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post #31 of 64
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I'm an analog guy and I like the HD800. :)

 

 

Fair enough sir. It's true that I've found them to have an analog sound with the right equipment and excellent quality recordings. With my amps other than the BA, however, they definitely do NOT sound very analog-like. I also can't stand them with any amateur producers or any music that is relatively intense.

 

But hey! I like to think of myself as more of an analog-sound-loving guy too and I LOVE my HD800s :) I just personally think the LCD-3s are the safer choice for analog ears. They're better (with most equipment) at rounding off the harsh "digital" edges.

post #32 of 64
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 If the LA7000 is your favorite what is it you like about it?

 

Hello Graphicism, I like the LA7000 because it's transparent, nicely balanced, warm and has a good Soundstage.
It's bass is nice and solid without being overly bassy like the Darths.
Don't get me wrong I like the Darths but I tend to listen to them though my solid state amps, the WA6 SE tends to warm them up a little to much.
As you can see, I have two closed headphones and one open headphone.
I'd like to try another open headphone that is vastly different than my Grado.
Would the LCD-3 fit that need?
 

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post #33 of 64
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Well, I decided not to spend all of my $2000 on one headphone.


I thought that I would spend a little bit on a tube upgrade for my WA6 SE.


I ended up buying the upgraded Drive/Power tube option: 1 matched pair of 6GL7/6EM7 plus one pair of 6GL7->6DE7 Teflon tube adapters.


After reading as many threads that I could on the LCD-3 without going blind, I started hearing that some people liked the LCD-2 a little better?

 

So, I think I might go the LCD 2 route.

 

post #34 of 64

good tubes! i enjoy the 6GL7 with the 596 rectifier, sounds very good with my orthos (both LCD-2 and HE-500)

 

u should see if jack still has any 596 in stock.

post #35 of 64

I like my plain old D7000, but love Audeze LCD-2 r1 and LCD-3. I too have Woo Audio WA6-SE, and both of the Audeze cans sound great with the USAF-596 rectifier and 6DR7 drivers. If I were you I'd try both of the Audeze cans and see which one I'd prefer. I believe head room has a good return policy (not used it personally).

 

Edit: Wopsey daisy, saw now that I should have read on to see you're shifting gears.


Edited by Norway - 3/27/13 at 4:58am
post #36 of 64

how much of a difference do you hear between the Audeze's oni the WA6-SE?

post #37 of 64
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Thanks Dubstep Girl, I just sent jack an email about the 596.

post #38 of 64
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how much of a difference do you hear between the Audeze's oni the WA6-SE?

 

Well, that's hard to quantify, but generally I'd say that LCD-3 has a more recessed midrange, bass wise it has more detail and treble wise it is more pleasant and has incredible detail, but may lack a tad of LCD-2's fun factor. With AURALiC TAURUS the midrange of LCD-3 is pulled out to be on par with LCD-2, and I hear the same from a guy who use LCD-3 with Mjolnir.

 

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Thanks Dubstep Girl, I just sent jack an email about the 596.


Good on you, fantastic tube!

post #39 of 64
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Update, I ordered the 596 rectifier with adapter.
The Audez'e LCD-2 (rosewood) with a Sievking Omega stand in Zebrano.
All I need now is a Norse Audio Cable.

 

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post #40 of 64

very nice!!!

 

im sure you're gnna love the 596! 

 

the norse i have for my he-500 is very nice, i like it more than my double helix cables i have for LCD-2 and HD 800

post #41 of 64
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Originally Posted by CrazyRay View Post

Update, I ordered the 596 rectifier with adapter.
The Audez'e LCD-2 (rosewood) with a Sievking Omega stand in Zebrano.
All I need now is a Norse Audio Cable.

 

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Cool! Glad to hear that it's possible to source more of these wonderful tubes! I think you're going to be really happy with this combo, and you can hang it nicely on your Omega while burning it all in. :)

 

Just a piece of trivia; the image you posted is from the classified from which I and got USAF-596, ie the image is of my actual tube, haha.
 

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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

very nice!!!

 

im sure you're gnna love the 596! 

 

the norse i have for my he-500 is very nice, i like it more than my double helix cables i have for LCD-2 and HD 800

 

Have yet to see anybody complain about that tube with WA6-SE, so chances are Ray will like it :) Is that your favorite with WA6-SE now too?

 

That NA cable looks good, but is it heavy? It sure looks like it, and my initial thought was that if hanging freely it will put added weight on the cans and maybe make them less comfortable?

post #42 of 64

yes it is! i prefer it to the sophia with the right power/driver tubes.

 

no, i thought it would be heavy based off the pictures, i was surprised to see thats its extremely lightweight, like weightless and very very flexible, like made out of some super material lol. its of very high quality

post #43 of 64
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yes it is! i prefer it to the sophia with the right power/driver tubes.

 

no, i thought it would be heavy based off the pictures, i was surprised to see thats its extremely lightweight, like weightless and very very flexible, like made out of some super material lol. its of very high quality

 

:) Last time we crossed paths here I believe to have read something like WA2 and T1 being your favorite – that they did almost everything correct together. If I recall correctly, have you changed your opinions on this after getting USAF for WA6-SE and driving LCD-2? The latter combo is very, very, very good imo. I said earlier that LCD-3 generally has more withdrawn mids compared to LCD2, but with USAF it's far more up front (than when using Grace Design m903 or WA2), but still enjoy LCD-2 (r1) a little more in that setup. Don't really care much for the orthos with WA2 tbh, HD 650 on the other hand!, mmm. mmm, mmm :D

 

Good to know. It should be made out of super materials at that price, lol.

post #44 of 64

yes, i feel that the 596 has taken the LCD-2 to another level, the combo is very good, i still prefer the T1/WA2 for most, but this is merely my preference for a bright yet slightly warm presentation,  the subbass of the T1, and the better comfort. the LCD-2/WA6-SE i feel is equally as good and i do not feel that the T1/WA2 is superior or better sounding, just that i feel the LCD-2 still is a little too dark at times. if it was just a tad bit more detailed and had a little bit more air and openess, it would be better. am i describing the LCD-3? tongue_smile.gif another issue with the LCD-2 is that i find it sounds much better at louder volumes, at which it will hurt my hearing fast (the bass is awesome and the overall sound, but not very good for long term listening, so i tend to use them for shorter sessions,)

 

i have been enjoying my LCD-2 much more since i got the 596 tube however. 


Edited by Dubstep Girl - 3/28/13 at 12:42am
post #45 of 64
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

yes, i feel that the 596 has taken the LCD-2 to another level, the combo is very good, i still prefer the T1/WA2 for most, but this is merely my preference for a bright yet slightly warm presentation,  the subbass of the T1, and the better comfort. the LCD-2/WA6-SE i feel is equally as good and i do not feel that the T1/WA2 is superior or better sounding, just that i feel the LCD-2 still is a little too dark at times. if it was just a tad bit more detailed and had a little bit more air and openess, it would be better. am i describing the LCD-3? tongue_smile.gif another issue with the LCD-2 is that i find it sounds much better at louder volumes, at which it will hurt my hearing fast (the bass is awesome and the overall sound, but not very good for long term listening, so i tend to use them for shorter sessions,)

 

i have been enjoying my LCD-2 much more since i got the 596 tube however. 

 

Well spoken. Are you trying to make me give you an excuse to get the LCD-3s? LOL. Keep in mind that I've got LCD-2 rev. 1, but yes, I'd say all the qualities you're asking about is more present in LCD-3, but not in the same way that we find in T1 obviously. You're well read and I think you are pretty sure about what you're getting with LCD-3.

 

T1 are the best headphones I've tried (and own) at low volumes, and yes, Audeze is dangerous because they sound their best when played loud. It's also very easy to turn the volume up loud as it keeps sounding better and better. I find the opposite to be true for T1, the louder the harsher. I would argue that LCD-3 sounds a touch better than LCD-2 on low volumes, but it's just as easy to crank them up due to excitement...

 

When it comes to physical comfort I think LCD-3's softer pads are more comfortable than my old LCD-2 pads, but your pads are probably softer than mine as they are very early model and stuffed like there was no tomorrow. Some doesn't like the vacuum that the 3 pads are prone to give and prefer the later rev 2 pads.

 

imo a woman of your caliber do need to own, or at least demo, LCD-3 at one point though, lol.

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