Here is great shootout with the LCD2s, HD800s, the PM-1s, and a few others...a good read.
Edited by rb2013 - 5/25/14 at 10:37am
I like the sound, but the veil that is often spoken of does exist. I would like something with similar bass extension but more clarity.
Going for the LCD3 is too much for me at the moment. Perhaps the T1, significantly cheaper, between 8-900$ on amazon. I just dont like the fact that the cable is fixed. I would like a planar though. Maybe the HE-6. Question is if either of these two work well with the lyr?
Yes, Ive based all of my HP purchases on that thread. I do though have the HD800s. I would like something to compliment them. I think I will eventually be getting the HE-6, since it seems that the T1 might be a slight step down from the LCD2. Ive seen LCD2 sell for around 750$ used on ebay. I can probably get an open box pair of the HE-6 for around 1k.
HD800s are just such a good all around HP though that I dont think anything I will be able to afford will replace them in the near future. So complimenting them is what Im going for. Something to listen to those old tracks that don't necessarily have that optimum recording quality. The LCD2 does that job wonderfully. I think I'm convincing myself to keep them now hehe.
That is good to know, Ive always been skeptical but many people have made the same claim about the stock cable. Im still using just the stock cable unfortunately. Perhaps a new cable is what Im looking for. But for 300$ I can buy a new set of tubes, oh the choices the choices.
I listened to the LCD2 again this morning (first time in a few weeks) and I do miss the depth of these things. The treble is defiantly not as harsh as my HD800s and have an overall liquidity that just shines on some tracks. One album I listened to was Heavy Horses, Jethro tull. A song like
Really looking forward to your impressions. My tube rolling has produced my "fave", the Tele from Upscale, however my experience is very limited compared to yours. The best Rusky I have are my Cryo Gold Lions which I believe are the best current production. I will wait for your soundoff impressions, and then perhaps pursue the 6n23p. I do have the option to get with gmahler2u, as we live in the same city, and he has the 6n23p. At this point I have decided the Amperex sound may not be for me, however the tubes you are working with far exceed my limited experience. On another topic RE: ortho/phones. I recently sold my Koss ESP 950's to "farrel" in China, check out his current inventory. His stable of stats is legendary. Some, "Kevin Gilmore", included, rate the Koss in their top 4. I corresponded with Kevin regarding mods to the 950's. I sold them because my self modded T50RP's sound way better, with the Lyr optimised for my setup, really! Anyway, trust me if you are willing to mod the T50RP's via the "BMF Flyer" thread, many HeadFier's think YOU can exceed the LCD-2s, HE-500's, etc. Just my 2 cents, btw I have some kevlar gloves I can send you regarding that "tube rolling thang" satwilson
One option I was considering instead of replacing the LCD2 with new HP was buying a WA6-SE. So in your opinion, sticking with the Lyr and just tube rolling is probably a reasonable option? The thought of adding another tube to my setup does scare me. Or a new DAC.....