I got my LCD3s about a month ago (without an audition). At first i must admit that i wasnt overawed but now i am really pleased with them. They are suprisingly comfortable and provide that slightly dark sound that i was after, also good bass and definition. I use either a corda classic or a WA22 and both sound excellent. I also have Beyer T1s which are an awesome allrounder imo. Source is either Moon 300d Dac or Musical fidelity M6cd player.
I'd like to upgrade my amp but not sure what to get.......budget probably 3-4k. I listen to mainly metal and prog. No chance of auditioning high end headamps in perth unfortunately.
Any recommendations?...i dont have a real preference for SS v Tube
The two amps that I have in house that the LCD-3 sound wonderful with are the Leben CS-600 and the Bakoon AMP-11R. My preference is the Bakoon by far but that model is out of your stated price range.
However, you are in luck. Bakoon has just released a headphone only amp (based on the same Satri circuit of the 11R) that would work beautifully for you, and, the HPA-21 comes in at the low end of what you are willing to spend.
The Bakoon dealer in Australia is Audio Addiction. Do yourself a favor and listen to the LCD-3 through an HPA-21 before making a final decision. You will no doubt be stunned by the synergy and the presentation of the music!
Edited by Dr. Roberts - 4/13/13 at 6:48am