Originally Posted by varyV
Is it possible for you to audition? I would highly recommend that before buying. In the LCD-3 recommendations thread, there are a few impressions which are mirrored in my own for the Soloist/LCD 3 combo.
For my LCD 3 rig, I'm still waiting on an Yulong A18 and a Little Dot MK VI+ to audition. I'll keep whichever fits the bill better, though I've also heard that the Mjolnir's aggressiveness takes care of the LCD 3s laid back sound.
It boils down to what you would like to have more - a bigger bass slam with a crammed soundstage and cropped highs, or a lesser bass presence with an improved frequency response throughout the graph (and a bigger soundstage). For the 2s, I would highly recommend the Soloist...the combo is just brilliant...even with a budget dac like the Dacport LX or Dragonfly. For the 3s, well...I'll let you know what I find out.
I can't audition them. If it were clear-cut that the LCD-3's would sound better, I would just get those. But I keep seeing comparisons where some people actually prefer the LCD-2's over the 3's, and that's keeping me on the fence.
How much lesser bass presence is there in the LCD-3's compared to the 2's and is it a bad or good thing (or both?)?
Do you think your DAC had anything to do with you not liking the LCD-3 + Soloist combo? I'm curious how much different sounding a Soloist + Dacport LX would be compared to the Conductor. When you say the combo was "too polite", what exactly do you mean by that? Can you elaborate? Do you mean you wish it was more forward and aggressive, dare say brighter?
You said the LCD-2 were better on the Soloist/Dacport LX combo than the LCD-3's. Could you elaborate a little more on this?
Anxiously awaiting your review of the LCD-3's with the new gear.
Originally Posted by andyschaub
I reviewed a WA7 with the stock tubes for Positive Feedback using a pair of Silver Dragon LCD-2's as my reference. I liked the combination so much that I finally purchased a silver WA7 with the stock tubes to use with my 17" MBP and LCD-2's at work. I find the combination, particularly with Silver Dragon cable, to be quite beguiling.
I saw some reviews where they said they wish the DAC was better. Was this not an issue for you?
Do the LCD-2's benefit quite a bit from upgraded cables?
I was eyeing these:
Or do you think it would be better to go for purely silver? Or what about gold?
I'm now looking at several other amp/DAC combos as well.
So right now it's Conductor vs. Mjolnir/Gungnir vs. Benchmark DAC2 HGC vs. m903 vs. Reference 10.32 & LCD-2 vs LCD-3.
The WA7 is still in the picture, but only if I go for the LCD-2 per Macedonian's suggestion.
I think I ultimately want to go for the LCD-3's, but only if the gear listed above gives me the 3's full potential, or at the very least makes them sound substantially better than the 2's.
Edited by Meremoth - 5/14/13 at 3:38am