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In case anyone is interested, I've been doing the photography for HeadAmp's upcoming website update and tonight I had a chance to spend a little time listening to the Pico Power portable amp driving the LCD-X. Wow... What a great combo. The amp had power to spare, the dynamics were punchy and quick, the imaging was good as was instrument separation. From a shear power/volume perspective, I couldn't get above 1/2 way on the volume before I thought my head would explode.

There are no power output ratings on his current site, but it's powered by 2 9v batteries and it really kicks out the sound.

Anyone looking for a great portable option for the LCD-X would do well to consider it.
Edited by leesure - 1/25/14 at 3:19pm
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Originally Posted by sashua View Post

Well I just pulled the trigger and bought the LCD-X.

I will be using a Schitt stack for home use but I'd also like to take these on the road with my Fiio X-3

Can I get a list of some portable amps to give me the gain I will need? I don't think the X-3 will have enough on it's own to make these cans sing.

Maybe something that would add a bit of punch to the bass as well. Not a basshead but I am a bas player and I like some impact in the low end!

Thanks all!

See my post just above.
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Originally Posted by groovyd View Post
 

posting the FR graphs of my X & XC as shipped... will let you all guess which is which ;)  would love to see what they are after 100 hours burn in.

 

 

I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that they would look exactly the same (within experimental/measurement error). :o 

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Doughnuts? What, is that the Canucklehead spelling? biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by Steve Eddy View Post

Doughnuts? What, is that the Canucklehead spelling? biggrin.gif

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doughnut

 

Just how it's spelled here, but actually the article above was very enlightening. Oh, and it's spelled "colour" and "favourite". ;)

 

Hope you're doing well Steve...any updates on your new amp? I bet it would be a peach with the LCD-X!


Edited by MacedonianHero - 1/25/14 at 6:04pm
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doughnut

Just how it's spelled here, but actually the article above was very enlightening. Oh, and it's spelled "colour" and "favourite". wink.gif

Meh. biggrin.gif

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Hope you're doing well Steve...any updates on your new amp?

Nothing that I can say here without getting banned seeing as I'm not a paying $pon$or and can't spam forums with impunity like they can. wink.gif

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Originally Posted by leesure View Post


See my post just above.

I did the review on the Pico Power at  Dagogo and like the map very much. It is very dynamic for a portable  


Edited by Frank I - 1/26/14 at 7:51am
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Originally Posted by sashua View Post
 

Well I just pulled the trigger and bought the LCD-X.

 

I will be using a Schitt stack for home use but I'd also like to take these on the road with my Fiio X-3

 

Can I get a list of some portable amps to give me the gain I will need? I don't think the X-3 will have enough on it's own to make these cans sing.

 

Maybe something that would add a bit of punch to the bass as well. Not a basshead but I am a bas player and I like some impact in the low end!

 

Thanks all!

 

LCD-X is not difficult to drive. At 96 dB/SPL any decent portable amp can drive it. As mentioned already, M8 and Pico power are good candidates. I have demoed LCD-X on a local retailer using Leckerton UHA-6SMKII and it also has no problem driving the LCD-X. I have both the M8 and UHA-6SMKII.

 

The M8 is versatile and can do what most desktop amps can do and more. (Maybe better than some entry-level desktop amps). However, it's on the huge side for a portable and you need to get a source compatible with it. You can't use just it's amplifier section. Battery life is also on the short side at 6 hours on full charge.

 

The Leckerton is tiny in comparison, also versatile in it's own way. It has a built-in DAC with mutiple digital inputs, (USB, toslink, coax)  but you can also isolate and just use it's amplifier. If you want to tinker with it you can change the opamp on it's output stage. It also has long battery life. If you use it for the amp alone it could last 30 hours on full charge.

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Originally Posted by groovyd View Post
 

they have really opened up and smoothed out following 100 hour burn in.  it is actually profound the difference even though they were amazing right out of the box for me now they are just un touchable.

 

 

Nice...mine have opened up after just 20, so if there is still more to come that's pretty amazing. I fired them up on the Meier stack today and to my ears they have definitely changed a bit since first listen. This is pretty remarkable...

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OP here,

 

Well I have not received them yet, Music Direct is shipping them on Monday so I am excited!

I forgot that they were more efficient than the LCD-2/3 so it is entirely possible that my little X3 will be all the power I need.

I do want to give them the headroom they deserve portably so I may try them out with a few amps anyway just to see if it opens them up.

I am using the Schitt Modi/Magni at home by the way.

 

I will check out the amps recommended here.

Any other suggestions?

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Originally Posted by headwhacker View Post


LCD-X is not difficult to drive. At 96 dB/SPL any decent portable amp can drive it.

I wouldn't agree at all... Yes efficiency is high, but that doesn't mean that it's easy to drive, at least if you consider sound-quality more relevant than sound-pressure.
Quite interesting how the LCD-X discussion changed here on headfi along the months, starting with "easy to drive" to more recent discussions where it becomes clear that the LCD-X actually is quite picky concerning the amp... I just hit a sound-jackpot with one of my tube amps' speaker output (3W). Just some minor issues to solve, some humming, need a little resistor network there...
Edited by musikaladin - 1/26/14 at 3:45pm
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Or you just like the effect of a specific amp to the FR response of LCD-X. Quality you are referring to leaning towards subjectivity. It's not the LCD-X that is picky it's the listener. Having an almost ruler flat Frequency Response, I reckon it is easier to hear tiny difference in the amps used.

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Guess who is checking out the new Audezes...

 

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Don't know who this is but can't be bad for Audeze

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Twin pleasure

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