Originally Posted by XVampireX
You will hear the differences from the very start, you will have to do some personal burn-in too, though. Get used to the sound, it's very detailed and with great imaging, but it also makes bad sound worse and good sound awesome.
I don't know what's going on in my chain lately, but I'm very happy :D
And for people who say LCD-3 don't have bass are fooling themselves and under-powering the headphones themselves.
Agree with all the above. I have not heard the LCD-3, but I can assure folks that the Vega/Taurus/LCD-X setup has bags of bass. I put some AC/DC through it and it nearly blew me away. Controlled, precise bass - as much as you want.
My Vega is now hooked up and feeding the Taurus/LCD-X and WA6/HD600. This is after only 30 hours burn in on the Taurus/LCD-X and WA6, so I expect some change over the coming weeks.
Also, I don't have the XLR interconnects between the Vega and Taurus - they are next on my list - only RCA connections for the moment. Not sure how much difference the XLR interconnects can make - very interested in any feedback from fellow headfiers on this.
Ok, enough preamble - onto the meaty stuff. The sound with the Vega.
The overly bright and somewhat uncontrolled treble is gone. Everything - bass, mids & treble - are utterly precise. I can now easily tell which of my source recordings are up to snuff and which are not - any imperfections are laid out for examination like an autopsy.
Detail has increased. I didn't think this was even possible, but it happened. I am hearing things, within things, that I didn't know existed. I know that sounds cliched - please keep in mind this is my first exposure to high end headfi. I have never heard anything like this before.
Soundstage - by far the biggest difference with the Vega. There is now tremendous width to the soundstage, and it also has depth and height. Instrument separation is present - not pin sharp - but it is certainly there in a big way. The Moon 100D really struggled here. Its soundstage was axial and narrow. Separation was vague and muddy.
Sound quality jumped several notches. In relative terms, a significantly bigger increase in SQ than with the Taurus/LCD-X. I wasn't expecting that at all. I think this shows the quality of the WA6/HD600 combination, together with the Sophia Princess upgrade. In absolute terms the Taurus/LCD-X combination shows significantly better detail and control (of course), but the addition of the Vega did more for the WA6/HD600 SQ than the Taurus/LCD-X SQ.
Soundstage also picked up markedly. Still not on the same level as the Taurus/LCD-X, but I never expected it to be.
When pushed, the treble will falter a little, and the bass lacks the precision of the Taurus/LCD-X.
However, the vocals are just wonderful. Velvety smooth and warm - I can (and will) listen to this for hours and hours.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with the addition of the Vega. It has done all I had expected and much, much more. It partners so very well with the Taurus - an expensive combination, but the results are impressive.
A special thank you to Tyll at InnerFidelity for putting the LCDs and Taurus on the Wall of Fame. Great reviews and wonderful website for headfiers.
I'll post an update in a couple of weeks after the burn in is complete.
EDIT - I was saying 'digital' interconnects when I should have been referring to 'XLR' interconnects - my bad.
Edited by TonyNewman - 6/17/14 at 11:45am