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post #31 of 67
Actually Clip+ will behave quite well with multi-driver IEM like LCM-5 as it has very low output impedance and good current output.
post #32 of 67
Sounds great then. Sad that there is no UM and Lear demo here in SG. I always wanted to try gears myself before buying so I won't regret.
post #33 of 67
Thread Starter 

I was checking out the LCM-5 from an ancient Earmax Pro tube amp the other day. Using the Monitor Sound adapter, it actually sounded quite unexpectedly good. I referred it to the HD600 and DT880/600 I tried with the amp, which would normally be considered better pairings for that amp since it is an OTL design with a higher output impedance. 

 

This just highlights the value of the Monitor Sound adapter. Until the Heir Audio Tzar 350 is released next month, there really isn't any other high impedance IEMs that will be truly happy with most tube amps. 

post #34 of 67

Just received mine. Got a perfect fit so very happy with that. No CIEMs i have had yet fit these well but they are not as snug. The finish looks great but am not too sure about the cable they include. Considering it is what you get with cheap IEMs like brainwavs or visang. Will definitely be giving this one of my upgrade cables.

 

I also have the monitor adapter and although i do not have any huge desktop amps, i will be giving it some juice ;)

post #35 of 67
I believe they are working on a new cable though, just not finish it yet.
post #36 of 67
I will ask Tatco now. That'd be great. Expensive, price nice shell work, same cable as $50 IEMs I own..... Not ideal but no dealbreaker, at least it's replacable.
post #37 of 67
Thread Starter 

When I first got my LCM-2b I thought the cable sucked. Then I actually used it for a while and found that it actually had some high points. It seems very sturdy, and is quite comfortable with no memory wire. I also like the angled plug better than the typical 90 degree or straight plug. But it coils up and gets annoying more easily than the typical Westone cables, so it's a trade off.

 

I see your point about being the same cable as a $50 IEM, and that being somewhat of a turn off. But keep in mind that my $1299 Heir 8.A has the same cable as my $130 Cosmic Pure Plus. If it works, it works, and the aftermarket exists to replace it if you don't like it. 

post #38 of 67
I say all of this because I have always disliked it on the cheaper IEMs, I have always write about it as a weak point. As for the jack that is a nice feature but as you said, it's coiling is very annoying and I really don't like the feel. As for the no memory wire that is a plus but this has a mind of its own and does not want to stay over my ear. I think the standard westone works great in customs, have not a major complain about it. As for the sound, so far loving it, like an Ety on steroids. Obviously I have not heard enough to go any further. That adapter really changes things up.

Back to cable Tatco confirmed a new one is being made and I will have one got over to me when made avaliable, I was honest and told him my concerns with the cable.

EDIT:

Tatco just told me what he uses in the cable and it is premium materials. On closer inspection it is noticeable thicker than what my cheap IEMs use, same coating, y-split and jack but better insights. Physically i am not a fan at the moment but i have been initially harsh on it, also as it is a slightly different cable, i may get to like it more so i was completely wrong.
Edited by Swimsonny - 11/15/12 at 11:50am
post #39 of 67

While I am still working on the PRM review, I have the LCM-5 back and it is much much better than the original.  The sound is very clean and neutral with good ability.  I think it will at least stack up well with the competition in the price range.

post #40 of 67
Thread Starter 
Cool, that's good news.

I really dig the LCM-5. It's like the perfect counterpoint to my warmer CIEMs like the 8.A and UM Merlin, without being annoyingly bright or sounding too thin. I like how it can be ravishingly clear one moment, then kick like a mule when the music calls for it. It's very nimble if that makes any sense at all.
post #41 of 67

Yes, 86, this is something to go along with something warmer and more fun. The bass is actually really impressive, low end texture is very impressive and it does really pick up when needed. The speed of these is the most insane thing though, can you get too fast? Perhaps because the decay is a bit quick. Also these are not for everyday fun IEMs, why they are nice next to something warmer because they are pretty nasty to poor recordings.

post #42 of 67
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Originally Posted by project86 View Post

Cool, that's good news.
I really dig the LCM-5. It's like the perfect counterpoint to my warmer CIEMs like the 8.A and UM Merlin, without being annoyingly bright or sounding too thin. I like how it can be ravishingly clear one moment, then kick like a mule when the music calls for it. It's very nimble if that makes any sense at all.

 

Great description...they are a reference "neutral" sound but not too bright nor too thin and surprisingly capable.

post #43 of 67

Here is my unboxing video:

 

 

Review Video uploading now!

post #44 of 67

My Review Video:

 

 

When i say that the highs are slightly bright i mean slightly, this changes of course with the adapter!

post #45 of 67

Great review ! Any clue how they compare to the Miracle ? The SE 5-way ? Thanks

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