That's what I keep telling myself!
But my wife just says it's gonna be even shorter if I keep buying audio gear
Short and sweet
If you hear differences among USB cables, blame your DAC (or Audio PC) for not having at least good noise filtering... In other words, you should definitely change your DAC to a better one.
EDIT: I see you use Concero... That explains everything.
What is a DAC you recommend that doesn't exhibit this behaviour?
I also found the Concero to be sensitive to USB cables IMO which is a first for me, but that said I like my Concero a lot and think its a very well designed product. What DAC would you recommend before I'm allowed to step up to the LCD-X?
For me, and at reasonable price (ie. there are probably "better" tubes, but I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars), it is the Amperex Orange Globes - the early versions with the "O Getter".
Of course, this is not just a matter of taste, it is also a matter of matching the rest of your system - my DAC is a warm (NOS) sounding component, as is the Lyr and the LCD 2's - the Orange Globes "reign this in" a little more than, say, the Bugle Boys without losing the warmth completely.
I was considering Amperex Orange Globes, but I was not entirely convinced, also because I use my LCD-2.2/Lyr combo with Bifrost DAC which isn't overly warm as far as I know.
How does Telefunken sound in comparison to Amperex Orange Globes which is one of the most often recommended tube for Lyr for LCD-2s?
Can bright/trebly tubes for Lyr extend the treble and soundstage of LCD-2 to such a degree that they will be comparable to the ones of LCD-X?
The Lyr and the LCD2 would be considered "warm", but if the sound isn't warm enough for you, try the Bugle Boys instead of the Orange Globes.
I think I said this over 3 times in this thread. It is not just about the money. They have different voicing and strong points and you may like one over the other.
Having seemingly read through every thread, review, etc., ad nauseum about the LCD-X, I went ahead and placed an order over the weekend.
Is it a reasonable summation, for those very familiar with the LCD-X, to say that it is definitely a better headphone than the LCD-2, and with regard to the LCD-3, the X is the better all-arounder for playing various genre of music, sacrificing little of the positive attributes of the 3 in the process, and improving on the 3 in some areas......? (I've only personally auditioned the LCD-2).
I do blame them! In fact I blame everyone on Head-Fi for enabling my addiction. I hate my PC, Concero, USB Cable and all of you guys! And those Intel nerds for inventing USB in the first place.