Could have sworn he started with the Taboo and moved up to the Torii?
The Taboo was a speaker amp. I asked Steve to put the first headphone jack in for the LCD2 and then he sold lots of them and rethought the Taboo is now redesigned from ground up more for headphones. I have speakers hooked up to it also. It was a good idea when I asked him to do it and thats why most owners have KEPT them, . The amp is that good and not many come up for sale. I sold my origin one when I got rid og the original LCD 1 and the he500 and went with all high impedance cans. The new oone is a slight improvement and uses a nice driver tube. Rob had the mini torri done. I owned the cSP2 so the Taboo was designed to work with them also.
Started out with the CSP-2, then the Tori. (Why do I know this?)
T1. But the HD800 is a different level once amped right. Kind of reminds me both don't have any sort of resemblance in sound whatsoever.
None. There's no warm sound to be had here, unless you tune your upstream gear for them like that. Also both will be sibilant and harsh with anything less than great upstream gear and on brighter recordings.
For warmer high quality sound with good detail but non-fatiguing treble we've got team Audeze. The LCD-2 can even do good enough amped from a kettle. :)
That said my main headphones are the HD800s, but I do go to the Audeze quite a lot depending on mood/recording/genre. The T1s got sold after a few weeks.
Well the only available amp I had on hand to try the T1 way back was the Concerto and a 160 which sounded great with the HD650 but it was ok with the T1. For most people the HD800 without proper high end or a synergistic pairing the sound signature would be fatiguing to them due to that happy treble peak and that's where my statement was coming from. A well powered HD800 with the suitable amp would be levels ahead of the T1 and the T1 just needs a good amount of current for that 600ohm + impedence while the HD800 is a finicky bitch to amp, but rewarding once a perfect companion is made.
Owning the hD 800 and LCD 2.2 and had the T1 twice. I find them all very system dependent. The HD800 and the T1 IMO sound best with Tube amplifiers. I also prefer them listening to a great source. I have never found the T1 or theHD800 harsh in my system and I also stress system because you need to pay attention to the interconnect and USB cables as well. When the system is right the T1 and HD800 are reference can and IMO compete with any headphone at any price. If you want to hear accurate and detail and exactly what a recording is doing or more important for me also is what a component is doing the T1 and HD800 are valuable reference headphones. The LCD2 is more forgiving and has that famous warmer planar tone that keep you addicted. They are all fantastic headphones.