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Audeze LCD-X - Page 161

post #2401 of 8688
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Originally Posted by Barry S View Post
 


The Mjolnir isn't a bad choice for the LCD-X, but it does have it's own signature. There's no harshness in the upper registers, but there is a lot of detail. There's some tradeoff of thicker mids for an airy sound. I don't think you're going to find an amp with a larger soundstage, but there's a tradeoff. If the LCD-3 is your signature, the LCD-X moves away from that mid-centric lushness, and the Mjolnir keep pushing in the same direction. I think the Mjolnir pairs with the LCD-2>LCD-3>LCD-X.

 

I'd like to find a neutral amp with a large soundstage, and very tight control over the LCD-X, that adds a little richness in the mids for less than $1000. That doesn't seem unreasonable given the LCD-X's efficiency.

 

The Geek Pulse sounds interesting--have any prototypes been reviewed (with direct comparisons)? You can probably expect a very good DAC with a good amp circuit--may be just fine for the LCD-X.

 

Might wanna take a loot at the SA-31.

Big and expansive soundstage: check

Rich mids: check

 

Despite its warmish sound signature, it retains a high clarity throughout the whole spectrum so it shouldn't decrease the perception of "air" (which the LCD-X still lacks, IMO).

post #2402 of 8688
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post
 

 

Might wanna take a loot at the SA-31.

Big and expansive soundstage: check

Rich mids: check

 

Despite its warmish sound signature, it retains a high clarity throughout the whole spectrum so it shouldn't decrease the perception of "air" (which the LCD-X still lacks, IMO).


Looks interesting.  I looked it up and thought--hey, it's a nice little balanced amp, but got fooled by the four-pin xlr jack. Not sure how much stock I put in SE vs. balanced, but balanced amps tend to be higher-end products that sound good. Audio-gd seems to be gaining more traction lately, but it's not easy auditioning their products.

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Originally Posted by Barry S View Post
 


Looks interesting.  I looked it up and thought--hey, it's a nice little balanced amp, but got fooled by the four-pin xlr jack. Not sure how much stock I put in SE vs. balanced, but balanced amps tend to be higher-end products that sound good. Audio-gd seems to be gaining more traction lately, but it's not easy auditioning their products.

 

Don't let the single ended design fool you. It's a very good amp.

I preferred it to the built-in headphone amp of my NFB-27 for all the reasons I mentioned above.

 

Technically, it was on par (if not better) than the NFB-27, which is based on the Master-6 reference headphone amp which ticks all the boxes: balanced and current-mode (ACSS) amp.

The size of the soundstage really surprised me: usually, balanced headphone amp are said to have (and actually do) better separation and bigger soundstage. Not so much the case for the NFB-27 vs SA-31.

It also have loads of power, for that matters.

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Originally Posted by Barry S View Post
 


Looks interesting.  I looked it up and thought--hey, it's a nice little balanced amp, but got fooled by the four-pin xlr jack. Not sure how much stock I put in SE vs. balanced, but balanced amps tend to be higher-end products that sound good. Audio-gd seems to be gaining more traction lately, but it's not easy auditioning their products.

I can second the SA-31 for Audeze.  I tried the LCD-3 with mine when I had it and liked the pairing much more than it with my HD-800.  I ended up preferring the Soloist for the HD-800 though, so I sold my SA-31.  Im now looking at the LCD-X though I'm sure the Soloist will do well with it.  Also looking at the Anedio D2 dac to feed the Soloist in the future.

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Have you considered the Violectric v200? That seems to fit the bill for what you're looking for.
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Ok, a couple of strong reccs for the SA-31. Maybe someone at the DC meet will have one. A large soundstage is a must--I prefer not to shrink the LCD-X's soundstage.

 

The V200 has always intrigued me, but again--it means ordering internationally and taking a bath if I return it--that is if they take returns.

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Originally Posted by Barry S View Post
 

Ok, a couple of strong reccs for the SA-31. Maybe someone at the DC meet will have one. A large soundstage is a must--I prefer not to shrink the LCD-X's soundstage.

 

The V200 has always intrigued me, but again--it means ordering internationally and taking a bath if I return it--that is if they take returns.

 

IIRC, I read the V200 has a small but deep soundstage.

I bet the SA-31 is more expansive (but with less height, probably).

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I'm debating with myself if I should get LCD-X or not...

What's the potential weaknesses I can experience with the LCD-X?

(Yeah, I dont have time to read all the pages... :P)

 

I'm using a Schiit Mjolnir by the way

post #2409 of 8688
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Originally Posted by FredrikT92 View Post
 

I'm debating with myself if I should get LCD-X or not...

What's the potential weaknesses I can experience with the LCD-X?

(Yeah, I dont have time to read all the pages... :P)

 

I'm using a Schiit Mjolnir by the way

<sarcasm>

I understand that you don't have the time to read all the pages... good thing we all have the time to recapitulate all the relevant details for you.

 

The potential weaknesses are that if you listen too long, you could die.  Other than that, it's perfect.

</sarcasm>

 

What are you comparing to?  It's brighter and more neutral than LCD-2, warmer than HD 800, and awesome.

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Originally Posted by cizx View Post
 

<sarcasm>

I understand that you don't have the time to read all the pages... good thing we all have the time to recapitulate all the relevant details for you.

 

The potential weaknesses are that if you listen too long, you could die.  Other than that, it's perfect.

</sarcasm>

 

What are you comparing to?  It's brighter and more neutral than LCD-2, warmer than HD 800, and awesome.

Haha!

 

Sounds great :D 

The bass is... the same?

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Originally Posted by FredrikT92 View Post
 

Haha!

 

Sounds great :D 

The bass is... the same?

The same as what?  LCD-2?  It's boomier than LCD-3, more well defined than LCD-2, better than HD 800.  It's good.  You'll like it, especially with the Mjolnir.

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Originally Posted by cizx View Post
 

The same as what?  LCD-2?  It's boomier than LCD-3, more well defined than LCD-2, better than HD 800.  It's good.  You'll like it, especially with the Mjolnir.

LCD-2 yes. 

I wont miss the bass? 

post #2413 of 8688
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Originally Posted by FredrikT92 View Post
 

LCD-2 yes. 

I wont miss the bass? 

It's more neutral and airier.  I don't know if you'll miss the -2.  Probably not.  It's a definite upgrade.

post #2414 of 8688
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Originally Posted by FredrikT92 View Post
 

I'm debating with myself if I should get LCD-X or not...

What's the potential weaknesses I can experience with the LCD-X?

(Yeah, I dont have time to read all the pages... :P)

 

I'm using a Schiit Mjolnir by the way


Weakness in the bank account, for one. :p I think the LCD-X is technically superior to the LCD-2, but it does have a different signature. The LCD-X is less lush, less dark, more neutral, and has more emphasis on treble compared to the LCD-2. If the dark/lush aspects of the LCD-2 are important and you want a technically better headphone, the LCD-3 may be a better choice.

 

The irDAC has some treble etch and grain with the LCD-X, and the Mjolnir doesn't make that any better since it's a touch bright. Not really a show stopper, but I'd assume you might want to get a new DAC or amp--or both to get the most out of the LCD-X.

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What about the slam/punch/whatever they call it these days?

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