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post #1441 of 8660

The cups are over my nose and over my mouth...how could I possibly be wearing them wrong?

post #1442 of 8660
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Originally Posted by philo50 View Post
 

airy is never a word I would use with HE-6


You like thin better?  The Audeze line has a lush, damped, even cocooned voicing. The outer side of the LCD-X transducer looks more highly damped than the LCD-2/3, with felt instead of foam. Probably because the X transducer needs a bit more taming.  Is the HE-6 airy like the Stax of yore?  No, but compared to the Audezes, it has an airier presentation.

post #1443 of 8660
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Originally Posted by Barry S View Post
 


You like thin better?  The Audeze line has a lush, damped, even cocooned voicing. The outer side of the LCD-X transducer looks more highly damped than the LCD-2/3, with felt instead of foam. Probably because the X transducer needs a bit more taming.  Is the HE-6 airy like the Stax of yore?  No, but compared to the Audezes, it has an airier presentation.

I couldn't have put it any better!!! HE-6 is airy in relation to the LCD-2/3, but it's definitely not airy in relation to the PS-1000 or HD800.

post #1444 of 8660
I'm torn between the LCD-3 & LCD-X, I would really like to hear them both before buying one and being forced to live with them. I don't know anywhere close to me that even sells them though, anyone have any ideas? I'm in Eastern Virginia, and right now I'm just thinking about buying both and returning the one I don't care for as much. Is that a good idea?
post #1445 of 8660
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post

I'm torn between the LCD-3 & LCD-X, I would really like to hear them both before buying one and being forced to live with them. I don't know anywhere close to me that even sells them though, anyone have any ideas? I'm in Eastern Virginia, and right now I'm just thinking about buying both and returning the one I don't care for as much. Is that a good idea?

If you don't buy them both, you will always feel like you are missing the one you don't buy.  Since you can't audition them, and since you don't want to undermine your choice, I think buying both and returning the one you like less is the only option.

post #1446 of 8660
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post

I'm torn between the LCD-3 & LCD-X, I would really like to hear them both before buying one and being forced to live with them. I don't know anywhere close to me that even sells them though, anyone have any ideas? I'm in Eastern Virginia, and right now I'm just thinking about buying both and returning the one I don't care for as much. Is that a good idea?

Do you like lush and cushy, like big momma giving you a bear hug and planting a big wet kiss in your cheek (i.e., LCD-3) or do you like the more clinical, monitor-like, detail-oriented sound (LCD-X).  Your needs will guide your decision.  I prefer Nicole Kidman (LCD-X) to Anna Nicole Smith (LCD-3), but that is just me.

post #1447 of 8660
Well if you put it like that....I'd have to pick Nicole Kidman (though either would work just fine quite frankly wink.gif
post #1448 of 8660
It's hard to say which kind of sound that I would prefer though, this is really my first foray into serious headphones (currently just use B&W P5's) so I couldn't even say which style would suit me better, and my music varies so I really can't pick based on just listening to classical or rock for example. I think buying them both is unfortunately the only way to try them both. Just wish more retailers around here would carry them or other high end headphones. It's a tough hobby to have if you need to drive 10 hours to even try something you wish to purchase.
post #1449 of 8660
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post

It's hard to say which kind of sound that I would prefer though, this is really my first foray into serious headphones (currently just use B&W P5's) so I couldn't even say which style would suit me better, and my music varies so I really can't pick based on just listening to classical or rock for example. I think buying them both is unfortunately the only way to try them both. Just wish more retailers around here would carry them or other high end headphones. It's a tough hobby to have if you need to drive 10 hours to even try something you wish to purchase.

Its all relative :tongue_smile:. I have a pair of LCD-XC sitting in customs for 2 weeks now !

post #1450 of 8660
That must be tough frown.gif But the longing just makes the reward that much sweeter
post #1451 of 8660

Awaiting LCD-X revY :p 

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Hello Head-Fi, I'm a total newbie when it comes to audio, and am looking for advice. I'm hoping someone who owns either the LCD-X's or LCD-3's (perhaps both?) can answer a couple questions for me, and help me make up my mind between the LCD-3's and LCD-X's. I don't have much experience with headphones of this quality, and have only owned a variety of gaming headsets for awhile now. The closest I've come to a quality listening experience (recently) are Corsair 2500 speakers plugged into a STX Essence. I'm looking to buy one of these headphones as my primary (and only) headphone for possibly a long time. From all I've read about the many high-end phones, it seems the Audeze's would agree with me the most. For a little background... I listen to a variety of music, but mostly: classical (mostly romantic and modern classical such as Stravinsky, Prokofiev, etc), classic rock (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, etc), and electronic (Daft Punk, Kraftwerk, Vangelis, etc). I would also be using the headphones very often to watch movies and anime.
 

I've read here that the X's support more genres of music comfortably, while the 3's excel in rock, but are outclassed in classical for example due to the X's supposed better highs and soundstage. I've seen the X's described as "neutral" and "airy" in the highs. The 3's are apparently "darker" and more "musical" and easier to listen to for extended periods. Without actually hearing both myself, the immense amount of rhetoric written regarding these headphones has led me to several different questions...
 

LCD-X
-Is the treble excessively sharp or bright? To the extent that they might be considered harsh? Or does that only apply as a comparison to the darker 3's? I've always found excessive treble to be very difficult and straining to listen to.
-The headphones have been described as "neutral" and "flat". This doesn't necessarily imply lifelessness, but are the headphones also "fun" to listen to? I'm not really interested in incredibly analytical headphones. I would like a pair that I could listen to for very long periods, and have a "natural" listening sound... if I'm even making sense.
 

LCD-3
-Is the soundstage significantly inferior to the X's? For example, if I were listening to a large orchestra, would the 3's feel congested by comparison? Or are they very close?
-In that vein, I've read that the 3's handle treble poorer than the X's. Does this make the X's a clearly superior option when listening to, for instance, baroque classical music?
 

Finally, what headphone amp would you recommend for the X's? The 3's? Preferably $1000 or under. I've heard good things about the Schiit Mjolnir or Lyr, Burston Soloist, and some Woo Audio stuff. Pointing me in the right direction here would be greatly appreciated! I'll probably use my STX as a dac for the time being, and perhaps upgrade to a Bifrost/DA-160/etc later.

 

I have a feeling that both of these phones are so much better than anything I've ever heard that I won't regret either purchase. However, it would be nice to get input from much more experienced audio folks. I hope I'm not asking too much here. Thanks very much! :D 


Edited by VidFail - 11/23/13 at 3:37am
post #1453 of 8660

A newbie jumping right into one of the best headphones on earth? I like your style, bro :beerchug:

post #1454 of 8660
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

No it won't...it'll be awesome for metal. tongue.gif

LOL thanks smily_headphones1.gif
post #1455 of 8660
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Originally Posted by figaro69 View Post
 

I couldn't have put it any better!!! HE-6 is airy in relation to the LCD-2/3, but it's definitely not airy in relation to the PS-1000 or HD800.

this I agree with 100%

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