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Originally Posted by songmic View Post
 

 

Whoa, so the official pictures of all these headphone/amp products was shot by one person and it was you? No wonder many of the pictures looked somewhat familiar!

 

I'll be looking forward to your impression with the LCD-X and WA22. The WA22 is one of the very few fully balanced (true balanced from input to output) tube amps for dynamic headphones in the market. It doesn't have a very high power output for a balanced amp, but I'm sure it will be more than enough to handle the LCD-X's high efficiency. Remember to use it with XLR interconnects and your Gungnir DAC to take its full advantage of its balanced design. ;)

 

It's a fun story...

 

In November 2010, I bought a cMoyBB from JDS labs…the one in the Altoids Tin.  I liked it and I snapped a few shots and sent them to John as a thank you.  He replied and asked if I would be interested in shooting the new version he was releasing.  In December I did just that...

 

 

 

I sent these to Jack Wu and said that if I could make the Altoids tin look good, just think what I could do for Woo!  In April, 2011, I went to his office in Queens and shot about 3/4 of his line in a tiny room there.

 

 

In the meantime, I had met Vinnie from Red Wide Audio at a NY Headphone meet and booked with him as well...

 

 

Next came Jason at Schiit…I pestered him for 6 months until he finally caved in!  

 

 

But Jason said he needed more than just the on-black reflected shots…but didn't know what he wanted.  He said, 'Just use your best judgement'.  You'd think that would be music to a creative person's ears, but it's actually a nightmare.  Without direction, you run the risk of completely getting in wrong and losing the customer.  I took a shot and went with simple 'lifestyle' shots...

 

 

Fortunately, when I sent them to Jason, he said "THAT'S EXACTLY what I wanted."  PHEW!  

 

I've done a number of subsequent shoots for JDS, Woo and Schiit over the last 2 years, but JUST added Audeze this month…and I'm thrilled...

 

 

I have verbal commitments from Alex Cavalli and Justin at HeadAmp for shoots in the near future as well.

 

I am working to become THE Head-Fi photographer!  

 

It's a hardship that I sometimes have to listen to the gear after I shoot it. ;-)  I get to keep the LCD-X's as part of my compensation for the shoot, but I also have the XC's here for an extended listen before they have to go home. 

 

More stuff at www.leeshellyphoto.com, if anyone's interested.


Edited by leesure - 11/26/13 at 8:11am
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That XC pic is truly awesome. So simple but so beautiful!
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Originally Posted by leesure View Post
 

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More stuff at www.leeshellyphoto.com, if anyone's interested.

 

Really great work, Lee, beautiful shots.

 

Now, off to go brew a pot of coffee after looking at your coffee bean shots.  :D

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Originally Posted by leesure View Post
 

 

It's a fun story...

 

In November 2010, I bought a cMoyBB from JDS labs…the one in the Altoids Tin.  I liked it and I snapped a few shots and sent them to John as a thank you.  He relined and asked if I would be interested in shooting the new version he was releasing.  In December I did just that...

 

 

 

I sent these to Jack Wu and said that if I could make the Altoids tin look good, just think what I could do for Woo!  In April, 2011, I went to his office in Queens and shot about 3/4 of his line in a tiny room there.

 

 

In the meantime, I had met Vinnie from Red Wide Audio at a NY Headphone meet and beaked with him as well...

 

 

Next came Jason at Schiit…I pestered him for 6 months until he finally caved in!  

 

 

But Jason said he needed more than just the on-black reflected shots…but didn't know what he wanted.  He said, 'Just use your best judgement'.  You'd think that would be music to a creative person's ears, but it's actually a nightmare.  Without direction, you run the risk of completely getting in wrong and losing the customer.  I took a shot and went with simple 'lifestyle' shots...

 

 

Fortunately, when I sent them to Jason, he said "THAT'S EXACTLY what I wanted."  PHEW!  

 

I've done a number of subsequent shoots for JDS, Woo and Schiit over the last 2 years, but JUST added Audeze this month…and U'm thrilled...

 

 

I have verbal commitments from Alex Cavalli and Justin at HeadAmp for shoots in the near future as well.

 

I am working to become THE Head-Fi photographer!  

 

It's a hardship that I sometimes have to listen to the gear after I shoot it. ;-)  I get to keep the LCD-X's as part of my compensation for the shoot, but I also have the XC's here for an extended listen before they have to go home. 

 

More stuff at www.leeshellyphoto.com, if anyone's interested.

 

Not long after I started this headphone hobby, I have to admit I became somewhat jealous of people who take these awesome pictures of their rigs and proudly post them on the Internet. I tried taking some pictures of my own, but sadly I know nothing about professional photography and no matter how good and expensive my systems were, the pictures turned out bad and looked far worse than modest setups that others have put up. I think it's interesting that many headphiles are also amateur or professional photographers, brandishing their DSLR's while I've only got my iPhone 4S (soon to be upgraded to an LG G2). One day I borrowed a rather expensive DSLR from a close friend to take some shots of my system, but the pictures still looked dull because I had no idea how to take a good picture with it.

 

I know it's a bit off-topic, but could you recommend a good entry-level camera for rookies in photography, and perhaps a beginner's guide, without breaking the wallet? My investment in headphones and audio cost me an arm and a leg, so I'm afraid of going broke by indulging in another gizmo-related hobby. :p

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Lee--Nice work, thanks for posting your story.  I love the lifestyle shots for Schiit--those are my favorites.

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Dude, you're never going to make it with clean, pretty shots like that. Get with the program, man. It's an Instagram world out there. Gonna have to step up your game. Gotta shoot square, man. And filters dude. Filters! Then it becomes ART!



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Edited by Steve Eddy - 11/26/13 at 9:25am
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leesure,

 

Sorry to be somewhat off topic to this thread, but just had to say that I really enjoyed checking out your website. Between your wonderful photography and your well-written reviews and helpful input, I feel like it's been a high point of being on Head-fi to have 'met' you. Thanks! :smile:

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Originally Posted by SMG52 View Post

leesure,

Sorry to be somewhat off topic to this thread, but just had to say that I really enjoyed checking out your website. Between your wonderful photography and your well-written reviews and helpful input, I feel like it's been a high point of being on Head-fi to have 'met' you. Thanks! smile.gif

Wow! Thank you. That's very kind!
post #1584 of 5039
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

Primarily my comparisons in my review were done on my main rig (CDP - BDA-2 - GSX MK2). They (LCD-X and LCD-3) both sounded excellent on my desktop rig and I slightly prefer the LCD-X, but can totally understand how some could prefer the LCD-3s (heck sometimes with the right track, so do I). On my portable setup, the LCD-X pulled out ahead quite a bit more. I've since tried them both on a friend's Rega headphone amplifier and same thing as the portable setup, the LCD-X pulled out further ahead. Thus my comments earlier. But with my GS-XMK2, again, the differences were certainly smaller and I'm left to think that the other amps just couldn't get the best out of the LCD-3s.

+1.

When i listened to lcdx and lcd3 side by side, same thing. The gsx mk2 definitely lets you hear both headphones at their best, and they are at the same level overall. At least from listening for an hour or less. Longer listening might reveal more differences but i thought they where pretty much at the same level
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Originally Posted by leesure View Post


FWIW, the best sound I heard at my meet in October was the Woo WA5 (maxed and with killer tubes) driving the LCD-X's. It was better, IMO, than the LCD-3's on the same rig and was better than either the Abyss on the Woo 234's or the 009's on the Blue Hawaii...tho both of those combo's were pretty special too.

The LCD-X's will scale quite nicely.

I have to agree. I listened to some of the best gear money can buy at that meet and the only headphone that truly knocked me on my ass was the LCD-X (with the WA6SE + fancy tubes). I should have spent more time with the WA5.

 

I really need to stop reading this thread, otherwise my recent LCD-2 purchase will become an LCD-X purchase.


Edited by Taowolf51 - 11/26/13 at 12:25pm
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Originally Posted by Taowolf51 View Post
 

I have to agree. I listened to some of the best gear money can buy at that meet and the only headphone that truly knocked me on my ass was the LCD-X (with the WA6SE + fancy tubes). I should have spent more time with the WA5.

 

I really need to stop reading this thread, otherwise my recent LCD-2 purchase will become an LCD-X purchase.

When X was announced, my LCD-3 were 3 days old. Now I have the X :)). Will miss the 3 ... LCD2, on the other hand, I do not miss :D


Edited by dan.gheorghe - 11/26/13 at 2:12pm
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Originally Posted by dan.gheorghe View Post
 

When X was announced, my LCD-3 were 3 days old. Now I have the X :)). Will miss the 3 ... 

 

So you are keeping the LCD-X and HD800? Could elaborate on your decision?

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Originally Posted by emertxe View Post
 

 

So you are keeping the LCD-X and HD800? Could elaborate on your decision?

I wanted to keep them both, LCD-3 and LCD-X, but even if they have different voices they still are Audezes, so I picked the all arounder (as LCD-X excels at all genres)  and HD800 for completely different voicing. However, the decision was very hard and LCD-3 will be missed.


Edited by dan.gheorghe - 11/26/13 at 2:37pm
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Originally Posted by dan.gheorghe View Post
 

I wanted to keep them both, LCD-3 and LCD-X, but even if they have different voices they still are Audezes, so I picked the all arounder (as LCD-X excels at all genres)  and HD800 for completely different voicing. However, the decision was very hard and LCD-3 will be missed.

 

I've been comparing both as well and have come to pretty much the same conclusion.   They're both outstanding.  In some ways I prefer the LCD-3, mostly in the mids and the little bit of extra sub bass, but given the wide variety of music I listen to, the LCD-X is staying and the nearly-new LCD-3s are going up for sale.   I can't justify keeping both when they are so similar.

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Originally Posted by Steve Eddy View Post

Dude, you're never going to make it with clean, pretty shots like that. Get with the program, man. It's an Instagram world out there. Gonna have to step up your game. Gotta shoot square, man. And filters dude. Filters! Then it becomes ART!



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That may be fine if you're an amateur! But real artists know the real way to speak to the people is through messy fonts, tons of blur, and lens flairs! JJ Abrams isn't the king of cinema for nothing!

 

 

I'm so sorry everyone!


Edited by Taowolf51 - 11/26/13 at 4:08pm
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