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post #1081 of 4524

HD800 Anax modded properly with a good DAC and a totl tube amp will fix the bass up, though it's still not quite the Audeze bass. I was fine listening to rock, jazz, vocals, or any genre for that matter with the HD800 with the DNA Stratus. LCD3 still had that weight to it that made alternative enjoyable, but I didn't like the Audeze at all with the Stratus. Basically, what I reached for depended on what amp I currently had. :P

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Choosing between my LCD-3s or my HD800s (if it's a matter of choosing just between those two) is always a function of the music I'm listening to. If it's jazz or rock I automatically reach for the LCD-3s. Classical and its the 800s. I can't say either one is superior, just genre specific. The LCD-3s sound a bit too dark for Classical. The 800s are just a bit too bass deficient for a truly first class jazz/rock experience. Anyone else share these criteria?

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Choosing between my LCD-3s or my HD800s (if it's a matter of choosing just between those two) is always a function of the music I'm listening to. If it's jazz or rock I automatically reach for the LCD-3s. Classical and its the 800s. I can't say either one is superior, just genre specific. The LCD-3s sound a bit too dark for Classical. The 800s are just a bit too bass deficient for a truly first class jazz/rock experience. Anyone else share these criteria?

 

I find the HD800's have plenty of bass for rock & metal.

Absolutely no need for any mods on the HD800's for me.

I don't have the LCD3's but the HD800's bass is a lot cleaner and precise than the LCD2.2's bass.

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Originally Posted by mikebirm49 View Post

Choosing between my LCD-3s or my HD800s (if it's a matter of choosing just between those two) is always a function of the music I'm listening to. If it's jazz or rock I automatically reach for the LCD-3s. Classical and its the 800s. I can't say either one is superior, just genre specific. The LCD-3s sound a bit too dark for Classical. The 800s are just a bit too bass deficient for a truly first class jazz/rock experience. Anyone else share these criteria?

 

Pretty much my thoughts as well.  

 

The LCD-3 will give you that funky bass line just the way you want it, with just the right amount of decay for Jazz.

 

The HD800s (Stock) are the perfect headphones for Classical IMO.  The openness, great imaging, instrument placement are superb

 

 

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Absolutely no need for any mods on the HD800's for me.

 

 

Same here.  Tried two different ones.  Same results to my ears.  Stock is best for me..

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HD800 Anax modded properly with a good DAC and a totl tube amp will fix the bass up, though it's still not quite the Audeze bass. I was fine listening to rock, jazz, vocals, or any genre for that matter with the HD800 with the DNA Stratus. LCD3 still had that weight to it that made alternative enjoyable, but I didn't like the Audeze at all with the Stratus. Basically, what I reached for depended on what amp I currently had. :P

What didnt u like about it?
post #1085 of 4524
Same here, no mods for HD800. Just the way it is.
post #1086 of 4524

The Stratus gives a syrupy tubey sound, which didn't really combine well with the LCD3 or LCD2, at least to my ears. Bass was a bit loose for my taste. Sub bass was superb though. I honestly liked the LCD3 with the Mjolnir better.

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What didnt u like about it?
post #1087 of 4524
I thought the stratus was considered a pretty neutral tube amp
post #1088 of 4524

It's the bass extension of the LCD-3s that makes them so perfect for Jazz and most Rock. The 800s are a magnificent Classical music headphone with that gorgeous imaging and wide sound stage. I find them nearly perfect for orchestral/opera/chamber music. The Audio Technica ATH-AD900Xs are surprisingly good for Classical (a kind of poor man's HD800s) and have become my second choice for orchestral music. The LCD-3s have the elegance and are neutral enough but their dark tinge provides just enough color to instrumental music to insure that they aren't my first choice. I wonder if anyone has discovered a sure-fire amp that will minimize that slight darkness without altering those traits that make them so good?

post #1089 of 4524
GSX Mk II reported to be very good for lcd 3
post #1090 of 4524

Thanks. I'll check it out.

post #1091 of 4524
Mikebirm49 - As mentioned by several others in this forum, do try the BHA-1/BDA-2 pairing with Audeze before you make your final decision. You may be pleasantly surprised. smily_headphones1.gif
post #1092 of 4524

Yes, thanks I will.

post #1093 of 4524

If anyone is curious about some pairings:

 

The LCD-3s balanced into the HDVD800 sounds beautifully crisp, stunningly clear and quite neutral but bass is attenuated which is frustrating because you know the LCD-3s are capable of so much more. You slip away from the darkness at the cost of the bass, a troubling trade. I use this configuration occasionally with older jazz. What surprised me was the LCD-3 - m903 pairing for which I had low expectations. The sound is rich, full, liquid and quite redolent of LCD-3 bass extension. They still retain their slightly dark signature but all of their best attributes are on display. This is an unbalanced connection. The LCD-3s through the TEAC HA-501 fall somewhere in the middle. The TEAC is a dual monaural amp with a plummy sound but the pairing isn't truly satisfying. Disappointing in some ways.

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If anyone is curious about some pairings:

The LCD-3s balanced into the HDVD800 sounds beautifully crisp, stunningly clear and quite neutral but bass is attenuated which is frustrating because you know the LCD-3s are capable of so much more. You slip away from the darkness at the cost of the bass, a troubling trade. I use this configuration occasionally with older jazz. What surprised me was the LCD-3 - m903 pairing for which I had low expectations. The sound is rich, full, liquid and quite redolent of LCD-3 bass extension. They still retain their slightly dark signature but all of their best attributes are on display. This is an unbalanced connection. The LCD-3s through the TEAC HA-501 fall somewhere in the middle. The TEAC is a dual monaural amp with a plummy sound but the pairing isn't truly satisfying. Disappointing in some ways.

So I'm guessing the hdvd800 displayed bass attuation when auditioning your hd800's as well?
post #1095 of 4524

The HD800s sound superb but their bass is certainly not as extended in comparison to the LCD-3s, whatever amp I've used. Since I use them mostly for Classical it's not an issue. Bass is not why I listen to the 800s. To my ears, the LCD-3s lose some of their bass potential through the HDVD800. When I switch amps, the difference in sound is palpable.


Edited by mikebirm49 - 8/6/13 at 10:02am
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