that really just boils down to your being limited in what headphones to use. I've heard that the LCD2 "could" be driven by just an iPod. However, you'll be missing out on what these beasts can do. That leads to the question of, why did you buy a $1000 headphone if you're not going to drive it with an amp and make the most use out of it? smily_headphones1.gif

Good luck!
post #52 of 125

Thanks for the reply GG. No, I have a full-size amp at home which would be used with the LCD-2's, however I was more curious for an option at work. Sometimes I just want a little luxury while on the job but since this hobby requires so much cash, I am not willing to sell a kidney at the moment to get the cans + portable amp combo at the moment.

 

Theoretically, I could get better sound with some HD650's AND a portable amp like the RSA Predator for the same cost as the LCD-2's on their own. ****, why does there have to be so much choice? I was looking for a Henry Ford type choice (you can have any colour you want, as long as it's black).

post #53 of 125

Theoretically, you'd still get better sound out of the LCD-2 no matter which player/amp you choose if you're comparing it to the HD650.


Edited by grokit - 9/9/11 at 1:35am
post #54 of 125
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Theoretically, you'd still get better sound out of the LCD-2 no matter which player/amp you choose if you're comparing it to the HD650.


Got any suggestions, or info on portable amps with LCD2?
post #55 of 125

IMO, after trying quite a few of the portable amps, the rsa 71b in balanced mode is by the best for the LCD 2s (even better with the HE-6 though)

post #56 of 125

I've heard great things about the LCD-2/71B combo. What about the iBasso PB1/PB2 balanced portables, did you get a chance to compare?

post #57 of 125

I owned the rxmkII and did not feel that it synergized well at all the the LCD-2

 

the SR71-B on the other hand is a really great match.  I bought it after reading Skylab's "requiem"  portable amp comparison where he compared the L3, stepdance, and sr71b and came to the conclusion that in balanced mode, the sr71b was the best.  

 

Having tried the sr71b in single ended mode for several days before i reterminated to the balanced mode, i have to say i was surprised at just how much better the LCD-2's sounded in balanced mode.  I was expecting the kind of difference where i would be questioning if anything really happened or not, but this was very easy to hear and very pleasing.

 

I cant recommend this combo enough.   i currently use an ipod touch 4g with equalizer app - LOD - sr71b balanced end - LCD-2.   I'm almost certain i'm going to cave and buy a CLAS, and cant imagine what i'm in for then. 


Edited by Br777 - 9/9/11 at 7:03pm
post #58 of 125

Dudes - I am looking for the ultimate bad arse portable combo for the LCD2, so I can use it in office and at the same time be able to carry it around in my luggage during my vacation and use the Energizer XP8000 to charge the devices.

 

I currently have the following portable stuff:

 

Digital transport: iPhone4, iPad2

IStuff DAC: CLAS, Fostex HP-P1

Amps: Meier Stepdance (15V), SR71A

Headphone intended to drive: LCD2. I also have the T5p and ED10 but the main focus is to drive the LCD2 well.

 

My question:

Would a full balanced setup using the SR71B be an upgrade over the above combos I have? I would need to add an iBasso thing in between the CLAS/Fostex and the SR71B to give the SR71B fully balanced input. I will also need to buy the SR71B-LCD2 cable from ALO. As my vacation is drawing near I may need to use a 3.5mm-SR71B connector first - would it defeat the purpose of balanced output from the SR71B?

 

In short, would this contemplated combo:

 

iPhone/iPad -> CLAS/Fostex -> digital out to iBasso -> Balanced out to SR71B -> Balanced output to LCD2

 

be a considerable step up over my current office rig, i.e.

 

iPhone/iPad -> CLAS/Fostex -> L/O to SR71A / 15V Stepdance?

 

How about changing the amp to Lisa 3?

 

Thanks all !!!

post #59 of 125

 

Girls Generation has been pursuing almost the exact same question, and although he/she hasn't heard the fully balanced SR71B setup yet, he/she has been soliciting a lot of advice from other people - researching it very thoroughly, in my opinion - with an admirable degree of diligence and persistence.  

 

You might want to PM Girls Generation and ask why he/she concluded that the fully balanced SR71B setup would be superior - and ask for names of people on whom GG is relying for their opinions.  I think Warp08 is among them.

 

Mike

post #60 of 125

 

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iPhone/iPad -> CLAS/Fostex -> digital out to iBasso -> Balanced out to SR71B -> Balanced output to LCD2

 

What's the "iBasso thing"?

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