What do I get? I would like the absolute best sound I can get out of these cans for under $1000. If it's slightly more I can stretch it, but I'd like to stay under. I've heard great things about the Lyr/Bifrost combo, but would like to look at some other options. The Woo WA7 Fireflies looks cool too. Thanks in advance!
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Are you aiming for absolutely as neutral as possible or something more on the fun side? In other words is a slightly colored amp that may make the LCD-2 more fun to listen to a bad idea?
For the price the Lyr/Bifrost sure seems like a great idea and their designers are darn learned in the arts of audio design.
I just read the whole LCD-2 thread. Saw a lot of recommendations for the DAC Mini and it's in your price range as well. I just ordered one for myself... I hope all the reviews are correct, it sounds like a real powerhouse with a great DAC all in a small form factor. Anyway, LOTS of folks using that combo with their LCD-2s and are very happy with it.
You know... That DACPort product is very cool. No batteries needed (assume it uses USB power). So that would open me up to getting a separate amp instead of having to get an all-in-one... Very interesting indeed. Maybe there's some good Schiit in my future after all...
For such genres i recommend the Burson soloist, it have more bass slam than the Mjolnir with great soundstage.
LCD-3 + soloist is a good combination.