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post #2011 of 2868
Look what arrived today :-D



post #2012 of 2868

^congrats....they look great

post #2013 of 2868
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^congrats....they look great

thanks :D

post #2014 of 2868

 

Have had my LCD-3 for a couple of weeks although I have not really listened much.

 

Originally my cable was single ended but just had it returned today, balanced. I must say there is quite a substantial improvement from SE to Balanced, going by memory. I find that the LCD-3 needs some welly to come alive, definitely not a low level listening device.

 

I would just generally concur with what has been said in this thread, a very nice sounding pair of Headphones..................


Edited by spkrs01 - 10/31/13 at 8:38am
post #2015 of 2868
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Originally Posted by Shaka View Post

Look what arrived today :-D



Sexy frequency response man! Congrats! 

post #2016 of 2868
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Look what arrived today :-D




Wow, those are beautiful. Very nice wood grain! Congratulations
post #2017 of 2868

Thanks all. They are very classy looking I must admit.

 

I got these without any demo whatsoever, mainly because there is no local dealer. My local dealer ordered these for me from the UK distributor, and also ordered LCD2 for his shop demo.

When I collected my LCD3, which were all boxed and sealed, I listened to his LCD2 with a Burson Conductor amp. I must say I was not impressed. I expected much more than that.

 

So I came home with a huge feeling of anxiety that the LCD3 won't be the sort of standard I've been hearing of on these forums, and what I was expecting.

And when I plugged them directly into my macbook and played some music, I wasn't impressed at all. In fact I was panicking that I've just wasted all that money and that I should have got something like Fostex TH900 ....

 

I've been running these in for a few days now - I think it's been about 30 or so hours. And I have to admit that they do sound better than day one. Still nothing like what I expected, but ... I'm beginning to see/hear the potential. Some of my music sounds very plain and dull (including some 24bit/96khz files), but some sound very nice and lush (even some 320kbps mp3's ...).

I'm hoping that they just need plenty of running in and a good amp and source.

 

So I'm going to keep running these as much as possible and in a month or two, look to add a good amp to the system.

I thought I'd be impressed with the Burson Conductor but I wasn't. Whether that was due to the out-of-the-box LCD2 or cos that's how it is, I don't know.

Can anyone suggest a good amp at similar price? Some of the gear talked about on the forums is probably a bit difficult to demo in UK. From what I've read, I'm kind of leaning towards Auralic Taurus (realising that I'd need a separate DAC too) at the moment.

Ideally an amp/dac combo would be the best, but happy to consider separates.

 

cheers,

 

Shaka

post #2018 of 2868

Shaka, be of strong heart. The key to maximizing the sound is a good DAC and a sufficient AMP. There is endless debate about which ones and exactly what that means.......In my own experience, when I first got the LCD3s, I had a TOTL DAC and a small portable IEM amp while I waited for a full size headphone amp.  The biggest difference IMO after the getting good headphones is getting a DAC.  Try one and see for yourself.

post #2019 of 2868

Shaka- Agreeing with Saraguie...you want a decent amp that can provide clean power and sufficient current to power the LCD-3. There are many many choices, so many that it can make your head spin. It doesn't need to be a wallet buster necessarily to meet the requirements of the LCD-3 to get you started. Keep in mind what word Saraguie used above - "sufficient". As important as the amp,probably even more - is a good DAC. Focus on finding a good one. 

 

You are in for a fun and exciting journey finding the right stuff that works for you - be patient, notice the improvements as you upgrade your chain and have fun. You may end up trying a few different pieces of gear getting things to where you are satisfied, but when you get the LCD-3 fed the right stuff it's a pretty amazing headphone experience. 

post #2020 of 2868

Ok guys, thanks for your advice, much appreciated.

Dunno why, I'd just assumed the amp was more important than a dac ... 

 

I will try be strong and patient ;-)

I've come across the names of a few dacs from reading these forums, so I will see what's available locally for me to demo and try a few when I'm ready to spend again :-)

And that should buy me more time to think about and find a suitable amp.

 

Thanks again!

 

Shaka

post #2021 of 2868
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Originally Posted by Shaka View Post

Ok guys, thanks for your advice, much appreciated.
Dunno why, I'd just assumed the amp was more important than a dac ... 

I will try be strong and patient ;-)
I've come across the names of a few dacs from reading these forums, so I will see what's available locally for me to demo and try a few when I'm ready to spend again :-)
And that should buy me more time to think about and find a suitable amp.

Thanks again!

Shaka

FWIW, my Schiit Gungnir/Mjolnir stack seems to be almost ideal for the LCD 3. Auralic Vega/Taurus gets very good reviews as does the GS X mk2 amp with a good DAC. Enjoy the journey.
post #2022 of 2868

Shaka,

 

I would have to strongly agree with the guys above.  You have to get some power into the headphones or nothing will sound all that impressive.  Also there is an age old debate of what is more improtant, an amp or DAC.  I personally think that the amp is more important provided you already have a DAC.  But for now since you don't have either I think you should split your funds to try to get both.  Also the conductor is a both an amp and dac.  If you want an opinion on alternatives try taking a look at the Vioelectric V200 and V800.  Also another option would be the Schiit Mjolnir and Gungnir.  

 

Hang in there man once you get the right set up the LCD3's will blow you away.  

post #2023 of 2868

I'd be wary of the V200 and the Taurus for the LCD3. To me they sound a bit muffled through those amps.

post #2024 of 2868

using LCD-3 right now, they are sounding awfully good tonight....

post #2025 of 2868
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using LCD-3 right now, they are sounding awfully good tonight....

 

Where's the difference between a few days ago and tonight? ;)

 

/NP - Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (Stopping 1/4 because have to run to work - TBC)


Edited by XVampireX - 11/2/13 at 5:28am
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