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Originally Posted by zachchen1996 View Post

I think I totally missed the "two guys" too busy being seduced by the lcd3's BASS hahah. The home made amp your talking about, was that the one that was sitting to the right of the sr009 rig that had no top to it and was metal? I think that would be Justin's new GS-X am I right? When you listened to the schiit stack, what headphones did you use? Did you hear the schiit stack with the lcd3s??

No no. This was to the right of justin's stuff. If you missed it, it would be worth your while trying to build a time machine. But it was a home made tube amp that was in a little wooden box that almost looked like it was from michales with two tubes and two metal thingies sticking out the top. The sound was softened a bit, but it was a much more inviting. So many amps that I have listened to never seem to make anything sound better. Granted, an amps job is to make things louder and not better, but after listening to what these two guys brought it, you really question why amps don't go the extra step in trying to provide a better sound.
post #152 of 181
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No, I believe he is talking about me, Yea I dont think you ever got to listen to it, I was the one from Mclean High school, I assume your the one from southlakes?

Yup, home of the seahawks. Oh are you the other asian kid?
post #153 of 181
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Yup, home of the seahawks. Oh are you the other asian kid?

Yea, I was there with my friend.

post #154 of 181
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Originally Posted by Spriggs View Post

Yea, I was there with my friend.

So you guys actually designed and built your own amp?
post #155 of 181
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Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post


No no. This was to the right of justin's stuff. If you missed it, it would be worth your while trying to build a time machine. But it was a home made tube amp that was in a little wooden box that almost looked like it was from michales with two tubes and two metal thingies sticking out the top. The sound was softened a bit, but it was a much more inviting. So many amps that I have listened to never seem to make anything sound better. Granted, an amps job is to make things louder and not better, but after listening to what these two guys brought it, you really question why amps don't go the extra step in trying to provide a better sound.

That is the whole point of Tubey sound, Warm Inviting and just spectacular

post #156 of 181
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Originally Posted by zachchen1996 View Post


So you guys actually designed and built your own amp?

I did, yes i did, we should hang out some time, I can show you some of my other collection.

post #157 of 181
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Originally Posted by Spriggs View Post

I did, yes i did, we should hang out some time, I can show you some of my other collection.

True, we should! Now I'm very interested in hearing your amp and maybe I could learn a few things from you on building amps. What other headphones and audio equipment do you have?
post #158 of 181
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True, we should! Now I'm very interested in hearing your amp and maybe I could learn a few things from you on building amps. What other headphones and audio equipment do you have?

we are going off topic, ive sent you a friend request on facebook lets chat there.

post #159 of 181

Hmm, I wish I was in DC so I could compare my HE6/HD800/LCD3 through the new GS-X. The user who was blown away with the pairing with the HE-6 definitely sparks my curiosity.

 

The HE-6 are currently my most used headphone, followed really closely by the 800's. As of now, I think I'm only going to hang on to my LCD-3 until I can hear it through the GS-X and hear how it can really scale. It and the HE-6 deserve more than my gung/mjoln I think redface.gif

post #160 of 181

It's nice to see people my age at meets like this. It makes me feel less crazy. But in this way it also leaves me prone to spending impulsively...

 

Side note: I'm selling my Marantz or my Sansui to have some cash for headphones again. They are up on Craigslist if anyone is interested. I don't want to post here because I know making a profit is against Head-Fi rules. 

post #161 of 181

Wow you all were busy posting yesterday! Sorry I could not join the conversation, I had to hit the office for a while again and then since I missed my wife and daughter for basically the entire Saturday and half Sunday, I did not even look at headfi. 

 

As far as meet impressions go though, Justin's GSX and the HE-6 were awesome! As were HD800 with this amp, which puts it at the top of my list. I listened to some symphonic music, which is def the most challenging thing for any music system, and it passed with flying colors!!! It was all there. Just awesome! Additionally, I have heard LCD-3 recommended for this type of music, for its "seductive" sound qualities, but I disagree.  Still, I am glad that I had the chance to listen to LCD-3. For a while I was thinking of walking away with them, not the HE-6, but after obsessive A/B-ing, using Justin's GSX, the HE-6 was a clear winner to me. while initially I was going back and forth, after I made up my mind, I did not look back. I am happy I got to hear both, and now I know LCD is not for me. I have to agree with whomever said that they sounded congested and lacked the detail of HE-6. And HE-6 does deliver bass in spades, while not shelving off the higher frequencies. My bottom line is, if it is there on the recording, I wonna hear it and I do think that with more complex passages LCD-3 losses some nuances. HE-6 delivers, especially with the GSX v2! Just my opinion, though.

 

However, the best system for me there hands down was the new STAX headphone with Justin's Blue Hawaii. When I listened to it (first time I had chance in my life to hear electrostatics) I thought I would cry -- cry because it sounded so beautiful and because I will not be able to afford them unless my wife and I get promoted something like 2 steps up and pay off the car and the house. Maybe some rich uncle I don't know about, will die and leave me lots $$$$$.  wink_face.gif Doubt it though. For now I will enjoy my HD800 and the HE-6. Ohhhh what tough life I lead. 

 

 

 

Anyway, thanks all again! See you all soon!

post #162 of 181
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Originally Posted by Spriggs View Post

we are going off topic, ive sent you a friend request on facebook lets chat there.

 

 

Not off topic at all.  Please continue, it's very interesting.  After all it was  meet right.  Also can you post some pictures for those of us who couldn't make it?  Thanks.

post #163 of 181
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Originally Posted by zachchen1996 View Post

Did you prefer the lcd3s out of the gs-x or the schiit stack? Funny how we all have different preferences, I preferred the lcd3s out of the schiit stack over the he-6s from the same stack by a considerable margin.

I preferred them out of the GS-X, even though I didn't like the LCD-3 as much as I thought I would. I agree about the HE-6 not pairing too well with the Schiit stack...to my ears of course. I wish I had spent more time with the LCD-2s on both rigs, I can hardly remember what they sounded like!
post #164 of 181
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Originally Posted by WestLander View Post


I preferred them out of the GS-X, even though I didn't like the LCD-3 as much as I thought I would. I agree about the HE-6 not pairing too well with the Schiit stack...to my ears of course. I wish I had spent more time with the LCD-2s on both rigs, I can hardly remember what they sounded like!

I second that 100%. Except that I think I may have liked the LCD-2 Shiit parining better than LCD-3 SHiit pairing. I am really not sure why, and I really have not spent time doing serious A/B comparisons. This BTW is really throwing me off, b/c I thought that LCD-3 sound closer to HE-6 and my beloved HD800 than LCD-2. Still for some reason I preferred the 2s. confused_face(1).gif

 

And BTW, I think GSX is a great amp for any headphone! I could probably live with it as my only HP Amp. The precesion, speed, imaging, etc, were really nice.

 

 

@preproman

If you are considering it, check it out, for sure. May be you can get yourself down here, next time we have a meet.  

Right now I am running my HE-6 off my Onkyo TX SR 806 through speaker posts and it is good enought for me to hold tight for a while and get a decent amp to drive all my cans when i save up some more. Like I said earlier, the GSX is on top of my list now. If I am able to pull the trigger on it sooner than we have a meet, I will let you know Darryl, and if you are down here maybe we can meet up so that you can try it.


Edited by Cante Ista - 12/17/12 at 6:34am
post #165 of 181

I'm already on the first run of the GS-X v2.biggrin.gif  So as soon as he starts shipping them I should be right up near the front.  

 

I'm surprised to hear not many people at the meet liking the LCD-3s  What gives?

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