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post #76 of 79

My advice, always buy the best headphones or speakers you can. Transducer tech is extremely stable, while pretty much everything else is always in flux. If you have great cans/speakers, they'll let you know what about the rest of your signal chain needs upgrading or not.

 

If you get below par cans, they will lead you to believe the wrong things need fixing.

 

I have LCD-2 rev 2 and they are fantastic. If you can swing the LCD-3's I'd say get 'em.

post #77 of 79

I advise just the opposite. From the most distortion generating source to the least would be speaker/headphones, amp followed by source. Following the advice of getting the best headphones your money can buy can be dangerous. You may not like the sound signature of the "best" headphones (yes, every headphone has a sound signature), and that can prompt you to go on a source/amp tail chasing.  

 

A far better advice would be to get the best source you can afford, (yes, different hi-end sources sound different, but the difference is not as dramatic as hi-end headphones/speakers) get headphones that suit your taste and preference and get an amp that can properly drive the headphones.   

 

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My advice, always buy the best headphones or speakers you can. Transducer tech is extremely stable, while pretty much everything else is always in flux. If you have great cans/speakers, they'll let you know what about the rest of your signal chain needs upgrading or not.

 

If you get below par cans, they will lead you to believe the wrong things need fixing.

 

I have LCD-2 rev 2 and they are fantastic. If you can swing the LCD-3's I'd say get 'em.



 


Edited by chesebert - 4/4/12 at 9:17pm
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Originally Posted by chesebert View Post

I advise just the opposite. From the most distortion generating source to the least would be speaker/headphones, amp followed by source. Following the advice of getting the best headphones your money can buy can be dangerous. You may not like the sound signature of the "best" headphones (yes, every headphone has a sound signature), and that can prompt you to go on a source/amp tail chasing.  

 

A far better advice would be to get the best source you can afford, (yes, different hi-end sources sound different, but the difference is not as dramatic as hi-end headphones/speakers) get headphones that suit your taste and preference and get an amp that can properly drive the headphones.


It's important to know what you're hearing. The headphones are always going to be the ultimate limiting factor. You can try any source you want, but you'll never get the LCD-2 to image like the HD800. They just won't do it. The K701 will never be bass heavy, etc. There isn't really a best, particularly not with headphones, even the mighty SR-009 may not be for everyone.

 

That doesn't mean that you should spend $2K on a source to drive a HD598. In my experience most of the sound is the amp and headphone combo, both are equally important. Once you have those dialed in, get a good source.

post #79 of 79

Good read folks and mostly non BS!

 

I too agree, like in loudspeaker world, what matter most is the amp, the crossover and the drivers!

 

About DVD-A I didn't quite knew it was so dead, and I didn't know SACD was flourishing really. I will read more into it, but most likely won't have the dough to spend on such a specific digital file playback device.

 

The market in this economy and the actual state of most consumer sound reproduction systems pretty much say that FLAC 44Khz 16bits is what most people can afford and most likely won't hear any difference with higher rez.

 

Oh and a good DAC is crucial, the bit perfect source is way over rated but if your DAC is bad, you will hear harshness.

 

Meridian was thinking ahead with their active crossover active speakers in the 80s and the consumer industry didn't follow because of cost, design and habits, but technology found in world class studio monitors says differently. Now with their digital crossover in solid state world, they lead the way. Still most consumers use crude passive crossover in loudspeakers and spend thousands on cables (for the most nuts of them even if speaker cable do matter).

 

Pure quality and intelligence are utopia, what I like in the best posts on this thread is that you never lost track of reality and its obligation to respond to the market, it's sad but true.

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