Originally Posted by Deverica Wolf
Quick question on this: I have my small page a calender on top of my V200. Is it a problem at all for it? Or were you referring to it causing the headphone to damage? Thanks.
Well, you never want to suffocate your amp by putting stuff on top of it, especially if it's a hot plate like an Asgard, but in this case I was indeed referring to headphone damage. Heat does two things to wood, it evaporates sap and water drying the wood causing the grains to have less 'stuff' holding them together. It also slightly changes the size of wood by exciting the particles. A hot substance is larger than the same amount when cold because the atoms are more active and have more energy that has to be held back, creating stress on the grains. This constant back and forth from hot to cold in addition to the drying of liquids creates the cracks people are having on their LCD2 headphones. I deal with this problem every day in my line of work repairing violins and the sort. For violins we always suggest using some kind of humidifier to keep the wood 'moist' and pliable, or if you are in a high humidity part of the world, de-humifidiers because the wood gets too pliable and warps easily under the pressure of the strings. This is the same reason someone was reporting rusted metal on their LCD3 when they live in Hong Kong, a high humidity area. The water accelerates the process of oxidation, which is what rust (iron oxide) is. In my part of the world gold plated interconnects are sort of a blingy bit, but in Hong Kong you almost have to have gold plated interconnects or your RCA jacks and headphone jack, and all metal interconnects, could literally oxidize together to where you couldn't separate them.
Originally Posted by DayofCalm
As far as I could tell, heat dissipation was fine with the stand sitting on top of the Lyr. And I didn't put the headphones back on until the amp was cool, so I figured that wouldn't be an issue. Still, please let me know if this is a bad idea; I'm wary of making mistakes with $1k gear
The risk is low since you are using them when it's on, and you say you wait til it's cool to put them back on the stand. Just don't let them cook like a pig on a spit.