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post #931 of 1024
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Originally Posted by XVampireX View Post
 

I see you use the Mytek 192-DSD DAC, does it work well for you and do you see a reason to upgrade to something else soon? I'm having trouble deciding exactly what I want, with the Zodiac Platinum DAC that I've tested recently, it was a rather nice sounding DAC, quite spacious and a lot of resolution while sounding warm yet analytical (the HD700 that I have shows more pronounced sibilance while not being over the top) and the LCD-3 are amazing on proper masterings, on DSD I couldn't tell exactly what I'm hearing because right now I'm listening to DSD recordings via foobar2000 plugin which converts it back to PCM for processing and it works quite well.

 

But the question remains - what will be the biggest improvement right, should I opt for that end game amp or should I go for a better DAC first (Which is a problem because some don't have headphone amps in them, like the Auralic Vega which I hear great things about it) and only then get an amp.

 

i will not upgrade my mytek. its a fantastic dac and very revealing. 

 

the Mytek is not analytical but isn't warm, its very neutral.

 

theres no clear answer for amp vs dac first but the GSX MK2 is definitely a very revealing amp and some say it even takes the sound of your source. your source better be top level if you get it.

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i will not upgrade my mytek. its a fantastic dac and very revealing. 

 

the Mytek is not analytical but isn't warm, its very neutral.

 

theres no clear answer for amp vs dac first but the GSX MK2 is definitely a very revealing amp and some say it even takes the sound of your source. your source better be top level if you get it.

 

 

Say, what chances are that you can link to any info/review on the mk2? It seems that reviews and info on the mk2 is very lacking, even on the mk1, I can't find anything, even on the dedicated topic.

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The Auralic Taurus MKII is a wonderful pairing for the LCD-3 too if my audition yesterday is anything to go by. People who have heard both the Taurus and the GSX MK2 suggest they are extraordinarily similar sounding.

EDIT: My experience with the LCD-3 is virtually non-existent, so take that with a grain of salt compared to other opinions here, just thought I'd mention it as another option to consider.
Edited by NZtechfreak - 1/21/14 at 1:30pm
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Originally Posted by XVampireX View Post
 

 

 

Say, what chances are that you can link to any info/review on the mk2? It seems that reviews and info on the mk2 is very lacking, even on the mk1, I can't find anything, even on the dedicated topic.

 

none that i know of, the original GSX didn't sell more than like 60 units during its 6-7 years of production, the GSX MK2 has also sold in small numbers. 

 

just reviews/impressions on the thread and scattered all over head-fi. 

post #935 of 1024
^ True. Recently (year or so) Solude's given quite a number of impressions - with comparisons against his extensive backlog! - that probably add up to a lot. Scattered about, though.
post #936 of 1024

Pickup a Mjolnir or commission a Dynahi build. Then upgrade DAC.

post #937 of 1024
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Originally Posted by NZtechfreak View Post

The Auralic Taurus MKII is a wonderful pairing for the LCD-3 too if my audition yesterday is anything to go by. People who have heard both the Taurus and the GSX MK2 suggest they are extraordinarily similar sounding.

EDIT: My experience with the LCD-3 is virtually non-existent, so take that with a grain of salt compared to other opinions here, just thought I'd mention it as another option to consider.

 

Who says that if I may ask?

I have read one person who stated that the Taurus is very similar to the GS-1 with upgraded Dynalo+ module. I don’t in any way declare that the Taurus and GX-ll doesn’t sound extraordinarily similar, because I have no idea. Just curious to witch people you refer to.

post #938 of 1024
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Who says that if I may ask?
I have read one person who stated that the Taurus is very similar to the GS-1 with upgraded Dynalo+ module. I don’t in any way declare that the Taurus and GX-ll doesn’t sound extraordinarily similar, because I have no idea. Just curious to witch people you refer to.

Honestly I couldn't tell you, I've seen two or three different people voice that opinion here and elsewhere but I read so extensively on the Taurus that it'd probably take me hours to dredge up where I saw those impressions. I will take a look through my browser history, and also use my Google-fu to see if I can find them for you though.

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Here is one of those opinions - http://www.head-fi.org/t/657266/auralic-owners-unite/150#post_9907535 I should correct myself also, this was in reference to the GS-1 with the Dynalo+ modules.
Edited by NZtechfreak - 1/22/14 at 1:56pm
post #939 of 1024

I am using a Metrum Octave DAC and I have both the LCD-3 and HD800 running through a Burson Soloist.  I have also tried the Woo WA6 and the Decware Mini Torii w/headphone out, but the soloist comes out on top with the LCD-3's.  I love the clean sound of the Soloist, I just think I am missing the in the sound stage and bass department with the LCD-3's.

 

Is the GSX MK2 going to be an improvement over the Soloist, or will I need to jump up to the Bakoon/Leben/ALO Studio level to really get the most out of these 2 headphones (HD800 also)?  Are there any giant killers out their today that compete with the $3000 - $4000 price range for less money?

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I am using a Metrum Octave DAC and I have both the LCD-3 and HD800 running through a Burson Soloist.  I have also tried the Woo WA6 and the Decware Mini Torii w/headphone out, but the soloist comes out on top with the LCD-3's.  I love the clean sound of the Soloist, I just think I am missing the in the sound stage and bass department with the LCD-3's.

 

Is the GSX MK2 going to be an improvement over the Soloist, or will I need to jump up to the Bakoon/Leben/ALO Studio level to really get the most out of these 2 headphones (HD800 also)?  Are there any giant killers out their today that compete with the $3000 - $4000 price range for less money?

 

Audio-GD Master-9.

 

It would cost $3000 - $4000 if made in US/EU and sounds like it (if my Master-6 is anything to go by).

post #941 of 1024
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Audio-GD Master-9.

It would cost $3000 - $4000 if made in US/EU and sounds like it (if my Master-6 is anything to go by).

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post #942 of 1024
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Audio-GD Master-9.

 

It would cost $3000 - $4000 if made in US/EU and sounds like it (if my Master-6 is anything to go by).

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post #943 of 1024

So far I'm _REALLY_ content with the Schiit Lyr on the Tube department.

 

Since I'll have the Vega today (Sunday) I'll be thinking if I need the Taurus mk2 too at least for the SS :D

 

Whoever told you that Lyr is "Meh" with the LCD-3's is tripping :D

post #944 of 1024

I will look into the Audio-GD.  I will add one more experience in searching for the perfect amp for my LCD-3's.

 

I have a Almarro A205A MKII (5w EL84 with V-Caps installed) that has the small headphone out in the back.  I was using this w/ my Zu Audio speakers and it is one of the best I have heard with them.  I tried it with my LCD-3 using the cable adapter and the sound was perfect.  As clear and crisp as the Soloist, but with more base impact and extension in the highs w/ the tube sound.  It blew the Decware amp away with the headphones.

 

One problem though, HUM.  The hum is from the power supply; it is there without the tubes in and the volume has no effect.  It is louder in the left channel, but heard in both.  Only hear it with speaker when you put your ear 6 inches from the driver, too loud for the headphones.  I am tempted to see if it can be modified to fix the hum and I could install a front facing headphone jack.  I cannot over overstate how good it sounded compared to the Decware, not sure if it is the EL84's or the V-Caps, but i would love to get that from a dedicated headphone amp that is dead quiet.

post #945 of 1024

The Master 9 is IMO clearly superior to the Soloist on everything. It is more extend in both the bas and treble, it’s much more dynamic and have a fuller sound then my now sold Soloist with the LCD 3 and Hifiman HE 500.

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