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post #2131 of 8792
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Originally Posted by Gowry View Post
 

Figaro gave a pretty big nod to the EF-6. I'm betting it would be good for my other phones, too, but it's a bit too expensive for me at the moment.

 

Mjolnir might be an option. I don't have a balanced source, but it has RCA's. The only problem is that I wouldn't be able to run it with either my HD600 or HE500 as I don't have balanced cables for them.

 

Dan, were you speaking of the Soloist or the Phonitor?

 

I was speaking of Burson Soloist, in my case Burson Conductor.
post #2132 of 8792

My LCD-X arrived this afternoon.

 

I probably will make an early listening tonight, on the EF-6 and the Chord QuteHD.

 

I also got a Dangerous Source for work this morning. I really like what I'm hearing with the RE-262 and the Focal Spirit Pro (that I also got from work).

I might give the LCD-X a shot on the internal headphone amp, too.

post #2133 of 8792
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post
 

My LCD-X arrived this afternoon.

 

I probably will make an early listening tonight, on the EF-6 and the Chord QuteHD.

 

I also got a Dangerous Source for work this morning. I really like what I'm hearing with the RE-262 and the Focal Spirit Pro (that I also got from work).

I might give the LCD-X a shot on the internal headphone amp, too.

 

:popcorn:

post #2134 of 8792
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post
 

My LCD-X arrived this afternoon.

 

I probably will make an early listening tonight, on the EF-6 and the Chord QuteHD.

 

I also got a Dangerous Source for work this morning. I really like what I'm hearing with the RE-262 and the Focal Spirit Pro (that I also got from work).

I might give the LCD-X a shot on the internal headphone amp, too.

:popcorn::popcorn:

post #2135 of 8792

:popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:

LCD-x has me really intrigued. I bet it would be amazing w/ Stratus or GSX

post #2136 of 8792
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Originally Posted by Gowry View Post
 

Figaro gave a pretty big nod to the EF-6. I'm betting it would be good for my other phones, too, but it's a bit too expensive for me at the moment.

 

Mjolnir might be an option. I don't have a balanced source, but it has RCA's. The only problem is that I wouldn't be able to run it with either my HD600 or HE500 as I don't have balanced cables for them.

 

Dan, were you speaking of the Soloist or the Phonitor?

Hold you horses...a friend of mine just loaned me the Hifiman EF-5 headamp (two watts per channel), which he uses (to great effect) with his HE-500s.  If this hybrid amp works, you may be in luck! Look for my review maybe tonight, but most likely during the weekend...I do have to solve the humming issue I have with Taboo first!


Edited by figaro69 - 12/13/13 at 4:33pm
post #2137 of 8792
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post
 

My LCD-X arrived this afternoon.

 

I probably will make an early listening tonight, on the EF-6 and the Chord QuteHD.

 

I also got a Dangerous Source for work this morning. I really like what I'm hearing with the RE-262 and the Focal Spirit Pro (that I also got from work).

I might give the LCD-X a shot on the internal headphone amp, too.

LCD-X and EF-6?  Oh boy, you are in for quite an experience!!! I hope you like it as much as I do!!! You'll see...smooth as butter...swings the hammer wearing a velvet glove!!!


Edited by figaro69 - 12/13/13 at 4:35pm
post #2138 of 8792
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Originally Posted by figaro69 View Post
 

LCD-X and EF-6?  Oh boy, you are in for a wild ride!!! I hope you like it as much as I do!!! You'll see...smooth as butter!!!

 

I hope for you too, because you're the one who forced me to empty my wallet :D.

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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post
 

 

I hope for you too, because you're the one who forced me to empty my wallet :D.

:veryevil:

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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post
 

 

I hope for you too, because you're the one who forced me to empty my wallet :D.

 

Let's just hope my ears are not made of tin, hehehe! Just remember that I am using copper interconnects and a silver headphone cable...you always have to consider those two factors before you make a decision as to whether or not it works for you.


Edited by figaro69 - 12/13/13 at 4:54pm
post #2141 of 8792

I have great tidings from the western front!...and here they are:

 

1.  I've taken care of the bug that was afflicting the Decware Taboo.  The hummingbird inside my Taboo has been exterminated!  What was happening...silly me, I was not aware that one of the RCA cables had become sort of dislodged from the jack and creating the dreaded hum.  Now I can say, with complete certainty, that the Taboo is on par with the Darkstar and EF-6.  Using the Philips 5R4GYS Rectifier, two Tungsram (i.e., Hungarian) EL84s, and the Sylvania Gold Brand 5751 tube (remember, with the new Taboo you would need to get a 6922 tube such as an Amperex or something) the pairing is just perfect...great synergy.  Mr. Dan.Ghorghe...what can I say...you were right, my man!!! Simply amazing and not tubey at all.

 

2.  As a service to all my fellow budget-oriented brothers and sisters who can afford (just barely) the LCD-X but fall just a bit short with regard to a worthy amp, I have a little surprise for you:  The EF-5 Hifiman amp (2 Watts per channel; hybrid) is a force to be reckoned with.  This amp costs around $500 and uses a 12AU7 tube.  I kid you not when I say that with this amp you get about 95+ percent of the performance you get from the Taboo ($1600), Darkstar ($3,500), and EF-6 ($1,500) for a third of the cost of the cheapest of those three amps.  I used the Siemens, Mazda Cifte, and Radio Technique tubes from my tube collection and each sounds marvelous (i.e., Mazda the most vivid and Technicolor; Radio Technicque the most airy and treble-happy; the Siemens the most balanced...even though I didn't have a Mullard to try, I am thinking that it would be magical with the EF-5 (Upscale Audio has all the aforementioned tubes and each costs between 35 and 50 dollars more or less, so it won't break the bank.  There is a minor problem with the EF-5, though: even in the low gain position, the volume gets loud very fast with even a rather subtle rotation of the volume knob; but this is a minor annoyance considering how it makes the LCDX sound (i.e., better than the much-heralded Soloist/Conductor for sure; even better than the Mjolnir in my book).  If you have a pre-amp, maybe you can connect the EF-5 to it and control the volume with the pre-amp and problem solved, I think.

 

So, as you can see, great news all around.  This EF-5 was definitely the surprise of the day...it's definitely the little brother of the EF-6, yet has cojones that just won't quit!!! By the way, I did my listening with the stock single ended cable and the ALO copper cable. While the ALO is slightly better, one definitely can do with the stock cable if strapped for cash.


Edited by figaro69 - 12/13/13 at 10:53pm
post #2142 of 8792
^ That sounds more like it figaro69! I simply couldn't equate your earlier description with what my Taboo II (same model as yours; also tuned neutral) delivers from my LCD2 (rev 1!).

As I already have the amp, this has put the LCD-X on my radar beerchug.gif
post #2143 of 8792
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Originally Posted by figaro69 View Post
 

I have great tidings from the western front!...and here they are:

 

1.  I've taken care of the bug that was afflicting the Decware Taboo.  The hummingbird inside my Taboo has been exterminated!  What was happening...silly me, I was not aware that one of the RCA cables had become sort of dislodged from the jack and creating the dreaded hum.  Now I can say, with complete certainty, that the Taboo is on par with the Darkstar and EF-6.  Using the Philips 5R4GYS Rectifier, two Tungsram (i.e., Hungarian) EL84s, and the Sylvania Gold Brand 5751 tube (remember, with the new Taboo you would need to get a 6922 tube such as an Amperex or something) the pairing is just perfect...great synergy.  Mr. Dan.Ghorghe...what can I say...you were right, my man!!! Simply amazing and not tubey at all.

 

 

Good stuff and agreed. The Taboo is a great non-tubey sounding amplifier and a very good match with Audeze in general. And the MK3 might be an even better.

post #2144 of 8792
Thanks for the update figaro. I'm looking into the EF-5 now too!
post #2145 of 8792
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Originally Posted by AiDee View Post

^ That sounds more like it figaro69! I simply couldn't equate your earlier description with what my Taboo II (same model as yours; also tuned neutral) delivers from my LCD2 (rev 1!).

As I already have the amp, this has put the LCD-X on my radar beerchug.gif

Highly dependent on the tubes you use...the ones I use (see above) make it sound just spectacular (all can be had from Upscale Audio, the most expensive being the Sylvania 5751, which is a monster tube and costs around $100 if I remember correctly).

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