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Mind = Blown 

 

 



You do really mean Money=Gone

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If I ever move to portables again...yes. The Rx Mk2 was my favorite portable amp I've used and this look amazing.
 

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You do really mean Money=Gone


 

 

 

post #198 of 678
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Wasnt there meant to be a new product from ALO? Anybody heard what that was?

 


A prototype single ended triode amp. I'll cover it with the rest.

Note that I don't do portable music so I will not be covering portable amps or dacs.
Edited by Maxvla - 10/15/11 at 6:06pm
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Any impressions from RMAF on the HiFi Man EF-6 headphone amp?  I'm guessing it was being shown there.

 

 

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I don't really care for the amp design, but the CD/transport and DAC look pretty schnazzy.

 

 

@Maxvia, I'm particularly interested in hearing about your impressions of the HP-A8 if you had any demo time with it.

 

That will be a massive undertaking, but we're all looking forward to your final thoughts. popcorn.gif

 


I did listen to the TH900, but not the Dac/amp. I will attempt to do so tomorrow.
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Any impressions from RMAF on the HiFi Man EF-6 headphone amp?  I'm guessing it was being shown there.

 

 


I'll think about listening to it tomorrow. After hearing them on the Darkstar I don't know if I can be objective about it.
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Completely forgot to ask. Has anyone heard the Zodiac Gold yet? That thing is a beast in terms of DACs and I'm curious.

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What does make the lcd so much more expensive? How can a company inject enough r&d in a product in 3 months time to justify such a price  jump? Or is it some kind of realignment vs competitors prices? If so, we've indeed become the milking cow!



I'm not sure why Audeze is getting so much Flac over there new flagship. I had heard that they had a LCD3 prototype almost 7 months ago. Companies work on different products at the same time.  The LCD3 is a new product. It is not replacing the LCD2 its a different item. 

 

LCD2 v2 owners should not feel cheated (as many are saying), this is a new product at double the price. 

 

They can work on more than one product at a time, and I'm sure the LCD3 has more than 3 months R&D. 


Edited by sperandeo - 10/15/11 at 7:17pm
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Anybody know the price of the RXM3 balanced?

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  • Speaking of über-performance, the Audeze LCD-3 is quite possibly the best dynamic headphone ever, to my ears.  Whereas the best Sennheiser HD 800 rigs I've heard have--in my opinion, to my ears--trumped even the best I could wring from the likes of the HiFiMAN HE-6, HE-500, and Audeze LCD-2, the new LCD-3 is now my new top dynamic headphone choice.  And, frankly, I'm going to see if I can side-by-side it with the Stax SR-009 here, not because I'm expecting it to necessarily beat the SR-009, but because I think this is one headphone that could give it a run.  I already know there are some things it does better than the electrostatic headphone I've called my personal choice for best in the world.Lest you think I've formed this impression in louder-than-ideal meet conditions, I want to make clear that I've absconded with the LCD-3 to my hotel room for two nights in a row, in addition to meet listening.  I have now had two nearly sleepless nights with the Audeze LCD-3 balanced out of my favorite full-size-headphone-driving portable rig, consisting of iPod-->Cyper Labs Algorhythm Solo-->Ray Samuels SR-71b, driving the Audeze LCD-3 balanced via a Moon Audio Silver Dragon headphone cable.  I missed dinner my first night here (and so had to make a late-night fast food run), and ordered in room service last night--and, again, I've hardly slept.  Yes, I've been listening a lot.I know--the LCD-3 looks like a modified LCD-2.  It is not that.  It's not just prettier wood and super-soft earpads.  It's a whole new driver.  The diaphragm is a lot lighter than the LCD-2's.  The magnet structure is new.  It has a sound that LCD-2 aficionados might call familial, but the performance is no doubt better, in every respect, to my ears.  Simply put, you buy the LCD-2 and you get the LCD-2 (an outstanding headphone, by any measure).  You buy the LCD-3, you get the LCD-3.  I'm a guy who's purchased four LCD-2's (two rev 1's and two rev 2's), so I think I can say this with some amount of credence.Starting with the bass, the impact and detail is simply otherworldly, and especially where I can't imagine even the SR-009 trumping it.  One of Drew Baird's favorite test tracks is "Company" from Patricia Barber's Modern Cool album, and we were both simply floored by the LCD-3's physicality with Michael Arnopol's bass and Mark Walker's drums.  No other headphone I can think of can wring this level of tremendous low-end corporeality without bloat--the sense of this wrung not only from energy, but detail.  When you sense the finest of textures and timbre down low, combined with this driver's clear ability to convey physical impact...well, that's just standard-setting bass to my ears.LCD-3 midrange performance is similarly stellar, with hints of bloom, but never unnatural, never exaggerated.  And the treble soars, delicate, shimmering, extended.  Whereas some thought the LCD-2 (rev 1) treble needed some lift and more presence, I do not expect anyone to level this complaint at the LCD-3.  Throughout the audible range, the LCD-3 trumps the LCD-2 (and just about everything else) in terms of sheer detail retrieval, so its timbral accuracy throughout is freaky good.  And it does all this in sibilance- and harshness-free Audeze fashion.Am I buying one?  What do you think?  I can't imagine I'll be leaving this show without one, even if it takes an act of larceny to make it happen (which is essentially what I've now committed two nights in a row).

 

Great Read, thanks jude.

 

The one thing everybody seems to side step is the sound-stage of the LCD-3. How does the LCD-3 compare to the sound-stage of the HE6 ??

So far my take on the LCD-3 sound-stage is about the same as the LCD-2 (not very good). Of-course at the price point of the LCD-3 I would expect the LCD-3 to have the traits that you describe, but with out a great sound-stage (3D like) to go along with the rest its just a high price headphone. And yes I would buy the LCD-3 in a heart beat if it also has a good sound-stage like the HE6.

 

 

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Chris,

 

Thank you for all the comments while they are still fresh. I can only hope others will post at a later date, and have been equally meticulous with their notes. I'm sure the usual suspects will, and we'll just have to be patient.

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Chris,

 

Thank you for all the comments while they are still fresh. I can only hope others will post at a later date, and have been equally meticulous with their notes. I'm sure the usual suspects will, and we'll just have to be patient.


I've been in the headphone room all day both days save bathroom trips. I have not seen a single person writing notes.
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Great Read, thanks jude.

 

The one thing everybody seems to side step is the sound-stage of the LCD-3. How does the LCD-3 compare to the sound-stage of the HE6 ??

So far my take on the LCD-3 sound-stage is about the same as the LCD-2 (not very good). Of-course at the price point of the LCD-3 I would expect the LCD-3 to have the traits that you describe, but with out a great sound-stage (3D like) to go along with the rest its just a high price headphone. And yes I would buy the LCD-3 in a heart beat if it also has a good sound-stage like the HE6.

 

 


All 3 have poor soundstage to me, but the gamechanger is the Darkstar. It was one of the last amps I heard the LCD2 on and until then I did not like them. The HE-6 was the same. Poor until the Darkstar. I'll try those on the EF-6 tomorrow.
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All 3 have poor soundstage to me, but the gamechanger is the Darkstar. It was one of the last amps I heard the LCD2 on and until then I did not like them. The HE-6 was the same. Poor until the Darkstar. I'll try those on the EF-6 tomorrow.


 

Are you saying that the HE6 and the LCD-3 with the Liquid Fire has a poor sound-stage??

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