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My balanced cables arrived......WOW. What a difference. Output is MUCH greater. Bass is much tighter too and slamming. This is more in line with what I was originally expecting. I'm willing to give this amp more time now to impress. I was ready to return it. I even have my RMA number from Audio Advisor but I think I will wait for now.

Haha! It is quite a wonderful amp. And yes the balanced output shows the true nature of the beast. smily_headphones1.gif
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This amp has brought new life to my Grado 325 cans. I enjoy the grado sound but I find the cans uncomfortable. Listening to these via the BHA-1 is like getting a new set of Grado's. I've been quite happy and pleasantly surprised by this amp since going balanced. I've decided to keep it.

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This amp has brought new life to my Grado 325 cans. I enjoy the grado sound but I find the cans uncomfortable. Listening to these via the BHA-1 is like getting a new set of Grado's. I've been quite happy and pleasantly surprised by this amp since going balanced. I've decided to keep it.

 

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Haha! It is quite a wonderful amp. And yes the balanced output shows the true nature of the beast. smily_headphones1.gif

 

Which DAC(s) do you like most with your BHA-1 and LCD-2?

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Which DAC(s) do you like most with your BHA-1 and LCD-2?

I'm using the Bricasti M1. While it's been upgraded these couple of weeks, I'm using the Aurender Flow as stand in DAC. smily_headphones1.gif
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I'm using the Bricasti M1. While it's been upgraded these couple of weeks, I'm using the Aurender Flow as stand in DAC. smily_headphones1.gif

 

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I'm using the Bricasti M1. While it's been upgraded these couple of weeks, I'm using the Aurender Flow as stand in DAC. smily_headphones1.gif

Thanks.

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Thanks.

No worries. smily_headphones1.gif
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Report:  Bryston BHA-1 running Sennheiser HD800 and Audeze LCD-X

 

My BHA-1 just arrived yesterday, and I've had headphones glued to my head since it arrived.  I've been enjoying the sound of a high-quality balanced amp on both my Senn's and LCD-Xs.

 

The sound on both cans is amazing -- ironically, it closed the gaps between both headphones. I originally got the LCD-X to offer a counter-point to the airy, open sound of the Sennheisers.  But on this Bryston amp, it filled in the gaps of the lower registers of the HD800s, and seem to have cleaned up the sound of the LCD-X a bit (sound a touch more accurate).  On the previous amp (Benchmark DAC2 HGC), both cans sounded great, but each had a distinct "character".  On the Bryston, they ironically sound much more similar -- although each one is a clear improvement, so I'm not at all complaining.

 

TL;DR: For anyone looking at this amp for either the HD800 or LCD-X, all I can say is "Wow, holycr4p!"

 

Does it mean Bryston / LCD-X pairing is more on the analytical side?

 

Please help me because I've read many reports about Bryston and noticed that opinions vary from Bryston being musical to analytical sounding. I suppose it's because Bryston is very neutral and people describing their impressions are describing more their headphone sound than Bryston.

 

Anyway, LCD-X are very neutral too and I am afraid that Bryston / LCD-X pairing might be too analytical sounding for me. Could you please share your impressions? (Unfortunately I don't have an easy way to listen to Bryston in my country so I will base my decision on impressions and opinions of others). Thanks!

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Which DAC(s) do you like most with your BHA-1 and LCD-2?


My DAC needs to be as transparent as possible and I have found that in my Pagoda.

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Does it mean Bryston / LCD-X pairing is more on the analytical side?

 

Please help me because I've read many reports about Bryston and noticed that opinions vary from Bryston being musical to analytical sounding. I suppose it's because Bryston is very neutral and people describing their impressions are describing more their headphone sound than Bryston.

 

Anyway, LCD-X are very neutral too and I am afraid that Bryston / LCD-X pairing might be too analytical sounding for me. Could you please share your impressions? (Unfortunately I don't have an easy way to listen to Bryston in my country so I will base my decision on impressions and opinions of others). Thanks!


In my experience with the BHA-1 I would say it is as transparent as any amp I have heard. Musical? IMO musical means colored. The Bryston is not that in any way. It lets you hear exactly what the source provides. If the source is musical...then that is what you get. It is a very neutral sounding amp. Clarity, power, accurate, and ultimately lovely.

 

In my chain: Rotel CD player & PC to Pagoda to Bryston...to LCD2. Everything in the chain is neutral and transparent till you hit the cans. And isn't that the point of headphones? When I buy the different cans I own I buy them for their sound signature. I want everything in my chain to send to the cans the music as it was intended and then let the cans change the sound for better or worse.


Edited by Amish - 3/14/15 at 12:53am
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