Hi can i ask how/where do i find cheap cables to fit my LCD-2 rev 3 to try to compare the sound to stock cable?
i can't find any 4-pin -> 3.5mm cables anywhere ... thanks!
I doubt you will. The stock cables are very good. I own Q-cable for mine and they are great. The only real reason I switched cables is I didn't like how they looked.
Funny, I just spent some time yesterday with my hd600's and had a really difficult time listening to them. They're amazing for the price, but I couldn't find any music (I listen to most genres with the exception of classical or jazz) where I preferred the hd600 to the LCD 2.2. The hd600 simply lacks the transparency, extension and dynamics to keep up. It's not really a knock, considering they cost less than half the price, but the difference was blindingly obvious. Yes, the treble is a bit more prominent, but it felt so....artificial. On the WA7 I find the soundstage width to be very close between these two headphones. The soundstage depth of the LCD 2.2 is a different story however; to my ear it provides a much deeper frontal image that is significantly more out-of-head. I also find the the LCD 2.2 to be far more holographic.
In reference to my earlier post you quoted, after spending a couple of weeks listening to my LCD 2.2 (and replacing the stock cable a week ago with a Moon Audio Silver Dragon), all doubts I initially had about this headphone have been dispelled. It's a wickedly good can that has far exceeded my expectations. It probably sounds ridiculous, but I've had some of the most moving listening sessions I've ever had in the past week after replacing the cable. With my WA7 (with the EH gold pin upgrade) I wasn't initially satisfied with the sound quality. Everything sounded a bit muffled, and a tad too warm, not horrible but enough where it bothered me. The imaging also lacked a bit of specificity, I found I could pinpoint instruments with more precision on the hd600.
After beating myself for a couple of days for not buying a Mjolnir or something along those lines instead of a tube amp, I decided to pull a hail mary and try swapping cables. I honestly I didn't expect much, but have been absolutely blown away by the difference it made. It really transformed the headphone - to the point that I question if my stock cable isn't defective or something. The veiled sensation has disappeared, upper mids and lower treble no longer feels recessed to my ear, imaging was dramatically improved (it's better than the hd600 now IMO) and the sonic presentation is incredibly dynamic throughout the entire frequency range. All this while retaining the same overall sound signature and smoothness. It's really a synergistic setup at this point.
I'm pretty much in nirvana.
Just wondering if anyone thinks the current LCD-2 is a bit brighter than the LCD-2 Rev 2?
Sorry if it's been covered, don't have the time to read through the whole thread.
I've followed the LCD 2 threads for some time and I don't think a clear consensus has been reached. There's been some discussion as of late regarding the current LCD 2 (late 2013 production in to 2014), and a number of us have thought our included graphs have supported the idea that there has been a shift to a slightly brighter presentation. I haven't seen an in depth analysis however that really proves this to be 100% true.
I've been looking forward to your findings Tyll, as I recall you mentioning they sound slightly different to your ears.
I purchased a pair in October last year and was surprised at how much different they sounded compared to many of the descriptions I had read previously. I didn't find them to be overly dark, as so many had posted. The pair I spent time with sounded pretty well balanced. I also wondered if the low end was slightly different, because while I found the bass to be very clean and well extended, they didn't seem to possess this robust low end as I had read about.
Here is my graph, from a late 2013 model.