I saw the Animals at the Anaheim Convention Center in '68. There is, after all, a house in New Orleans... Thanks for asking.
Yeah, I'm afraid the LF is a victim of all the negative criticism that now goes around here from unnamed parties about it being well overpriced for its capability. It's funny, but I'd met Alex early on, and when we touched on its pricing, which was (and is) relatively expensive, and Alex posed a question about production costs, the first thing that Brian (his employee back then) offered up was cost of components. So maybe that particular hybrid amp circuit design isn't all that, but I suspect that the quality of components used still play a major part in its cost, and it doesn't necessarily suffer the stigma of overhyped "empty box" pricing that others suspect of it.
But it was my first home audiphile headphone amp, and while I lavished NOS tube and other upgrades on it while I revelled in its sound, I was still a neophyte, so when the criticisms started, I questioned my own listening sophistication, and moved on, eventually retiring it as rack space became limited.
I've thought about resurrecting it for a reevaluation against the other amps now in my collection, but I only have one set of ears, with multiple choices already poised in the wings competing for my time. So the path of least resistance tends to be my priority, especially at the end of a workday. But who knows? I need to give it its proper due, especially since I'm loathe to get rid of it. We'll see.
I got the HD 800 to go with the Questyle CMA800 amp, since they told me that was what it was designed to, and that it wasn't very versatile for the lower impedance headphones. But I'm finding the HD 800 to be beguiling with all my current loop amps, since it accentuates the clarity and individul note soundings and vocals so well.
Frankly, I find the LCD-2 to be the best of both worlds, or alternatively, a compromise of both extremes, with good bass extension and definition and mids texture, but also still true to its neutrality, so that it's a good pairing to showcase a quality amp's attributes.
However, if I want to exult in the distortion free crystal clarity and high fidelity of a particular music and current amp selection, I reach for the HD 800s. And when I just want to embrace and loll in the rich fullness of musical engagement while still avoiding the distraction of distorted or bloated sounds, I reach for the TH900s. In combination with a tube amp, even more so. So that's my wallowing, of a sort.
Edited by jacal01 - 9/22/13 at 3:54pm