Not yet... I have been focusing on the gear of the portable chain. Once settled I will perform tests on different portable DACs / amps combos for my LCD2, T5P, ED10 and custom IEMs.
Just got back from vacation and bought the iBasso DB2. My interconnects for the SR71B and the balanced cable for LCD2 should have arrived at my office.
I believe the Esoteric K-01 -> BHSE -> SR009 combo is close to being the ultimate desktop headphone system. I have yet to order BHSE though, need them to resolve the time issue first - so far, just using the SRM727ii, the SR009 still beats the LCD2 hands down by miles.
I also suspect my true balanced portable combo is close to the best portable headphone system, with the chain being:
iPhone4 / iPad2 -> ALO iPhone USB interconnect -> CLAS -> Black Dragon short coaxial cable -> iBasso DB2 -> Black Dragon iBasso to SR71B balanced interconnect -> SR71B -> ALO AWG22 LCD2 Balanced Cable for SR71B -> LCD2
Will test this out tomorrow - stay tuned.
2 very exciting set-up indeed googleli !
Some questions for you:
- It looks like you finally removed the iBasso DB2 from the chain "iPhone4 / iPad2 -> CLAS -> iBasso DB2 -> SR71B -> ALO AWG22 LCD2 Balanced Cable for SR71B -> LCD2" ? --> Does it mean that the advantage of the Ballanced imput for the SR71B (the iBasso) was not noticable and that CLAS + SR71 is good enough ?
- HAve you tested the ALO rx MK3 amp against the SR71B ? it also provide ballanced output and add a "bass control" and... it looks like it has beed designed to stack perfectly with the CLAS. ?
- I am myself quite tempted by the BHSE, but you make me nervous: What do you mean by " I have yet to order BHSE though, need them to resolve the time issue first".
- I was considering the SR007 instead of the SR009. Is SR009 really better ? I read that some people find it too analytical compared to the "warmer" SR007 ?
- For portable gear, I was considering the LCD-02 rather than the LCD-03. Not for a cost issue, but from the impressions I got between the LCD-2 and LCD-3. Sometime progress is going backward. What do you think ?
- Does the Ballanced output-cable makes a real difference for the LCD-2 compared to simple output ? Does it change the soundstage ?
thanks in advance and sorry for all those questions...
Edited by bmichels - 9/12/12 at 8:04am