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Originally Posted by negura View Post

 

but what would you folks choose between the LCD-3s and HD800s if you could only have one headphone? And no you cannot answer Stax. ksc75smile.gif

 

HE-6

HD800

LCD-3

 

For me.biggrin.gif

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After years of Audeze cans and not preferring the HD800, I finally have a rig where the HD800 shines and in that rig the Audeze cans just aren't as good.  Mud in comparison to the HD800 on this rig while on the others rigs I had the HD800 was distant and lifeless.

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After years of Audeze cans and not preferring the HD800, I finally have a rig where the HD800 shines and in that rig the Audeze cans just aren't as good.  Mud in comparison to the HD800 on this rig while on the others rigs I had the HD800 was distant and lifeless.

post #2464 of 19516
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

After years of Audeze cans and not preferring the HD800, I finally have a rig where the HD800 shines and in that rig the Audeze cans just aren't as good.  Mud in comparison to the HD800 on this rig while on the others rigs I had the HD800 was distant and lifeless.

You have gone back and forth many times.

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Originally Posted by PleasantSounds View Post

 

My family thinks I'm nuts as it is...

 

That's why we all hang out here!  

 

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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

HE-6

HD800

LCD-3

 

For me.biggrin.gif

Looks like you got all your bases covered there :) I think HD800/HE6 is as far as I go unless I go into Stax. There really isn't much more I want other than maybe getting a better amp in the future but the Mjolnir is pretty good with the HD800 as it is so not sure about that yet but I will wait and see how the Schiit amp fares when it comes out.

 

You ever going to venture into Stax?

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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

Looks like you got all your bases covered there :) I think HD800/HE6 is as far as I go unless I go into Stax. There really isn't much more I want other than maybe getting a better amp in the future but the Mjolnir is pretty good with the HD800 as it is so not sure about that yet but I will wait and see how the Schiit amp fares when it comes out.

 

You ever going to venture into Stax?

 

Yeah the 009s are on my radar. 

 

Didn't like the Mjolnir with the HD800s so much.  However, I loved it with the LCDs..  I'm waiting on the Schiit Statement amp as well.  I'm hoping it sounds just as good with the LCDs as the Mjolnir.

post #2468 of 19516
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

After years of Audeze cans and not preferring the HD800, I finally have a rig where the HD800 shines and in that rig the Audeze cans just aren't as good.  Mud in comparison to the HD800 on this rig while on the others rigs I had the HD800 was distant and lifeless.

 

On the setup in my signature the HD800s sound really engaging and musical with plenty of punch. The AP2 I have very recently plugged into the ear food chain does wonders for the musicality. It's no easy going for the LCD-3s to convince me. But as LCD-3s are still somewhat fresh on the rack, I will reserve judgement for a few weeks. 


Edited by negura - 5/8/13 at 9:51am
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

You have gone back and forth many times.

 

I've brought in the HD800 a few times but always had the Audeze already in house and always sold the HD800 soon after getting them, while the LCD-2 Rev1, Rev2 or LCD-3 stayed put.  This time is was a no contest... HD800 by a landslide.

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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

 

I've brought in the HD800 a few times but always had the Audeze already in house and always sold the HD800 soon after getting them, while the LCD-2 Rev1, Rev2 or LCD-3 stayed put.  This time is was a no contest... HD800 by a landslide.

 

Very interesting how this came along over the years. Could there be any relation with the downstream gear used to power the HD800 evolving in the last couple of years?

I am personally finding the HD800s scale tremendously.

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Definitely gear.  The constant to getting great results from the HD800 seems to be BJT output devices.  Others have a fondness for tubes with the HD800 but since I never had a pure tube amp with them... can't say for myself.  Will add that the current rig is also the best I've ever heard the Audeze line up so it's not a matter of being tuned for the HD800.

post #2472 of 19516
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

Definitely gear.  The constant to getting great results from the HD800 seems to be BJT output devices.  Others have a fondness for tubes with the HD800 but since I never had a pure tube amp with them... can't say for myself.  Will add that the current rig is also the best I've ever heard the Audeze line up so it's not a matter of being tuned for the HD800.

 

I shall find that soon for myself, as soon as a few weeks going by as I've ordered the new Taboo MK3. That said, I am extremely pleased with the Conductor with all my headphones, but I have a feelings there's better too, as this hobby goes. ;) 


Edited by negura - 5/8/13 at 2:05pm
post #2473 of 19516
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Originally Posted by negura View Post

Glad you're enjoying it. It will settle even more. What has recently improved my experience even further is using a badass copper cable with the HD800s. Adds a bit of musicality, body, detail, extension and a hint of warmth.

On a different note:
I have been asked this question by a friend and I am struggling to decide whether overall I prefer the LCD-3s to the HD800s or the other way around. Obviously asking this here is going to get a slightly biased answer, but what would you folks choose between the LCD-3s and HD800s if you could only have one headphone? And no you cannot answer Stax. ksc75smile.gif

I have both the LCD-3's and the HD800's and I would really hate to have to choose one over the other as I love them both. I use a few different amps, and I find that tube rolling, for me, provides the solution to getting excellent results from each.

Sorry that this does not really address your question, but I would give up any other headphones I own without a second thought before parting with either the LCD-3's or the HD800's.
post #2474 of 19516
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

 

I've brought in the HD800 a few times but always had the Audeze already in house and always sold the HD800 soon after getting them, while the LCD-2 Rev1, Rev2 or LCD-3 stayed put.  This time is was a no contest... HD800 by a landslide.

 

Solude, correct me if I'm wrong, but did you have the GS-X with the LCD-3s? I love the HD800s, but I'd still take the LCD-3s over them. That said, barely any of my dynamics get much listening with my SR-009s in house.

post #2475 of 19516

Nope had the LCD-2 this time around.  Was always something about the LCD-3 I didn't like.  If I had to put a finger on it, it's probably the increase in dB from 1-2KHz compared to every other modern flagship.  Pure guess but it wasn't lack of trying, I just prefer the LCD-2 sound even if it does come at the cost of staging.  And the LCD-3 soft pads really were terrible on my huge head. They compressed right to the wood within weeks.

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