Hey guys, I've had the LCD X for about three days now, with a little over 45 hours of burn in. While I was initially blown away by the sound, I now can't help but notice this ever slightly muffled quality to the mids with both male and female vocals, like I'm expecting it to be just a tad more clear but it never really gets there. Running the music through my Violectric V200 with a Rega DAC + Audiophilleo 2 with Nordost Purple Flare interconnects if that helps. Also have the silk Q cable for the 'phones. Could it just be the overall warmth of each component of my setup? I had the LCD 2 R2 before I bought the X and didn't have any issue with the mids there at all, but there's just something a little "off" about what I'm hearing with my LCD X. I was just wondering if anyone's experienced this. I'll try leaving it burning in for a while and see how that goes. I did have my Audiophilleo 2 repaired a while back while I still had my LCD 2s due to a cold solder joint inside the unit, I'm not sure if that has any bearing on the situation though.
I think that is something of the Audeze "house sound" as the mostly flat FR from deep bass to 1 kHz is more forward in the upper bass/lower mids than most headphones are. It looks like they dropped it a bit in the latest LCD-2s and LCD-X but I found they can still come through as a bit thick- or heavy-sounding. Funnily enough, since people are talking about cables, ironically I liked them best with the ALO Reference 16 which works well with the HD-800s as it brings just a little bit of warmth low down, or an amp like the WA7 which does the same. That was rather unexpected, but I think where both do this is quite low down. There's something in the sound that reminds me a bit of those old, huge JBL studio monitors that had horn tweeters which I often see here in Japan hooked up with Macintosh amps.
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