That's right, you need to fix your off-topic posts.
I'm gonna let you off on a warning this time.
A new NFB-10ES2 was just released.
This is the "usual" single-transformer-all-in-one DAC/Amp/Preamp featuring the ES9018 chip.
Think of it as a balanced Compass 2 which should well compliment the new balanced Mad Dogs!
I'd def be curious to here this, anyone snag one?
So I have had the Rhinelander a few days now. My conclusion is that the mad dog is likes the Rhinelander just not quite as much as the annies and th-600. Still I can see the comparisons of lcd-2 vs. mad dog + mid-fi desktop amp. The mad dog is def. much closer to the lcd-2 now and I can see why the closed lcd idea was scraped for the lcd-4. There really isn't a need for a closed lcd imo.
I read it somewhere on here a month or two ago. Can't remember where maybe it was just talk but I coulda swore I saw audeze was moving in the direction of the lcd-4 rather than the closed lcd and I can see why. The mad dog is an at least above average scaler in the $300 world. Only the denon d2k and ultrasone pro900 kept up scaling wise and the mad dog sounds awfully identical to the lcd.
Even with the mad dog being the worst out of my 3 headphones scaling wise on my Rhineland I can def. tell you it's still a very dramatic improvement and not far behind the annies or th-600. Not lcd/magni level yet but very close to it and most certainly allot closer to it than the mad dog without an amp.
If the closed audeze being scraped was just talk then I apologize for the false information. At least from my p.o.v I see no need for it, just get a mad dog and a good pairing mid-fi desktop amp or vintage receiver if you wana save some money and don't mind a large footprint.
Has anyone tried the mad dog with the soloist sl yet? Back in the day I remember my m-stage preferring the d7k a lil more than the mad dog but the ha-160 seemed to like the mad dog a lil more than the d7k truly bringing it to the lcd level. I didn't have the lcd when I had the mad dog and ha-160 but at least from my notes it was really close to the lcd/magni. I'm really curious about this smaller, cheaper amp with the mad dog.
They didn't. They just said they were hiring a new engineer specifically to work on the closed-back LCD.
Well hasn't audeze been working on this headphone for a really long time, like a year or somthin. I realize audeze is a smaller company and it will take while but if they haven't done anything in a year I wouldn't get my hopes up. I thought I saw jude do a review and he said it was meh anyways. With the mad dog scaling the way it does I might try a closed audeze out but very doubtful if I'd buy one, it would really take a hell of a performance.