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Poll Results: IN YOUR OPINION, BEST AMP FOR AUDEZE LCD3

 
  • 17% (32)
    Schiit Mjolnir
  • 8% (16)
    Bryston BHA-1
  • 3% (7)
    Beta 22
  • 1% (2)
    Apex Peak
  • 1% (3)
    Apex Pinnacle
  • 3% (6)
    Eddie Current Balancing Act
  • 6% (12)
    Cavalli Liquid Glass
  • 4% (8)
    Headamp GS-X mkii
  • 1% (2)
    DNA Stratus
  • 3% (6)
    RSA Darkstar
  • 0% (0)
    Audio-gd Phoenix
  • 3% (7)
    Cavalli Liquid Fire
  • 4% (8)
    Woo Audio WA6-SE
  • 0% (1)
    Woo Audio WA5-LE
  • 0% (0)
    Woo Audio WA5
  • 2% (4)
    Woo Audio WA6
  • 6% (12)
    Woo Audio WA22
  • 30% (54)
    NOT LISTED
180 Total Votes  
post #106 of 167
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Originally Posted by jrzamora6 View Post
 

Right now I have a gungnir feeding a mjolnir and it sounds absolutely amazing, but I am thinking about adding a WA22 to my system. Has anyone used the preamp out XLR connections on the mjolnir to feed the WA22? I am wondering how this would sound. 

I'm not sure if its smart to doubly amplify like that, it will double the distortion i think.  Just get a XLR splitter and connect both amps to the source directly, thats what I do.

post #107 of 167
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Originally Posted by rrahman View Post
 

I'm not sure if its smart to doubly amplify like that, it will double the distortion i think.  Just get a XLR splitter and connect both amps to the source directly, thats what I do.

Did you notice any signal degradation when you used the spiltter? It just seems like that would add noise / take away from the signal. 

post #108 of 167
post #109 of 167
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrzamora6 View Post
 

Right now I have a gungnir feeding a mjolnir and it sounds absolutely amazing, but I am thinking about adding a WA22 to my system. Has anyone used the preamp out XLR connections on the mjolnir to feed the WA22? I am wondering how this would sound. 

 

Why do you want to add the Mjolnir into the chain this way?

 

I have the WA"2 and its sounds great with the LCD-3 ;)

post #110 of 167
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Originally Posted by rrahman View Post
 

I did not notice any. I used this one...

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00534NQQ8/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

I use a Blue Jeans XLR-spliiter cable. Sounds great. They make whatever cable you want to. Great customer service, great prices, good quality. 

post #111 of 167
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post
 

 

Why do you want to add the Mjolnir into the chain this way?

 

I have the WA"2 and its sounds great with the LCD-3 ;)

I wanted to because I want to be able to switch between a solid state amp and a tube amp without having to change cables. 

 

Spillters always decrease signal quality so I was just thinking this was a bad idea for balanced amps. After doing some research post four on this forum agrees and explains the science. And the Mjolnir has balanced xlr output so i figured what the hell. 

 

Has anyone compared sound quality using XLR splitters vs standard XLR cables? 

post #112 of 167
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrzamora6 View Post
 

I wanted to because I want to be able to switch between a solid state amp and a tube amp without having to change cables. 

 

Spillters always decrease signal quality so I was just thinking this was a bad idea for balanced amps. After doing some research post four on this forum agrees and explains the science. And the Mjolnir has balanced xlr output so i figured what the hell. 

 

Has anyone compared sound quality using XLR splitters vs standard XLR cables? 

The Mjolnir will probably decrease the AQ more than a splitter cable. You can have any high quality cable makers tailor you a split cable, the won't degrade the sound at all :)

post #113 of 167
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrzamora6 View Post
 

I wanted to because I want to be able to switch between a solid state amp and a tube amp without having to change cables. 

 

Spillters always decrease signal quality so I was just thinking this was a bad idea for balanced amps. After doing some research post four on this forum agrees and explains the science. And the Mjolnir has balanced xlr output so i figured what the hell. 

 

Has anyone compared sound quality using XLR splitters vs standard XLR cables? 

 

I didn't notice any decrement in sound quality using my splitter.  Connecting in series I bet will audibly decrease sq.  I also don't think its the case that splitter's always decrease signal quality, It probably depends on the output and input impedance of the respective devices.

post #114 of 167

Anyone pair an LCD-3 with the Auralic Taurus and can compare it to the Schiit Mjolnir or Bryston? Just looking for relative comparisons if you've got em.

 

I've ordered a LCD-3 and LCD-XC that are "coming soon".

I picked up a Pan Am Alo to mess around a bit with tubes, but I have a feeling that I will prefer the LCD-3 with SS. Everything I've read implies the Schiit Mjolnir and Bryston BHA-1 are both pretty good pairings for the LCD-3, but possibly a bit too harsh for the XC. I think the Ray Samuels DarkStar, Head Amp GS-X, and Bakoon HPA-21 all sound interesting, but all are probably outside my budget atm.

post #115 of 167
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Originally Posted by BeyerMonster View Post
 

Anyone pair an LCD-3 with the Auralic Taurus and can compare it to the Schiit Mjolnir or Bryston? Just looking for relative comparisons if you've got em.

 

I've ordered a LCD-3 and LCD-XC that are "coming soon".

I picked up a Pan Am Alo to mess around a bit with tubes, but I have a feeling that I will prefer the LCD-3 with SS. Everything I've read implies the Schiit Mjolnir and Bryston BHA-1 are both pretty good pairings for the LCD-3, but possibly a bit too harsh for the XC. I think the Ray Samuels DarkStar, Head Amp GS-X, and Bakoon HPA-21 all sound interesting, but all are probably outside my budget atm.

 

Yup. I find the Taurus to better the Mjo especially in image depth - and it has richer highs, slightly more punch. It just feels more precise. The Mjolnir is very good with the LCD-3 but the Taurus is just better when compared side by side. 

post #116 of 167
ALO Studio 6
post #117 of 167
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Originally Posted by singleended58 View Post

ALO Studio 6

You can build one for less then $1k and it comes from a design where it is suppose to drive speakers.
post #118 of 167

Been listening to the LCD-3 with the Cary SLI-80 Sig lately. Really, really nice. Sublime. 

post #119 of 167
New 300B amp from Glenn Studio maybe "end game" answer. Liquid Fire is another impressive one.
post #120 of 167

Apex Pinnacle > EAR HP4 > Mjolnir > ECBA

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