Originally Posted by zilch0md
Whoa, do you really think PM8004 > LCD-2 would have too much power?
That's what I wanted to test. :-)
Audeze support says 70Wpc into 8-Ohms is OK with the LCD-2, as long as I'm cautious with the volume control (without resistors). But I hear you... I'll probably reach 85dB at something like 7:30 or 8-o'clock on the volume control.
I suppose there really are very few cities in North America with stores where 2-channel audio is the main offering. It's been all about "home theater" as you've pointed out, for many years.
My best TV is a Sharp 27-inch CRT - for real - with no digital service. Our only other TV, upstairs, is a Panasonic 19" CRT.
That's how important "home theater" is in our house! But I can spend hours at a time reading and listening to music. :-)
Ya I thought of giving you a heads up as I saw LCD-2 on your list. Over the last 8 months I've noticed a bunch of people here that either have no hum at all, very barely audible hum or a definite noticeable hum when connecting the LCD-2 and HE-500 to the Emotiva. This can be due to variation in Emotiva and/or the headphones.
For me, without resistors on Emotiva:
HE-500 - completely dead silent.
LCD-2 - noticeable hum at volume at minimum. Not a problem when music is playing
LCD-3 - It's there when you focus real hard but it's about as low hum as you could imagine. It's very close to the thershold of hearing. You'll need to be in a very quiet room to even pick it up.
On a side not, LCD-3 definitely feels a bit resricted on the Emotiva at times so far. HE-500 was quite good as well on the Emotiva. LCD-2 to me was the best combination even though I barely got the least volume play.
So comfortable volume dial on the Emotiva would be:
HE-500: 9:00-10:00 (typically 9:30)
LCD-2 being the most efficient in my case, I'd be quite careful when hooking it up and turning the volume on PM8004. IMO Marantz also lists their power output quite fairly unlike Pioneer, Denon, Sony receivers, so you're more likely to be closer to the 70 Watts listed.
Let's hope that in the future more retailers start carrying better brands. On a good note, Future Shop/Best Buy here has started carrying Martin Logan electrostats speakers, so it's a start. So if these general electronic stores are starting to sell electrostats, the proper audio retailers need to get their stuff together and start stocking as well as having it ready for audition. So many times I've ran into dealers that carry it, but don't have it up for audition as they are all in a closed box and only available for purchase, even though they are listed officially with Marantz.
I still have one of those TV's. I keep a 27" as well for Wii in my basement.