Mike (and others):
You will hear hiss with LCD-2s if you power them with the Millenia without a resistor box. It is clearly audible on the -3s, using balanced cables, and I don't believe that the -2s are that different. Jan has apparently indicated that the only cans that might not need resistors are the HE-6s, and I wouldn't bet on that either. That said, the hiss isn't so horrible that you can't listen to the music. Some of us are old enough to remember what cassette tapes sounded like waaaay back in the '70s... The Millenia with cans but without a resistor box sounds like a very good cassette deck playing stuff recorded at very low levels that force you to boost the volume. The music sounds good, but the hiss is clearly audible. I listened to it for a week after I sent the first box back and before I had the Cyclops and replacement boxes, and it didn't hurt me, in fact it made me feel like a kid again, listening to tapes! Okay, that isn't true, I'm still an old fart, but I doubt that Mike will incur any permanent damage, other than whatever he incurs from battery incidents.