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post #1786 of 8657
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Originally Posted by SMG52 View Post
 

Having seemingly read through every thread, review, etc., ad nauseum :smile: 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). 


Congratulations! I owned the LCD-2 for a year and enjoyed it enormously, but after three days with the LCD-X I sold the LCD-2. The LCD-X is a significant improvement in just about every aspect. I also prefer the LCD-X voicing compared to the LCD-3. The LCD-3 mids are delicate and rich--a very beautiful signature, but the LCD-X seems more balanced across the spectrum.

post #1787 of 8657
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Originally Posted by daerron View Post
 

 

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?

 

Yeah, I've never said Concero is not a great DAC... But its noise filtering is not very good. There are plenty of DACs with extremely good USB implementation - Matrix X-sabre, Yulong DA8 or Ciúnas DAC are the ones I found interesting myself.

post #1788 of 8657
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Originally Posted by emertxe View Post
 

 

Yeah, I've never said Concero is not a great DAC... But its noise filtering is not very good. There are plenty of DACs with extremely good USB implementation - Matrix X-sabre, Yulong DA8 or Ciúnas DAC are the ones I found interesting myself.

 

I've ordered a Seasonic 660W Platinum PSU for my PC today. Interested to see whether it improves the sound through the Concero. It's voltage ripple on the 5V line, which includes USB, is around 10mVp-p so it should provide much cleaner power compared to the current PSU I have in there which is much noisier.

 

I really like the Amanero USB chipset. I auditioned the Vivere DAC which uses the ESS9018 along with the Amanero USB chipset and it is one mighty fine sounding DAC with my setup. It costs more than double what the RL Concero costs and I didn't want to spend too much money on a DAC at this stage. I'd rather save that up for a particular headphone! :p

post #1789 of 8657
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Originally Posted by daerron View Post
 

 

I've ordered a Seasonic 660W Platinum PSU for my PC today. Interested to see whether it improves the sound through the Concero. It's voltage ripple on the 5V line, which includes USB, is around 10mVp-p so it should provide much cleaner power compared to the current PSU I have in there which is much noisier.

 

I really like the Amanero USB chipset. I auditioned the Vivere DAC which uses the ESS9018 along with the Amanero USB chipset and it is one mighty fine sounding DAC with my setup. It costs more than double what the RL Concero costs and I didn't want to spend too much money on a DAC at this stage. I'd rather save that up for a particular headphone! :p

 

I am also a headphone kind of guy myself... I just enjoy exploring the world of headphones rather than nitpicking differences among amplifiers or DACs (though some differences are of course present).

 

I would expect the PSU to make some difference, not sure how big... It depends on many factors. To be honest, I can hear a REAL improvements in transparency, soundstage, imaging and details using better powercords and filtering while I cannot hear nothing more than different flavors with analog cables (analog interconnects including headphone cables). I use analog cables myself to tune the sound to my liking while I really appreciate the improvements in SQ provided by better power supply.

post #1790 of 8657

Yes supplies do that. I am using a power regen and balanced PSU stacked for the DAC and the regen for all other components.

I would never go back. The downside is having a many bricks rig. :)

 

I have a Corsair AX850 (Seasonic rebranded) but the PC components create internal noises iregardless of the PSU. Of course, it's probably worse with a lesser PSU.


Edited by negura - 12/2/13 at 11:42am
post #1791 of 8657

An external linear PSU is better for noise compared to an internal switching PSU.


Edited by preproman - 12/2/13 at 11:58am
post #1792 of 8657
I am not sure you can get one in a decent size but worth asking.
Are there any 800W+ linear reg PSUs that would fit a PC case such as Corsair 800D?
post #1793 of 8657

There's Red Wine Audio's Black Lightning, It's not linear but Battery.    You can ask if they can configure it to your needs.  http://redwineaudio.com/components/black_lightning

 

I'm thinking about using one for my C.A.P.S. and SOtM USB card. 

 

 

 

Battery configurations One 12.8V, 10Ah LiFePO4 battery pack
Two 12.8V, 10Ah LiFePO4 battery packs
(connected in parallel for 20Ah capacity, or in a split-supply configuration) One 25.6V, 5Ah LiFePO4 battery pack
Two 25.6V, 5Ah LiFePO4 battery packs
(connected in parallel for 10Ah capacity, or in a split-supply configuration)
Standard output voltages 12.8V or 25.6V (nominal)
Custom output voltages 5V, 6V, 8V, 9V, 15V, 18V, 20V, +/- 12.8V or +/- 25.6V
post #1794 of 8657

I'd rather dump a nice big battery next to my computer! :D That is one of the things I like about the JKenny Ciunas DAC (also on my wishlist I wish), using battery power and trickle charging the battery from a USB source. Maybe one day when I'm done with the Concero I will see if I can mod it with a battery.

 

But I digress, we're seriously off topic.. Back to the LCD-X!

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Could anyone with a LCD-X or XC pop open a back grill and show us what the "Fazor" thing looks like in real life? I'm dying to see it, much appreciated.

post #1796 of 8657
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Originally Posted by SnowReborn View Post
 

Please post some comments on my review and like it, even tho I don't come to this forum so often, but i do want some pay back for my time to write this long review, and also glad that review helped. And for Dan, If you haven't noticed yet, all the people before me are mostly giving very exaggerate points about LCD-X, which i did not find on mine. They are not day / night difference and certainly not "a league above". Safely I'd say there are only about 15~20% improvement over the LCD-2. Sure, we as audiophiles don't usually care about money, but the sound and the enjoyment. Like me, i just spend over 12k this month on audio including speakers, amps , dacs, headphones, and albums. You would convince yourself that they are better because you need some reason to justify the loads cash you just paid even they don't worth the money. But i will be honest and bias that i don't see the improvements that worth the money. Say you can go from 1$ earbuds, sound completely crap to 100$ m50, monitor level headphone, only 99$ more, and to more amazing sounding AKG-q701 for extra 100$. ok, let me stop here, this is already around 60~70% of the headphone limit. So if i pay 8 times of the q701, what did you get in the end anyways? Sure we can chase the top notch micro detail and sound quality, thats why we are audiophiles. However sometimes it is just unnecessary. I don't have any objection towards anyone on this forum and i won't be on so often also. Just clear my points here, hope everyone will be happy with that.

You should have bought W3000ANV instead. These Audio Technica headphones would have given you a pure joy of music and not a disappointment.

post #1797 of 8657
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post
 

Could anyone with a LCD-X or XC pop open a back grill and show us what the "Fazor" thing looks like in real life? I'm dying to see it, much appreciated.

 

yeah, warranty shmarranty.

post #1798 of 8657
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Originally Posted by cizx View Post
 

 

yeah, warranty shmarranty.

:biggrin:

post #1799 of 8657
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Originally Posted by emertxe View Post
 

 

I am also a headphone kind of guy myself... I just enjoy exploring the world of headphones rather than nitpicking differences among amplifiers or DACs (though some differences are of course present).

 

I would expect the PSU to make some difference, not sure how big... It depends on many factors. To be honest, I can hear a REAL improvements in transparency, soundstage, imaging and details using better powercords and filtering while I cannot hear nothing more than different flavors with analog cables (analog interconnects including headphone cables). I use analog cables myself to tune the sound to my liking while I really appreciate the improvements in SQ provided by better power supply.

 

I have find that with the right DAC, the differences could be enormous. Also, with some other expensive dacs....the difference was not worth it. I still have a lot to explore :D


Edited by dan.gheorghe - 12/2/13 at 2:57pm
post #1800 of 8657
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Originally Posted by cizx View Post
 

 

yeah, warranty shmarranty.

It's not rocket science to unscrew a few phillips screws. As far as I know Audeze grills just come right out, no glue or anything that could break (unlike Hifiman grills which have fragile plastic retaining rings).

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