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post #7831 of 9799

So for whatever this is worth...

 

I am not a cable believer really; I do believe that some cables have better form/function than others in terms of weight and comfort and durability however.

 

Recently got to a/b an older version Audeze balanced cable (the canare l4e6s variety) with balanced XLR terminations versus an alo reference 16 cable on lcd-3.  What I found just destroyed my world.  Basically the alo cable was a lot better than stock and I couldn't even listen to the stock cable afterwards.  To make sure I wasn't crazy I had a second stock cable which I re-terminated myself on both ends to make sure it wasn't terrible joints or something and same result.

 

The retail price on the alo cable is quite insane IMO but once I heard I cannot unhear :(

 

Looking at this from an objective POV is it possible the volume levels would need to be matched up each time?  In my swapping I just left the volume pot as-is.  Maybe the alo cable had less resistance and sounded louder ?  I didn't have a ton of time doing this comparison but what I heard took me completely by surprise.  Maybe the stock l4e6s is just that crappy.


Edited by Mr.Sneis - 7/15/13 at 10:58am
post #7832 of 9799
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Originally Posted by Mr.Sneis View Post

So for whatever this is worth...

 

I am not a cable believer really; I do believe that some cables have better form/function than others in terms of weight and comfort and durability however.

 

Recently got to a/b an older version Audeze balanced cable (the canare l4e6s variety) with balanced XLR terminations versus an alo reference 16 cable on lcd-3.  What I found just destroyed my world.  Basically the alo cable was a lot better than stock and I couldn't even listen to the stock cable afterwards.  To make sure I wasn't crazy I had a second stock cable which I re-terminated myself on both ends to make sure it wasn't terrible joints or something and same result.

 

The retail price on the alo cable is quite insane IMO but once I heard I cannot unhear :(

 

Looking at this from an objective POV is it possible the volume levels would need to be matched up each time?  In my swapping I just left the volume pot as-is.  Maybe the alo cable had less resistance and sounded louder ?  I didn't have a ton of time doing this comparison but what I heard took me completely by surprise.  Maybe the stock l4e6s is just that crappy.

 

Yeah, that's what happens. Once you've heard it there's no going back. Good cables do make a difference. Enjoy and sorry for your wallet.


Edited by negura - 7/15/13 at 11:10am
post #7833 of 9799
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Originally Posted by Mr.Sneis View Post

So for whatever this is worth...

 

I am not a cable believer really; I do believe that some cables have better form/function than others in terms of weight and comfort and durability however.

 

Recently got to a/b an older version Audeze balanced cable (the canare l4e6s variety) with balanced XLR terminations versus an alo reference 16 cable on lcd-3.  What I found just destroyed my world.  Basically the alo cable was a lot better than stock and I couldn't even listen to the stock cable afterwards.  To make sure I wasn't crazy I had a second stock cable which I re-terminated myself on both ends to make sure it wasn't terrible joints or something and same result.

 

The retail price on the alo cable is quite insane IMO but once I heard I cannot unhear :(

 

Looking at this from an objective POV is it possible the volume levels would need to be matched up each time?  In my swapping I just left the volume pot as-is.  Maybe the alo cable had less resistance and sounded louder ?  I didn't have a ton of time doing this comparison but what I heard took me completely by surprise.  Maybe the stock l4e6s is just that crappy.


Long story short, I'm in the same boat.  At first I couldn't hear the difference.  Upon upgrading my amp I had to send my cable back for re-termination.  This meant going back to the stock cable after having used the Q on the new amp for a few weeks.  I wasn't expecting to hear any difference (because I didn't before on my vintage receiver) but when I plugged the stock cable in I could hear the difference immediately.

post #7834 of 9799
Guy with a small budget for amp/dac here. Would the modi be enough with the Asgard 2? Cheap as hell I know but I really dislike paying a lot for amps/dacs
post #7835 of 9799

LCD-3 on an entry level rig is great way to write off top shelf headphones for life ;)  I'd sit pretty with the HE-400 if I was you.

post #7836 of 9799
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Originally Posted by DarthUnnamed View Post

Guy with a small budget for amp/dac here. Would the modi be enough with the Asgard 2? Cheap as hell I know but I really dislike paying a lot for amps/dacs

 

For the LCD-3s?  confused_face_2.gif

 

It will work, you will hear music.  It wont be no where near the best the LCD-3s can do.  Sooner or later (sooner) you will have to upgrade the amp / DAC to get what the LCD-3s have to offer.

post #7837 of 9799
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Originally Posted by DarthUnnamed View Post

Guy with a small budget for amp/dac here. Would the modi be enough with the Asgard 2? Cheap as hell I know but I really dislike paying a lot for amps/dacs

Then I'd say consider a cheaper headphone. Why spend 1950$ and not get the performance. Comparing my Burson Soloist to the headphone output in my DACmini is like night and day for LCD3. But I lived without it for 6 months until I could afford. Definitely glad I upgraded. Incredibly satisfying. :-)
post #7838 of 9799
Question for Soloist owner. Dont you hear a faint 'click' noise when you move the volume level? I heard this 'click' is getting louder over time?
post #7839 of 9799
Yes and yes. I do not like it but got used to it
post #7840 of 9799
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Originally Posted by DarthUnnamed View Post

Guy with a small budget for amp/dac here. Would the modi be enough with the Asgard 2? Cheap as hell I know but I really dislike paying a lot for amps/dacs

What is the point in even having the LCD3 if you're not going to feed it right? Must be a troll... Just go on over to Walmart and get yourself a pair of Logitech phones for 30 dollars and call it done then. Plug into your puter and get your just rewards.

post #7841 of 9799
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Originally Posted by DarthUnnamed View Post

Guy with a small budget for amp/dac here. Would the modi be enough with the Asgard 2? Cheap as hell I know but I really dislike paying a lot for amps/dacs

 

I'd say go for it if you can. I'd say get something like an Emotiva mini-x-a-100 ($189), it will drive the LCD-3 far better than Asgard 2. Stick with whatever DAC you have for now. If you already have the Asgard, then it's okay, use it for some time before you can upgrade. 

post #7842 of 9799
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Originally Posted by commtrd View Post

Just go on over to Walmart and get yourself a pair of Logitech phones for 30 dollars and call it done then. Plug into your puter and get your just rewards.

 

Does no one read sigs around here?  And that troll has been here longer you so quiet there pup :P

post #7843 of 9799
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Originally Posted by RedBull View Post

Question for Soloist owner. Dont you hear a faint 'click' noise when you move the volume level? I heard this 'click' is getting louder over time?

Personnally i own the Conductor and the fainth click you mention is actually more like CLICK CLICK sometimes its not always loud but its always there Burson says to clean the attenuator with wd40 but i figure it did it when it was new so how dirty can it be its only 5 months old wont start screwing around with that but makes you wonder how normal is this other than that its perfect 

post #7844 of 9799
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Originally Posted by commtrd View Post

What is the point in even having the LCD3 if you're not going to feed it right? Must be a troll... Just go on over to Walmart and get yourself a pair of Logitech phones for 30 dollars and call it done then. Plug into your puter and get your just rewards.

Plenty of people feed the HD800/LCD-3, etc etc with the Objective gear. That rig would be livable.

post #7845 of 9799
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Originally Posted by paradoxper View Post

Plenty of people feed the HD800/LCD-3, etc etc with the Objective gear. That rig would be livable.

 

Not sure about the ODAC, although the O2 with both LCD-2 and LCD-3 is quite horrible.

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