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post #2146 of 8668
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Originally Posted by negura View Post
 

 

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.

With that 6922 tube in the mix, it has to be better!!! I love 6922 tubes...I love the way the sound out of my Decware CSP2, which by the way, is driving the Taboo.  The CSP2 loves the HD800 and T1.


Edited by figaro69 - 12/14/13 at 6:27am
post #2147 of 8668
Indeed It is. I was quite impressed how taboo sounded stock, when I got it two years ago. This was nothing compared to what a rectifier and driver tube changes did though! It's highly responsive to tube rolling, and easy to re-tune with different dacs if needed. It responds well to better dacs, as I found recently. I prefer it without the csp2 for driving my LCD2 - it's more transparent this way.

To keep this marginally on topic wink.gif I look forward to retuning for the X once wallet (or do i mean wife?) gets out of current frown.gif
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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).
post #2148 of 8668
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Originally Posted by figaro69 View Post
 

RCBinTN:  I see in your profile that you have the SE535 IEM...so do I.  I recently got the Shure 846s and, boy, do they beat the hell out of the 535s.  Finally a Shure IEM has treble extension (with the high treble filter)...Finally.  I love them!!!

 

The SE535 are my first quality earphones.  I don't use them much, except when traveling.  I prefer the LCD-X at home (you know).  When I bought the SE535, the new 846 had just released and were much more expensive.  Do you find the 846 has much better bass response, as was advertised?

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The SE535 are my first quality earphones.  I don't use them much, except when traveling.  I prefer the LCD-X at home (you know).  When I bought the SE535, the new 846 had just released and were much more expensive.  Do you find the 846 has much better bass response, as was advertised?

Better bass, yes...but it is the treble where you really notice the difference.  Since big orchestral classical music needs extended highs, the 535s failed miserably; on the other hand, the sounded awesome with Rock music, specially so-so to badly-recorded music.  It also sounded great when playing trebly 1950s classical recordings (particularly many recordings from Deutsche Grammophone).  If you don't listen to classical music, then my advise is to keep the 535s.  The bass is good in the 846s, but "subwoofer-like"? Nah! Pure hyperbole in my opinion.

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Originally Posted by Gowry View Post
 

I've been lurking and stalking posts around here for the past couple of weeks. Racking my mind and trying to decide if I should get the LCD-X or the LCD-3. Well, last night after reading post after post I decided to go for the X. It was a hard decision, partly because the LCD-3 is still listed as their flagship. Spending so much for a pair of headphones (D*** you Head-Fi!) isn't something that will happen often, so I wanted to get the purchase right. I read several posts that lead me to believe the LCD-X were a better phone in most regards. Many seem to go back and forth but most are giving a "tiny" nod to the LCD-X. I understand that both are still dark headphones (which I believe I'll find to my liking).

 

I listen to pop and rock more than anything, with an affinity to female vocals like Natalie Merchant, Erykah Badu, and Suzanne Vega, but then will switch to electronica like Pet Shop Boys, RadioHead (electronica. hah!), and Daft Punk. I listen to little classical or jazz. If I do it's something like the 25th Charlie Brown anniversary CD or the soundtrack to Macross Plus (anyone else listen to this?)

 

I ordered up a set of LCD-X last night and looks like they'll be here Monday! I'm excited, but still wondering, what about those LCD-3's? :p Maybe they'll wipe all concerns from my mind. I'm hoping my dac and amp work well with them. They seem to do a good job with the HiFiMans. I'm also very excited that I came across some posts that indicate that Audeze does their own burn-in of headphones before they leave their facility. I don't know why other's don't do this. I feel it leads to bad opinions of headphones when people first get them. I used to wonder if burn-in was real or not, but the Ultrasone Pro 900's wiped all doubt from my mind. 

 

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts and opinions, it's helped me come to a decision. Maybe one day there will be more stores where you can go and listen to all of the top headphones and choose, but until then, what you share is invaluable.

 

+1

Agree 100%.  This site is the best.

post #2151 of 8668
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Originally Posted by figaro69 View Post
 

Better bass, yes...but it is the treble where you really notice the difference.  Since big orchestral classical music needs extended highs, the 535s failed miserably; on the other hand, the sounded awesome with Rock music, specially so-so to badly-recorded music.  It also sounded great when playing trebly 1950s classical recordings (particularly many recordings from Deutsche Grammophone).  If you don't listen to classical music, then my advise is to keep the 535s.  The bass is good in the 846s, but "subwoofer-like"? Nah! Pure hyperbole in my opinion.

 

I haven't listened to much classical on the 535.  Waiting on the A2/B to experience classical music on the LCD-X, and looking forward to it!

post #2152 of 8668
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Originally Posted by RCBinTN View Post
 

 

I haven't listened to much classical on the 535.  Waiting on the A2/B to experience classical music on the LCD-X, and looking forward to it!

Classical with the LCD-X...will bring a smile to your face!

post #2153 of 8668
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+1

Agree 100%.  This site is the best.

Except maybe when it's lifting money from you. 

 

Audeze LCD-X and Hifiman EF-6 on schedule for Monday!

 

I think my first listen will be to "The Great Pumpkin Waltz" - Chick Corea

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I'm hoping for the same to be said of Pop, Rock, and Electronica!

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Originally Posted by Gowry View Post
 

I'm hoping for the same to be said of Pop, Rock, and Electronica!


For those genres, and this is a personal opinion since I own the X and 3, I prefer the 3 always for rock and electronica. But that's just me (and my bass-head requirements) :o

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Originally Posted by Gowry View Post
 

Except maybe when it's lifting money from you.

 

Audeze LCD-X and Hifiman EF-6 on schedule for Monday!

 

I think my first listen will be to "The Great Pumpkin Waltz" - Chick Corea

Hah! It didn't take long for you to pull the trigger!!!

post #2157 of 8668
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For those genres, and this is a personal opinion since I own the X and 3, I prefer the 3 always for rock and electronica. But that's just me (and my bass-head requirements) :o

Awwww! Don't go sayin that. I actually read some reviews that said they thought the X had better bass. It took a lot of reading to decide which to get...bad part is I wont' know if I made the right choice since I'll probably not hear both side by side.

 

I know the bass is supposed to be leaner on the X. I'm just hoping it's just as detailed. I'm listening to HE-500's now, but probably listen more to my Pro900's since I'm at work most of the time. I thought the Pro900 were gonna give me a concussion when I first got them :p I added a bit of cotton to them (Kees sudo-mod..I didn't cover any of the ports)

 

I bought my LCD-X from Moon Audio. If they seem bass-light, maybe they'll let me upgrade. Don't worry I'm not freaking out :p

post #2158 of 8668
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Originally Posted by figaro69 View Post
 

Hah! It didn't take long for you to pull the trigger!!!

Yeah, yeah! I went ahead and got the EF-6, too. Since you have both the burson and the EF-6 I'm trusting you on this. I really wish the build quality of the EF-6 were better. I look at the pictures of the Burson and hear their story on their design philosophy and go "perfection!", then I look at the EF-6's innards and go "mmmm...how long's the warranty on this?" :p However, the reviews all state a natural, effortless presentation.

 

Thank you for sharing your experiences, figaro!

post #2159 of 8668
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Originally Posted by Gowry View Post
 

Awwww! Don't go sayin that. I actually read some reviews that said they thought the X had better bass. It took a lot of reading to decide which to get...bad part is I wont' know if I made the right choice since I'll probably not hear both side by side.

 

I know the bass is supposed to be leaner on the X. I'm just hoping it's just as detailed. I'm listening to HE-500's now, but probably listen more to my Pro900's since I'm at work most of the time. I thought the Pro900 were gonna give me a concussion when I first got them :p I added a bit of cotton to them (Kees sudo-mod..I didn't cover any of the ports)

 

I bought my LCD-X from Moon Audio. If they seem bass-light, maybe they'll let me upgrade. Don't worry I'm not freaking out :p


I definitely do not want you to freak out! The LCD-X are indeed excellent but they do have less sub-bass presence than what the LCD-3 offers. The only other can that offers similar sub-bass and impact is the Fostex TH900. From my experience, quality sub-bass is the secret ingredient that allows you to rock out with headphones.

 

For pop, the LCD-X is great and very detailed. It will also be very interesting to read your comparison on the HE500 vs LCD-X.

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Me too!!

Where is David Mahler??

 

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