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Looking forward to your impressions! I have the LCD-2.2's and TH600's too, but looking for input on how a Pan Am/TH600 combo sounds for work. The HA-160D's too bulky to bring to work everyday :)
Mmm. The lcd-2 has a little coloration to it like the th-600. If I had $1500-2000 to spend I would think about the hifiman he-500 and th-600 combo. The he-500 is closer to neutral imo although there's a lucky few like M-13 that has a really flat lcd's. Ultrasone and audeze sort of have suffered in the qc department imo. If I had $3500-$5000 to spend I would get the lcd-2 and the HD-800. The reason I say so much more than than the headphones cost $2500 is that the HD-800 unlike the other 3 headphones really requires a high quality setup more than the other 3 headphones. The other 3 headphones can be driven by a $500 setup, sometimes less, and yield nice results. The hd-800 not so much, and I wouldn't buy that headphone unless I had another grand at least to drop on a amp or dac.
Why do I not have the the he-500? Well I use the mad dog to record my live sets with and use it as my planar fix. The shure srh1840 I use to check my productions with and prefer it's more open soundstage to the he-500 smaller soundstage. The he-500 though best's the shure in other area's though and is a wonderful headphone and tremendous deal. Lots of demo deals on the shure's though where it's hard to find a used he-500 for less than $600.
I'd also be interested.
I don't know too much about tube amps but I want to get a nice small one oneday.. The Pan Am and Wooo Audio WA6 are similar prices and both tempting, as is the WA7 that people have said pairs so nicely with TH600 (and its a source aswell). Edit: Oh the Pan Am has a DAC too...good value
I'll be getting a TH600 in a few days to try out on my Pan Am, nice to see other people with this combo :)
Worth having both to me :) I can't use open cans at work, and don't feel like carrying the TH600 back and forth. HA-160D -> LCD-2 at home and DACPort (soon to be Pan Am) -> TH600 at work.
I haven't compared them side to side but the bass on the TH600 feels more visceral from my limited comparative audio memory. Treble is also stronger on the TH600. LCD-2's seem more detailed overall though.
I don't think gain is exactly the same thing as output impedance, unless this means the output impedance will be lowered as well.
Whatever other devices you have, you should generally be able to do a Google search of what their output impedance is and then compare the sound to your Asus soundcard.