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post #5011 of 6609
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Originally Posted by Chris_Himself View Post
 

 

So basically technology only recently caught up to your demand for headphones since then? LOL

 

2008 was better, it was easier to pick the good gear because we had brand camps, and pretty much the flagship of all of them are good and everybody had a grand ol' time trying to convince each other theirs was better even though they were all pretty balanced in different ways. Now we have orthos vs HD800, while HD650/HD600 and DT880 are just mid-tier solely because of their pricepoints which if you go back and revisit them and gave them an honest listen, you'd probably do alright.

 

In 2008 I would have never thought my gear would have evolved the way it did.. nor would I become an MOT haha.


Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 10:02pm
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I've powered my LCD2's and other LCD2's using nearly all the well-regarded amp's mentioned here MLE is spot on with the sound improvements a 10% subtle improvement here and there. Thing's changed when I received my Marantz PM-32 integrated amp, a night and day difference because not only did this amp give my modded rev.1's a kick in the butt with the sound, but it also offers bass and treble control. What's even more cool is that I haven't run these badasses off speaker taps yet.

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I still stand by the Magni as a great match for the LCD2's. $99 amp for a $1000 headphone. Theres no rules in this hobby, its all trial and error. But its very easy to get caught up in spending and spending looking for better and better. End of the day, if it sounds good don't fix it. No matter what anyone says.

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If 10% is a subtle improvement - I'll pay for that all day long. eek.gif

 

10% in this hobby is not subtle..  Depending on the headphone, that can be a make or break difference.

 

The LCD-2 are amp sluts anyway.  Now the LCD-3 is a different story.

 

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post #5015 of 6609
I think 10% is overstating the differences. In any case, even if it was 10%, you're basically paying an extra $100 for each percentage, when I'm sure most desktop amps already bring you over 90% of their potential sound. Anything after, you're paying for amp colorations and what they do to the LCD2, not what the LCD2 sounds like itself, IMHO.
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

, you're basically paying an extra $100 for each percentage,

 

How did you come up with that math?

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I don't know. HD800 and HE-6 are fickle. And can sound 'drastically' different.

 

As prep said "LCD-2 is an amp slut."

 

More importantly the LCD-2's just don't scale as much with gear.

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I don't know. HD800 and HE-6 are fickle. And can sound 'drastically' different.

 

As prep said "LCD-2 is an amp slut."

 

More importantly the LCD-2's just don't scale as much with gear.

 

 

Spot on...

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How did you come up with that math?

Figuratively. If any amp worth their salt gets the LCD2 at a theoretical 90% of their potential (i.e. $100 Magni), and you compare it to a $1000 amp that gets you to 100% of their potential, well then... do I need to do the math for you?

The LCD2 is no HE-6, no HD650, no HD800 in terms of amping.

But people will spew hyperbole just to justify spending so much on gear.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 5/4/13 at 6:28am
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Figuratively. If any amp worth their salt gets the LCD2 at a theoretical 90% of their potential (i.e. $100 Magni), and you compare it to a $1000 amp that gets you to 100% of their potential, well then... do I need to do the match for you?

Well yeah - when you never mentioned what your putting a price tag on.  To just pull $100 for each percent out your $%$%  was very misleading.

post #5021 of 6609
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More importantly the LCD-2's just don't scale as much with gear.

Unfortunately true, which is why I went after bass and treble dials :D

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It wasn't a factual calculation. I'm saying if you start out at 90% with a budget desktop amp like the Magni and end at 100% with some ridiculously expensive amp, the prices/percentages in between aren't that important. It's all gonna be in the realm of 90-100%. You're essentially paying hundreds per percentages.

Why so serious?

In any case, using my Marantz receiver achieved basically the same SQ as SA-31 and Compass 2, barring very slight changes, that tbh aren't even woeth mentioning.

The LCD2 is an amp slut, and will sound good off anything that isn't utter trash.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 5/4/13 at 6:36am
post #5023 of 6609

Not serious.  Was just confused..  It's all good..wink_face.gif

post #5024 of 6609

LCD-2 = Amp Slut

 

LOL. Still gets me everytime. very_evil_smiley.gif

post #5025 of 6609

Honestly, LCD's sound good out of an MP3 player, but I have found they scale pretty well going from no-amp, to HR Mico Amp, to vintage receiver, to Decware Taboo.  

 

If you're in the market for an amp for your Audeze's and haven't tried a vintage (1970's) amp, you should.  Even if you don't end up with one, it'll give you an idea of what planars can do when given enough power.  I think you can do better than one of these beasts nowadays, but it'll cost you, probably a lot.

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