Originally Posted by steve2151
If you want to splurge, the Apex Arete might be a better match for the LCD-2 (better dynamics with a bit smaller soundstage). However, it's also $900 new with a matching $700 power supply and does not pair well with high sensitivity headphones (I get hiss on my Grados and Audio Technicas). The SA-31 on the other hand even pairs well with IEMs.
Do you think the SA-1/SA-31 meshes well with the Audio Technica house sound? I'm planning on rebuilding my setup from scratch in the next few months and recently purchased an Audio Technica A900X to get a taste for the AT sound since I've never heard any before and I already am liking the basic sound signature more than my previous "flagships" (T1, HE-6, and LCD-2) and this is just running out of a laptop onboard sound. I'll probably also upgrade to either the W3000ANV or the recently released AD2000X.
I will say that I think I'm beginning to lean more towards detailed musicality vs absolute neutrality given my newfound liking of the AT sound.
I noticed you only still have the AD1000PRM but would you consider it more synergistic with the SA combo or with ACSS such as the NFB-10? Also looking at the Reference 10 all-in-one as well but it's ACSS thoughout.
Edited by JWahl - 11/22/12 at 7:54pm