Originally Posted by MuppetFace
Actually I can relate somewhat since I used to despise tube rolling myself. The LG changed that for me personally, but obviously if you still dislike tube rolling then that negates one of the LG's biggest selling points. If you get another chance to hear it with the "right" tubes however, I recommend doing so as I think you might be pleasantly surprised. Once I find a few pairs of tubes I really like I don't plan on rolling much more after that unless I get a new pair of 'phones with wildly different synergy.
I think you know that I know
price doesn't equal performance necessarily. I brought it up because you brought it up in your initial post as a reason for writing off the amp. That's why I mentioned it in explaining why I misconstrued your comment.
It's not that I despise it, really, I just choose not to go down the rabbit hole. I went into the meet knowing I was far more interested in the LAu than the LG, but wanted to give the LG a try, especially since the LAu is not ready. And I agree with Dave, even if you intend to get to where you are using one set of tubes for a long time, you still have to get there. I took your comment on price out of context, I think. The way I think when I'm evaluating gear is sound, then form and function, then lastly price. It's just the last hurdle it has to make it through to actually be purchased. When I find something sounds similar to what I have with the possibility of being somewhat better, then I look at the price to see if that potential is worth the increase. In the case of the LG it's another 1/3 over even the GS-X, and getting it better than the BHA-1 would require rolling.
Originally Posted by dBel84
ps Chris - not a personal attack, just using an example to reiterate dave's comment and my own impressions.
Yes, I still stand by those impressions. Really liked what I heard there. I'm going to build one of the EC DS style kits when they are available as my first DIY build to see what it sounds like. Being at a trade show I couldn't really swap out the Boulder CDP to isolate the amp for impressions. I've still never heard as perfect a center image with planar headphones (of any kind) as I did on that Boulder/DS combo. Thinking back though, the center on the HE90, Jades, and HE-60 from the A-10 also sourced by the Boulder were fantastic as well. Perhaps most of the magic was the source?