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post #1231 of 5408

Guys, I cannot get enough of LCD-X on this song . The voice is so clean, so transparent and the sound so well balanced. It is incredible. Try this one too .


Edited by dan.gheorghe - 11/15/13 at 6:51am
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Glad that you are enjoying these. I'll be interested to see what your impressions are in several weeks when the newness is gone and the honeymoon over et cetera. 

 

Are you referring to Privateering by Knofler? That's a really good one. 

 

I'm going to try to make this honeymoon last as long as possible!  Yes, Privateering--great album, Mark Knopfler just gets better. Beautifully recorded and performed--the title track has become one of my reference songs because it's so good and I never get tired of it.

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Noticed you're selling your LCD-2 Barry. Does owning the LCD-X make the 2 pretty much unlistenable? Is there no place for both?

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I've only had short sessions with the LCD-3 vs. owning the LCD-2.2 for a year, so I can't be definitive, but I think the LCD-X has a more exciting sound signature. The bass on the LCD-X is incredible, powerful and perfectly controlled--I prefer it to any other headphone I've ever heard. The LCD-X is blowing me away on just about everything I listen to, from the latest Mark Knopfler, Acrtic Monkeys, Darkside, Veronica Falls, Haim, and Little Boots releases to Diana Krall and Mozart Piano concertos. Even the latest Arcade Fire album, which is a subpar technical recording--sounds pretty good on the LCD-X. It's interesting, because I feel like the the LCD-X is more transparent and less forgiving with recordings, but my enjoyment of the resolution and balance generally trumps the mistakes laid bare.

Darkside, Haim, Arcade Fire, and Chvrches have been on constant repeat for me lately. All sound great with the X but I agree that Arcade Fire recording quality is not the best...still a great album. 

 

I'll post a quick update with my experiences of the X so far. This really is turning out to be a great headphone. 

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Noticed you're selling your LCD-2 Barry. Does owning the LCD-X make the 2 pretty much unlistenable? Is there no place for both?


The LCD-2 is still great!  I wish I could afford to keep both, but the LCD-X is a stretch for me. Thrilled to have the LCD-X, but I have to sell my LCD-2, Lyr, and Crack+ Speedball kit to cover the bill.

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Noticed you're selling your LCD-2 Barry. Does owning the LCD-X make the 2 pretty much unlistenable? Is there no place for both?

 

I also have both.  I love my LCD-2's.  They are certainly not 'unlistenable'.  It's more 'unnecessary'.  The LCD-2's are great, but the X's are better…flat out better.  And I don't know that I need both, so I may offer the 2's up for sale too.  

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I also have both.  I love my LCD-2's.  They are certainly not 'unlistenable'.  It's more 'unnecessary'.  The LCD-2's are great, but the X's are better…flat out better.  And I don't know that I need both, so I may offer the 2's up for sale too.  

 

I don't have as much experience with them as you, but I definitely agree.

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I also have both.  I love my LCD-2's.  They are certainly not 'unlistenable'.  It's more 'unnecessary'.  The LCD-2's are great, but the X's are better…flat out better.  And I don't know that I need both, so I may offer the 2's up for sale too.  

 

Good time to be in the market for a used lcd-2. 

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I've noticed some LCD-3s for sale on Craigslist. I haven't seen them on there before. Looks like the X/XC are taking over as their top phones. 

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Have these been out long enough for any kind of consensus on amp synergy to develop?  All I have at the moment is a DACport, and I'm getting an -X or -XC next week.  What's going to be my best performance to price ratio with these?  Tubes or SS?  Mjolnir?  WA7? Something else in that range?

 

The psychology of choices like this is fascinating, isn't it?  I want the choice made, but I want to be in the process of making the choice because it's exciting.  I think I need help. :)

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Have these been out long enough for any kind of consensus on amp synergy to develop?  All I have at the moment is a DACport, and I'm getting an -X or -XC next week.  What's going to be my best performance to price ratio with these?  Tubes or SS?  Mjolnir?  WA7? Something else in that range?

 

The psychology of choices like this is fascinating, isn't it?  I want the choice made, but I want to be in the process of making the choice because it's exciting.  I think I need help. :)

 

I have a Mjolnir Gungnir stack en route.  Hopefully I'll be able to give you an answer to that next week.  I'm concerned it will be a little too aggressive and may pivot quickly to a Woo WA22.  Stay tuned.

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I have a Mjolnir Gungnir stack en route.  Hopefully I'll be able to give you an answer to that next week.  I'm concerned it will be a little too aggressive and may pivot quickly to a Woo WA22.  Stay tuned.

Yeah, I'm just concerned that the schiit stack will be a little bright with these.  I yearn for tubes.  I'm sure Freud's laughing at that one.

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I have a Mjolnir Gungnir stack en route.  Hopefully I'll be able to give you an answer to that next week.  I'm concerned it will be a little too aggressive and may pivot quickly to a Woo WA22.  Stay tuned.


That was my biggest concern ordering the LCD-X. It sounded a little aggressive at first, but I think I was just adjusting to the voicing.  It sounds great now and I'm sensitive to over-bright voicing. I'd love to hear the LCD-X on a WA22, though. You're not going to mistake the Mjolnir for a tube amp.

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Originally Posted by cizx View Post
 

Have these been out long enough for any kind of consensus on amp synergy to develop?  All I have at the moment is a DACport, and I'm getting an -X or -XC next week.  What's going to be my best performance to price ratio with these?  Tubes or SS?  Mjolnir?  WA7? Something else in that range?

 

The psychology of choices like this is fascinating, isn't it?  I want the choice made, but I want to be in the process of making the choice because it's exciting.  I think I need help. :)

 

I can't say anything for synergy, but I did notice the potential for brightness with some amps. Woo's amps did very well with them (WA6-SE, WA5, 234 Mono), while the Schiit Vali caused some uncomfortable brightness in the lower highs and the Magni caused some uncomfortable brightness in the upper highs. Of course, comparing higher end woos with schiit's cheapest amps isn't fair, but the fact that I did run into some fatiguing highs (and I'm used to the Denons, which can have some spiky highs at times) means there is a potential for uncomfortable brightness with these cans.

 

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Yeah, I'm just concerned that the schiit stack will be a little bright with these.  I yearn for tubes.  I'm sure Freud's laughing at that one.

 

 

See above, but don't let that stop you from trying it out and listening for yourself, it may not bother you at all.

 

 

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Originally Posted by leesure View Post
 

I have a Mjolnir Gungnir stack en route.  Hopefully I'll be able to give you an answer to that next week.  I'm concerned it will be a little too aggressive and may pivot quickly to a Woo WA22.  Stay tuned.

 

 

Very nice! Let me know how well it plays with your LCD-2's if you get the chance.


Edited by Taowolf51 - 11/15/13 at 1:29pm
post #1245 of 5408
I have a question for owners of the LCD-X. Do any of you detect a little too much lower midrange? I like the sound of my LCD-X , but my ear seems to be picking up a slight coloration that detracts ever so slightly from ultimate clarity and adds more warmth than I'd like. My ear seems to detect a bit too much lower midrange, which is probably also responsible for the very forward vocals which I do like.

The best way I can describe the effects are to say that it emphasizes vocals a bit more over other instrumentation and it makes the drum hit sound a little overly full-bodied or ripe. I would describe it as follows:

Take your hands and clap then with both hands facing the same direction so that your fingers are in contact with each other when your two hands meet. Now try clapping your hands with one hand pointing up and the other pointing away from you (where the effect is more of the palms hitting each other. That's how I hear the drum hits. The overall sound of the LCD-X is clean, I admit, but the sound loses some of the clarity, neutrality, and impact because of the excessive lower mids. I detect this as a subtle but consistent warmth I find less than appealing.

To better judge for yourselves, listen to music you are familiar with. Place your hand directly over the metal grills, covering the slits with your palms. While holding on to the side of the cans with your fingers, slowly separate the palms from the grills. Do this slowly until you find the balance you find most natural and keep your hands in that position for a few seconds. Then quickly and fully remove your hands altogether and if your picking up on what I'm perceiving, you'll hear addition lower mids added beyond what you perceived to be natural(probably somewhat music dependent, I realize).


I ask this question because #1) maybe it's my particular phoens that have a slight emphasis in the lower mids or #2) maybe I'm just nuts :-) Either way, I'd be interested in hearing from others who have listened to the LCD-X.
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